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As noted, RAW Women’s Champion was a guest on the latest episode of PodcastOne’s Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia. In the interview, Bliss discussed her engagement with Buddy Murphy, her struggle with anorexia throughout the years and overcoming the disease, how she utilizes her WWE platform and more.

You can download the full episode from PodcastOne at this link, below are some more highlights that they sent us:

Her battle with anorexia:

“It started off as simple dieting and I was trying just to watch what I was eating and then I started weighing myself and then it becomes a numbers game. Once you start weighing yourself everyday, you start seeing little pounds drop here and there and then you say, ‘Okay, what’s the next number I can get to? What’s the next number I can get to?’ And then that’s when I started researching and learning about calories and I became obsessed. I can’t even tell you, it’s crazy to talk about. I became obsessed with counting calories, obsessed with making sure that I knew exactly what was going into my body at all times. I used to make these little note cards and my mom found these note cards and that’s when she knew I had a problem.

“They were just little tiny cards and they had food places that I had normally ate and it would have an item from that place-let’s say it was like chicken from Burger King, it would have the amount of calories, the amount of fat, the amount of sodium and I made my own little nutritional cards. And then I would write down how much of that I would have to make a certain amount of calories that would fit my diet that day. And you know cheering, we would have practice after school and it got to the point where I would try all these little tricks just to not eat and I remember I was starving, I was so hungry and it was cheer practice and I remember chewing up a protein bar and spitting it back out just to get the flavor of food in my mouth and some kind of energy absorbed from that and I would spit it out and go train because I was so calorie conscious. I would get up a four in the morning before school, I would go and do cardio and then at school I made sure that I would only eat a Jell-O, an apple, and an egg white and that equaled to 150 calories a day and the weight just started dropping off of me like crazy. I went from 130 to 90 in six weeks.

“My mom was anorexic when she was younger so she knew, she knew exactly when she saw that I was like smelling food, but not eating it or if I was cutting my food up into really tiny pieces. I would have a piece of bread in the morning and I would just tear it up into tiny pieces and it would take me 30 minutes to eat that one piece of bread. I got real skinny, I was weak, I remember I turned into this completely different person because when you’re wrapped up in an eating disorder, you’re not yourself.”

Being a voice for the fight against anorexia:

I” want to be that person that shows you cannot be defined by something. When you looked at me you saw anorexia. I was bones, I was dark circles, I was sunken in and…I didn’t want to be defined as that. I was always getting looked at and just judged and I didn’t want to be that person and I wanted to show you can be more than an eating disorder, because it wraps up people so much and it’s not what it’s about.

“I had the amazing experience of when we were in Italy, we went to do a hospital visit and they actually sent me to an eating disorder unit. They didn’t know my past, they didn’t know anything. It was amazing and I saw these kids there and they were teenagers and there was one boy in the back pacing back and forth, I used to do that. There was one girl constantly shaking her knee, I used to do that. There was one kid with a feeding tube, I know that. They wouldn’t look me in the eye, they were very to themselves cause they were like, ‘You don’t know what we’re going through.’

“I had the translator tell them that I had an eating disorder and I was anorexic and I had turned my life around and I had you know, gone onto better things and realize there is more than the number on a scale. All of these kids stopped and looked at me and they gave eye contact to me and the kid in the back who was pacing back and forth, he stopped and he just like kind of looked up at me. And so I kept talking and talking and you would just see them like, they would, start with their head completely down and they looked up and by the end of the conversation they were asking questions. They were talking, they were being responsive, and that’s something that I would never trade for a million years because if I were to be able to help one person, because it’s a day by day thing-eating disorders are a day by day thing. You can’t run, you can’t. And so if I could help somebody for one day, that’s more than worth it for me because that can be the day that saves their life.”

Dealing with fan criticism:

“I’ve fully accepted the fact that if I’m going to do a career like this, I have to be willing to take criticism, because it’s a part of the job, you know? Any Instagram thing I post, someone’s going to say something, I know that. Anything on Twitter, someone’s going to judge whatever I do, whatever I say, whatever I look like, I understand that. But I also know that if I were to ever read into that and slip back into an eating disorder, my body will not survive another one. I’ve been told that multiple times with how my body reacts to it, I will not survive another one.

