Former TNA Knockout Angelina Love (a/k/a Angel Williams) on why she felt the time was right to leave the company, Hulk Hogan's interest in the Knockouts Division, reforming The Beautiful People, interest in working for WWE
Monday Night Mayhem with Angel Williams (a/k/a Angelina Love)
Hosts: The Big Mosh and Todd Vincent
Recap by Paterson
Show available at WrestleView.com
Why she felt the time was right to leave TNA/iMPACT Wrestling and start a new chapter in her career: "There's no big fancy story, there's no scandal. It's nothing too big. I spoke to all the appropriate people. It was just my time. It was just my time to go. I was there for five years, was a five-time Knockouts Champion and one-time (Knockouts) Tag Team Champ, and did a lot with a lot of people storyline-wise. I guess I accomplished everything you could. Of course, I was always coming up with ideas, and wanting to do more, and trying to be creative, and get myself into this storyline and that storyline. Some things were being talked about, but mutually and completely amicably, we just decided it was my time, and that was it."
Whether or not there was a noticeable difference in the direction of the Knockouts division after Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff joined the company: "I don't know really. I find (Hulk) Hogan to be very, very cool. He was super supportive of the Knockouts division, and would always watch our matches, and give feedback, and was like 'You girls kick ass.' I think they know that the Knockouts division is a big part TNA, and it really helps out the show, but they are pretty supportive of it."
How the idea for the upcoming Beautiful People reunion (featuring herself and Velvet Sky) came about: "We wanted to get The Beautiful People back together. The fans really wanted to see it too, and we really wanted to give that to the fans. We both get tweeted that numerous times every day from fans wondering when we were going to get back together in TNA and how they wanted to see it. We both still wanted to do it, because it was just so fun. With me leaving and with Velvet leaving, we kind of just said we could do whatever we want now, so it was just a given. For at least the next two and a half months, we have a lot of stuff coming up together."
The level of interest on her end to sign with the WWE if the opportunity presented itself: "Yeah absolutely, I would love to. I think that would be awesome. It would be really, really fun. I really haven't worked with many of the girls there, so it would be all new possibilities, and that's fun."
Much more is contained in Angel's exclusive interview with Monday Night Mayhem, including the reaction of her former colleagues in TNA/iMPACT Wrestling regarding her departure, the inspiration for the "Angelina Love" ring name, whose idea it was to initially team her up with Velvet Sky, what the experience of The Beautiful People meant to her personally and professionally, her initial reactions to having Cute Kip, Madison Rayne, and Lacey Von Erich as members of the team, the evolution of the Knockouts division, how much truth there is to the rumor that LayCool (Michelle McCool and Layla) were put together by the WWE based on the success of The Beautiful People, the experience of training in the WWE developmental system (with Deep South Wrestling), the possibility of working with/against Beth Phoenix, Natalya, and AJ, if she believes The Beautiful People could be successful in the WWE Divas division, which opponent she would like to square off in her "dream match," her blossoming acting career (including the details on filming "Dark Rising"), plus much more! Mayhem Nation: Be sure to follow Angel right now on Twitter (at www.Twitter.com/ActualALove) for more information on the highly-anticipated reunion of The Beautiful People (Velvet Sky & Angelina Love), which heads your way beginning this September!
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