QUICK QUOTES: Natalya on how she prepared for Money in the Bank, the women wrestlers who have reached out to her, the Mae Young Classic

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Natalya was recently interviewed by TV Insider and talked about Money in the Bank, the women in the industry who reached out to over the match, and more. Here are the highlights:

Women wrestlers reaching out to her about Money in the Bank:

“I got texts from Nikki Bella, Sasha Banks. I got messages from Beth Phoenix, Eve Torres, Kaitlyn. So many who were also from the past in WWE,” she recalls. “Then women from the independents reached out to me like Shayna Baszler, Mia Yim, Nikki Matthews, Sumie Sakai. So many different women were like, ‘Wow, this is amazing!’ It’s incredible. It’s a testament to how far we’ve come and are going to go.”

Working with ladders to prepare for the match:

“A few days ago I worked with ladders for six hours. I’m not going to even tell you how much my body hurts. I thought my body hurt deadlifting and doing all my powerlifting. I’ll tell you one thing. If you want a good workout, then start lifting ladders. I’m still really sore. Then I woke up the next day with all these bruises. I realized it was from lifting the ladder. They are really cumbersome. It’s not like WWE is saying, ‘You are girls, so we are going to give you the smaller ladder.’ No, we are lifting the same ladders as the guys do. I feel like all the work in the gym has been paying off.

Her thoughts on the Mae Young Classic:

“We were talking about it to Triple H the other day, and I really want to go to it. It’s also funny to note is that my grandfather was very close to Mae Young. I had a really strong relationship with Mae Young, too. My whole childhood growing up my grandfather would say that Mae Young may be the toughest lady wrestler he ever knew. He would always call her Johnnie Mae. Johnnie Mae was a shooter and would go at it with the guys. She was the real deal and one of the best.”

For the full interview with Natalya, check out TV Insider.


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