After her brief stint on the show, Natalya has named several standout NXT 2.0 female stars on the brand.
The SmackDown star had a quick trip to WWE NXT 2.0 where she worked three matches and a program with Cora Jade.
Speaking on After The Bell with Corey Graves, Natalya revealed which current women on the brand stood out to her in the crop of talent at the Performance Center.
“A few months ago, I had the chance to be there for a while. I even had some private training sessions with some girls which was really, really cool because I just wanted to see for myself who’s good, who has potential, who has it in them, who has it in them. First, loved working with Cora. I thought she was awesome. She was so open to like, learning and trying different things and just being more aggressive, and just being like, vulnerable, and the second that she found herself more vulnerable and open to showing that vulnerability, especially in front of the world, people really started to feel something for her.”
The former WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion continued on to mention the other women that impressed her, saying:
“Online, you see Tiffany Stratton’s Instagram page or Tiffany Stratton’s Twitter page. Before I even met her, I was like, ‘This girl doesn’t like wrestling. This girl is a model. She’s pretty — she got hired because she’s pretty’. I had a practice with her. I had a private session with like, 10 women from NXT. I went back home and I said to TJ, my husband, I said, ‘Tiffany is really good.’ I was like, ‘I really like Tiffany. I think she’s got something about her’.
Natalya also mentioned the likes of Nikkita Lyons, Lash Legend and Kay Lee Ray, now known as Alba Fyre, as standouts.
“Another one that really impressed me was Nikkita [Lyons]. Nikkita was like, so easy to work with. She was open to learning, she wanted to try different things … Lash Legend, I was like, we had a match together and she like, did some stuff that impressed me … Of course, you know, I’m a huge fan of Io. I’m a huge fan of Kay Lee Ray. I think that Kay Lee has something really, really special about her, especially being a leader … Tatum was awesome to work with … She impressed the s**t out of me, she was so good. I started wanting to train with her more privately so she has come and started coming to train with me in the Dungeon.”
Natalya lost to Ronda Rousey in her shot at the SmackDown Women’s Championship at WWE Money In The Bank, but Liv Morgan cashed in following the bout to defeat Rousey for the title.
For the full results for Money In The Bank, click here.
Keep track of Natalya’s win-loss record in 2022 (for televised matches) at this link.
Quotes via Wrestling Inc.
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