Posts Tagged ‘Eva Marie’

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Source: Rolling Stone

As noted, WWE and Eva Marie announced this past week that the two sides have parted ways. Eva, who is now focused on furthering her acting career, recently spoke with Rolling Stone about her departure at this link. Below are highlights from the interview:

Is it fair to say that when you’ve remarked in recent months about possibly returning to WWE and going after the title, you were just being coy?

I have such a great relationship with Vince [McMahon], Paul [“Triple H” Levesque] and Stephanie [McMahon]. They gave me an opportunity to step away and film these two films I have done already, and you never know when that relationship will come back. So I might appear at a SummerSlam or WrestleMania. It just so happens that the wrestling craft, you have to be able to give yourself 110 percent to that. And then with acting, you have to do the same, so we decided together that with the films going back to back. I’m going to put my efforts into acting and growing that way. And then you never know: All Red Everything could come back and snatch that title.

Did you and your team identify that a female wrestler has yet to cross over as The Rock or John Cena has? That maybe this is that moment?

One hundred percent. I like to break barriers. As soon as I walked into WWE’s door, I was already thinking ahead of the game. There has not been one female to make that crossover and go back and forth and merge the two together. I want to bring the WWE universe with me into Hollywood as well as creating a new fanbase in Hollywood and bringing them back into WWE and having the two worlds collide just like The Rock. That was the game plan for sure.

In retrospect, were you put in front of the cameras on Total Divas too soon, at the expense of developing under the radar?

You know what? Yes. For sure, the inner athlete and perfectionist in me wishes I was able to train the multiple years these wrestlers are able to before they get on TV. However, if that opportunity never came up, then I would not have been put in front of the WWE universe, dyed my hair, been put in front of my [management] team. Everything happens for a reason. For me, it all played out pretty damn good.

Check out the full interview with Eva at this link.

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Eva Marie was being lined up as a potential WWE Women’s Champion prior to her suspension, according to reports.

Reputed industry insider Da Belt Guy claims that the company had made side plates bearing her name when they first ordered a new women’s belt – presumably the SmackDown one, currently worn by Naomi – last year.

But the 32-year-old was taken off TV shortly after the draft following a Wellness Policy violation, after which Alexa Bliss stepped into the role of SmackDown’s leading woman.

It was reported at the time by the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer that WWE was about to make her champion – and news that they were preparing her belt will therefore come as little surprise to most.

Having been absent for more than a year, Marie’s departure from the company was officially confirmed last week following the news that she would not be appearing in the upcoming Total Divas season.

The announcement marks an end to her four-year stint in WWE (and possibly professional wrestling in general), the highlight of which was perhaps her 2014 feud with then-Divas Champion AJ Lee.

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With the news of Eva Marie not returning for Season 7 of Total Divas (or the company in general), there was bound to be some sort of shakeup for the long-running E! series. It sounds like there will actually be two replacements for the “love to hate” red-headed wrestler and both women are currently on the Raw brand.

According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, both Nia Jax and Alexa Bliss will be joining the reality show for the upcoming season.

We’ve seen a lot of changes on Total Divas over the years, as the initial season had Cameron (released from the company), Naomi (removed from the show in Season 3), JoJo (also removed from the show) as well as later castmate Rosa Mendes departing as well.

E! is likely hoping that the additions of Jax and Bliss will help turn things around. Much like Raw and SmackDown, Total Divas has seen a significant drop in viewership over the past few years. Initially, it drew about a million viewers a week, now they’re dipping under 600,000 on a consistent basis. However, without the biggest “villain” on the series returning as a regular cast member, that’s going to be tough to do.

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Pro Wrestling Sheet are reports that Eva Marie will not be part of Total Divas’ seventh season and that WWE are currently interviewing potential replacements.

Eva’s last appearance on the faux-reality show discussed her WWE Wellness Policy violation in August, 2016. The Sheet claims that segment will be Marie’s last on Total Divas, confirming suspicions that the redhead and WWE have come to terms on an unofficial agreement to terminate her contract.

There may still be a role for Eva on the wrestling side of things, but she hasn’t been seen since violating the Wellness Policy last Summer.

Charlotte Flair is one of the names being thrown around as a possible replacement for Marie, although it is hard to see a character so serious about women’s wrestling being interested in WWE’s melodramatic ‘Diva’ sideshow. Further, whilst it’s unclear whether or not Paige will be part of Season 7, original cast members such as The Bella Twins, Natalya and Naomi are all but confirmed.

Only time will tell if the era of ‘All Red Everything’ is over, but it seems as though Eva Marie’s time in WWE is up.

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Eva Marie hasn’t appeared on WWE television since August 2016, when she incurred a 30-day suspension for violating the company’s Wellness Policy. She has stayed busy away from the ring by preparing for Inconceivable, her film debut, and launching her own fashion line, NEM Fashion, but with her suspension long since expired, it doesn’t sound like she’ll be returning to SmackDown anytime soon.

According to a new report from WrestlingInc.com, WWE won’t be renewing Eva’s contract ahead its forthcoming expiry date. It’ll end Eva’s four-year tenure with the company, and while neither party has made an announcement, she isn’t expected to appear for WWE again.

