Chelsea Green says Paul Heyman lit a fire under her to take her wrestling career to the next level.
The SmackDown star recently spoke with Love Wrestling about her WWE career, which included her debut on RAW against Charlotte, as well as her first SmackDown appearance in November. Green was asked about the reports that Paul Heyman had an interest in working with her, and she said it’s great to have someone as esteemed as Heyman have her back.
“That is something that I felt when I came up in December, January, and did a couple matches for RAW and Main Event, I did feel like I had a great bond and connection with Paul Heyman. We had kind of started our relationship off in NXT, when he watched a couple of my promos and gave me really amazing feedback and really, really positive feedback. That kind of fueled my fire and lit a fire under my butt until the next time I saw him, which was the RAW and the Main Event. I think I jumped into that position the best I could, and he saw that,” Green explained, “and so, I’m thinking that the dirt sheets are correct and that he has really had my back this whole time, which I love. I think that’s amazing. I’m just so proud that someone that is the best in this business thinks that I’m great! How crazy is that?! We’re just going to go with that’s 100% true.”
Green also spoke about her RAW debut, which happened with almost no fanfare at all. As it turns out, Green said she didn’t mind the lack of hype, and she was more focused on the fact that she was making her TV debut and her family got to see it.
“So here’s a fun fact that a lot of people don’t know, because everyone has said exactly what you said, that like, ‘oh, wow, they just put you on there. If that’s your debut, why didn’t you have vignettes? Why didn’t you get, you know, hyped up and stuff?’ But actually, what people don’t know is a lot of—I don’t know about men, but a lot of women—before they debut actually do have a couple of matches that are just like that,” Green said. “They tend to get thrown into a match like that, they sink or they swim, they usually lose. I mean, of course, unless it was a real debut.”
“It’s funny because a lot of girls told me that that day, when I was going out to have that match with Charlotte. I was really excited! I didn’t care. I’m like, ‘I don’t care if this is my debut or not, I’m going to be on friggin’ RAW, and my family is going to get to see me, and all my friends and everyone that has seen me work so hard for six years, they’re going to see me on Monday Night freaking RAW! So, I don’t care what happened, but a lot of the girls did tell me like, ‘don’t worry, you know, this might seem like your debut, but actually, they’ll probably do this and then take you off TV and then repackage you,’ and stuff like that. So it has happened to a lot of people,” Green stated. “It’s just, we forget, right? In wrestling, we like to forget those things, and then we remember what we want to remember, which is the big, grand debuts and the storylines and things like that.”
Green is currently sidelined with a wrist injury suffered in her SmackDown debut match and has been rehabbing it in hopes of returning to TV soon.
Check out the full interview below: