Posts Tagged ‘Total Divas’

Renee Young recently spoke with Bleacher Report and revealed how Paul Heyman has been a big supporter of hers since she signed with the company.

“He’s had my back from the get-go,” Young said. “He did not need to do that. For whatever reason, he and I have always been close when it comes to talking about being better and wanting to be the best.”

Renee also revealed how Heyman gave her advice before she made her RAW commentary debut several weeks back.

“He just kind of gave me advice on how to be a little more succinct, how to create those little punchlines,” she said. “You’ve gotta think about what this is going to sound like in a video package. Make sure you’re saying their name instead of he or she. Just little nuggets like that that you might forget. And I do forget. Sometimes, I might be out there and catch myself saying, ‘Oh, he just speared him’ instead of ‘Roman Reigns just speared Braun Strowman.'”

Renee also talked about how she was uncomfortable with revealing her relationship with RAW Tag Team Champion Dean Ambrose on Total Divas last season.

“I think [our relationship] was not something we wanted to pull the curtain back on,” Young said. “That made me uncomfortable as well, because the whole time I’m just saying he’s crazy and how do I deal with this crazy person [for story purposes], which is really not our dynamic. That was really odd to navigate as we were doing it.”

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Earlier this year Alexa Bliss was involved in a feud with former bestie, Nia Jax, that centered around Bliss body-shaming Jax. The storyline led to a match at WrestleMania 34 in which Jax defeated Bliss for the Raw Women’s Championship. Even though Bliss lost the title, her least favorite part of the whole feud was having to ridicule and make fun of Jax, and it got to the point where Bliss even turned down some of the things the WWE writers wanted her to say about Jax.

Bliss joined Lilian Garcia’s podcast where she discussed that storyline and why it made her so uncomfortable.

“One storyline that I didn’t feel comfortable was the one with Nia Jax. There was certain things, even though I was the one doing the bullying and body shaming and stuff like that, we wanted the story to be real so we had to have real situations,” said Bliss. “There were some things I just didn’t feel comfortable saying. It was obviously things that Nia provided where she would tell me to say certain things about her to pull real emotions but I just didn’t feel comfortable saying any of that stuff at all, but it was fine so we didn’t do it, which is what is great about our company too because nothing it set in stone. If you don’t feel comfortable doing something there are other options. It is a creative process, which is what is so great about our writing team and our producers that help us feel comfortable in every situation that we are in.”

Bliss and Jax have been good friends since coming up through NXT and have remained so on the main roster. The WWE schedule doesn’t lend itself for them to hang out as often as before, but Bliss says she is still close to Jax.

“Well, she is so busy with Total Divas and I have been so busy with media, we still hang out backstage and we are still really, really, really close,” revealed Bliss. “Obviously, our paths went in different directions, but you know, on the road it is so hard to keep in touch with people. There have been times where I have been home from the road one day a week and I know she is always traveling with Total Divas and I remember when I did the Total Divas schedule, I didn’t have any free time at all. I didn’t even speak with my parents. You know what I mean?”

“We each like our time at home. She likes to play with her dog Benji, and I don’t want to disrupt that time, you know what I mean? We are still really close and recently we saw each other at the airport and ended up sitting next to each other on the plane. We are still really close, but I think that the schedule took over our lives a little bit, which happens.”

WWE may be looking to help the Total Divas viewership by bringing RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey to the show, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

The current eighth season of Total Divas has seen historic viewership lows for the show since it begin airing back in 2013. WWE officials have talked about approaching Rousey to become a regular cast member.

As noted yesterday, this week’s show drew another historic low of 340,000 viewers. Rousey had not been approached as of early this week but that may have changed when the viewership was released yesterday.

WWE SmackDown General Manager Paige recently spoke with TV Insider. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

Pitching her Total Divas return as a part of her moving n a positive direction and a life rehabilitation:

“Whether it’s drugs, alcohol, any kind of abuse. With the tape coming out and everything else happening, I wanted to tell people everything. I wanted to also take ownership for my faults. I wanted to own up to things I did and say, ‘Yes, I did do that. It sucks. I made a mistake. Here is why you shouldn’t do this or that.’ It was a great season to do that kind of stuff. I got to go to this women’s shelter. It was really inspiring. I really love this season. I just wanted to get on there so people could hear my side of the story.”

Vince McMahon making her the GM of SmackDown:

“I actually pitched the idea, too. I knew a few months back that I pretty much wasn’t going to be wrestling anymore, so I was constantly pitching ideas of what I could do. Maybe I could manage someone and be the female Paul Heyman. I was constantly pitching. I think Vince [McMahon] already had the idea to make me general manager. That was his idea.

“…I’m just so happy. It was a rollercoaster of emotions over two days. WWE has been so fantastic. They still believed I should be doing something and gave me such a big role…Shane McMahon really helped me the first couple of weeks. Then he stepped down, so I could solidify my spot. I have been having so much fun. I love working with the girls and guys.”

Having chemistry with The Miz and R-Truth:

“Any time I have a promo with him, and I like R-Truth too, but I always have the best chemistry with Miz. We really don’t stay on script perfectly. We kind of bounce off each other…He is the one I paid attention to when it came to promos. He helped me so much along the way with backstage segments. He made it so easy that it was great.”

When Daniel Bryan returned to the ring, there were new challenges that he had to deal with. In his first WWE run, he got to solely focus on his wrestling career. This time around, Bryan has a child to take care of and told Booker T on Heated Conversations that it was difficult to be away from home.

