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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:

What did you think about this episode of Lilian’s podcast? What revelations about Carmella interested you the most? Who would you like to see Lilian chat with next? Sound off in the comments below. 

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  • Loved the interview, she is so sweet and humble. I wish her all the success in the future. And she’s totally right, the original SmackDown 6 are irreplaceable. They were a division to watch for 8 months.
    http://pm1.narvii.com/6308/822230b2967edaf5ecf9bc69b7f83e925bef3536_hq.jpg

    • MK126

      You can see the diversity in these divisions now than before and its great

    • Nikki’s Sister

      I wish they got more time to work together before being split. They kind of reminded of the golden era with their friendships and support for way other.

      • Me too, they were really thrown out there so fast, but they made it work, it just clicked for them all.

    • Luiz Giem

      It was heartbreaking to see Alexa being separated from the group and Nikki leaving for a while post WM. They are the original Smackdown Women’s Division and they (with AJ and The Miz) put the show on the map after the draft.

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    • Charlotte #4xWomensChampion

      Nothing but stars, queens, icons, legends and goddesses in this photo tbh

    • Charlotte #4xWomensChampion

      Sad because Eva could’ve been apart of this but oh well, her loss

  • Dylan Gutierrez

    Listened to this interview during my morning run. Definitely was a delight to hear her remain so humble and optimistic and how she never stopped trying to get into WWE.

  • Jouey

    She seems to be a nice person.

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    I really like Carmella. She is just a sweetheart. All of the best heels are so nice in person. I do like that Triple H believed in her enough to tell her “Hey you got it you don’t need to be around in a group”. And she really is soring as a singles competitior. I hope this year she gets her chance at a title around her waist.

    • Jouey

      I was thinking that Ellsworth will help her winning the title …

      • YonceLuvsDivas

        That’d be a cool to get her the title out of nowhere.

      • Crazy. #RIPMae

        Ellsworth helping her to win the title and then she turns on him after. A concept.

  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    Carmella is my girl. Love her.

  • TorrieTrishStacyLita

    Ahhh Carmella went to my college

  • John Finnie

    Now we’re scrapping the bottom of the barrel….. have Tamina on or Nia even The icons’ Molly’ Victoria’ Jillian’ Layla even Aksana

  • John Finnie

    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

    How’s that working out for you carmella? Or should I say carmelsworth!!!!
    Hunter lies deary

    • Peter Marin

      She’s only been on the main roster for a bit, she has charisma, the look, and with time she’ll get even better in the ring. Stop hating lol

      • John Finnie

        Yeah Naomi has all that & more Nattie also ..guess what all that charisma means sweet FA in today’s PG wwe
        Ohh do yourself a favour stop with the hating line it’s getting boring just because someone doesn’t agree with you’
        Use your brain & try see things from others perspective ……OK!! The next bandwagon will arrive shortly

      • John Finnie

        Oh you mean the same time as 3x woman’s champ Alexa!!! She has it all & been on the MR the same time as mella
        Wow even Dana is better when put with right opponent
        Nia as well
        Your comment is obsolete

        Hae hoe ignorance is bliss

    • Nikki’s Sister

      Ellsworth is her hype man though

      • John Finnie

        Yeah but hhh said she would be on her own & after the lack of reception she got even during the Nikki feud she was always the one with little too no response till she got with her boo boo

  • Carmella has a long rosd from NXT, I never thought she will go into the main roster withouth Enzo and Cass. I love how good trash talker is. Simple love Carmella and her finisher “Code Of Silence” is one of my favorite submissions ever.

  • Aye Mate

    For me, Carmella’s decidedly subpar. Nothing she does in the ring really grips my attention and the whole pairing with Ellsworth, in my opinion, isn’t doing her any favours. Since she appears to have some ability on the mic, a good start to building her up would be to position her as the mouthpiece of this current stable it appears they’re establishing.

