Kacy Catanzaro Reflects On The Nerves She Had Prior To Making Her NXT Debut, And Shares Her Thoughts On Alexa Bliss

Kacy is looking to push herself to become the best she can be.

During the inaugural Mae Young Classic tournament it was announced that former 'American Ninja Warrior' competitor Kacy Catanzaro had signed a contract with WWE and would soon be reporting to the WWE Performance Center. Fast forwarding one year later and Catanzaro is making her in-ring debut at an NXT live event in Sanford, Florida.

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With six months now under her belt of being in the midst of the WWE Performance Center, Catanzaro is looking to make the best out of her future with WWE as she stated during an interview with TV Insider  where she went over a big moment for her which was her debut pro wrestling match at an NXT live event in April of this year.

“I had all those butterflies in my stomach,” she said when told the news about her debut. “I immediately think I’m sure what anyone thinks, ‘Man, am I ready? Am I going to be okay out there? Then you tell yourself, ‘They wouldn’t put me out there if I wasn’t ready.’ Those nerves, but excited nerves, were there. I was surprised, but I have been working so hard since I got here. We have the best training facility and everything I need to be great. So, if I put that work in, I know it’s possible.

The buck did not stop there for Catanzaro as she competed at last month's NXT TV tapings and will be featured on a forthcoming episode of NXT television. Catanzaro expressed that being out there in front of the Full Sail crowd was the icing on that cake that let her know that entertaining the audience is what she wants to do.

“I could feel that dream getting closer and closer,” Catanzaro said. “The live events are so fun, I love interacting with the crowd and getting that time out there. The TV tapings are bigger. There is more lighting, cameras and everything that goes into it that it does add to everything when you are out there. I remember coming out for my entrance and looking around thinking to myself, ‘This is what I want. I want to be out here, I want to entertain these people.’"

Standing at 4'11 the diminutive dynamo Kacy Catanzaro once doubted the chances of her making it to WWE, but a woman like the former two-time RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss who stands at 5'1 changed Catanzaro's perspective about being on the smaller end of the spectrum when it comes to women's wrestlers.

“I’m smaller. I feel like it was in my head that maybe I wouldn’t be able to do it,” she said. “I’ve been through that line of thinking my whole life, but I’ve been able to change my perspective and change other people’s minds. [Alexa] helped changed my perspective,” Catanzaro said. “She has been growing and rising so much the last couple of years that I’ve really been thinking about WWE and seeing if it would be possible. I’ve definitely been looking to her to fuel that drive. The ‘Five Feet of Fury’ and being tiny but bringing that fire, she gave me that extra push to show that I could do this.”


Kacy Catanzaro was announced to be signing with WWE during the inaugural Mae Young Classic tournament and the second-running of the tourney will take place this summer on August 8th and 9th at Full Sail. WWE has begun reaching out to talent about competing in the tournament, but a former IMPACT Knockouts Champion in Chelsea Green revealed that herself along with two other in-ring performers have not been contacted by the sports-entertainment company about competing in the M.Y.C.

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