More On Upcoming SmackDown Live Title Match, Natalya Shares Story About Overcoming Fear

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(Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

(Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)

More On Upcoming SmackDown Live Title Match

As previously noted by WrestleZone, Daniel Bryan announced that Lana will once again face Naomi for the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship on the upcoming episode on July 4 due to a technicality of one of her shoulders not being on the mat.

After Lana was defeated on the previous episode, she commented, “I’ll resiliently keep chasing my dreams no matter what people think & #CRUSH every set back I face.”

Annoyed that Lana is getting another title shot, she recently retweeted a couple of GIFs showing her thoughts on the matter.

Natalya Shares Story About Overcoming Fear

In her recent Calgary Sun column, Natalya shared her thoughts on the recent Money in the Banks match, stating that she “felt sore the next day in a way that I never have, not even from the powerlifting workouts that I do. But it was all worth it when the bellrang and the match was under way.”

She also shared a story about fearing heights.

“My fear of heights stems from an incident in 2005, before my WWE career, when I landed incorrectly after a move injured my ACL, meniscus and kneecap. I wrestled a dozen more matches like that because I was afraid to face the fact that I was injured. Once I found out I needed surgery, I had to confront the reality that I was hurt. That meant a prolonged absence from wrestling.

The time away felt like a death sentence to me. It was the first time I had ever been injured. But once I overcame it, I realized the injury wasn’t so bad. The recovery process was not fun, but I crushed it. Looking back, the injury was the best thing that could have happened to me at the time. I focused on my diet, I re-assessed my in-ring style and I lost some extra weight I’d been carrying around.

Following my recovery, I was hired by WWE to a developmental contract. On the heels of my worst nightmare came the start of my greatest dream. The time off changed everything for me, from learning to face my fears, to working on my nutrition and my approach. I changed my whole perspective.

I wasn’t afraid anymore because overcoming a fear, and subsequently crushing it, is empowering. It makes you a survivor.”


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