According to former NXT star Eva Marie, the production crew behind the Total Divas reality show specifically asked family members of the cast not to refer to the WWE stars by their real names.
While speaking to Darren Paltrowitz, Eva Marie spoke about the friends and family of the Total Divas cast who also appeared on the show where asked to not use the real names of the WWE stars they were appearing alongside:
“It’s totally correct because, especially with Total Divas, it’s even a little bit more difficult because you have your superstars and their actual characters and their names but those personas are not their actual real given names, so when it comes to family, husbands, wives, it gets dicey where you know, they’re gonna have to try their hardest to call you by the name of the actual character. For me and my family, it was a shift for them but it wasn’t like they were calling me some other made up name because Eva Marie is my middle name and my [family member] gave me that middle name, so it was just kind of like an easy alternate nickname I guess.”
Speaking of Eva Marie, the former WWE star recently stated that she’d be open to making a return to WWE in the future. You can read more about that by clicking here.
Thanks to Post Wrestling for the transcription.