Posts Tagged ‘Total Divas’

WWE Raw Women’s Champion was recently a guest on 96.9 The Fox with Jim Lambert to promote the upcoming event in White Plains, NY. She discussed her career, not having days off for three or four months while shooting for Total Divas and more. Bliss also discussed the strides that female talent has made in the WWE, particularly the women’s Royal Rumble.

“I think it’s amazing,” said Bliss. “I’m excited for it. It’s the next step in the women’s revolution, and I think that the fact that Stephanie [McMahon] came out and announced that we’re having the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble, that’s huge. That’s never happened before, and I feel like this match is probably one of the most historic because every woman is involved, and that’s what I love about it.”

Bliss also talked about how the women’s Royal Rumble is unique from every other barrier the women’s division broke over the past couple of years.

“It was great that Becky [Lynch] and I had a cage match and a tables match. It’s great that Sasha [Banks] and Charlotte had the first-ever Hell in a Cell match, but it took every woman to get here, and the fact that every woman is included on this historic match, I think it’s that much bigger. And, bigger for the women’s evolution, because it took everyone to get there, the fact that everyone’s included is what I love about it.”

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Eva Marie spoke with ESPN W on a number of topics in and outside of pro wrestling. Here are some of the highlights:

Getting move to WWE’s main roster after just two weeks of formal training:

“I’m a perfectionist, so I would have liked to have trained more first. However, I truly think opportunities come up once in a lifetime and if you don’t take it, you’re going to miss out.”

The Rock:

“I love talking to The Rock. He’s done the transition from WWE to the mainstream so well. He always tells me to stay my lane, not to compare myself to other people and just do the work. He’s been fantastic and I’m really fortunate to have that relationship with him. … It would be great to emulate his career, but we’ll see what happens.”

Life after WWE:

“I want it all. I really want to expand with movies and I would love to land on a TV show, like a Netflix original series, that would be fantastic. I want to do a lot of charity work — I’m a person that’s in recovery [from an alcohol addiction] so I really want to put out that message as well. There’s a lot that I want to do, the sky is the limit. I want to dabble in everything. I wish I did have time to relax, but I’m a Virgo and it’s just not in me. I think the hustle is just in my blood — always hungry, never satisfied.”

Source: TV Insider

Carmella spoke to TV Insider on a number of wrestling topics and working on Total Divas. Here are some of the highlights:

Finding out about Big Cass tearing his ACL:

“It’s a struggle. When I did find out he got injured, it was minutes before a match. We had a live event at the same time as Raw was going on. I’m a professional and at the end of the day you have to keep going. The show must go on. So, I’m going to put on my mean face and walk through that curtain and carry that briefcase. You have to make the most of it because the show must go on.”

Who brought the “drama” out of her on Total Divas:

“I said from Day One I wasn’t one to get involved in drama. But one person who seems to bring it out of almost everyone from what I’ve seen is Lana. You’ll be able to see a little bit of drama between myself and her on this show. I’m not going to say over what. I’ll just say I had to put her in her place, which doesn’t happen very often. But when something like that happens I have to stick up for myself. … Overall, it’s the women making history and showing week after week that we deliver in and out of the ring. It’s going to be a great season.”

Being the first women to win the Money in the Bank Contract:

“I’m getting emotional thinking about. All I ever wanted to do was make history and be a part of history. This women’s revolution is happening and it’s going full force. To even be a female wrestler in the industry is crazy, never mind making history twice. My name will forever go down in the history books. For that, no matter in the future, I will always remember that. Now having that documented on Total Divas is something I will have forever.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

Source: Bleacher Report

Becky Lynch spoke with Bleacher Report on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

Working as a heel in her earlier days:

“When I was on the independent circuit, I always played the heel role, but I always felt that no matter what, I was able to connect with the fans. Whether I was good or not, there was a connection there because I think I just really love wrestling. If you’re a fan, you love wrestling. When you can feel that radiating off somebody, I think you tend to gravitate toward them. I think that’s the same with a lot of the babyfaces throughout WWE history. Fans pick up on that energy. It’s a passion we have for the industry. That resonates with them.”

Staying away from Total Divas:

“It’s not something I ever wanted for myself. It’s a great opportunity for the women. But I never envisioned myself in that role. And there’s a certain mystique about myself that I’d like to keep. I don’t want to give out too much of Rebecca Quinn.”

Wrestling James Ellsworth and intergender matches:

“With that match, my whole hope was that people didn’t get up in arms about a guy touching a woman. And that it just became about the storyline as opposed to ‘Oh no! What’s going on in the world?’ It was more about entertainment than making any political or social statement.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

Source: Pancakes and Powerslams Show

Total Divas has provided fans an inside look at the lives of the women of WWE and their significant others, but a former superstar wasn’t happy with his portrayal on the reality show. Justin Gabriel was a guest on the Pancakes and Powerslams Show recently and discussed his gripes with how everything went down.

