Dakota Kai Talks COVID-19 Changing NXT And Trepidation About Turning Heel

New Zealander, Dakota Kai opened up about the changes to filming due to the global Coronavirus pandemic.

Ahead of her match against Io Shirai at NXT TakeOver XXX, Dakota spoke with Stuff and discussed her initial trepidation regarding her heel turn at NXT TakeOver: WarGames in 2019.

“It was scary because it’s something out of my comfort zone. But I really love challenges. I love being offered something different,” Kai said. “It was such a breath of fresh air from what I was doing in NXT, too. So I love it. I do still get a bit nervous in terms of whether or not I’m doing things right with my character, but I love it because it offers so many cool new challenges for me.”

Kai also talked about the shift in taping due to COVID-19 and how the TV audience at home keeps them going.

“It’s obviously such a change of pace to what we were doing before. To give you a blueprint of how we used to run events, we would film TV live every Wednesday and then every second weekend we would travel out of state to do four live shows each night, four nights in a row. Obviously, we’re not doing that right now. So it’s very, very weird. So we’re filming two episodes every second Wednesday and that’s pretty much all we’re doing.”

She continued, “It is so weird and it really makes you realize how much you miss that environment and how much the fans really are a part of everything we do. Because the fans and their reactions, they make the moments for us in the ring. I really miss having fans but we still have our TV audience. We have hundreds of thousands of people watching us so, at the end of the day, they are our priority.”

You can read the full interview at this link.

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