Nikki Bella recently spoke with Keisha Hatchett of TV Guide to discuss the upcoming all women’s pay-per-view WWE Evolution and its importance towards the women who fought for this moment. Among the topics in the interview was the used of the term ‘diva’ during Women’s Revolution transition. She elaborated in the interview that the stigma got so intense, that she even considered changing the name of her reality TV series ‘Total Divas’.
View the highlights of the interview below, which can also be read in the full interview in the link above:
On how WWE Evolution could impact the Women’s Division:
“I hope it just gives the women more. I hope it gets to a certain point where it’s not about history-making events anymore, that it just becomes normal that women are having two to three storylines every show. That they’re having longer matches, more matches on pay-per-views. Where we consistently, once a year, do have an all-women PPV so we can honor the women and what everyone has done. I just hope [Evolution] gives the women more just like the men and that it just becomes something where we no longer talk about it, we just see it.”
On facing the ‘diva’ stigma:
“We didn’t make diva a bad word. A lot of us were like, ‘How are we gonna make this strong and fierce, powerful and beautiful?’ That’s what we were taught to do and we were happy about that. And the women of SmackDown, we finally had something to compete for. Only on Raw did the women get to compete for a championship–not the women of SmackDown. I wish people could know the blood, sweat and tears that went into that [butterfly] championship and that word. That meant everything to us. It meant change for us and that word has helped with change.”
Nikki Bella will be challenging Ronda Rousey for the Raw Women’s Championship this Sunday at WWE Evolution, live from the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.
Nikki Bella Talks WWE Evolution And The 'Diva' Connotation