Carmella speaks on multiple topics.
Carmella is coming off a highly successful 2018 that saw her win the SmackDown Women's Championship, beat Charlotte Flair (twice), beat Asuka (twice), and win Mixed Match Challenge alongside R-Truth. Thus far in 2019, she's won the Women's Battle Royal at WrestleMania. But before Carmella turned into one of the top female stars on the main roster, she was just a manager down at NXT.
Speaking to TV Insider, Carmella discussed where NXT is at now compared to her time on the yellow brand.
“Look how far NXT has come. When I was there I was really starting to get some steam. That’s when we started taking it on the road and started to do those TakeOver specials," said Carmella. "To see NXT reach 500 episodes is so cool. I look around the roster now, and it’s everyone from NXT and those I trained with. A lot of the girls down there I like. I like what Bianca Belair is doing. I think Aaliyah and Vanessa Borne are doing this cool mean girls thing. I love that. Honestly, all the girls down there are doing great.”
With the WWE Superstar Shake-Up taking place tonight and tomorrow, it's possible NXT stars get moved to the main roster. Carmella stated that she isn't too worried about the shake-up, she just wants to keep playing the good person.
“I don’t know. I have been on SmackDown from the beginning. I feel at home on SmackDown Live. It would be weird to go to Raw, but I’m excited for it regardless. I’m excited to see what happens now that I was a big winner [at WrestleMania]. I’m honestly excited for the women in general to see what the next step will be," she said. “…As a last draft pick in 2016, I feel like I had a lot to prove. Then getting the opportunity to win the Money in the Bank contract and cashing it in this time last year. I beat Asuka twice. I beat Charlotte Flair twice. I did all these amazing things as champion. Then this stuff with R-Truth happened. It’s been really cool. I completely changed my character. People like me now, which is so crazy. Who knows what will happen from here. I’m just excited to have hopefully a cool run as a good guy. We’ll see what happens.”
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