Eva Marie on How Boos and Criticism Affect Her Mentally, If WWE Called Her Up Too Early, More

Jan 19, 2016 - by Marc Middleton

– Eva Marie spoke with FanSided.com to promote the return of WWE Total Divas on E! tonight. The full interview can be found at this link. Below are highlights:

The fan reaction is a big part of your career starting when you first debuted on Raw in 2013. However, when you continued to go out in front of the crowd the reaction was very negative. How do the boos and criticism affect you mentally?

When I first started, definitely. I would be lying if I said it didn’t just because I am human. Walking into the WWE I was brand new; I did not know how things worked. Deep down I wanted everyone to cheer and adore me but this is the WWE where it doesn’t work that way all the time. There’s a good guy and a bad guy, and I am pretty badass bad guy.

Now that I have the training behind me, I think that really shows I do have the skills and talent to become a well-rounded wrestler. I think it goes back to me asking Vince [McMahon] and Triple H on wanting to go back to NXT to hone my craft and learn the ropes. I feel extremely confident when I walk out there now and I embrace the boos and the craziness from the WWE and NXT Universe.

At one of the live events somebody had a sign that said “If Eva Marie Is Here We Riot.” I thought that was pretty cool. The crowd reaction is something that I definitely love. When I first started if I walked out from behind that curtain and heard a pin drop or deafening silence, then you have to look at switching something up. Now, I am embracing my heel character to the fullest.

You mentioned speaking with both Vince McMahon and Triple H about your career and what you could do to help your wrestling skill set. Do you think you were brought up too soon to the main roster and that was extra pressure for you to succeed?

I don’t think I was brought up to soon. I mean, everything for me has come in so quickly. I got my developmental deal at the same time “Total Divas” was debuting. I was put in a position with an amazing opportunity and if anybody was given the same, you better take it and run. Did I have the wrestling training behind that? No I didn’t. For me I’ve always been an athlete and wanted to be the best at everything I do. Plus, with NXT and the facilities they offer, I would be silly not to take that on. Look at me now though, I am on the road and continuing to improve each and every day.

You will see the trials and tribulations on this season of “Total Divas” of how I am back in the ring and what it takes for me to get those skills sharp each and every day. With all my cast members they all have been wrestling for a very long time or were born into a wrestling family, so they have a lot of matches under the belt which is great experience. Now, I am getting my feet wet and getting that experience I need. That is what I think is awesome in regards to my story You get to see my struggle and to see how I evolved over the last couple of years.

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