Natalya spoke with Brian Fritz of Sporting News about being in the final segment on Monday’s WWE Raw. “It was shocking to find out,” Natalya said. “I got to the arena and then we were told that you guys are on last. We were like, ‘Oh, my God.’ Not only are we main-eventing Raw but we’re closing Raw. It was surreal. And it’s still surreal. I was on my drive last night from Greensboro to Greenville and I was just processing it all, taking it all in and going, ‘Wow, I can’t believe I did that.’ Just being able to hold up that women’s championship and to think about wrestling for 15 years and after going through the highest of highs, the lowest of lows. Being in that ring with Shane McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Ric Flair and Charlotte Flair. You have the McMahons, the Harts, and the Flairs and it doesn’t get any bigger than that in wrestling when you think about wrestling hierarchy and royalty. Our families have done so much over the years for this.”
Natalya also spoke about the freedom that Triple H gave her when it came to laying out her match with Charlotte at NXT: Takeover. “Before I had that match with Charlotte, I probably shouldn’t be saying this, Triple H told me that I didn’t even have a time limit. He just said do whatever you want. Just do whatever you want, I’m just leaving this all in your hands. He just believed in me so much and it made me … I didn’t want to let him down but I also knew I was getting a huge responsibility and I was ready to bite it off and bite off more than I could chew in every way because I knew that I could nail it.” Read the full interview at SportingNews.com.
Powell’s POV: The Charlotte vs. Natalya match at the NXT Takeover special stands out as the match that really grabbed the attention of viewers. Natalya did a tremendous job with that match and it’s among the reasons that I believe she should have a producer or trainer’s job waiting for her once her in-ring career concludes. Natalya spoke more about the rise of women’s wrestling in WWE, what working in NXT has done for her career, and her work with a breast cancer awareness charity organization.