Before Naomi was stripped of her recently won SmackDown Women's Title, she was the special guest of Lillian Garcia on the "Making Their Way To The Ring" Podcast. Naomi spoke about where she got the idea for her "Feel The Glow" gimmick and how long it took to convince the WWE brass that they should let her try it out. The conversation topics also included how she got her start in wrestling, why she sometimes doubts herself and why she thinks she can't seem to find a permanent home on Total Divas.
They submitted these highlights:
Her reaction after watching her first live wrestling show:
"I saw those girls and I was like, I want to do that. I can do that. That is awesome. Then from there I started asking questions and then I ran into Ricky Santana who actually got me my tryout, helped me get my tryout at FCW and then I was signed from there in 2009."
Why Naomi sometimes finds it difficult to enjoy her success:
"I think it's so competitive, and I think because I kind of have been on the back burner for so long and social media and there's many things that, there's just so many critics out there and things that make you sometimes doubt yourself and just want to improve and I think that plays a big part in it."
Her idea for "Feel the glow" comes from odd source material:
"The inspiration comes from a movie from the 80s, called "The Last Dragon."
Here is the trailer for "The Last Dragon," just in case you were wondering:
"It's about this martial artist who is on this journey to find the glow. It's all about him really at the end of the day finding his confidence. He had it all along. He just had to look within himself."
And did the company jump at the chance to feature Naomi in this gimmick?:
"No. Absolutely not. Two years. It took me two years to get them to finally hear me out on this concept, this idea, and the entrance and everything."
Naomi's been cut from Total Divas twice and she can't seem to figure out why:
"I never could get a straight answer, and I think there are a lot of us girls, and I don't know if it's just them wanting to give everyone an opportunity, or they just like the idea of switching people in and out, to give the fans a different taste."
You can watch the full episode in the above video (the interview starts about 30 minutes in) or download the podcast version on iTunes.