Not Chelsea Green, not Laurel Van Ness, not Reklusa, or even Megan Miller. Chelsea Green was going to become "Victorious."
Fightful Select had reported that the original creative plans for Green's November 2020 re-debut on the Smackdown brand had called for the "Victorious" name to be used. Green confirmed as much in an exclusive interview after her WWE release.
"That was gonna happen," Green stated. "I don’t know, but I told I was Victorious. At first I thought it was a joke. Like, I giggled when I got told and then when I found out it was real, honestly, I love it. I think that the name is so… Oh, my God. There’s so many plays on Victorious that I could have used. So many finishing and submission names. So many puns. Oh, man. I could have used that. I remember all day that day everyone was singing Bobby Roode’s Glorious to me, but with Victorious"
However, when Chelsea Green appeared on the show, she was announced by her real name, which even she wasn't expecting.
"That shocked me. when I saw my name, I heard it as Chelsea Green, I was like, ‘Wait. What the hell?’ I was very confused. Then I think I asked someone when my arm was broken in the back, I asked someone, ‘I’m confused. Why was my name Chelsea? What’s going on.’ They were like, ‘Oh, in the post match segment you were gonna reveal that your name was Victorious.’ ‘Cause I had a promo afterwards where Billie Kay says something like, ‘Ooh, look at you,’ and I say, basically, ‘I’m Victorious. For many different reasons.’"
Green was slated to win that debut Smackdown match and move on to Survivor Series, but an injury derailed those plans. Well, whatever plans there may have been.
"I heard nothing. So, I really do think that I changed Vince’s mind in that meeting and so I think that when it came down to ‘Who should be in this match today?’ ‘Who should win?’ He said my name and I’m so thankful for that, but beyond that I don’t think there was any plans and I honestly think if you truly think about that Survivor Series match and the storylines that were within it, I was going to go into that match the same way I went into the NXT ladder match at Takeover—with zero storyline and in wrestling there’s nothing worse than zero storyline. Like, truly. Would I have been the one taking the pin? Probably. Would I have cared? Absolutely not. I needed to get out there. If you want to give me a big boot and pin me right off the bat. Honestly, go ahead. I’m good. I’m your girl. I’ve done it before, I’ll do it again. But, I really do think I was in no position to even be in that match," Green said.
You can see our full-hour long interview with Chelsea Green at the top of the page. She's available for pro wrestling bookings and signings now, and you can see her Pro Wrestling Tees page at this link.