Former WWE Superstar and Total Divas star Rosa Mendes is the latest guest on the Women’s Pro Wrestling Weekly podcast where she discusses her return to wrestling as a mother, her passion for the business, and talks of possibly returning to the WWE. Highlights of the interview below, courtesy of AfterBuzz TV.
Being passionate about being a wrestler: I feel like, for me, even when I was in training, I was the first one in the ring and the last one to leave. I still have that work ethic. I am so passionate about pro wrestling. A lot of fans don’t know that because I was a Manager. I bring that passion in the ring and I feel like, because I have been in the business for 11 years, I know what it takes to be a top girl. I am not going to stop until I am a top girl and wrestle like a top girl. I know what to do and how to get there, so that is how my motivation is now. That is where my mindset is at right now.
Returning to Pro Wrestling as a mother: I know that you can be a great mom and a great wrestler. I just didn’t know that at the time when I had her. I was at the Performance Center, I had a character and was ready to go, but I kept leaving her and I kept thinking that I couldn’t do this anymore. I know that you have to give 100% in WWE and I didn’t know if I could so I made that mature decision to retire. It was the hardest decision, and I still get teary-eyed thinking about it. It was the toughest decision of my life, but I knew it was what I had to do at the time. Me being a mom, I hate to put myself over but I will; I am the best mom. I feel like I am such a great mother it’s like, I never even knew I had this in me. I know that I can do both. I know that I can be a great mom and even be a better mom fulfilling my dream. I want to show her that you can be a great mom and inspire other women, it’s all about women empowerment. I want to set that example for her because, to be honest, my character and who Rosa Mendes, but at the same time I was dancing. I was doing what I love, but I wasn’t fulfilling my ultimate passion, which was to be in the ring. I was shaking my butt and being hot but I never got to be that athletic-powerful woman that I know I can be. I know that I can do both. I want to show my daughter I can be that.
Talks with WWE about returning: I feel like this is my business plan; I want to conquer the independents. I want to dominate in the independents and be super over and have incredible 30-40 minute matches in the independents and show people that I am a great worker and a great performer. As soon as I can say that about myself then I am going to talk to them. They may talk to me before then, but I really want to establish myself in the independents before I even step foot in a WWE door again.
Being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame someday: This is the thing, right now, Rosa Mendes would never be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. I feel because of who I was and because of my character and being a Manager. I know some Managers have, but if you look back, my best time as a Manager was with Primo and Epico, and I did a lot in those matches. They got the tag team titles but I just feel like I don’t think it would happen, and I don’t think I would deserve it. I feel like once I go back I want to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. I want to make history and I want people to respect my work in the ring.
Names who she would like to wrestle: I’d like to wrestle Natalya, Charlotte, Sumie [Sakai], Britt Baker and Tessa Blanchard. Deonna Purrazzo, Brandi Rhodes, once she’s all healed up and better, I want to wrestle her. Ivelisse, don’t get mad at me but I will call you out here. I heard you did promos about me in FCW, saying that I shouldn’t be with Primo and Epico because I’m not Puerto Rican because she knew I was Canadian but I’m half Costa Rican girlfriend and she wanted to take my spot. You didn’t take my spot but anyway you’re a great worker, awesome in the ring but I still remember that. I would love to wrestle you but I’m hoping it won’t get stiff after that comment.
Rosa Mendes also discusses her current relationship with Bobby Schubenski and Totally Fit Mama.
You can watch the full interview below:
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