  • Troy Rochester

    Random thought but does anyone’s else wonder why they decided to push Alexa more over Carmella ? To me there both pretty much equal in the ring and both have great charisma/mic heels probably the best out of all the women on the roster tbh .

    • Diva_Fan

      I think it’s cause Alexa is probably more marketable in terms of her character and she has a more marketable image/look but I agree there both pretty equal in terms of ring skills/ and mic skills .

    • Alexa has that look they like, Carmella is really pretty, but Alexa fits their pretty blonde bombshell, and Trish lookalike they are looking for.

    • Joseph

      Alexa is a bit ahead of her as far as in ring skills go.

      • Troy Rochester

        I don’t think there’s much difference at all . If anything I wouldn’t say Carmella has more variety in her moveset and is more quicker/agile where as Alexa is probably more cleaner in the ring.

        • Joseph

          Well with Alexa being a heel she can’t be the fast high flyer she can be.

          • Jaded

            Carmella is a face?

          • Joseph

            No

    • I’m sure her push is coming. I bet you it’ll be when she’s a face & possibly back with Enzo & Cass

      • Joseph

        Nah they would have kept her away from Enzo and Cass and just reunited BayMella.

    • Jo9834

      I think it had to do with crowd support and reaction. Carmella was pushed harder initially and had a feud with Nattie underway when they figured out the crowd wasn’t buying her as a face.

      Right off the bat Alexa took the ball and ran with it, I truly believe she was only supposed to be an interim feud for Becky until that first promo where she completely stole the show and had the crowd eating out of her hand.

    • Geek God

      I feel like they are literally equal too, but Alexa is looks closer to the blonde bimbo character they love so much (No, I’m NOT calling Alexa a bimbo) unfair if you ask me, but i definitely see Carmella getting her time

  • A?.

    I love her so much, she’s one of my favorites and seems so nice.

  • GOD STRATUS•

    She really is worst than Dana Brook

    • Joseph

      LOL No Dana is still way worse.

      • GOD STRATUS•

        Idk Dana actually looked great in her tag match this week. Carmella not so much. And she has a heater

        • Carmella has put on better performances than that in the past.

          • GOD STRATUS•

            I can’t recall when. Even during her feud with Nikki she did a lot of hair pulls and screaming. So not better at all

          • Dana did a botched handspring elbow and that’s it. Carmella has had better matches vs Bayley and Lexie.

        • Joseph

          Cause its a tag match they were able to hide her weakness during the match.

          • GOD STRATUS•

            Good one lol

          • Joseph

            Well its true.

    • Geek God

      I don’t agree i think Dana is the second worst after Eva Marie lol

      • GOD STRATUS•

        Fine Eva Dana carmella deal l

  • Jo9834

    Carmella comes across as so humble and sweet.

    I think for her to progress, she needs a change in character, and moveset. The lines between her, Nikki and Liv Morgan are far too blurred. Triple H was dead wrong in separating her from Cass and Enzo, she would have been over with no effort at all, and like Trish, she could have built her in ring ability whilst managing and having side feuds. Right now its simply not believable that she can go against the likes of Charlotte, Nattie, Becky or even Tamina for that matter.

    I want to see her succeed however, I think she has got potential and its just a matter of time before it clicks.

    • Geek God

      Right like both Trish, Lita, and many other women from that time, she could have been training behind the scenes while being a manager

  • SmackDown’s womens division after the draft reminded me so much of Golden Era RAW. You could tell they were trying to create something out of nothing. They started from scratch, and all six of the girls managed to distinguish themselves as seperate characters and be treated fairly.

    While you could argue that RAW’s division had more of that big fight feel similiar to Golden Era at it’s peak, the difference is that for the longest not a damn girl on RAW was a threat except for Sasha and Charlotte. Bayley later joined them, but that’s it. I am not even going to count Nia, because she was kept off TV for weeks at a time on many occasions.

    I’m still kinda pressed SD lost at SS.

  • Mark

    Underrated queen