WWE superstar Alexa Bliss recently interviewed by Sam Roberts on his podcast Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast. During the interview, the Raw women’s champion talked about NXT, and how the NXT prepares the talent for its eventual arrival to the main roster. Below are the best statements transcripted by the portal WrestlingInc.
“NXT prepares you for literally everything for the main roster. They probably over-prepare you. With everything that they have at the [WWE] Performance Center to now NXT touring now, they are doing venues now that are the size of our live events, so they are more than prepared for when they come to the [main] roster and I don’t think it’s that much of a shift now when they come up.”
Alexa also spoke of the difference in size of the audience of Raw or Smackdown. “The Goddess” confessed that it is more difficult to fight in front of a small audience than in large audiences.
“I feel like it’s harder to perform in front of a smaller crowd sometimes still than it is a larger crowd. I feel more nervous for a Full Sail [University] crowd than I do for SummerSlam because I feel like at Full Sail, you can make eye contact with every single person and that’s really scary! And for me, that’s easier to do the bigger crowds because you feel more of the energy and it’s a lot of fun.”
In addition, Bliss recalled his arrival to the main roster and was happy for the way she came to SmackDown Live, despite not having had the opportunity to fight frequently on NXT.
“I’m so glad with the way I came in with the [WWE] Draft because in NXT, I didn’t wrestle very much. That’s not something that people don’t know. I, for the majority of my NXT TV time, was valeting, and being a manager, and being paired with Blake & Murphy. And I was in that group. I was in a group setting, and that’s where I really learned to establish and build the Alexa Bliss character and I’m very grateful for that. I know that I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for [Wesley] Blake and [Buddy] Murphy allowing me to come into their group and learning the character, and evolving it, and they are very, very proud of me and I’m very grateful for that.”
Finally, Bliss talked about her performance in the ring, and explained why she does not use a more showy arsenal when facing her opponents.
“When I was in NXT, I was still training every day. I was still in the ring every day and working every live event. And just because I wasn’t on shows that were taped for NXT TV, I don’t think people knew what skills I could do. And being a bad guy, I try not to do a lot of flashy moves and a lot of, I guess, good guy skills because that’s not my character and I feel like people take that as, ‘oh, well, she’s not as skilled as Sasha [Banks] or Bayley, Charlotte [Flair], or Becky [Lynch]. But, I take that as a challenge. I’m like, ‘well, I can do all these things. I chose not to because I don’t have to. My character isn’t supposed to be flashy and be over-the-top. I’m supposed to be dirty in the ring. I’m supposed to kick and punch and I’m supposed to cheat and find ways to win at all costs.”