Natalya was a recent guest on the wild on podcast where she talked about the possibility of becoming a producer. She also talked about her role in Xia Li’s WWE debut.
by Natalia been a mainstay in WWE for almost 15 years. During that time, she wrestled in more matches than any other woman in WWE history. With that longevity and her husband TJ Wilson already working as a producer, it might be natural to assume she would do the same. Natalya addresses the possibility in the interview.
“For me, I don’t see myself being a producer per se. I am also one of those types of people who never say never,” Natalya said. I like helping people, but I also like being in front of the camera. I love to talk, I love to animate things, I love being on Total Divas which, you know, was so much fun. I would always love to do something like that, do reality TV. My sister and I are doing a fun YouTube show. I’m not the best at holding the candle for someone else and not being on camera. I’m not there yet in my career, I don’t really know if I have the patience to be a producer.
“Our producers at WWE, they’re so misunderstood. They don’t always get the credit they deserve. You see someone like Adam Pearce, he’s a general manager of the show, but he also takes care a lot of things behind the scenes that nobody sees. He trains people during the week. He works RAW, he works SmackDown. A lot of our producers are on the road six days a week. It’s really, really hard and really difficult because they don’t always get an action figure or can’t be in a video game. They’re not always in the spotlight. They’re the first in the building and the last to leave. That’s a lot. I’m too selfish to be a producer.
Although she thinks she’s too selfish to be a producer, she has a reputation for helping out new talent. A recent example of this was Xia Li’s debut earlier this year. According to Natalya, she was instrumental in helping Xia adapt to the WWE style and making her moment “shine”.
“I know that on TV I play the bad guy, but I could see that Xia is brand new. She’s just learning English,” Natalya remarked. “She tries her best. trained and worked hard to get that chance to make her WWE debut. How can I help her show off in the best possible way in two minutes on SmackDown? I know we don’t have a lot of time, but two minutes is still two minutes. Let’s make it amazing. Let’s make sure Xia shines, let’s make sure she stands out. Not everyone knows how to do this or doesn’t want to do it.
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