Natalya is a true veteran in the world of professional wrestling. Her technical mastery inside the pro wrestling ring continues to amaze fans. Natalya also explained how pro wrestling saved her life.

The Queen of Harts started working in WWE since 2008 and has managed to garner a huge fan base thanks to her dedication to the craft. She remains a mainstay in the company and a consistent player on the main roster.

While speaking on “After the Bell with Corey Graves”, Natalya explained how pro wrestling saved her life.

When I started just being myself and not worrying about, you know, worrying about what everybody else thinks about me, it’s when I really started to do my best work,” Natalya. “I actually told that to Nikkita [Lyons] when I was in NXT … I was like, ‘I love your body. Like, you have such a people body’. I was like, ‘People just love that’. I said, ‘You don’t realize how many men, especially, love women with curves. Don’t feel like you have to change. You look bad*ss.

Lyons] embraces it. She loves being curvy, loves being sexy. It’s such a good example to show other women that you don’t have to be real thin. If you are really thin, great. But if you’re not, like for me, I’m 160 pounds. I used to be so scared of that number. I used to be terrified of ever really talking about that number. You know, most professional athletes, most of us have come close to having eating disorders or struggle with eating disorders, especially women in sports.

I know Bianca has talked about it, I know Alexa Bliss has talked about it. So many women in our locker room have talked about like, struggling with body image and eating disorders, and when I was 18/19, I had really serious eating disorder, and I look back on that time and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I didn’t look good’.”

My eating disorder after my uncle passed away — it was a very tragic time for our family after our uncle, Owen [Hart], passed away,” Natalya said. “After Owen passed away, like, our family just went through this really traumatic time, and for me, it was about like, gaining control. I was trying in some way in my life to gain control and so like, that summer, I had lost like 40 pounds in two months and it was really extreme. And I went through this struggle for about three years.

The turning point for me was wrestling. It was when I decided I wanted to start wrestling that I realized that I couldn’t be that skinny. Like, I was wearing kids clothes. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t bump … I remember everything really hurt because I had no meat on me. I was just like, emaciated. So, I realized, ‘I love this wrestling thing. I want to do this wrestling thing, I feel this, but I can’t do it if I’m anorexic. Like, I just can’t do it, my body can’t sustain it’. So it was like, wrestling was really what I feel like change my life, changed my career, and kind of saved me.”

Natalya also caused some Controversy after no-selling Liv Morgan’s offence at a WWE house show. Regardless, Natalya is happy working in WWE right now and that’s all that matters now.

h/t Wrestling Inc

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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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