“If I’m a little more heavier, if I’m ever a little thicker, that’s fine because that means I’m stronger. It means I’m not worried about not waking up in the morning, I’m not worried about the amount of calories I’m eating. There’s so many more things to life to worry about than that. Like they say, ‘An eating disorder will always be in the back of your head, you’ll never get rid of it.’ Once its there, its always there.”

“Yeah, there’s still foods I’m still afraid to. I’m terrified to eat certain foods, but I know that if I eat them, it’s going to be okay. I’m going to get through it. I’ve been very aware with the fact that being in the public eye, being on TV, being cast on Total Divas, I’m setting myself out there for criticism, but I have to know in my heart, what I know is right.”

Her future goals in WWE:

“I want to be one of the longest reigning champions and for our women as a whole, even if I’m not in the match, I want us to have a Main Event at WrestleMania. That’s what I want so bad more than anything even if I’m not in the match-I mean I would love to be in the match let’s not get that twisted, but if we could have a Main Event on WrestleMania, that would be the ultimate thing.”

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Source: Orlando Sentinel

Tessa Blanchard spoke with the Orlando Sentinel on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

205 Live Star, Cedric Alexander, being instrumental in helping her with training:

“If I ever needed anything, they would help me. After hours, I would train, train, train, six or seven days a week, until 2 or 3 in the morning sometimes. After a long day, Cedric [Alexander] would say, ‘Hey Tessa, let’s get in there and have a 45-minute match and call it on the fly.’ That’s helped turn me into the athlete I am today. I’m so grateful for all of those hardships.”

Training in Japan:

“It’s very strong style in there. You’ve got to get in there and hang or you’re going to get your ass kicked. It has toughened me up. You have to develop this mental strength to just be there and be all in.”

Advice from former WWE Superstar, Carlito, when she felt like fans weren’t interested in her:

“I was going through this time where I thought, ‘Why don’t people like me? Why is it so tough right now? Why do people think I’m only here because of [my family ties]?’ Carlito looked at me and he was like, ‘Tessa, you don’t need to apologize for who your dad is, you don’t need to apologize for what family you’re in. You were born that way. But you do need to work hard and you do need to back it up.’ That stuck with me and that’s what I’ve been doing the last four years.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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The long-awaited transferal of one of MMA’s biggest stars to the squared-circle is edging ever closer, as Ronda Rousey appeared at WWE’s Mae Young classic to issue a challenge to the organisation’s elite group of female grapplers.

Rousey and fellow ‘Horsewomen’ Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke were on hand in support of the fourth spoke to their wheel, Shayna Baszler, as she progressed to the tournament’s third round. Whilst speaking about the pride in their colleague’s victory after the show, the trio were suddenly interrupted by three of WWE’s own ‘Four Horsewomen’, Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Bayley.

The six then stood around awkwardly for a little while until Rousey laid down the gauntlet, telling the interlopers, “Name the time, name the place.” The prevailing theory is that the two quartets will collide in a traditional 4-vs-4 contest at November’s Survivor Series.

Rousey and co. are long admirers of the wrestling business – their ‘Four Horsewomen’ moniker derives from Ric Flair’s famous stable of the ’80s – and so the transition from the Octagon to the ring has seemed inevitable for a while. Ronda appeared at WrestleMania 31 where she vaulted the barricade to share the spotlight with The Rock in a high-profile angle opposite Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, whilst Shafir is currently engaged to NXT standout Bobby Roode. Baszler herself has obviously already made the switch, with WWE said to be extremely positive about her performances so far.

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Brie and Nikki Bella could return to in-ring action before the end of the year, according to new reports (via F4Online).

In an interview before SummerSlam, Nikki told Inside The Ropes that she hoped they could compete “some time during 2018”, if not earlier.

Nikki, whose neck injury precludes her from being a full-time wrestler, has not been seen on television since April, when she teamed with real-life husband John Cena in a WrestleMania 33 match with The Miz and Maryse.

