Ivelisse has never been one to bite her tongue, something that she gained a reputation for during her time in WWE's developmental.
After a run on WWE's Tough Enough program, Ivelisse spent time in FCW and NXT, where she performed as Sofia Cortez. Ivelisse openly spoke about her desire to wrestle in a more convincing manner, and would often butt heads with head of FCW and NXT, Bill DeMott
She would go on and say in multiple interviews that his presence was a big problem, but with the level of power that DeMott had gained in FCW, it became too much for her, and later reported him to WWE offices. Shortly after, she'd be released and years later DeMott would be fired. Despite the issues she had in WWE, Ivelisse told us at Fightful.com, she'd still like to be with them one day.
"No matter what company I'm at, as long as I'm part of whatever growth towards making women's wrestling be seen in a better light, that's something I want to be a part of. If that opportunity comes up soon, I'd be happy," said Ivelisse
Since joining Lucha Underground years ago, Ivelisse has mixed it up with the men, even becoming a two-time trios champion. When I asked about the shift from WWE's female style in 2011 to today, Ivelisse admitted that pride can be battered.
"For me, what I get satisfaction from is being able to contribute as a woman to women's wrestling. The more I can do to have it be seen in a good light, that has always been my underlying goal. On one side it makes me happy to see all this growth and these changes to women's wrestling and how WWE presents them and all that. Then there's that other size that was like 'Man, I was there at the wrong time, why couldn't I be there now?' It's bittersweet in that sense," she said.
You can see our full interview with Ivelisse above. Lucha Underground season this summer.
The full interview can be heard at the Fightful YouTube or the video at the top of this page. She appears courtesy of TitleMatchNetwork.com and preorders are available at TitleMatchWrestling.com.
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