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Ever since crashing through a table at WrestleMania 33 thanks to Seth Rollins, Stephanie McMahon has been off WWE television screens. Still, the Commissioner of Monday Night Raw has stayed busy during WWE’s tour of the UK through numerous media appearances.
In an interview with UK’s The Mirror, Stephanie discusses the possibility of making a in-ring return, what she loves about her heel character and the WWE’s Women’s Evolution. Highlights of the interview below.
On the chance of making a return to the ring: “I absolutely love the in-ring performance aspect to what we do. It’s such an honour to be able to get in there with some of those performers and actually take bumps or tell a story of the match. I’m not necessarily the best but I do love to get in there, so if there’s ever an opportunity again to do that and to help make somebody else then I would absolutely welcome it.”
On what sparked the Women’s Evolution: “I truly believe it was our fans. Because our fans started the hashtag called #GiveDivasAChance and it trended worldwide for three days. Their voice was so loud, calling for more better matches, more athleticism, more enhanced storylines, better character development, you know our fans really wanted to see our female performers at their best. And really more akin to what was being done in NXT [WWE’s developmental brand]. Any woman who has ever stepped foot in the ring has helped pave the way for this but it really was our fans’ voices. So much so that our chairman and CEO, yes my father, responded and said ‘we hear you, keep watching, #GiveDivasAChance’. Since then we have re-branded the entire division to the women’s division, debuted the new women’s championship belt and now our women are called superstars, just like the men.
On her heel character: “I love being a villain. It’s my favourite. The louder they boo, the more I know I’m doing my job. And it’s just fun to engage and interact with the fanbase. When they’re chanting and cheering and jeering as it were, to be able to have that live mic in my hand and interact with them and sometimes be able to catch them off-guard, there’s no better feeling.”
Stephanie also discusses the odds a WWE PPV taking place in the UK, being able to perform alongside her husband Triple H and working with Kurt Angle.
What did you think of the interview? Would you like to see Stephanie make an in-ring return? Who would you book her to feud with? Let us know in the comments below!