The former WWE Superstar was a guest on Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette. During the interview, they spoke about how her post-WWE appearances are rebuilding the confidence she lost in the company.
Here’s what Green said:
“In WWE, I felt like nobody had faith in me. I knew when I went in that I was hired for a reason, that they had faith in me going in. And then I felt like I lost their faith, and I don’t know where in the two and a half years that happened, or if that’s just something that happens in that company.
All of a sudden, I got released and all these companies have come to me and say ‘we trust you, we have faith in you, we love you, what do you want to do?’ And I’m like ‘I’m not ready for that!’ But I am ready, and I have Matt to remind me that I am ready. And I’ve really kind of put pen to paper and tried to figure out ‘what’s this new Chelsea going to be? What’s this new Hot Mess going to be?’ Again, I don’t want to go back to what I just did before and what was easy.
I have a fresh start and I want to start over again and build the new version of the Hot Mess. But each company is different and each company wants something different out of me. So I’m figuring it out as I go. I’ll never forget going out to wrestle at Slammiversary and having Tommy Dreamer say ‘you already did the work. Now we all just want to go see you out there smiling and happy and we all just want you to be in that ring. So don’t even think about it.’ Maria Kanellis at Ring of Honor said the same thing. She’s like ‘you look so stressed. We’re like so happy to have you here. We just want you to go out there and do exactly what you’ve been able to do. Pick up a microphone and talk.’ And I’m like ‘hold up, what? Why is everyone so nice to me?!”
Green then continued that the pressure she put on herself in WWE was so high that she once hit her finishing move of six years “backwards”.
“That’s the tough thing with wrestling; you’re giving everything at once, and then it’s all taken away and you kind of lose yourself in those moments of being the top guy and then being nothing. You could see the struggle mentally that I was going through. If you go and look and watch my NXT matches, the very first NXT match that I had on live television, I did my finisher backwards.
You work so hard to get this dream job, and then you get there and you realize ‘oh man. This is not what I envisioned. This is not what I imagined.’ And sometimes you are feeling a thousand percent and sometimes you feel this small, and on those days that you feel this small, this affects every single bit of you.
When I went out there for that day, I didn’t believe in myself, I felt that no one believed in me. I felt like I had so much to prove, and I forgot about the list of accomplishments and the reason that I was there. I had already proved myself. And I hit a finisher backwards that I had been doing, at that time I had been doing it for six years. It really proves that the pressure that is on every single one of these people.”
Since leaving WWE, Green involved with IMPACT! Wrestling, Ring of Honor, and the aforementioned NWA.
h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription
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