Posts Tagged ‘WWE Divas’

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.

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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: Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone has an interview with Nikki Bella, who discussed her elimination from Dancing With The Stars this week. Below are a few highlights:

Do you think you’re cemented as the defining woman wrestler of a generation?

“Through my neck injury, a lot of people have said, ‘You’ve done all you can do.’ But in my heart, I truly don’t [think I have]. There’s so much more to do, so many more women to empower and uplift. I never want to walk away and be like, ‘I did all I can.’ Women have such a far way to go in WWE until we truly are where we could be. I’ve yet to hit the level of where my fiancée John [Cena] is at, or even the Rock, and I would love to be the first female to do that.”

In the sense of their crossover success or iconic in-ring stature?

“It’s kind of both. When you can be that character that comes in for WrestleManiaknowing you are gonna headline, and when you are the guys that go out into this mainstream world and people automatically know, ‘Oh, the WWE person, they can host the ESPYs or Teen Choice,’ and Brie and I are on our way there but not quite there. WWE will always be my home. I always want to come back, have fun in that ring and tell a story, but also — whatever venture I was out on — bring people back to that ring. I’ll never turn my back on WWE, and that’s something Rock had done and John, of course.”

And per those rumors, might we see you as a female SmackDown GM soon?

“[Laughs] I’m not gonna lie, I totally pitched hard to do that. The company thought it was a great idea, but creatively at the time it wasn’t going to work out because I did sign on with Dancing With the Stars and no one knew yet, so it was going to be too short of a run. But they were positive about it, so I’m hoping that door stays open. I would love to come back and be a bad guy. I feel like I’m where John stands — I’m better used as a good guy. But can you imagine me coming back as a bad girl and having some fun with Shane [McMahon]? It would just be amazing. So we’ll see.”

Nikki also discussed appearing on DWTS, how much her career has evolved since first starting with WWE, women in entertainment standing up to harassment and more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

Paige will return to WWE programming on next week’s Raw, according to PWInsider‘s Mike Johnson.

The former Divas Champion was cleared to return to action in September after a lengthy injury lay-off which dates back to the summer of last year.

It was originally reported that the 25-year-old would be assigned to SmackDown, but PWInsider now believes she will end up on Raw, where could be set for a starring role straight away.

Johnson says his WWE sources have indicated that she has been penciled in for a slot on the Raw Survivor Series team, who will meet the female cast of SmackDown on November 19.

It is reported that Paige could be a last-minute addition to the already-advertised Triple Threat qualifying bout between Mickie James, Bayley and Dana Brooke on Monday.

Whatever the case, fans of the British star will be relieved that she remains in her employer’s plans after a controversy-laden 12 months which appeared to put her future in doubt.

It has also been suggested this weekend that Paige has split from fiancé Alberto Del Rio after posting a Snapchat video in which she indicated she is now single.

Source: The Sun

Carmella spoke with The Sun to promote the current WWE European tour. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

Going from WWE NXT to the main roster:

“After starting off in NXT and then getting here to SmackDown Live, all I ever wanted to do was to create history and be a part of the women’s revolution. Natalya, Naomi, Becky Lynch, Charlotte, everyone is making history and I wanted to be a part of it and now my name will always be forever etched in history – and that’s all I’ve ever wanted.”

Traveling with her Money In the Bank briefcase:

“I have to carry it everywhere I go. When we fly I only get to have one carry on and one personal item. Sometimes I just have one little bag and my briefcase. A few weeks ago I was at baggage claim and a man asked me if I was in the banking business. I was like ‘Really? You think I’m going I’m going to be carrying around a briefcase with money in the bank written on it with money in it?'”

People calling SmackDown the B Show:

“I don’t know where people get that Smackdown is the B show – I couldn’t disagree more. Ever since the draft happened I know all the women in our locker room came together and vowed to make us the A show and show we are the best women’s division. It’s nice to have that rivalry because it makes you work that much harder and you always want to be better than the other side.”

Check out the full interview with Carmella at this link.

Australian superstar Emma’s six-year WWE tenure came to a sudden end when she was released from the company on October 29th, one week after wrestling Asuka at the TLC 2017 pay-per-view.

Though she was long-considered one of WWE’s most underused performers, Emma’s departure came out of nowhere, particular in the wake of her recent mini-push. One reporter who wasn’t surprised, though, was Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso, who wrote this week that “the writing on the wall had been in place for some time.”

As per the write-up, Emma had considerable heat with in the company. She was particularly unpopular among the writing staff, whom she angered by using Twitter to voice her discontent on the way she’d been booked, with ‘#GiveEmmaAChance’ gaining considerable traction in recent months. Barrasso does note, however, that the “doors remain open for a return.”

Emma’s heat could be a continuation of her Emmalina character’s cancellation back in February. The gimmick was reportedly scrapped (after months of promotion) as WWE felt she wasn’t committed to the role, hinting at discontent between the employer and employee. Regardless, Barrasso states that many see her departure as “addition by subtraction in the locker room.”

Former WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn (Celeste Bonin), who recently revealed that she was training for an in-ring return, went public with her recent drug addiction issues with a post on Instagram this week.

Bonin noted that it’s been 1 year since she checked herself into the hospital for detox. It appears she was battling issues with prescription painkillers. She also mentioned abusing alcohol but a recent post on Instagram indicated that she was still drinking. You can see her full post on the drug issues below:

It’s been one year since I checked myself into the hospital for a medical drug detox. (I took this picture in the airport bathroom after flying into LAX.I felt so awful and disgusted with myself but I remember posting it on Instagram with some stupid caption about being happy. I was actually on the last days of the medicine to help me detox and was in a super f–ked up place mentally and physically). Over the past few years I was in a terrible marriage, an addict and not true to myself. It took me so long to admit I had a problem… and then to admit how serious the problem was. I used to pretend to be and to live a certain way for social media. It’s everyone’s hi-light reel.I remember getting out of the hospital feeling like death, with a medical taper plan of meds and thinking “what have I done to myself?”. I celebrated my 30th birthday 5 days later and I remember wanting to die. If you’ve ever gone through serious drug detox, you know that you basically go through two detoxes. One from the initial drug(s) and then another one from the medicine used to help you detox. A lot of people get hooked on the medicine and remain addicts. For me, I started abusing alcohol to deal with the chemical imbalances, panic attacks and sadness/depression I was experiencing. If you know me, you know I had never done a drug in my life leading up to this (besides smoking weed once or twice and freaking the f–k out.) It’s so crazy. You can have the world at your fingertips but end up destroying yourself if you’re not careful. I’m fortunate enough to have pulled myself out of it all and was able rebuild my life …but I can seriously empathize with anyone who is, has been, or has a tendency to be an addict (we’re all addicted to something). But it’s about self awareness and humility. Never be too proud to ask for help. Be able to wake up and look at yourself in the mirror. Tag someone who needs to read this.

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