Though Laurel Van Ness, real name Chelsea Green, is the current Knockouts Champion on the recent set of Impact tapings, eventually she’ll be making her way out of the Impact spotlight since she was granted her release from the company.
In a recent interview with the OrlandoSentinel, she discussed her exit from the company.
“It’s stressful, it’s crazy, it’s exciting, all at once,” Green said. “…It was a difficult choice to make, and that’s why I’m so split — excited and scared. But it’s going to be a really, really good year for me on the indies, hopefully putting on solid matches and wrestling in more countries.”
Though WWE would be a great place to be, she expressed excitement to continue her career on the Independent circuit.
“I’d be crazy to say no I haven’t [thought about WWE],” Green said. “It’s always in the back of your mind for any wrestler. It was the only thing in my mind when I started with ‘Tough Enough’ in 2014. But I’ve grown a little more open and found options I never knew I had before.
“Now, if WWE calls tomorrow, that would be amazing. If Ring of Honor calls tomorrow, amazing. But now I have options. … I never thought I’d say that. When I first started out wrestling in front of 100 people, I thought, ‘Chelsea, you’re better than this. You should be working in front of thousands!’ But I was crazy. The things I’ve been able to do — main events, cage matches, all kinds of stipulations – the opportunities there are at an all-time high.”
She said it’s been difficult to leave her Impact Knockouts colleagues behind, but it helped to know she will see most of them during her independent travels.
“We’re such a small group that we feel like sisters, sticking up for each other and sticking up for the company,” Green said. “We all only put out positive vibes, and we’ll always be friends no matter what happens.”
She also talked about her dreams of wrestling around the world, her character, and more. Read the full interview here.
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