Posts Tagged ‘WWE Divas’

Nikki Bella (and Brie Bella) spoke with Girlboss Radio about having to deal with how people responded to her once she began dating John Cena, how the Divas era was different from today’s era, and calling off the wedding three weeks before.

Nikki noted that despite building up her own career in WWE, once she began dating John Cena, she was known simply as that.

“It started when my ex-fiance and I got engaged – even when we were together – here I accomplished so much in my career and I’ve been there for 12 years,” Nikki said. “Everything turned into, ‘Oh yeah, that’s John Cena’s girlfriend/fiance.’ Even when I started to meet people or they would Google me, that’s what they recognized me for or that was my ‘accomplishment.’ I don’t know if it’s being a strong woman or entrepreneur, but it would kind of frustrate me, because I’m more than that and I always was. The past year and a half was really tough on me.”

Switching topics, Nikki said there was definitely a different mentality towards the women wrestlers during the ‘Diva’ era and respect for them has gone up in the last couple years thanks to the women’s revolution.

“Brie and I have been there for almost 12 years and the old perception of us women wrestlers – they called us ‘Divas’ – they really wanted us to promote the sex appeal of it all,” Nikki said. “So, I totally feel like it opened doors for men and other people to treat us that way. That’s what has been so amazing about the women’s revolution at WWE is we’re finally demanding respect, showing the world we’re equal to the men. I’ve noticed in the past few years of them recognizing, dropping the name ‘Diva,’ and now we’re a ‘Superstar’ like the men. A lot of that has gone away, it rarely happens now.”

About her wedding, Nikki noted that it was called off twice, and she ended up doing it three weeks before their wedding date that apparently had a one-hour E! special planned.

“Calling the wedding off three weeks before to the man of your dreams. We have called it off twice,” Nikki said. “The first time, he didn’t want kids and I thought I could sacrifice that and it was our engagement party, and I was just kind of out of it. Everyone noticed it, even the film crew noticed it, like ‘There’s something off with her.’ … He called it off the first time because he still didn’t want kids and he’s like ‘You should go and find someone to have kids with.’ We’re very mature, we’re best friends. So, we had called it off, he came back to me a few weeks later and he was like ‘You know what, I don’t want to lose you, I want kids.’

I just jumped back into it, not even thinking. And then as we got closer to the wedding I realized there were so many more issues that we needed to figure out. It was just getting to the point where I was breaking. I was like, ‘I shouldn’t feel like this going into my marriage, when I say those vows I want to mean them.’ … It was like three weeks out, we had all these people, wedding dress, maid of honor, dresses. Not to mention I had an E! wedding special, an hour special, like crew and everything. That’s why when people say ‘It’s fake.’ Don’t you think about the other side of it, like ratings and the money that’s [gone into it?]”

You can check out the full interview on iTunes by clicking here.

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Natalya spoke to Sun Sport to discuss the new WWE DVD, Then, Now, Forever: The Evolution of WWE’s Women’s Division. Below are some highlights:

Being impressed with Sasha Banks:

“I like it when people say that about me – we all want to be in great matches. It’s a great aspiration to have. You want to be that girl or guy who can have that great match with anyone.

“I’ve been working with Sasha Banks a lot on Raw and I see that in her too. I was so impressed with her in that Fatal 4-Way. Whether it’s Sasha against Charlotte, Sasha against Bayley… it’s just every girl I see in there with Sasha. She brings out the best in her opponents.”

When she realized that Triple H believed in her:

“I never knew how much Triple H believed in me until that moment. He knew I was the right person to elevate Charlotte and give her this moment. I think Triple H saw similarities in me and Charlotte. We both come from wrestling backgrounds. Charlotte had those same shoes to fill and family expectations. We didn’t even have a time limit. Triple said, ‘Just go in there and tear the house down.’

“It was my first time in my WWE career that I was just allowed to be me – to go in there and just do my thing and have complete control. It was such a special moment for me. That match sparked this surge of more incredible women’s matches in NXT. Then the girls on the main roster wanted those matches too. It was this crazy collaboration of the universe coming together – the fans, WWE management, and the girls all being on board and saying, ‘We need this.'”

Natalya also discussed wanting to wrestle Ronda Rousey, how things have changed since her WWE debut in 2008 and more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

Charlotte spoke with the Press of Atlantic City on her SummerSlam title match, the backstage reaction to her match against Asuka at WrestleMania, the possibility of a WWE women’s tag division, and the WWE Evolution PPV. Here are some of the highlights:

Upcoming triple threat title match at SummerSlam against WWE SmackDownWomen’s Champion Carmella and Becky Lynch:

“Yeah! The match Tuesday [with Becky Lynch] against the IIconics, I really felt in my groove. I think I wasn’t expecting to be in the title picture for SummerSlam. I think having the opportunity, and then also facing Carmella and getting her back because she beat me twice, and then obviously facing my best friend friend, [Lynch]. Whether she wins or I win, I always like being in the ring with her. She always makes me raise my game. So yeah, I’m just so focused on SummerSlam. It’s a short time before the event so I just want to make sure I’m back in shape. I missed SummerSlam last year so it’s just crazy to think that it’s been a year since then. My dad got sick last year and then just making it back in time. I’m excited, especially with SummerSlam. It’s a mini WreslteMania. To be on the card is an honor. Had I not won the match [against Carmella] I would have been so disappointed.”

