Natalya Discusses Early Days Of Pro Wrestling Training With Men, Advice From Beth Phoenix

Longtime WWE star Natalya was recently interviewed by Muscle And Fitness to talk about several professional wrestling topics. “The Queen Of Harts” discussed her early days of professional wrestling training with men, some advice she was given from longtime friend and WWE Hall Of Famer Beth Phoenix, and the evolution women’s wrestling has seen in WWE.

Here are the highlights:

Early days of professional wrestling training with men:

It made me stronger, because I was so much smaller,” Natalya said. “I learned this really physical, gritty style—and that you get what you give. I still think of that time. I still remember that hunger.

Advice received from Beth Phoenix:

When I debuted, WWE was doing the Diva Searches and hiring models, and I’m like your traditional lady wrestler,” Natalya said. “I’m not skinny and I can’t dance. I remember Beth [Phoenix] saying: ‘Nattie, you’ve just gotta fake it ’til you make it. One day they’re gonna be ready for us.’

Evolution of women’s wrestling in WWE over the years:

It’s just surreal, because I feel like my dad has played a big part in all these wonderful things happening, but I also feel like WWE understands how much I’ve contributed,” Nattie said.

That’s why this all feels so good now, being able to wrestle and perform with all these strong female competitors. And it goes back to, ‘Why do I love this?’ Because it makes me excited to get up in the morning and live my dream.” Spoken like a beyond-worthy wrestling dynasty heiress. 2Pawz must be so proud.

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