WWE is pushing its women's division like never before and recently released competitor Emma recalled being an instrumental part of the way the company changed its portrayal of the division.
Emma, who is now working under her real name of Tenille Dashwood, recalled her role in the start of what WWE has dubbed the "women's revolution", which has led to the first-ever women's Royal Rumble last month and the first women's Elimination Chamber set for February 25 at the Raw-branded pay-per-view in Las Vegas.
In an interview on the Killing The Town podcast with her former trainer Lance Storm, in what marked her first interview since being released last fall, Dashwood talked about when the company started to portray its women as more serious wrestlers and not just divas.
"We all as a group wanted to show what we could do and we were given that chance and just did everything we could to make sure that we deliver," said Dashwood, who got that chance at NXT's first TakeOver event when she wrestled Paige in the finals of a tournament to crown the first NXT Women's Champion. "That was an exciting and important time in my life and my career. I loved stepping in the ring with Paige and being given those big opportunities. And I feel like that was when we started to get noticed and get those opportunities."
The emphasis of the women's division was not the only major change in WWE Emma experienced during her time in developmental. She also was part of the company when WWE moved from FCW in Tampa to the Performance Center in Orlando.
"Definitely as far as the facility it was like night and day," she said. "We went from like a factory or a warehouse type situation with no air conditioning and small locker rooms to a state of the art facility with seven rings."
Click here to listen to Dashwood's entire appearance on Killing The Town.