In the interview, the former Divas Champion clarifies what her “Hybrid Diva” moniker means, how she landed on NXT at the last minute and if her history with Dolph Ziggler has ever come up with AJ Lee.
On why she’s the “Hybrid Diva”: “I call myself the “Hybrid Diva.” I’m kind of a mixture of all the different women that we have on the roster. I’ve got this tomboy-ish thing about me, but I can be a “girl,” and I can wear heels, though I don’t like to. I don’t fit any sort of mold. I know a lot of the girls don’t these days, but I truly want to be the first Hybrid Diva. It’s what I want to be known as when they look back in the WWE history books.”
On how she became a last-minute addition to season three of NXT: “It was a Friday, and I was driving to the gym after practice at FCW. I’d been there for four weeks and hadn’t even been in my first match yet. I didn’t have a pair of boots, and I didn’t have a dress or real wrestling gear. I got a call, and they said, “Hey! Guess what? You’re going to make your TV debut in a few days.” I had to get on a plane and go straight to my first live Raw that Monday, and then I debuted on SmackDown. I only had two days, so I literally had no time when I got home. I didn’t know how to dress. I wish I could show you some of the stuff I bought that first day.”
What goes through her mind when she hits the spear: It’s like the breath leaving their body. [Laughs, somewhat maniacally.] The moment that I have the opportunity and know that I can hit it, it’s silence—I don’t hear anything else. I can’t hear the crowd, I can’t hear them, and I just hear silence. And that’s pretty much when I know.
Have AJ and Kaitlyn talked her past with Dolph Ziggler? That’s something we don’t talk about…ever. It’s like the elephant in the room. My policy is, “You can have that.” But I won’t say a word because honestly, I don’t know what she’ll do.
The full interview can be found in this month’s issue of WWE Magazine, which is on newsstands now.