Natalya has seen it all in the WWE's women's divisions during her decade with the company, including firsts and milestones.
The Smackdown Women's champion opened up to Scott Fishman about some of the transitions from the old guard to the new Women's Revolution of recent years. Part of that was the "Queen of Harts" participating in the first two women's ladder matches in WWE history this summer.
“Most people would never know I’m afraid of heights,” she told TV Insider. “So, I got to show that vulnerability going into that match…I didn’t want to let my co-workers or upper management know I had that fear because I didn’t want that opportunity taken from me. It was a situation that forced me to confront my fears.”
The longtime WWE wrestler has experienced pain and heartache along the way, with her husband Tyson Kidd experiencing a career-ending neck injury. Natayla recalled seeing fellow competitor Carmella, as she discovered the news that her fiance Big Cass sustained a torn ACL.
“I was with Carmella and was literally going through the curtain with her at a live event when she got the news [fiancé] Big Cass blew out his knee. She was so scared and upset, seconds away from going out to perform. She was such a professional and focused on the match. I don’t know if I could have done that, and I’ve been wrestling since I was 18. A true pro," said Natalya.
Make sure to check out the full interview at this link.
Natalya will defend her Smackdown Women's Championship against Charlotte on Sunday at WWE Hell in a Cell. Fightful.com will have full, live coverage of the show, including a post-show podcast.