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Two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi was recently interviewed by Fox Sports to discuss her thoughts on being left off television for the first half of 2017, the locker room feelings after the Superstar Shake-Up and new plans for her signature entrance. Highlights of the interview below.
On being off television for the early part of 2017: “It’s definitely hard being taken from you dream, especially when you’re trying to accomplish something. I went through two injuries. There was one right before a tour, I tore a tendon in my ankle, and then I went on tour and it made it worse, so I came off of that. I came back again and then I got injured again and had even more time off, so I just had a lot of time to sit at home and think and come up with another plan. So when I do come back, this is what I’m going to do and this is where I want to be. And I just put all my energy and time and everything into that, and thankfully everything went as planned and worked out for me.”
Feelings after the Superstar Shake-Up: “We still have a great dynamic. We have an amazing roster of female performers and entertainers who all want the same goal – and that’s just to build the division and make it the best that it has ever been. As far as that, we are all on the same page. Our original locker room from the brand split, we were all bonded together because we wanted SmackDown to be better than Raw. We wanted to out-do the Raw division, and I’m sure they felt the same way. So we all bonded on that aspect, you know, we went out there week after week and just put it all out there. And I think that definitely showed in the ring without performances. We had a very close group… we all just worked together to make sure we had great stories, and really, really all wanted the best for each other. So now with the shakeup we have some new girls in the locker room. It’s still very new, but so far it’s so good and we’re all excited to work with each other and continue to do the same things.”
Creative plans for her entrance: “It’s all me. I have a very creative mind and I’m always looking for new stuff and new things. I’m really into EDM music and the culture of that, I just love all that stuff. Changing the entrance and just doing something different every time, I think it keeps it fresh for everyone. I like people wondering ‘what is she going to wear tonight? What’s she going to have on, what’s she going to do?’ I think it just keeps it new and something different. Every time that I come out, and I don’t want it to get old. What I have been learning… I’ve been trying to learn how to shuffle dance. It looks easy, but it’s a lot harder than it looks. That’s what I’m working on next; I want to come out with a cool shuffle dance routine.”
Naomi also discusses nearly missing WrestleMania 33, enjoyment of Talking Smack and her thoughts on Charlotte Flair.
What did you think of the interview? What would you like to see added to Naomi’s entrance? What do you think is in store for Naomi next? Let us know in the comments below!