Natalya is a true veteran in the WWE women’s division and has been competing in the company for well over a decade. The former WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion suffered an unfortunate ankle injury but made a very quick recovery from it. It seems she got into WWE late because of her family.

Natalya also made her return from injury back in August after a very short stay on the sidelines. She and Tamina lost to Shotzi and Nox on Friday Night Smackdown. That wasn’t all as she and Tamina also lost the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships to Nikki A.S.H. and Rhea Ripley.

After the infamous Montreal Screwjob incident, WWE and the Hart Family were not on good terms at all. Natalya is a third-generation wrestler from the Hart family. Her father, Jim Neidhart, and uncles Bret Hart, Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith, have all worked in the company before.

While speaking to WWE Deutschland, Natalya said that she believed WWE did not hire her earlier because of the tension between the company and her family. It ultimately took her 5 years to join WWE.

When I was trying to get hired by WWE, it took me over five years to get hired. I was sending in tapes, I was sending in my promo pictures, I was doing whatever I could to make headway.

My family, when I was trying to get hired by WWE, my family was estranged from WWE, meaning when you go back to the Montreal Screwjob, even though that happened in 1997, there was a lot of tension between WWE and the Hart family. I understand why, it was a really difficult and complicated situation, so I think it was challenging for the Hart family members, especially the younger ones, to get hired because there was all this conflict.”

Natalya debuted back in 2008 and established herself as one of the top female competitors as part of the Hart Foundation with Tyson Kidd and Davey Boy Smith Jr.  While Natalya is not being used much on television right now, she continues to be a veteran in the company and help others out.

h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet has been a massive fan of professional wrestling for over 22 years, since the early days of the Monday Night Wars. Aside from wrestling, he also is into TV shows, movies, Anime, novels and a lot of music.

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