Buggy Nova recently made an appearance on the Greg DeMarco show, here are the highlights…
On her state of mind when she signed her WWE contract: “I was independent for once in my life and I was making my parents proud. Proving that wrestling wasn’t a waste. The whole time I was doing it [before the WWE] making less than minimum wage. I was a starving artist. [I moved] across the country and paying my own bills…being a grown up! Training was my first NXT experience…meeting everyone, legends really-all this knowledge, decades of knowledge under one roof. I am happy to say that everyone was really awesome. We all got along for the most part—girls in a locker-room!”
On her character, “Skyler Moon:”: “They let me be myself. They wanted me to be Buggy. They wanted me to be cooky & crazy and everything I wanted to be. … I couldn’t be Buggy Nova for trademark purposes; I had to change my name [to] Skyler Moon. I had some say in it, 50/50 say in it. … I liked the “moon” idea as it kinda ties into Buggy Nova, like Nova—stars, moon. … Skyler I came up with, actually. was my idea, I gave them a list of names and they liked that one.
On why she checked in to the rehab/treatment facility: “I mentioned before I have an eating disorder. I went to treatment because I was killing myself. … Nothing else matters. … My disease is dealing with food, or no food, or too much exercise. … I was miserable and I was dying… It was either treatment or dead. … I made the decision [to go]. I knew I couldn’t give my best performance. … I couldn’t do this by myself. I needed help. I needed to put my life on hold, I needed to swallow my pride, throw my hands up in the air and say ‘Hey, I need help with this, I don’t know what else to do.’ I had to check my ego at the door and allow other people to help me with my life. … Rehab is awesome, and I wish I could give everyone who needed that opportunity, or wanted that opportunity, I wish I could give that to them. … I don’t know where I’d be without it.”
On what she’s doing now as part of her daily routine: “Basically I’m just focusing on my recovery. Figuring out what’s best for it, what I should do, what should I not do. I’m using this time to relearn how to live life. How to balance things out, just how to be real. … A lot of discovery—without sounding like a hippie or a tree hugger!”
On how she feels when people focus on her appearance: “I had more acceptance of myself. … I’d take that compliment and I’d put in my pocket. … I’d almost feed off of it. As long as someone was telling me I was pretty, I must be pretty. I must be doing something right. That’s what my worth was. … If I wasn’t getting any of that, my worth meant nothing. I was not valuable in any sense. Now [with my treatment] I don’t need that stuff to have self-worth. My self-worth comes from the inside. … Doing good things for other people—that makes me feel good [now]. … It’s just a new perspective. … I’m learning it for myself—not try to impress other people. Loving myself, and if you don’t like me, you don’t have to like me.”
On spreading awareness for eating disorders: “When WWE offered me the contract one of my first thoughts was that I could bring more awareness to it. … Have more opportunities to do more fundraising/awareness work. Eating disorders today is so taboo, no one wants to talk about it. Especially with guys. … And there’s options. It doesn’t have to own you. … My eating disorder owned my, it controlled my life, it told me what to do. In a short period of time, too. … I just want people to talk about it, don’t be ashamed about it. It’s more common than you think. There is help out there. If I can help someone, then it’s all worth it.”
On training in MMA versus wrestling: “I used to train in MMA for this company called Millennia. After I got released…they offered to sponsor me when I go back to California. The good thing about MMA is that it’s very different from professional wrestling. … I don’t have to look a certain way, it’s all about aggression. It’s really aggressive and I like that idea.”