This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise: Eva has seemingly abandoned her “All Red Everything” gimmick by dying her hair black since the suspension, and has stopped mentioning wrestling on social. Instead, she has focused on posting about her movies and fashion line, and removed all mention of WWE from her Twitter account.

Always a divisive figure among WWE fans, Eva Marie’s presence all but guaranteed nuclear heel heat whenever she stepped into the arena. There was talk of her returning for WrestleMania 33’s multi-person SmackDown Women’s Championship match, but this now looks to be off the table.

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Source: Complex

Complex has a great new interview with Lana. Below are a couple of highlights:

Where the Ravishing Russian character came from:

“Well, there was a lot of different factors. My first day in developmental, Dusty Rhodes was in charge of creative. I would come up with literally about 15 different ideas because I’m an actor, I’m a storyteller. I have a creative mind. So I come in and start speaking Russian on my first promo ever. This is my first week in NXT. Eva Marie was put on the show, Jojo was put on the show, and then me and Alexa were sent to developmental, which I’m thankful for because I learned so much from Dusty Rhodes and Triple H. I started speaking Russian, switched over to English, and then Dusty Rhodes was like, ‘Baby, I want you to work with Rusenov.’ And I was like, ‘Who’s Rusenov? Who’s that?’ And then I figured he was the Bulgarian. We just started doing different promos, especially comedy promos. But I would come in every single day and would have meetings with Dusty, pitching different characters like nine-page character scripts and elaborate storyboards, everything. Using different people, putting on scenes. When Adam Rose shot all of his vignettes, he made me his first AD/PA because he was just like, ‘Your mind is so creative.’

“But Triple H was the person. They were already in talks about bringing Rusev up. Triple H had seen a lot of our stuff, but it was more comedy stuff that we were doing, and he was like, ‘I want you to try to do something serious.’ Triple H told me to watch Rocky IV. He told me to try different hair things. So I showed him, I was in Pitch Perfect. And I was trying all these different things, and he told me to try an accent. I showed him a picture of me in Pitch Perfect as a Barden Bella where we were all buttoned up with our hair in a bun. And he said, ‘That’s the look.’ And so that’s where I started creating the suits and the buns. At first, he said I should just do Russian, and then I started playing around with a Russian accent because I had never really done much of that in English. But then in two weeks, like that, I was put on NXT TV. Three months later, we debuted at the Rumble.”

If she has the itch to wrestle:

“Oh yeah. Of course. Absolutely. I love my job, and I love that I can work with Rusev. He’s my husband, and I’m happy I can support him. He’s so an extension of me, and I’m so thankful. But yeah, I will go after that championship when the time is right. And I will become champion when the time is right. But those things don’t happen overnight. When I step in that ring, I will be great. Just like when I’m on the mic, I know I can turn that whole crowd, that’s how I’m gonna be in the ring. I’m training, and I got to NXT so I get my fix, but I’m the slow and the steady. This is a marathon, not a sprint.”

Total Divas allowing fans to see a different side of herself and Rusev:

“Oh yes. I’m so excited. I come from a storytelling, acting background, and Total Divas has given me the opportunity to take these types of interviews where I can really be like, ‘This is who I am.’ That first year I was in WWE, it needed to be that way. It needed to be that you bought we were these cold, mean, Russians and Soviets. So I’m really thankful because you’re seeing who I am and what has made me, and you see Rusev, and I mean he’s hysterical. He’s one of the funniest guys, and I think why people will understand why I’ve fallen in love with him. And I’m also really happy because I’m quirk-ier than Lana—as in my Ravishing Russian. I’m quirk-ier than the Ravishing Russian that I play on TV, but I’m able to show this American side of not being perfect, versus the Ravishing Russian who’s perfect at everything. But as Lana, the Russian-American that I am on Total Divas, I’m able to show how the Ravishing Russian is still an extension of myself. You see how I’m a Russian-American, and I grew up over in Russia, along with the discipline. And my whole thing is, ‘No matter what, be resilient.’ And that’s what the Ravishing Russian is. She’s resilient and she stands up for truth, and that’s how I am. We’re storytellers. We’re no different than if you go watch Scandal or House of Cards. We’re storytellers, and so to be able to show people that we have real lives, I think people will better appreciate that we’re talented performers and actors and athletes. There’s nothing like that in the world, where you have people who are athletic and actors and entertainers, and we’re here to put smiles on peoples’ faces. I’m excited people get to see that.”

Lana also discussed growing up in Latvia, her accent, what led her to WWE, Ronda Rousey and much more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Source: International Business Times

Eva Marie was interviewed by Anthony Riccobono for the International Business Times. During the interview, Eva talked about wanting to emulate the path of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, returning to WWE and more. Below are some highlights.

Wanting to emulate The Rock:

“After a few months [in WWE] I was like ‘OK, if I could emulate The Rock’s career that would be fantastic to make a crossover like how he’s done.’ I really want to take the Eva Marie Brand and do both [wrestling and movies] for as long as I can.”

Coming back to WWE:

“You have to believe in yourself. I’ve put in the work so I do think I’m ready to come back and shake things up because I think the WWE Universe is tired of seeing something repeated, meaning some people possibly going against each other. There’s not one person like Eva Marie, and I definitely think that I’ve shown that, and I think that’ll be a huge dynamic when I come back.”

She also talked about creating her own clothing line, her character in the upcoming film Inconceivable and more. You can read the full interview here.