Former WWE developmental wrestler Ivelisse Velez on friction with a trainer, what she hated hearing in developmental, Tough Enough editing

Posted in: WWE News, Interview Highlights
Jul 8, 2013 - 12:40 PM

Ring Belles Online interview with Ivelisse Velez
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On whether you saw the real Ivelisse on Tough Enough: "Editing is a powerful tool. There's so much footage that the very little that they end up picking for to release is nothing… you think 'damn, they end up putting that on TV and this other thing that happened that was crazy or worth being on TV didn't?'

What advice she was given in developmental: "I hated to hear 'don't wrestle like a guy, we want you to wrestle like women.' My entire career I focussed on wrestling like I was just as good as the guys, and I'm told now that I finally make it that I have to switch it up and be girly. It was a little frustrating."

Friction with a trainer in developmental: "As soon as Dr Tom [Pritchard] was not there anymore I saw something lurking. I knew my days were limited. If you notice specifically in Tough Enough, there's a certain person that didn't really like me very much. So I knew I had to really get to the main roster as soon as I possibly can because otherwise I'd probably be out of there."

Ivelisse also talks about taking part in the TNA Gut Check earlier this year, her friendship with Paige in NXT, claims that she was released from WWE due to an attitude problem, what her original character name was going to be and why it was nixed, and this Friday's SHINE 11 iPPV, where she will participate in the tournament to crown the first SHINE Champion.

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