Nattie speaks her mind.
There are many leading women of the women's revolution in WWE and one of those women is former SmackDown Live Women's Champion Natalya. Natalya has been with the WWE since 2007 and has been through it all in the women's division from the thirty second matches during the Divas era to now having been part of the first-ever Women's Royal Rumble match and Women's Money In The Bank Ladder matches and this past Sunday at WWE 'Evolution' Nattie competed on the first-ever all-women's pay-per-view in WWE history.
Prior the WWE 'Evolution', Sky Sports had the opporunity to speak with Natalya and during their discussion Natalya spoke about how she was never ashamed to be referred to as a "diva" and regardless of how she was labeled, she viewed herself as a strong woman and to add on to that Nattie explained how she has been able to remain a focal point in WWE's women's division.
“Well to me I’m very proud of everything I’ve done. I was a Divas Champion and that… I believe in adapting to change. So, for me, it’s not about survival of the fittest or who’s the strongest. It’s not about that at all. What has kept me alive and thriving in WWE is my ability to adapt to change and that’s something I do outside of the ring as well. That’s how I roll with it." Natalya explained.
With years of experience comes maturity and Natalya has matured into the role of the of a locker room leader of sorts. Many superstars have stated that they look to Natalya as a mentor and Natalya lived up that praise with the following response:
"People have been asking me about all sorts of things in and out of the ring my entire career and the best part of my job is that everyday is different and at a time, there was a Divas Championship and we had a Divas division, and there was a time in the company when we were called Divas, and at that time [it] was the directive of the company and I’m not ashamed of that." She said. "I’m not ashamed that I was a Divas Champion or that I was in the Divas division, or that people called me a Diva or that I called myself a Diva. I’m not ashamed of that because I always knew within myself what my ability was and is and I knew how much I wanted to grow. So I was ready for the change and I was ready to adapt and to evolve, and that’s where we are today." Nattie explained. "We’re all being called superstars now. That is the change and one day maybe there will be a different name we’re referred to, but for me I like being a strong woman. When I was Divas Champion, I was a strong woman that wanted more and I was a strong woman that worked hard as the Divas Champion. I am the first third-generation female in the world, but when I was winning my first Women’s Championship, I knew… recognized my heritage, I recognized I was carrying on the torch. Also, the first woman in the Hart family to be involved in WWE and to be competing in the ring and I knew that, ‘Wow, I’m carrying on a legacy of Bret The Hitman Hart, Owen Hart, British Bulldog, my grandfather Stu Hart, my father Jim The Anvil Neidhart', and I knew I had to adapt to that change. I was never ashamed of being a Divas Champion and I’m not ashamed of being called a superstar. I’m a strong woman in WWE."
As mentioned, WWE 'Evolution' was this past Sunday and to read up on what went down during the show, head over to the "results" section of the site.
If you are going to use the quotes above, please credit Sky Sports with an H/T to Fightful for the transcriptions.