“It was very very difficult,” said Bryan. “So one of the things that was shocking to me even, was when I got brought back they just threw me on everything. I honestly thought when I came back it was for a limited schedule. That’s what I thought it was. There’s WrestleMania and I was like things were going to calm down after that. Then we go to Saudi Arabia, so we’re gone for 10 days and I’m home for three days. Then we do an 18-day European tour. So you’re looking at a span of a month, 31 days, where I’m only home for three days.”

“I went into Mark Corano, the talent relations guy at WWE, and I said ‘listen I can’t do this’. My body could do it, but I’m mentally unwilling to do this. One of the things that was good about me having to step back was you have different priorities. The great thing about WWE is they really worked with me with that.”

Now that he has returned, Bryan got to work with his wife Brie Bella. When asked about the impact of the Bella Twins, Bryan does not think that they get enough respect, citing their ability to expose WWE to a whole new audience.

“I don’t think so,” Bryan replied, when asked if they get enough respect. “Obviously I’m very close to the situation and I know that a lot of hardcore wrestling fans look at them and their era as a negative on women’s wrestling. Brie [Bella] was in the ring when the ring when the hashtag ‘give divas a chance’ because they were only in like a 30-second match. I think people were frustrated with this idea that the women weren’t being given more opportunities. They worked very hard for that kind of thing and there were part of this transition into divas to women’s wrestling.

“But I also think that… I get women coming up to me and saying ‘oh my god, you’re Daniel Bryan, right? From the show’. And that’s how I know that they’re not necessarily wrestling fans, they’re Total Divas or Total Bellas fans. I think exposing our product to a different audience is always good. That’s one of things that I think Vince [McMahon] will say, and a lot of people will say, is that one of the great things about things like Total Divas and Total Bellas is it exposes WWE talent to a whole new audience of people.”

SmackDown General Manager Paige spoke to The Mirror to promote the return of Total Divas. Below are a few highlights:

Her personal story being told this season:

“You hear a bunch of my stories, the year and a half I took out, just everything. All the trouble I got myself into… I was just very open about everything. I was very open with the taped sex that unfortunately got leaked, the popping [failing] of drug tests, I was just very open about everything because I want people to learn from my mistakes, you know?

“Obviously they get to see stuff like my neck injury, my emotions becoming general manager, it just has so much. I have so much to share with you guys and again you just see a different side of me, you get to see Saraya, more than you get to see Paige.”

Being able to come back from all the adversity she faced:

“Yeah I feel it definitely helped a lot and the people who kind of got me out of my rut – I was at rock bottom for a year and a half – and the people who got me out of my rut were my fans. They were just like ‘I know you can get out of this, you’re stronger than what you feel right now, I know you can make a comeback’ and it just inspired me like ‘you’re right, why do I feel like I’m giving up right now?’

“It just motivated me beyond… it motivated me more so than I’ve ever been in my life. Especially when my neck issues came around and I couldn’t wrestle anymore, I was like ‘okay, this isn’t the end of me, this is the start of something new, this is a different chapter of my story’. I just never wanted to give up.”

Paige also talked more about this season of Total Divas, an upcoming Chronicle of WWE Network featuring her, her conversation with Edge the day she retired and more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross recently caught up with his favorite cheekbones in the business of professional wrestling, WWE Superstar Becky Lynch. Among many other things, Lynch talked about whether she had been approached about being a Total Divas cast member, why she does not date within WWE, and being in a good place in her professional wrestling career.

According to Lynch, there was a conversation about having her join the cast of Total Divas when she first made her way up to WWE’s so-called main roster; however, like the rest of WWE’s Four Horsewomen, ‘Straight Fire’ never became a Total Divas regular.

“When I first got on the road, there was a conversation about [being a Total Divas cast member].” Lynch continued, “for me, I don’t think that is in my future. I appreciate what it [has] done for the other girls, but I think I would like to keep my real life separate to [pro] wrestling and I just don’t foresee me on any sort of reality TV show.”

Additionally, during the podcast, Lynch shared that she does not date within WWE, as she wants to keep her professional life “drama-free”.

“Do you know what? I think that’s one thing, that again, I’ve always wanted especially because you’re going to be around these people all the time. And, like, I would like to keep that separate from my own personal life and I feel like everyone ends up becoming like a family member. Do you know what I mean? Like, a brother or whatever and I just want to keep my work life so drama-free, so however I can do that, I can go in, not have any awkwardness with anybody, not have any fights.” Lynch added, “everything’s about the work.”

In Lynch’s view, she has finally put the pieces together and feels as though she has come to a good place in her pro wrestling odyssey.

“I feel like there was just some stuff in my own life I had to break through.” Lynch divulged, “and I feel like once I did that, everything just felt like it started flowing a lot better and my career felt like it got better. I just felt like, ‘yeah.’ I just feel like it’s just coming together and I really know myself a lot better now, more than I ever have. And I feel more confident than I ever have in my ability and going out there. I also love SmackDown. I really love SmackDown. And I love the show, and I love what we’ve got going on, and I love the locker room. I just really want to put everything into it to make it an entertaining show. And luckily, I’ve got the backing of the writers, and producers, and management right now to be able to go and do some great stuff. And it [has] been a lot of fun. Yeah, I feel really lucky and I’m looking forward to seeing where this storyli