Carmella praises the SmackDown Women’s Division

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In Lilian Garcia‘s latest “Making Their Way to the Ring” podcast she sits down with Carmella to discuss how the Princess of Staten Island feels about being called up to SmackDown, being split from Enzo and Big Cass, her first WrestleMania moment, and more.

Highlights below courtesy of WrestlingInc:

On being called to SmackDown: “I feel like I’m so so so blessed, our locker room since the draft has been amazing. All of our girls, we’ve just worked so hard together to build this SmackDown brand of this women’s roster because we didn’t have the Four Horsewomen – we have Becky, which is great – but we didn’t even have a title at first, so we’re like, ‘okay, what are we working towards here?’ I think a magic, magic, magic moment was that night we had the six pack challenge for the SmackDown title because all of our girls worked so hard and we pulled it together and we that was one of my favorite nights I’ve ever had in life, never mind in work, just because that match was so magical. Everyone really pulled together and did whatever they could to make the match the best, and everyone just started crying and teared up because we just had such a magical night it was amazing and the locker room has just been so great. Everyone’s been really so cool.”

On being split up from Enzo and Big Cass: “When Hunter told me he said the reason why you’re not going with them is because you have the ability to make it on your own, you’re not just a hype girl for Cass and Enzo. You’re not, I see more in you, you have more potential and you’re gonna be fine on your own.”

On juggling her relationship with Big Cass while on separate brands: “I get home on Wednesdays and he leaves on Fridays so we have all day Wednesday, all day Thursday and then sometimes he’ll randomly get like a Friday off here and there, but we’ve gotten used to it, at first it was like, ‘okay how do we do this, how do we figure it?’ out but it’s pretty great. I mean, I’d be lying if I said it wouldn’t nice to be on the same brand because we could see each other all the time, but then I’d probably get sick of him, he’d probably get annoyed with me, because we’re so opposite in so many ways. Like he’s like a night owl and I like to go to bed and we just have our own ways of doing things. But it’s so nice to miss him and it’s so nice like when I get home on Wednesdays when he picks me up from the airport. It’s just so nice like we have our few days together and we’ve gotten really good at like texting and like figuring out like what works best for us when he’s on the road and um when I’m on the road. So it’s bittersweet, it’s like either way there’s gonna be an issue but we’ve really worked our way to like figuring out what works best.”

On having her first WrestleMania moment: “Gosh I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t emotional like I was trying so hard to just hold back the tears and just be in the moment and look around and be like holy crap like if you told me last year I was watching in the crowd just with all of our NXT people and uh watching it I would have never in a million billion years thought I would be wrestling for the title at WrestleMania this year, I would’ve told you no way.”

During the interview Carmella also discusses the inspiration behind her character, how she first debuted in NXT, transitioning from cheerleading and dancing to becoming a wrestler and more.

Watch the interview below:

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