Natalya recently spoke with Yahoo Sports, where she talked about her father’s passing being used in her feud with Ruby Riott.
“A lot of people have asked me, girls that I work with backstage, other superstars, people at home if I’m OK with this storyline and how do I feel about it. For me, this is what is going on in my life, this is the elephant in the room.”
Natalya also mentioned how the storyline would help give her dad a proper sendoff in WWE.
“My dad was a professional wrestler. He was a WWE superstar, he was a WWE legend before he passed away and I feel like in some crazy way this is like my dad is having one last run.
I feel like if I asked my dad right now, ‘Daddy, how do you feel about me doing this storyline?’ My dad would say go for it. He understood pro wrestling, he understood how, for fans to become emotionally invested in stories, there has to be emotionally charged content.”
Natalya also mentioned how Total Divas covering his funeral meant a lot to her and admitted that she had a unique grieving process. So the new storyline has been therapeutic to her.
“In some weird way, this storyline has been strangely therapeutic because anything I’m feeling I can get it out,” Natalie said. “If I need to cry, I can get it out. I can let everybody see it, hear it and I can take the WWE universe on this journey with me. I need to speak the truth and I need to remind the world that my dad was a WWE star, he was special and everyone can feel that with me.”
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