Alexa Bliss is wonderful

Two of my faves in the wrestling world collided when Alexa Bliss appeared on Lilian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast.

They even filmed the podcast for Total Divas! Maybe we’ll see it (I can’t imagine we will), but either way, Lilian recounts that the TD crew remarked how they didn’t know a lot of Alexa’s story so hopefully the interview will help color in a few lines for Alexa presenting her story to the Total Divas audience.

There’s a LOT she covered. She talks about not fitting in initially at NXT, and if you love the rumors about the beef with her and Sasha, you will probably love that part. Really, listen to the podcast. Here are some of my favorite parts.

 

A great takeaway for everyone:

Howard Fine told them that when they make a mistake to just say “oops!” He told them “it makes the problem so much smaller” and it helps Alexa acknowledge it then move on. Lilian told a funny anecdote that in acting classes, if they messed up they were told to say “I’m sexy” instead of “I’m sorry” which is amazing. I love all of this actually and hope to implement it in my own life. Maybe not the “I’m sexy” part in the office…

 

On being drafted:

She says “I was very shocked I was drafted. Because in NXT, I was never really a highlight character, I was never a person they chose to really go with, if that makes sense.” She had spent most of her NXT career serving as valet for Blake & Murphy, never had a Takeover match and remarked that “I wasn’t trusted enough to have a live match yet” (what does that mean?) She went to say, “I was like ‘oh my gosh there are all these things I was supposed to accomplish still, am I even ready?’ In my mind, you had to check all the boxes before you could get to the main roster. There were quite a few boxes I hadn’t checked yet, there were more boxes unchecked than checked.” She knew she was an “underwhelming draft pick” and that if she was going to come in under the radar then she had to kick the door down.

 

On promos:

She is pretty sure that she cried in her first promo class because she was so terrified! What the what. How could this be?

She and her mom would bounce promo ideas off each other at home. Alexa would try out promo ideas and her mom would give feedback, very often telling her “that doesn’t sound convincing!” Remember her mom cutting a promo here? Apple doesn’t fall far from that Blissful tree.

She claims she started getting comfortable with promos when she was partnered with Scott Dawson, “it never debuted on TV, but I was playing his girlfriend in promo classes for a few months.” (lol can you imagine?) She says it helped her because it was out of the box and she got to react off people. Then joining Blake & Murphy really helped the pieces fall into place.

The toughest promo she had to learn? Her coronation promo after winning the Raw women’s title, commenting “That was really difficult. It was three pages. It kept changing and changing.” She says Johnny Russo, a writer on staff, really gets her character and lets her have input.

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#MaeYoungClassic Competitors’ PWT Stores List

WWE’s historic Mae Young Classic is a massive deal. 32 women from across the globe come together under the bright lights of wrestling’s biggest brand. It is so, so, so very important. I think of little girls who grew up watching Vince McMahon make Trish Stratus strip and bark like a dog. I think of little girls who grew up seeing bras-and-panties matches as the best womens wrestling had to offer.

Then I think of little girls who get to grow up with the Mae Young Classic in existence, where the focus is on the talent and what they can do in the ring. I teared up* watching the tournament’s Parade of Champions when I saw the little girls in attendance, and I couldn’t stop thinking: This is what they get to see. 

Again, the Mae Young Classic is so important.

*To be fair, I haven’t stopped tearing up. Like 10 minutes every episode.

What is also important is showing support for women’s wrestling and the competitors themselves. I’ll list below the Pro Wrestling Tees stores of the MYC contestants who have them, so they’re all in one place. A percentage of all T-shirt sales from their stores go directly to the women.

 

Two things to note:

-PWT is having an upcoming Labor Day 2017 sale if you’d like to support the ladies who captured your fandom while also saving a few (young) bucks.

-These are listed in no particular order and some are probably accidentally forgotten. If I forgot someone, chances are I couldn’t find it at first glance and meant to go back and dig harder.  Just let me know and I will swiftly and happily add.

 

Santana Garrett: 

Evie/Dakota Kai:

Rachael Ellering: 

Tessa Blanchard:

Shayna Baszler: 

Toni Storm: 

Candice Wrestling: 

Kimber Lee: (now Abbey Laith)

Marti Belle: 

Nicole Savoy: 

Crazy Mary Dobson: (now Sarah Logan)

Kay Lee Ray: 

Ayesha Raymond: 

Piper Niven: 

Mia Yim: 

And! Don’t forget, WWE is selling Mae Young Classic shirts. Tell ’em with your viewership and your wallet if you so choose to.

Happy MYC streaming!

Kill it, ladies.

Social Slam: Summerslam Edition

 

 

In this feature, I’ll be sharing some favorite posts that hit social media with the aim of keeping you updated or just bringing a smile to your face.

Would ya look who it is?!

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Sage Beckett was MVP live-tweeting NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III

We haven’t seen too much of Sage Beckett on NXT yet. She’ll be featured in the upcoming Mae Young Classic where hopefully we can get more of a feel for the performer. In the meantime, we have her excellent live-tweeting of NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III.

 

 

Charlotte Flair shares sweet story of Ric’s fatherly concern mid-match

A few months ago, Charlotte Flair was a guest on E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness (highly recommend). She had a fantastic conversation with Edge & Christian, but one of my favorite parts was the Ric Flair stories. It was clearly a conversation between 3 people who’ve known each other a long time and were trading stories about this guy they all knew and loved. It was very ‘Oh that Ric!‘ 

Charlotte talked about how Ric as her manager was very sink-or-swim for her as a performer, commenting “It’s easy to let Ric Flair steal your spotlight every night walking to the ring. I thought about that every night, like ‘oh man this is not going to go well. He’s going to go rogue, I don’t know! I would look over and he would be randomly woo’ing and I would be like ‘why are you woo’ing? It’s not the time to woo!”

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Naomi was initially told she was “too athletic”

Naomi has been with the WWE since 2009 and it has been a long road filled with struggles to find her place. With a SummerSlam title defense looming, she finally made her Talk is Jericho debut. Naomi and Jericho had a great conversation about her journey, including a fun bit where she and Y2J discuss their similar glow gimmicks and the pitfalls of glowing all the time. However it doesn’t sound like her glow gear costs anywhere as much as Y2J’s infamous $15,000 jacket.

In one of the most interesting parts, she talked about how she experienced both worlds: joining the company around the tail end of the “divas” era then the beginning of the women’s revolution. She says:

“We would get short matches, all of us girls back then, always kind of pushing and trying and wanting and asking for more, just never really … it wasn’t the time. I remember being told like ‘That’s too athletic, like, they don’t want the girls wrestling like the guys.’ I was specifically told that, like ‘you’re too athletic,  you need to bring it down, they don’t want the girls punching each other in the face. Pull hair, do girl stuff, catfight, stuff like that.’ So when I saw, like, what was going on in NXT with the revolution and those girls came up who just, who could GO, and who were so talented, I was like ‘hell yeah! This is what we want to show! We’re more than just beauty and brains. We can kick ass too, you know? So that was really exciting. I was excited for the opportunity to be on their level.”

Jericho comments how he had heard that about the “too athletic” stuff before and “it’s such a weird thing to hear in this day and age.”

It’s funny to read that back now, as WWE commentary now proudly tells us how athletic Naomi is. Glad she pressed on and the company came around to switching their viewpoint on womens wrestling.  They couldn’t stop her glow!