WWE's attempt to put more of a focus on women at the main roster level, the Divas Revolution, is still trying to find its feet on Raw and SmackDown. Though a common critique of the so-called movement has been that it's impossible to get nine performers, including three from Developmental that the Universe-at-large wasn't too familiar with, over at the same time, it's still been hard to notice the absence of third-generation wrestler and former Divas champion Natalya.
As a guest on a recent Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast (H/T: Wrestling, Inc.), Natty talked about not being a part of the angle that started when Stephanie McMahon introduced NXT women Sasha Banks, Charlotte and Becky Lynch on Raw:
To be honest, I don't know why I'm not included in this. I don't have an answer. I really don't. And your guess is as good as mine.
SummerSlam's three team elimination match, though not what anyone would call a breakout moment for the Divas, was particularly tough:
There was a part of me where I was like, 'I'm going to have a hard time watching all of the girls compete and not being a part of it' and I feel like there is so much of me that is wanting to be a part of it.
In reflecting on her match with Charlotte for the NXT Women's title on the first TakeOver show, a contest that was hailed as groundbreaking at the time but almost gets lost in the shuffle of amazing live bouts for that belt that followed, the Canada native talked about how she's viewed by some backstage at WWE. She credits Triple H for giving her the flexibility to showcase her talents in Florida, and being given that leeway is the reason she views that match in front of 400 people at Full Sail Live as her WrestleMania moment:
Triple H, actually, gave me the opportunity to have the match and basically the freedom to create and to do everything that I wanted to do, everything that I did when I was in Japan. Triple H gave me the freedom to create and invent and to have no limitations because, for a long time, I'm not afraid to say it, for a long time, Nattie was looked at in WWE by the powers that be [as] maybe too wrestlery.
Whatever the reasons for being on the sidelines for this "Revolution' Natalya has faith that she'll get a chance to make an impression again:
I just have to trust in the powers that be. I have to trust in the universe. And right now is not my time and I'll just help everybody celebrate their time and be supportive of them because one day it will be my time.
Check out the whole interview for more on this, plus cat talk(!) and thoughts on Ronday Rousey.
Are you disappointed with the lack of Natty in the WWE Divas' scene? Is the Total Divas staple really too "wrestlery" for sports entertainment?