TV Insider spoke with Natalya this week about Total Divas, and the impact it’s had on her career.
“Most people would never know I’m afraid of heights. So, I got to show that vulnerability going into (the Money In The Bank ladder match). I didn’t want to let my co-workers or upper management know I had that fear because I didn’t want that opportunity taken from me. It was a situation that forced me to confront my fears.”
She also discusses some of the relationships she’s forged through doing the show:
“Carmella has actually become one of my closest friends. We travel together. We just came back from a tour of China, Japan. We made it through Hurricane Irma. We both live in Tampa and were freaking out. We hugged each other once we knew would be okay.
“I was with Carmella and was literally going through the curtain with her at a live event when she got the news Big Cass blew out his knee. She was so scared and upset, seconds away from going out to perform. She was such a professional and focused on the match. I don’t know if I could have done that, and I’ve been wrestling since I was 18. A true pro.”
Regarding her legacy:
“Come Hell in a Cell, I would have had the most pay-per-view matches out of anyone in WWE history. I will surpass Trish Stratus’ record. To know how hard I worked, and to get this opportunity, it’s so great because 100 or so episodes later you see me achieve my dream. It’s a great message for men and women alike that if you believe in yourself and don’t give up, no matter how many times you want to throw in the towel, you can reach your dreams. Everything you ever wanted to happen can. You just have to keep going.”
Rush’s Analysis: As someone who has never watched an episode of Total Divas, I can say this was an interesting read. Sure, parts of it come off as little more than promotional fodder, but the perspective she gave on her participation in the Money In The Bank ladder match, for example, give you an appreciation for the various ways the show has advanced her career.
The piece also includes comments on Nia Jax upcoming debut on the show, getting to know Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s daughter, and more. Visit TVInsider.com to check it out.