– SmackDown Women’s Champion Natalya has a new column for The Calgary Sun now discussing her big win over Naomi at SummerSlam last Sunday. Here is an excerpt:
“I can’t stop myself from replaying that moment when Naomi tapped out to the Sharpshooter and the ref signalled the end of that match, and my women’s championship drought. I was so happy that I was shaking and wanted to burst into tears when I took that title and launched it above my head.
So lost in a moment that I’ve dreamed of since I was a young girl that I almost forgot to stay in character. I am currently a “bad girl” in the WWE! I composed myself and saved the tears for when I got backstage. I also should have worn waterproof mascara, but I digress.
Raising that championship, which has been held by so many great women before me, symbolized so much for me. Not only I am representing the WWE’s talented women’s division, but I’m also a role model for young girls around the world chasing their own dreams. For most of my life, I’ve envisioned that moment I was crowned the women’s champ. After 10 years in WWE, my vision became a reality.
My journey to winning the title wasn’t easy, and I’m actually grateful it wasn’t. That, in itself, is a blessing. Every bump in the road, every feeling of doubt, every heartache and heartbreak, every moment in which I didn’t know how much more I could take, I just kept going. I didn’t realize how strong I could become by falling down so much and getting back up time and time again.”
— NXT commentator Mauro Ranallo is set to call the upcoming boxing showdown between boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor on Saturday night. The NXT Twitter account wished Ranallo the best of luck with the following tweet:
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) August 25, 2017