Natalya wants to inspire others.
This Sunday at WWE SummerSlam, Natalya will challenge Becky Lynch for the Raw Women's Title in her home country of Canada. The rivalry between the two has picked up in recent weeks with sneak attacks and scathing online promos, but once they meet in the ring, Natalya is hoping she and Becky can create magic.
“It’s funny because I feel like this match is really important for women,” Neidhart told Yahoo Sports. “I want this match to be one that women look back on for inspiration. [Hart-Austin] was a really intense match and it was really cool to go back and watch wrestlers from decades ago to find inspiration in them. I hope Becky and I can do that for other females coming up in the industry 10, 20, 30 years down the road.”
Becky has taken shots at Natalya for not living up to her potential, but Natalya is quick to point out her 2014 NXT Women's Championship match against Charlotte as a bout that helped launch the women's evolution.
On the subject of Charlotte, Natalya said, “Charlotte is one of my favorite opponents because she’s not afraid to go. There’s something about when you wrestle certain people, there’s this magical chemistry. Steve Austin said to me at the Raw Reunion that Bret was a huge turning point in his career because they had this magic. Steve Austin said Bret is the epitome of grit, determination and strength. That stuck with me. I think about Charlotte Flair and as much as Bret and Steve Austin were the perfect match for each other, she and I are wrestling soulmates.
“She is a very special, one-of-a-kind performer. We come from wrestling greatness. For us, we had these huge shoes to fill and it’s been hard. How do you fill those shoes? You don’t, you have to blaze your own trail and create your own journey. You have to be different because we’re women. I feel like we have lived up to so many high standards and expectations and that we’ll tango again soon.”