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NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte talk with Brian Fritz of BetweenTheRopes.com about speaking to students at a recent WWE “Be a Star” rally in Orlando and being a part of the community, her emotional match against Natalya at the “Takeover” special on the WWE Network where she won the title, the pressure of being Ric Flair’s daughter in the wrestling business, when she decided that she wanted to give wrestling a try, her WWE debut match this past weekend at Madison Square Garden and more.
You can watch the interview at http://www.betweentheropes.com/2014/07/17/nxt-womens-champion-charlotte-talking-kids-family-pressure/
Here are some excerpts from the interview:
On sharing the moment with her father Ric Flair when she won the NXT Women’s Title at Takeover:
I really don’t have the words. It was so special. I mean, to follow in my dad’s footsteps. I think if anyone’s followed my father’s career, they truly know how passionate he is about sports entertainment. And to be able to carry on his legacy in my own way and to win the NXT Women’s Championship, it just meant the world to me. I know how much his legacy, hard work, sacrifice and his love for his fans and the WWE Universe that he put into them. And to know that I’m representing his brand that he worked on for so long means a lot to me. So I just want to do it justice and I felt that pressure that night. I think it went really well. No matter how grand the stage is, he be proud of me. But to win my first title with there, was special.
On her WWE debut at Madison Square Garden this past weekend:
Heck of a way to start your main roster debut. It was amazing. While Sasha Banks and I started pretty much at the same time and to have her tagging with me was special in itself. But Madison Square Garden has so much history and tradition. And to walk out there and know that I was making history within that building and having my dad there and being on the same card as him, that’s what made it special. Like his name was on there, I was on there. But facing Natalya again, that was pretty awesome too. That was the first time I faced her since Takeover and obviously going up against Nikki (Bella) too. Also, what was so cool, they (the crowd) knew who we were. Walking out there playing our little package and knowing us made you feel like even more like a superstar like NXT means business.
NXT superstar Sami Zayn talks to Brian Fritz of BetweenTheRopes.com about speaking to kids at the WWE “Be a Star” rally in Orlando where he and others talked about bullying prevention, waiting him time to be called up to the WWE main roster, being a part of NXT, the pressure on his match against Cesaro at the “Arrival” event which was the first live broadcast on the WWE Network, the feedback he has received from Triple H, crowd chants, being a Seth Rogan lookalike, KENTA signing with the company and more.
You can watch the interview at http://www.betweentheropes.com/2014/07/17/sami-zayn-message-kids-fully-invested-nxt/
Here are some excerpts from the interview:
On feedback from Triple H after his match with Cesaro at “Arrival”:
It was awesome. If I’m being honest again, actually the first time that I got that kind of feedback from HHH was actually the two out of three falls match (with Cesaro), which had been about a year, nine months prior to the Arrival match. So we had this match, now has gotten a lot of talk, buzz or whatever it is. As I was in the ring and the crowd was like just going nuts, giving us this standing ovation, which was so cool. And as I was on my back, out of the corner of my eye, I kinda saw the replaying some of the highlights of the match and the crowd with each replay started getting louder and louder to the point by the time they were replaying the finish, it was another standing ovation. So it was actually one of the most incredible moments of my career. Just to lay flat on my back and just hear them continually getting louder way after the match. And they (crowd) start chanting match of the year, match of the year and I haven’t told anybody this on camera or anything like this. I really didn’t know how that reaction was going to go over. At this point, I was fairly new to the WWE system. I didn’t know if I overextended myself, if we had done more than they wanted, I don’t know. I really didn’t know. And then we came back and I had no idea what to expect, I really didn’t. I thought I’d get chewed out over like what the hell are you doing out there? I really didn’t know. And I got back there and HHH was the first one to pull us aside. He said that was awesome. He gave us a very candid speech. That was the first time I got insight into his mind and the way his mind works. I was so happy because yes, its not gunna be this like, I have my vision. the office has their vision. It was this guy who likes good stuff and he appreciates good stuff. And it was an amazing experience and amazing thing validated by a guy who is not only your boss, but as one of the most accomplished and greatest professional wrestlers/WWE superstars of all time. It was really cool to have him on your good side for sure.
On KENTA signing with the company and training soon at the Performance Center:
I’m very excited. There’s a lot of good talent coming in, a lot of my kind of guys, world traveled, workrate, nose to the grindstone, gritty sort of passionate guys, which is what I personally believe in. Its great to see these guys get an opportunity. KENTA’s just been busting his butt for so long and killing it for so long. Its great to see him get an opportunity like this. I am really looking forward to hopefully wrestling him because I actually never have. I was supposed to wrestle him once, but he went down with a knee injury. I teamed with him a couple of times, but I’ve never actually had a one on one match with him. I look forward to that opportunity.