In an interview with Rolling Stone, former WWE women’s wrestler Eva Marie commented on her departure from the company, if there were any issues between both parties which led to the exit, being put on television too quickly and more.
Highlights of the interview are below:
On her departure from WWE and a potential return down the line: “I have such a great relationship with Vince, Paul and Stephanie. They gave me an opportunity to step away and film these two films I have done already, and you never know when that relationship will come back. So I might appear at a SummerSlam or WrestleMania. It just so happens that the wrestling craft, you have to be able to give yourself 110 percent to that. And then with acting, you have to do the same, so we decided together that with the films going back to back. I’m going to put my efforts into acting and growing that way. And then you never know: All Red Everything could come back and snatch that title.”
On whether she was put on TV too fast: “You know what? Yes. For sure, the inner athlete and perfectionist in me wishes I was able to train the multiple years these wrestlers are able to before they get on TV. However, if that opportunity never came up, then I would not have been put in front of the WWE universe, dyed my hair, been put in front of my [management] team. Everything happens for a reason. For me, it all played out pretty damn good. ”
On whether her family not having a legacy within the business made it easier to walk away: “”Yes, sure. But my ultimate goal too is to be with WWE for the next 20-plus years. So, just like The Rock does, the name of the game is to be able to take your brand and strategically plan it. And that’s why I’m grateful that WWE allowed me to step away and pursue this acting career.”
On her wanting to be a female breakthrough performer similar to The Rock: “One hundred percent. I like to break barriers. As soon as I walked into WWE’s door, I was already thinking ahead of the game. There has not been one female to make that crossover and go back and forth and merge the two together. I want to bring the WWE universe with me into Hollywood as well as creating a new fanbase in Hollywood and bringing them back into WWE and having the two worlds collide just like The Rock. That was the game plan for sure.”
On whether people thought there were issues between her and WWE leading regarding her departure: “I think so. It’s hard for people to understand a good relationship, especially a good working one. WWE could have ultimately said, “We’re not going to give Eva Marie the time off to film these films,” and they signed off on it and were so supportive. And I went from All Red Everything to All Black Everything. That’s a big deal, because I had worked on my gimmick for quite some time. If anything, our relationship is tighter than a golf ball.”
The interview is available in full at this link.