Nikki Cross recently underwent a character metamorphosis into Nikki A.S.H, and has already found success, capturing the Raw Women’s Championship.
Speaking with Ryan Satin on the Out of Character podcast, Nikki spoke about how her team with Alexa Bliss helped her begin her character transformation. She explained:
“Alexa is amazing. We worked so well as a team and people loved our dynamic. They love the fact that she’s cool, calm, and collected and I was just this caffeine-fueled sugar monster. Alex stopped me from bouncing off the walls so much. When the character first started with Alexa and you saw this more innocent and vulnerable side, the girl trying to fit in but didn’t quite fit in, and then goes under the tutelage and wing of Alexa Bliss. I loved it because fans kept thinking it was going to end in tears and she would turn on me and betray me. We played that and we grew. I taught her how to be a true friend and she stopped me from bouncing off the walls and being so chaotic. The friendship and journey came to an end and the split happened, but it didn’t happen because someone betrayed someone, it was just more she took a different path that was darker with Bray Wyatt and that started her story and I started my own journey that brought me here,”
Nikki continued on, talking about how both her and Alexa have undergone complete character changes since the team formed, and said that there is still so much more story with Alexa that she can go to in the future. Nikki said:
“There is so much room and so much story there that we can still go to. Alexa was wonderful to work with and I’m so proud of what we did. The fact that we had people thinking one thing was going to happen and then something else happened, then we became the first-ever two-time women’s tag team champions. (Alexa is) a multi-time women’s champion. So versatile and her character work is second to none. Watching this along with everyone else, it’s been incredible to watch her transformation. I love that our stories have taken these different paths and now I have my transformation of being Almost a Superhero and exploring those aspects. My favorite part of being in the industry, and I love being in the ring, it’s my home, but I love character work. I love interviews, promos, and talking. When I was on the Independent scene, I would demand a microphone before every match. I enjoy character work so much and exploring different aspects and layers of my character. It’s been so exciting to watch her and I’m excited for my own journey and exploring those aspects and layers,”
Nikki A.S.H will defend her Raw Women’s Championship against Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley at SummerSlam, while Alexa Bliss appears to be on a collision course with Eva Marie and Doudrop.
Former WWE star Shane Helms recently said that he has ‘ideas’ for interactions between the Hurricane and Nikki A.S.H on screen.
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