Gabriel, who was with the WWE from 2010-2015 and now wrestles in Lucha Underground under the name PJ Black, was involved in a brief relationship with current WWE ring announcer JoJo Offerman. Gabriel wanted to end things due to his uneasiness over their age difference and producers of the show wanted to play out the breakup on screen, which didn’t sit well with him.

“I didn’t want to be a part of [Total Divas] at all. They filmed some stuff, and I started talking to JoJo because I thought she was a pretty cool person,” Gabriel said. “I never realized she was so young, I think she was like 18 or 19 at the time. And we kind of went that route [to dating], and they were like, ‘Hey. Do you want to be on the show?’ I was like, ‘Yeah. Sure, what do I have to do?’ They said, ‘nothing, just go on dates,’ and we went on multiple dates. They’d take film, which never aired, by the way; we filmed so many cool things,, and I said to the producers, ‘I don’t think I can do this. Like, she’s 19, and I don’t think this is going to work. I’m a 30-year-old man.’ And he was like, ‘Ok. fair enough. Then you have to break up with her on TV.’ And that’s the scene they played.”

Gabriel said the show made the breakup look more like a spectacle, with him playing the villain. He said they handled it as if it was a scripted storyline when in reality it was a real breakup, and he was irked by the whole thing.

“And what they did was make me look like this super womanizing heel, they edited everything to make me look like a bad guy. That’s not what happened at all. A lot of it is real, but it’s about 90 percent scripted. That I just couldn’t deal with,” he said. “If it’s a reality show, let me do and say whatever I want. Don’t tell me what to say and what to wear. It wasn’t very organic or spontaneous. So, after I broke up with her, I was like, ‘Yeah. I’m outta here.'”

Black also talked about the Corre being a “knock-off group,” information on the new season of Lucha Underground, the Nexus losing to Team WWE at SummerSlam, and more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

Source: Channel Guide Magazine

RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss recently spoke with Scott Fishman of Channel Guide Magazine. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

Joining the Total Divas cast:

“It is a completely different platform and audience, which is awesome. It’s such a great opportunity. I’m hoping it’s the next step for me and opens opportunities for people who don’t watch WWE to cross over and watch WWE and bring that audience into what we do and into our world.”

WWE creative and her current feud with Mickie James:

“We did a segment where I gave Mickie James some Depend products and a walker. My original pitch was to give her a Life Alert. It didn’t happen, but Nia ended up using a line about it in their match. That’s teamwork right there…WWE creative is amazing. When we have ideas, they always take them into consideration. Whether they use the ideas, I don’t know. I’m not going to lie. My ideas are usually not that great. So, creative takes an idea and makes it that much better. They are amazing to work with and so open to our ideas.”

“Mickie is so amazing because she has so many ideas. She is a wealth of knowledge since she has been in the business for so long. She is super sweet and open to ideas. I’m looking forward to continuing our program. She always says, ‘Well, I’m six one way and half dozen the other.’ We always go that she makes scrambled eggs. That’s not a thing she taught us. If it doesn’t work out today, it will tomorrow. Six one way and half dozen the other. It happens. Things can work out tomorrow. She is very casual that way, which keeps it a stress-free environment. That is so nice to have.”

Asuka coming to RAW and the state of the women’s division:

“You had the Mae Young Classic and Asuka coming to Raw, which will be awesome. I know after the Four Horsewomen, any women that comes up after has to be the evolution to the women’s revolution. I think Asuka is just the person to do that. We are all excited about being a part of everything happening.”

Check out the full interview with Bliss at this link.

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Source: Hollywood Life

Alexa Bliss spoke with Hollywood Life on a number of topics in and outside of wrestling. Here are some of the highlights:

Getting into acting in movies:

“Absolutely! I would love to, at some point, cross over [to movies] and bring a mix of WWE fans and mainstream fans together. Merge the worlds together. I would love do something like that – or have my own little talk show on the WWE Network! I would love to test the waters and see what happens.”

Her dream co-star, Bradley Cooper, and her thoughts on if he actually played as Vince McMahon in his upcoming biopic:

“I would love to work with Bradley Cooper, just to say that I worked with him. [Laughs] I am a big fan. He has to get that walk down! That’s all I got to say. Nobody cam mimic the Vince McMahon walk, so he’s going to have to work at it.”

Nikki Bella:

“I am so excited for Nikki. She is an amazing woman. She is so great for women. To come back from a neck injury and to be on Dancing With The Stars, to be on Total Divas and to be on Total Bellas – she is such an icon. She is the nicest person you’ll ever meet, so I am so excited for her and I wish nothing but the best. She is the one person who deserves it the most.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.