Carmella speaks her peace.
The self-proclaimed "Princess Of Staten Island" Carmella is fresh off a five month reign as SmackDown Live Women's Champion. Carmella lost the title to Charlotte Flair in a Triple-Threat match at last month's SummerSlam PPV and now that Mella has had her time in the spotlight, she has transitioned to another role as she has now has formed a friendship of sorts with her Mixed Match Challenge partner R-Truth.
Throughout Carmella's reign as champion she received tons of criticism about her in-ring skills and some who viewed the product felt that she did not have what it took to deliver in the squared circle and Carmella addressed those critics when she was interviewed Sam Roberts at the WWE Performance Center for the WWE 2K19 festivities. Carmella stated that she knows what she brings to the table and regardless of what people have to say, no one will ever be able to take her accomplishments away from her.
“They can’t [the fans can’t ruin her accomplishments] and I feel like it's a testament to my hard work - it's a testament ot the Performance Center as well with everything that I learned here and it doesn’t matter - and I don’t mean it in a disrespectful way like I don’t care what the fans think." She continued, "It's not about that but I feel like I know how hard I work to get there so that’s all that really matters. I won Money In The Bank twice and then I cashed it it to become champion. I was champion - no one can ever take that away from me and my name will always go down in history as the first Ms. Money In The Bank.”
Just two years ago Carmella was coming into her own when she transitioned from the role of just a manager to an in-ring performer. Being in the Performance Center Carmella was able to learn from WWE Hall Of Famer Dusty Rhodes but one individual who is also to be accredited for the development of Carmella's on-screen character is the man who Carmella tears down on commentary whenever she's at the desk and that individual is SmackDown Live commentator Byron Saxton.
“I always credit Byron Saxton. He helped me… as much as you know he hates me now on TV, but he helped me so much coming up with the Carmella character and the little mannerisms and it just brought it to life.” Carmella revealed.
On a related note, the SmackDown Women's Title picture is boiling hot with Charlotte Flair and the champion Becky Lynch wanting to tear one another apart. The two competitors will meet in the squared circle once again with the title on the line on October 6th at WWE Super Show-Down.
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