Likewise, Brie Bella announced last year that she would be taking a sabbatical from professional wrestling, during which time she and Daniel Bryan welcomed their first child.

The pair have not competed as a team for a number of years, but Nikki appears to have confirmed they will be returning together in the near future.

A staple part of WWE programming for the last decade, Nikki – a two-time Divas Champion – and Brie have both remained associated with the company despite taking time off.

And with two women’s divisions on Raw and SmackDown respectively, it has been suggested that they could use additional talent to drive up competition.

The 33-year-old was also reported to have thrown her support behind the idea of Bryan, her brother-in-law, stepping back in the ring.

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Source: The Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte Observer released some excerpts from the upcoming book, “Second Nature: The Legacy of Ric Flair and the Rise of Charlotte” co-written by Ric Flair, Charlotte, and Brian Shields, which will be available on September 19. Here are a few of the highlights.

Ric Flair described the 2008 incident in Chapel Hill that led to the arrest of Charlotte, following a fight during the night with then-boyfriend Riki Johnson, who she later married.

“Johnson yelled, ‘Your daughter–!’ and that’s all I had to hear,” Flair said. “My daughter did everything for this guy. He could barely hold a job. I got up and said, ‘Do you think you’re a man behaving this way? You’re not a man.’ Ashley’s boyfriend exploded in a fury and started throwing punches at me. I just stood there. …Police arrived, and all hell broke loose. …When one of the police officers entered her space and asked her to put her hands behind her back, I heard her say, ‘Don’t touch me. I said don’t touch me.’ The next thing I knew, the officer used a Taser to subdue her. She was brought to the floor and taken into police custody in handcuffs. Her boyfriend assaulted me, I had bruises on my face, and somehow my daughter, who tried to be the peacekeeper, was arrested.”

Charlotte spoke about her rocky relationship with Riki Johnson, her first husband. She passed on a Division I volleyball scholarship at Appalachian State to live with Johnson, who was a student at UNC-Chapel Hill at the time.

“Riki was Jekyll and Hyde,” Charlotte said. “If he was happy, things were great; he was the man of my dreams. If he was angry, everyone knew it, and it would be taken out on someone or something.”

Charlotte also gave her perspective on the 2008 altercation in Chapel Hill, and alleges there were multiple instances in which arguments led to him becoming physically violent with her.

“Riki started swinging at me like we were in a street fight. Over his screams, I could hear his fists hit my arms. I managed to block most of the punches, but one shot got me in the ribs. I began to gasp for air, but he didn’t stop,” Charlotte said. In another instance, “Riki punched me right in the head. …I think about that girl now, and it brings tears to my eyes. How did I get there? Why was this going on? Why wasn’t I strong enough, brave enough, to end this?”

Charlotte also mentioned Johnson was doing drugs with her brother, Reid (who later passed away in 2013 from a drug overdose), while Reid stayed at her home. Once Charlotte found out, her brother left.

“Every day, another piece of my heart broke over what had happened,” Charlotte admitted.

You can read the full article by clicking here.

 

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Former WWE RAW Women’s Champion Sasha Banks was a guest on Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast prior to winning and dropping the title last month. Interestingly, Banks discussed her propensity for losing the gold shortly after attaining it, a factoid that has found its way into Banks’ ongoing story arc.

According to Banks, repeatedly losing the women’s title soon after winning it has been a blow to her confidence.

“I’ll be honest about something. I’m a three-time RAW Women’s Champion, right, which is awesome. Within a whole year, I’m a three-time Women’s Champion, which, to me, is a lot. I am a three-time two-week holder of a championship, so that took away my confidence so much.”

Moreover, in Banks’ estimation, either WWE does not see ‘The Boss’ as a viable champion or the company wants repeated title changes to keep people talking.

