Roxanne Perez has only been in NXT 2.0 since April and has already gone on to win NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship gold. Of course her partner Cora Jade had other plans in mind by turning her back on Perez just days after winning the belts together. However, this doesn’t diminish the glaring impact that Perez has had on NXT 2.0 so far in just a short time.
The former inaugural ROH Women’s World Champion was present at yesterday’s WrestleMania 39 launch party which hosted several stars from both inside and outside of WWE. While there, Denise Salcedo from Instinct Culture caught up with Perez to talk about her recent success in NXT.
“I feel like it’s so surreal, honestly. I still have moments almost every day, I’m like driving to the PC and I’m like, ‘Wait, I’m a WWE Superstar. This is crazy.’ But yeah, I still feel like a little kid every single day that I go to work. I feel like everything has been happening so fast, but I feel like everything happens the way it’s meant to happen. It’s so cool getting to work with Shawn Michaels. Literally, the first time that I met him, I was like a little kid. I was like, ‘Oh my god, don’t cry, don’t cry.’ But yeah, it’s so cool. He’s awesome, he’s helped me so much, and Matt Bloom, he’s like our head coach there, and he’s been so awesome. Just like the environment there and all the girls that I get to work with. I get to work some of the girls that I knew from the indies like Indi Hartwell, Cora Jade, so yeah, it’s really cool.” (Fightful)
She continues, “It’s crazy, it’s surreal because I’m only 20, so I have done a lot in my wrestling career, but it’s so surreal to me because I would have never thought that, when I was younger, I always knew like okay, I’m gonna be a WWE Superstar. There was no ifs, ands or buts about it. I was like I don’t how I’m gonna do it, but I’m gonna do it. But I never thought that I would be friggin’ NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion within like four months. Honestly, I don’t know, it just feels like my love for WWE and this business, it just makes the little 10-year-old me so so happy and proud because I just never would have thought that all of this would be happening so, so fast, but I’m thankful.”
She also goes on to discuss her tryout process. She wasn’t able to make the cut in December but was brought back in a tryout in February and was signed from there. You can view that clip below.