Lola Vice – ‘WWE Saw Me As More Than An MMA Talent’


On a recent edition of the “Busted Open Radio” podcast, WWE NXT talent Lola Vice (Valerie Loureda) discussed being invited to WrestleMania 38, being trained by Norman Smiley, and more.

You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:


On WWE inviting her to WrestleMania 38: “I didn’t want to go because I knew what was going to happen. I knew I was going to see WrestleMania, and I was going to do it, I knew it. Then once I went there and I spoke to Triple H and I spoke to everyone and I just saw this beautiful production I just got goosebumps like the first time I saw MMA, and I knew this was going to be the next chapter in my life.”

On the vision she had for her character: “I’ve always had a vision for what my name was and I always would make the matching gear for my corner men. I think they just saw me as more than an MMA athlete, but more as an entertainer, because that’s who I am at heart.”

On being trained by Norman Smiley: “I will forever be grateful for … Norman Smiley. He helped me put on my wrestling shoes for the first time. And for the first four months of [my] being in NXT, I was with Coach Smiley, and everything I know now is because of that man.”

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