Franky Monet debuted for WWE’s NXT brand, but there was a bit of trepidation about signing a deal with Vince McMahon’s company. The former Taya Valkyrie had options elsewhere, but she decided to take a chance with WWE. That didn’t come without a fair amount of anxiety.

Monet was set to take on Raquel Gonzalez during the debut episode of NXT 2.0. It’s unknown why their match was pulled, but they didn’t have that match. Either way, Monet is still with the company and taking every opportunity she can.

While speaking with Fightful, Franky Monet revealed that she had a bit of anxiety about signing with WWE. She ended up taking the plunge, but there were still a ton of unknowns at the time.

“Honestly, I had never really been a free agent. I was in Canada, then Mexico, and I was under contracts with AAA and then Lucha Underground and then IMPACT. I never had this moment where I was like, ‘Okay, let’s figure out what’s out there.’ I knew that I had to give it to myself, I owed it to myself to see what was out there and to allow myself the opportunity to achieve this huge dream that I always wanted to do, which is be in WWE.”


“When it came about it was over the course of several months, but I really had to be like, “Alright, we’re doing this? We’re doing this.’ It was obviously stressful, just like anything you care about can be stressful and a little bit anxiety, just wondering what the unknown it. Sometimes, the unknown is the most wonderful thing and the most wonderful thing brought me here to WWE and NXT. I always say that everyone in NXT is very supportive and understanding of my ideas. I’ve always just known who I wanted to be and who this character was. Franky is an evolution of Taya and I had to break it down for myself and think about how I would make her visually look familiar, but also different. The idea of Presley coming in, I cant remember who exactly it was…it was not me.”

“Everyone knew that John and I have Presley and Bowie, these two fluffy Pomeranians that are all over social media. I think it was this natural thing, a little bit of Paris Hilton and Torrie Wilson. It just fit with who Franky was going to be. They asked me about Bowie and Presley and I said, ‘Bowie is the bad one.’ He’s a baby still and is hyper. Presley has been in movies and walked with me to the ring on Indie shows and I knew he would do a great job. With lots of bacon bits and me hiding behind doors, we were able to get him to act on command. It was really fun and different and Presley debuted on NXT before me. People see him and are like, ‘Oh my God, that’s Presley.’“

Franky was around during NXT 2.0’s debut, but Raquel Gonzalez wasn’t seen. They aired a highlight video for the NXT Women’s Champion instead of having a match.

We’ll have to see if Franky Monet gets that NXT Women’s Title match. She won’t lose her drive to make it to the top of the roster. NXT 2.0 is a much different brand now, but she is determined to make a place for her in this new incarnation of WWE’s developmental brand.

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Felix Upton

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