In advance of Smackdown Live emanating from Lafayette, Louisiana this past week, Carmella was invited to appear on local news station, KLFY News 10. In addition to promoting the event, the former WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion discussed her path to WWE, as well as the positioning of women in the wrestling landscape today.
“I was a dancer my whole life. I’ve been dancing since I was three years old. Then I cheered in the NFL and in the NBA with the [Los Angeles] Lakers. My dad was actually a wrestler back in the day in the early ’90s. He dabbled in it a little bit. So it just kind of brought everything full circle with my dad’s background and my love of and passion for entertainment.”
When asked about the increasing prominence of female wrestlers in the business, and the growing demand to see women compete in the ring, Carmella had this to say:
“What a time to be a woman in the WWE. We’re in the midst of this women’s evolution, and we actually have our first ever all-women’s pay-per-view October 28, which is huge! It’s called WWE Evolution. It’s going to be amazing. The first ever all-women’s pay-per-view. The women, we’re just taking over. [We’ve had] the first ever Hell in a Cell match. The first ever Money in the Bank ladder match. I was the first ever Miss ‘Money in the Bank.’ So it’s really cool to see the women just taking over.”
Listing all of the landmark moments the WWE women’s roster has experienced in the last year certainly highlights how far the female superstars have come since the era of the Divas.
And Carmella is justified in pointing to her role as one of the protagonists in this evolution. She was the inaugural Miss ‘Money in the Bank’ – a title she won after snatching the briefcase from the top of the ladder in the second ever women’s Money in the Bank ladder match (never forget!).
She also spent most of this year carrying the Smackdown Women’s Championship and is sure to feature prominently at Evolution next month.