A recently released star has opened up about their frustrations surrounding creative freedom while they were with WWE.
When Ruby Riott made her SmackDown debut, Riott, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan formed a new faction, the Riott Squad. For majority of her main roster career, Riott represented this team.
Speaking on the Wrestling Perspective podcast, Riott noted that she dedicated a lot of energy to the group. Noting that “stifled” wasn’t the most accurate word to describe her WWE career, Riott stated that she enjoyed having to rise to a challenge.
Explaining why full creative control could have a negative impact on character, Riott said:
“At least recently, a lot of my time and energy went into the tag team as a whole. A lot of my ideas that I tried to get across were in the context of the Riott Squad. There is a lot of me that I don’t think I ever got a chance to show. I’m not saying that’s through no fault but my own. There’s probably a bunch of different things I could have done in hindsight to really show that.
“I don’t know if ‘stifled’ is the word. I felt challenged a lot and I kind of enjoyed that. I kind of thrive on the idea of being put in a situation that’s maybe not for my brain and adapting to it and trying to make it work for me and having it come across organically. We all thrive on creative control, but sometimes that can stifle your creative process because you’re always getting what you want. Having things thrown at you and being like ‘okay, make this work,’ really advances you as a performer.
“I like to see my ideas, but I also like my ideas to be challenged I like to see things from other’s perspectives, particularly if it’s someone else within the context of the storyline because we’re always told ‘you’re the one who knows your character best.’ If it’s just my idea and it’s my idea for someone else, I’m not going to understand them as well as they understand them. They might have a different idea that fits perfectly in a way I didn’t look at. I like to be heard, even if it’s to be heard and be s**t on. I like to be heard and work with people and be part of the machine and create something magical.”
Following her WWE release earlier this month, many fans expected Riott to begin using her previous “Heidi Lovelace” name again. Riott has now explained why she will not be using this moniker going forward.
Quote via Fightful.