Eva interview with Rolling Stone; Discusses Total Divas, NXT and more

Eva spoke with Kenny Herzog of Rolling Stone recently, about Total Divas, the main roster and how she handles her critics. Check it out ahead!
 

No WWE superstar’s been thrown to the wolves quite like Eva Marie.
 
The California-bred fitness model and wrestling neophyte was signed in 2013, and by that summer was thrust onto audiences as both a centerpiece of Total Divas and in-ring competitor on Raw. Fans summarily rejected the imposition and, in turn, Eva’s predetermined anointment as the future face of her division. Unfortunately, her innate sex appeal and presentation as flame-haired queen biatch couldn’t cover for her lack of polish. By early 2015 – and after combating injury – she willingly stepped out of the spotlight to train with former WWE tag champ Brian Kendrick, and has since resurrected herself as a legit lady heel in NXT, warring with Women’s Champion Bayley and seemingly priming herself for a return to the main roster.
 
One day following her near-win in a No. 1 Contender’s Battle Royal at Full Sail Arena (and with a new season of Total Divas premiering Tuesday on E!), we asked the divisive Diva about whether we’ll be seeing her at Fastlane, tuning out those “Eva can’t wrestle” chants and why Asuka is what’s best for business.
 
So, for the record, can we infer from recent photo shoots that you’ll be back on Raw and SmackDown again soon?
I mean, that is the hope. I can tell you [the photo shoot] was definitely for Fastlane, and that is the goal for sure. I think there needs to be a little bit more of All Red Everything on Raw and SmackDown.
 
Where does Eva Marie fit into the Divas landscape, which is markedly different than during your last main-roster run?
So much has changed. I’m a pretty big bad guy, so that would definitely transpire on the main roster. I’d be coming in as a major heel. I think they need some heel blood for sure, so hopefully that can happen.
 
In terms of timing, has it been about waiting until your character generated enough heat in NXT before being called up?
Yeah, the fact that I’m able to be on the road and be performing in front of crowds and building my heel character, as well as on NXT TV, is huge, because you take what we’re doing there and put it up on the main roster. So far, so good.
 
Was part of the plan to have this Total Divas season introduce the work you’ve been doing in NXT to a wider audience before returning to the main roster?
Yes, exactly. I was not the most liked cast member last season, so this season you’re gonna see how and why I chose to go to NXT and the reasoning behind going to hone my craft and build my character as well. I think that’s great for not only the E! network, but our WWE universe to see, because you get to see the difference between myself and people like Natalya or Paige, who were born into wrestling. I think it’s good for people to see the difference between the two and how much work it does take to become a WWE Diva.
 
How do you win over fans that are still skeptical about your commitment to wrestling as opposed to the overall Eva Marie brand?
People are always going to have something to say, where it’s good, bad or indifferent. And for me, I know exactly why I became a WWE Diva. I think people forget I tried out to be a Diva before I got Total Divas. So I was given this amazing opportunity that, if presented to anybody, they would take. As far as my commitment to being a wrestler, the proof is in the pudding. I asked to go back to NXT when I really didn’t have to. I was already on the main roster, so I could have continued doing what I was doing up there. I never want to do anything mediocre, so I needed to make that personal assessment and ask Vince McMahon and Triple H, “Can I go to NXT?” Because we have the resources, so why wouldn’t I want to capitalize on that? I’ve put in blood, sweat and tears to progress, which is awesome, ’cause look at me now: I’m working a live event tonight. It was definitely one of the scariest – but best – decisions I’ve ever made.
 
Was there ever talk of completely overhauling your character rather than just changing her attitude?
A little bit, but then it was one of those things where I already had a little of this character created, and I just needed to bring it from a two and put it on a 20. You can see my progression from my first match back to my title match with Bayley and really embracing my heel character and coming into my own and enjoying the bad-guy persona.
 
Was the biggest obstacle not appearing rattled when fans antagonize you or chant, “Eva can’t wrestle”?
A hundred-and-ten percent. The Eva Marie two years ago? Sure, mentally, it would get to me, but that was before I had the skillset I do now. For me, it’s all about being the character, so those boos and the craziness are super-inviting – I want it and I want them to continue bringing it. If they were quiet, I’m not doing too much. It’s awesome for storytelling, and at the end of the day, that’s what WWE’s all about: telling a great story within the match.
 
And with the influx of talent brought in – or rumored to be coming – from other promotions around the world, does that put the NXT locker room on edge, or are you guys enthusiastic about it?
I think each individual feels differently about what talent’s getting brought in. For me personally, the more the merrier. Each person is an individual, and as long as you’re comfortable with your character and what you bring to the table, that’s all that matters, because there is enough room for all of us. For instance, them bringing in Asuka – it’s such a great thing for not only NXT but the WWE brand, because you’re able to pull in different audiences from all around the world. At the end of the day, that helps you with your performance and your character, because you’ll be able to step in the ring with someone like her or someone from a different organization. All around, it’s a win-win and beneficial.

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WWE NXT Results – January 13th, 2016

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Nia Jax isn’t in the main event because her neck is still recovering from London; Eva Marie laughs at her.

 

Battle royal to become the new #1 contender for the Women’s Title: Billie Kay, Eva Marie, Deonna Purrazzo, Emma, Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Nia Jax, Cameron, Asuka, Live Morgan, Payton Royce, Aliyah.

 

Asuka kicked Marie in the face and she rolled under the bottom rope to the floor. A brawl then a broke out.

 

We’re back with Aliyah being thrown out then Purrazzo by Asuka. Morgan botched a powerbomb to Cameron. She went for it again and attempted to toss her over the top rope and did, but Bliss then tossed Morgan over. Emma elbowed Bliss out of the ring. Asuka hit Emma with a big kick that sent her to the floor. Kay and Royce tried to send Asuka to the floor, but she fought them off. Asuka sent Payton and Billie out of the ring. Marie then sent Asuka out of the ring. Carmella then tossed Marie outside of the ring to win the match.

 

Winner: Carmella

 

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NXT Spoilers for January

Want to know what Eva will be getting up to on NXT in the coming weeks? Find out below!
 

NXT Spoilers for January

January 13th:
* Carmella won a battle royal to become the new #1 contender. Participants included Eva Marie, Deonna Purrazzo, Aliyah, Cameron, Peyton Royce, Alexa Bliss, Billie Kay, Liv Morgan, Emma and Asuka. Eva hid outside of the ring and there was a false finish where she won. Everyone was furious but Carmella, who was never eliminated, dumped her and got the win. Bayley came out to congratulate her after the match.
 
January 27th:
* Nia Jax squashed Liv Morgan. Eva Marie was at ringside with Nia

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16 Superstars to watch in 2016

Eva Marie

Let’s be honest. At the beginning of her WWE career, the bulk of Eva Marie’s in-ring skill consisted of climbing the steel steps without stumbling. In two years, however, that’s all changed. Anyone who’s watched videos of her training with former WWE Tag Team Champion Brian Kendrick realizes the hard work — and hard knocks — she’s put in to level up her game. Although there’s inarguably room to grow, Eva has proven she’s determined to earn her spot. And with matches against the likes of NXT Women’s Champion Bayley already under her belt, Eva is sure to have the WWE Universe seeing red in 2016. — GREG ADKINS

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