Carmella sat down with RVA Mag to talk about the Six-Pack Challenge at WWE Backlash, her time in WWE NXT and more. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:
What type of preparations are you doing ahead of this Sunday’s match?
I’m in the gym. I’m watching tape and studying. I’m doing whatever I can. I am so focused on this championship. I want to make history and be the first ever SmackDown Women’s Champion and whatever I have to do to make that happen, I’m going to do it.
For so long, you were known as a manager, but for most of 2016, you’ve been an in-ring competitor. How has the shift been especially considering you had limited experience before this year?
That’s something I think people don’t really realize. I’ve been training for almost three years, but a lot of my career has been managing, not just wrestling. I think every single time I step into the ring, I try and be better than the last. Like I was saying earlier, being without Cass and Enzo once they went up, I had the opportunity to finally just focus on myself and being on the ring and training as hard as I can to improve and get better. Become the best women’s wrestler I can be. I think I took the opportunity and made the most of it. I’m really trying to learn and get better every single day.
Now, you said earlier that you want to be the inaugural SmackDown Women’s Champion, but past that, what other goals have you thought about for your career?
Gosh, that’s so crazy to think. I could become the first SmackDown Women’s Champion. But my goal honestly is just be the best I can be. I can’t compare myself to anybody from the past. I didn’t wrestle independently. I’m homegrown from the performance center and have been training for less than three years. I want to make history and just show people that if you have determination and if you want to work hard enough and want something, you can make it happen. I had a dance background, I wasn’t a wrestler. My dad was a wrestler and I grew up watching it with him so it’s in my blood, but I didn’t think it was possible and I made it happen. I just want to be the best that I can be. The sky is honestly the limit so I’m excited to see what the future holds.
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