It wasn’t actually all that long ago that Carmella was the SmackDown women’s champion. It only feels like a lifetime ago, because of everything that has happened since, like the rise of Becky Lynch and the coinciding push back down the card for the Princess of Staten Island. But while she may not be in the main event anymore, she’s still doing fantastic work alongside R-Truth.
There’s something to be said for that too. She hasn’t taken the demotion, if you can even really call it that, as disrespect or as a failure. Instead, she’s kept a remarkable perspective that is guiding her to doing some of the best work.
“Something I took away from Kurt Angle’s Hall of Fame speech was never be afraid to make a fool of yourself and don’t take yourself too seriously. I really let that sink in and ran with it. In my career I’ve had several different paths and character turns. I was a manager in NXT, then I was the last draft pick and then with James Ellsworth as a champion. I feel it’s important to show different sides of my character and I never take myself too seriously. I’ll never be like ‘oh that’s too silly for me’ or ‘Carmella’s too cool for that’. Any opportunity I get I want to make the most of it and I’m not afraid to look like an idiot. Some people take themselves way too seriously, but it’s WWE – the E stands for entertainment and that’s what I want to bring to it. Anyone can go out and have a match but it’s a matter of connecting with the fans and making them react one way or another, whether it’s making them laugh, or get mad, or be happy. You’ve got to make them feel some sort of way. Whatever it is I have to do to achieve that, I want to do the best I can.”