During a recent interview with Inside The Ropes, WWE SmackDown! Live Women’s Champion Carmella commented on her match with Asuka at tonight’s WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view and more. You can check out some highlights below:
On being on the Kickoff show for WrestleMania: “I’m on WrestleMania! I don’t care if I’m on the Kickoff show, it was just such a great opportunity to be a part of WrestleMania. It was my very first WrestleMania, and a lot of people say, ‘Oh, but you’re on the Kickoff’ it doesn’t matter, you’re still a part of WrestleMania. To me, there’s no difference if you’re on the Kickoff or the main show to me it’s all the same. Of course, the fans were in kind of an uproar when we were announced as the Kickoff, so it’s crazy the passion that they have.”
On her thoughts on first women’s Money in the Bank match: “I was nervous for the match, regardless, it’s a dangerous, high-risk match to even be a part of,” Carmella said. “Aside from that, when I knew that was going to happen [Laughs] the fans reacted exactly how I expected them to. They were upset, and honestly, I thought it was great. People were talking about it. You had this first Money in the Bank Ladder Match for the women and it could be a regular [match], someone climbs to the top, grabs the contract, and that’s how it goes. But I thought this way was so much more exciting and so much more controversial. Everything I like to do is over the top and have people talking about it. Ever since I won that match that’s exactly what’s happened with my career. Everyone has been talking about me, whether they love me, whether they hate me, whether they love to hate me, I don’t really care, they’re talking about me.”
On facing Asuka at Money in the Bank: “I’m not gonna lie. When I first found out I was like, ‘Wait a minute? She did nothing to deserve this opportunity,’ but Asuka is a force to be reckoned with, she is one of the most elite female Superstars I’ve ever seen in WWE. Her strikes, her kicks, her submissions, she’s so good, but she lost to Charlotte at WrestleMania, and I beat Charlotte Flair, twice, so that pretty much means I can beat Asuka. So, I know everybody is looking at the situation like I’m going to get my butt kicked and I’m going to drop the title immediately to Asuka, but I can’t wait to prove everybody wrong.” In other news, James Ellsworth is backstage at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL for tonight’s WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view event.