Posts Tagged ‘Total Divas’

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.

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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.

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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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Source: ESPN

Alexa Bliss spoke with ESPN before her upcoming title defense against Sasha Banks at SummerSlam. Here are some of the highlights:

Getting called to the main roster:

“I didn’t feel that I was ready to leave NXT. When I was called up to SmackDown I was very nervous. I hadn’t done many of the things at NXT that I thought I was supposed to. I didn’t have a TakeOver match. I never held the title. I only had a few matches on NXT TV and to be called up and told, ‘Well, here you go!'”

How long she wants to wrestle:

“I’d like to wrestle for as long as I can. I’ve always liked watching wrestling, but once you are on the other end of it, you develop a certain passion for it and respect for it and I would like to accomplish everything I want to before calling it quits.”

Role on Total Divas:

“I’ve been kind of the peacekeeper between people. If people get into an argument, I tell them, ‘I’m the youngest one here why am I the most mature, why is that?’ I try to mend everything. I don’t do drama. I don’t like drama. I just watch it happen, but I don’t want to be in it.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Carmella recently spoke to E! News about life on the road and only getting to see her real-life boyfriend, Big Cass, a day and a half each week.

“People don’t realize that we’ve been together for almost four years now and we’ve kind of kept our relationship very private and no one really knows too much about it,” Carmella told E! News. “We’re on different brands. He’s on Raw and I’m on SmackDown, so we have to deal with the struggle of seeing each other a day and a half out of every week. It is a struggle, but we make it work. I’m excited for the fans to kind of get to know us.”

The relationship of Carmella and Big Cass is about to get a lot of exposure as she’ll join the cast of Total Divas for season seven. The cast will also include Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax joining The Bella Twins, Naomi, Natalya, Maryse and Lana.

Natalya, whose real name is Nattie Neidhart, is an original cast member of Total Divas and is good friends with Carmella. Carmella revealed what she told her about being on the show.

“I was super on board right away,” Carmella explained of her decision to sign on. “Nattie, who I’m really good friends with, she had nothing but positive things to say about being on the show and the opportunities it could possibly bring. As far as just being able to film with your friends and family all the time, she really enjoyed it. I thought, ‘Let’s give it a shot!'”

You can read more comments from Carmella, previewing her inclusion on Total Divas to E! News, by clicking here.