Getting positive reactions backstage after her match against Asuka at WrestleMania:

“And never do I think the men don’t support us. That’s not what I’m saying. It’s one of those things that I remember after my match with Asuka [at WrestleMania 34], a couple of the boys came up to me and were like, ‘just helluva match.’ There is nothing more satisfying than hearing that from a man. I’m not taking away from a girl saying it either, but it’s just like, ‘heck yea, I’m doing it,’ you know? For them to appreciate your athleticism, your work, your effort, your story-telling because they really are… There’s nothing better.”

When she found out about the WWE Evolution PPV:

“I heard rumors. You never know what’s going to happen. I hear things all the time that never come to light. I just gotta go, the best advice is to focus on your tunnel vision. Just keep moving forward. Don’t expect things. Just keep working. I knew if we kept working as hard as we did something like this would happen. And also too, I think it takes for the first time we have the depth to have an all-women’s pay per view. That’s what matters most is that we have that many women that are that talented.”

WWE women’s tag division:

“I want to tag with Becky! We’re Tea-Generation X! I think that would be awesome. And that’s another thing. Everyone talks about the tag titles. I just wasn’t sure, you know, that we had to have the right amount of women. And depending if that happens one day that would be so much fun.”

Charlotte also discussed more on the women’s revolution and recently getting back into the ring. You can check out the full interview by clicking here.

Evolution will be a groundbreaking event for WWE as their first all-female pay-per-view. Alexa Bliss was on the ramp along with the rest of WWE’s women’s roster awaiting Stephanie McMahon’s July 23rd announcement on Raw and she had no idea what was going to happen until the rest of us found out.

Bliss spoke to The Miami Herald on a Facebook Live interview where she discussed what it was like not knowing what the big announcement was until she found out along with the rest of the world. They had a good idea that the announcement was going to be a big one though because WWE flew in all of their active main roster female Superstars for the show.

“We found out on the spot,” Bliss said. “It was an amazing surprise, it was really cool to have that moment with the WWE Universe because they were so excited and they were excited because we were excited and it was just really cool.

“All the SmackDown were there. Because we were wondering [what they were doing on Raw]. Because they flew them all in and we were like, ‘what is going on?’ We knew Stephanie had an announcement and we knew it was going to be big when everyone was showing up.”

WWE often likes to provide opportunities for authentic reactions in their Superstars whenever it is possible. Whether it is a Superstar Shake-Up or a historic announcement like plans for Evolution, WWE generally knows how to get the response they’re looking for out of their Superstars.

Bliss was quick to say her dream match would be against Trish Stratus. She explained how her reasons for wanting to face Stratus goes beyond her fandom because upon meeting the WWE Hall Of Famer, Bliss connected with one of her childhood heroes.

“I watched Trish growing up and when we were at the Women’s Royal Rumble I got to watch her in the ring,” Bliss said. “We had met finally and she was just fun to be around and fun to talk to and I would just love to be in the ring with her.”

WWE has announced that Renee Young will serve as guest commentator for Monday’s RAW from Greensboro, NC, the final RAW before SummerSlam.

Renee will call all three hours of RAW with Michael Cole and Corey Graves. Jonathan Coachman will be fulfilling another obligation, according to WWE. Renee is currently calling the 2018 Mae Young Classic with Cole and WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix.

Below is WWE’s announcement on Renee calling RAW:

Renee Young to step in on Raw announce team as guest commentator Monday nightRenee Young will be stepping in for Jonathan Coachman on the Raw announce team as a guest commentator this Monday night, ESPN.com reports. Coachman, meanwhile, will be fulfilling another obligation.

Young will work alongside Michael Cole and Corey Graves for all three hours of the broadcast, making this the first time a woman has called an entire episode of Raw.

Don’t miss Renee Young’s historic Raw announce team debut live this Monday at 8/7 C on USA Network.

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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

As Ronda Rousey prepares for her in-ring Monday Night Raw debut against Alicia Fox tonight in Jacksonville, Florida, the former UFC fighter appeared on Live with Kelly and Ryan recently and explained the traits needed in order to survive in the pro wrestling business. Host Ryan Seacrest asked Rousey how working for WWEcompares to the UFC in terms of its challenges.

“It’s uniquely challenging,” Rousey said. “I think it’s a marriage between fighting and acting really. And it’s like doing Broadway, except for everyone does their own stunts and everyone is kinda making it up as they go along.”

Rousey also went into detail regarding her personal life and her marriage with UFC fighter Travis Browne. Seacrest noted that Rousey’s one year anniversary with Browne is coming up and that she says he is “suspiciously perfect.”

“Suspiciously perfect means he does things that I don’t think a real human actually does it,” Rousey explained. “I was filming Mile 22 in Bogota and he flew all the way down to come and visit me. And he shows up and he was like, ‘You didn’t say anything about it, but I thought maybe you’d forget and I brought you a box of tampons.'”

Career transitions and perfect husband aside, Rousey debuted in the WWE at the 2018 Royal Rumble and has looked comfortable in the ring ever since. Rousey is scheduled to take on Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Championship at Summerslam on August 19.