Talk is Jericho Recap w/ Naomi – Life as A Funkadactyl, Developing the ‘Glow’ Gimmick, Lighting up the Women’s Title, More!

She mentions that her background in cheerleading definitely helped her get in through the door in WWE. She was a cheerleader for the Orlando Magic and although it was basically a full-time job, they only got paid $50 per game. She admits that she was basically doing that so she could put it on her resume, and apparently it worked.

Jericho asks her what she found most difficult about breaking into the wrestling business. Naomi informs that she had an awfully hard time learning the psychology of the business, and the in-ring etiquette required to working a wrestling match. She admits that although she’s an entertainer, she’s a very nervous person. Her nervous reaction is to smile, and a lot of the trainers would yell at her because they didn’t think she was taking things seriously.

Naomi talks about her experience as part of the original NXT competition. She remembers being very nervous at that time, but her mentor, Kelly Kelly, was very nice to her and took her under her wing. After failing to win the competition she was sent back down to developmental for another year or more before getting another opportunity at the main roster.

She was in a rut at that time as more women transitioned from developmental to the main roster. She considered leaving the wrestling business altogether, but then the Funkadactyl idea came about. She was thrilled with this idea because she just wanted to get an opportunity on the main roster. She says her and Cameron would work out those dance routines before hand, and she recalls Brodus Clay having a real hard time with the dancing.

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