“I thought, ‘okay, I lost it the first time.’ Then, when I won it back, I was like, ‘okay, maybe I can show them that I can keep it for longer than two weeks.’ And I don’t know. Was it something with me or do they just want to keep [flip-flopping] I don’t know. So the last reign, I wasn’t used the Monday night and the following week, Charlotte closed out RAW, cutting a promo on her father. I run out and get beat up by Charlotte. And then, the following pay-per-view, which was an iron woman match, I tapped out with one second left, and went to overtime, and tapped out. So to me, you’re telling me I couldn’t hold out for one more second not to tap out? But then I still lose. It’s stuff like that that really brought down my confidence levels, like maybe there’s something wrong with me and they don’t see me as a champion or legit they wanted to have all these title changes and they wanted people to talk about it.” Banks added, “but then, in my last run, I was like, ‘okay, I have two more weeks till the pay-per-view, I might lose, I might win. I have no idea.’ And those things, I didn’t find out till the day of, the night of.”

Additionally, Banks shared that she is out to prove that she can be the champ for more than two weeks.

“I just want to show to myself that I can do it and I can show to the company that I can be a champion for more than two weeks. And I want to be going down in history as the greatest women’s champion of all time because I’m already going down as the greatest women’s wrestler of all time.”

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Source: Busted Open

WWE Mae Young Classic competitor Tessa Blanchard joined Busted Open with Dave Lagreca and Larry Dallas to promote the first four episodes of the tournament being released on the WWE Network. You can check out some highlights below:

Her match with Kairi Sane:

“It was honestly, it still doesn’t feel real really. It was just such an honor to be out there with Kairi, of all people, because her and I were supposed to have a singles match in Japan on two different occasions over the past two or three years and it didn’t happen due to just circumstance and the card changing or whatnot. So her and I were talking and we were like, of all places in America and in a WWE ring, finally we get to have our singles match. So that was just really really special for us.”

Embracing with Sane after the match and the emotion of it all:

“You know I was just overcome with emotion. Just watching it back I was just completely overcome with emotion. The crowd was absolutely unreal, they were with us the entire time and the response we got was awesome. And Kairi, she’s such a superstar, she really deserves to be seen by the world. She’s such a phenomenal talent, she’s honestly probably one of the best in the world and for her to be over here and have an opportunity with WWE, I’m just very very proud of her.

If this has been the match of her career so far:

“I think it might be so far, might be my favorite match I’ve had so far in my career. And it’s saying a lot because some of my favorite matches are against Mickie James and – ugh it’s just crazy the platform we had and to go out there and show what you can do and show that women are not just women’s wrestlers, we’re wrestlers. It was just so special.”

Did she always want to be in wrestling despite her family’s legacy, and if her family supported her:

“When I started wrestling I didn’t tell my family that I was starting to train about four or five months in to my training. I never told them. But I had to tell them or I wouldn’t be able to continue training where I was training, because Michael, who owns High Spot, thought it might be like a conflict and I ended up telling my parents. They came to watch me and it was great. Things kind of just took off from there. I never really thought they would take off the way they did. I started off driving the 14 hours for $50 no hotel, then turning around and driving the 14 hours right back to North Carolina and just so I could learn, go everywhere, and get my name out there. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that ‘You are where you are because of your name, or because of your boyfriend, or because of -‘ anything but hard work. And I was never going to let that be true. I went out there and I did everything I could to make a name for myself.”

Her last name helping or hurting her in her career:

“I think it’s a blessing and a curse a little bit. I’m so so proud to be a Blanchard. I just wish my grandpa was around to see me in the ring just one time and that would just make my life. But also I knew when I was starting out that it would be hard and I didn’t quite anticipate how difficult it would be, starting out, because locker rooms – ugh, they were some of the toughest things to be in. It was absolutely difficult, but one thing I’ve always prided myself on is I have unbelievable mental strength. And I don’t let that kind of thing get to me, it just motivates me. Cause I’ve been beat down verbally and – I don’t let that get in my way I guess. I still, I do everything I can to make sure ‘Hey, you can say Blanchard, that got my foot in the door, that got me in front of the right people, that got me a shot – but once I step in the ring it doesn’t do jack sh*t for me.’ Once I’m in there it doesn’t take the bumps for me, it doesn’t drive the miles for me, it doesn’t do any of that. So I ought to be able to back it up.”