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On her character: “I think that I bring something different as far as who I am as a person and who I am in and out of the ring. I’m definitely unpredictable. I pride myself on being the out-of-nowhere chick of NXT. But I also have a different way of thinking as far as I see everything as a challenge. I see a battle and a huge war that I’m trying to win. [NXT] made me larger than life and I love that they incorporated who I am and my passions as far as medieval times and mysterious things of that matter. That’s pretty much who I am as a person. [Ember Moon] is me dialed up to like a billion.”
On her finisher and the crowd getting behind it: “[James Johnson] showed me the maneuver and it took me six months of grueling pain trying to learn it. I had a lot of crash-and-burns, but I rise to every challenge and that was definitely a big challenge. I had to make that a part of who I am. When I hit it [at TakeOver: Brooklyn II], there was kind of a half-second of silence like, ‘Wait, what did we just see? What was that?’ And then it was like, ‘Yeah, all right! We’re on board with this!’ I just don’t think people realize how much the women’s revolution and evolution has changed who we are as athletes, not just giving us an opportunity to do different maneuvers and be crazy but to show who we are.”
On what inspired her to wrestle: After getting hooked on wrestling, she saw the work of female superstars like Chyna, Victoria, Ivory, Trish Stratus and Lita and began to think deeply about her own life.
“I was like, ‘I can do this. I want to do this,’ What they believed in and how they showed they were physically able to do this. All these fantastic superstars that showed all this passion and emotion but they stood up for themselves. That’s the one thing that I wanted to do as someone who was constantly getting beaten down. I thought, ‘Man, I just have to stand up one time,’ and that was me taking my step into the wrestling world.”
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