The artist formerly known as Ruby Riott in WWE wants women to know they don’t have to sexualize themselves in order to get booked.
Speaking on The Wrestling Perspective podcast Ruby Soho shared some sage advice to the next generation of female wrestlers.
Here’s what Soho had to say;
“I feel like on the Indies, at least recently, it depends on how the female wants to represent herself. Sometimes I think that’s what the girls have to be and if there was a way I could impact that to younger generations. If that’s what you want to be, go for it, but for me, I hope a lot of women know that they don’t have to sexualize themselves and it doesn’t have to be that way in order to get booked. That’s one thing I’ve never changed because it’s uncomfortable if I tried. I’m not organically sexy, it’s weird and awkward. It wouldn’t come across as organic. If there was a message I could try and send out, it would be that it’s not necessary to change based on what you think people want from you. Eventually, you will find your place and find somewhere that adheres to the version you would like to portray. If I could change anything within the industry, it would be to reinforce that message.”
In the same interview, she spoke about her post-WWE name. On Instagram, she changed her name to Ruby Soho after a Rancid song.
Here’s what Soho said about her new name;
“A lot of people think that I’m going back to Heidi Lovelace. There are a multitude of reasons why I don’t want to do that. I was not a fan of that name. It was given to me by the people who trained me in the backyard. They were watching Raw and a commercial for The Hills came on and they were like ‘Heidi, that’s a name’ and they gave it to me. Nobody ever pronounced Lovelace correctly. Why come up with a wrestling name that people can’t pronounce? That’s a terrible idea. A lot of people thought I was going to go back to it. I have no intentions of going back to Heidi Lovelace. I am shopping for a new name I would like to keep [the name Ruby] if it’s possible, I feel like it fits me. Ruby came from Ruby Soho and that’s dear to my heart.”
The guitarist from the band, Lars Frederiksen gave the band’s permission for Soho to use the name going forward.
WWE released Riott earlier this month. She is still waiting for the 90-day contract clause to expire before she can return to the ring.
h/t to Fightful for the transcription.
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