Summer Rae was one of the bigger names of the women’s division in the early to mid-2010s. She was involved in one of the more controversial angles along with Dolph Ziggler as well. It seems she was worried about Vince McMahon not recognizing her.
It was announced on a previous episode of Friday Night Smackdown that Summer Rae will be making her return to the company as part of the Women’s Royal Rumble match.
While speaking Renee Paquette’s Oral Sessions podcast, Summer Rae revealed why she was concerned about making a return to the company after so long. Rae explained that she was worried Vince McMahon wouldn’t recognize her when she had red hair.
“When they called me about Rumble and stuff, at first they were like, ‘would you be interested? Would you even consider it?’ That was like the second thing that I said, ‘Oh, I’m red-headed now.’ I guess Sasha has every hair color under the world and [Naomi], but I think I look extremely different and some people don’t even recognize me, especially on socials. John Cone was like, ‘Johnny [John Laurinaitis] and I, will bring it up to Vince.’ I remember saying it in front of my sister and she was like, ‘Don’t use it as an excuse.’ ‘It’s not an excuse. I can’t just show up like this and Vince see me and be like who the hell is that?
Then they called me last Friday and said, ‘Vince wants to announce a couple of people tonight and he’s thinking about announcing you. Just a heads up, your socials are going to surge.’ I’m thinking, ‘I haven’t told any of my best friends. I’m going to look like such a bad person.’ I hadn’t told anyone because I didn’t want anyone to ruin the surprise. When it happened, I was a little taken aback, ‘That stinks, it was supposed to be a surprise.’ Also, in my head, I was like, ‘I’m going to use this to market the crap out of me and what I’m doing.’ When I’m in the gym it’s ‘Road to Rumble,’ I can reignite my beef with Nattie.
Bayley wrote me and started putting me over. I talked to a bunch of the girls and they were like, ‘it’s an insane match to put together. Everything changes until the moment you walk out.’ How is that even possible? I have no ego and feel I’m easy to work with and think producers have a time with the matches with the personalities and egos and getting your shit in. I would love to have a Total Divas moment and maybe a spot with Nattie and then wave to my friends.”
Summer Rae also previously revealed that her Royal Rumble appearance was supposed to be a surprise. We will have to wait and see whether Summer Rae’s appearance will be a one-time thing only or if she will make a full-time comeback to the company.