In part one of the interview, she discusses what life was like being the daughter of a famous wrestler.
What it was like to grow up with a famous dad: “Honestly, I grew up very privileged, and I am so thankful for the opportunities my dad’s career was able to provide. I have had the opportunity to travel the world, and I’ve met so many incredible people from all walks of life. I truly believe growing up in Charlotte, N.C., which was once a very small city, is what kept me grounded.”
Life with her father on the road: I have to say this: No matter what time of night his flight got in, my dad was always up in the morning to make us oatmeal, waffles or a protein shake, and then drive my brother and I to school. Later that day, my dad would be right back at lunchtime to bring us our favorite meal. Yes, I was extremely spoiled!
Meeting expectations in sports: I played a lot of sports growing up, and it was always hard at tournaments because people always had certain expectations for me. A lot of times, my team or I would be heckled by our opponent’s fans, but my dad pushed me as hard as he could when I started to become active in sports. I think his biggest fear was that my accomplishments would be overlooked because of who he was. So whatever sport I was tackling at the time, he would make sure I had the best training and enrolled in the best camps so I could be given every opportunity to succeed.
Her first memory of wrestling: There is not a period of time where wrestling wasn’t a part of my life. However, the earliest memory I have is when my dad took me, my sister, Megan, and my two brothers, David and Reid, to WCW Halloween Havoc in 1994 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. I was 7 years old at the time and it was my dad against Hulk Hogan in a Steel Cage Match with Sensuous Sherri as my dad‘s valet. Mr. T was the special referee, too. I remember my dad was extremely honored to be able to introduce the four of us to Muhammad Ali afterward.
Grasping her dad’s fame at a young age: At that age, I wasn’t old enough to understand what my father meant to the industry, but he has always been, in my eyes, the greatest. Whenever my siblings and I were able to attend a show, my dad would always find us in the audience and blow a kiss. To this very day, when my dad’s entrance music hits, an array of emotions still come over me because I have never known my dad to be or do anything else.
Part two of the interview, which will focus on her own in-ring career, will be posted next week.