Shotzi Blackheart Talks Transitioning To WWE, In-Ring Style, And Impacting Society
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Shotzi Blackheart is getting ready for the biggest match of her career, where she’ll take on Sasha Banks and Bayley with Tegan Nox for the NXT Tag Team Championships. Prior to that, she spoke with Sports Illustrated, where she discussed a handful of topics, including transitioning into the WWE, her in-ring style, and much more.
Check out some of the highlights below:
On transitioning to the WWE:
I got a lot of time on the indies to find myself as a wrestler and as a performer, and I’m really thankful for that. It gave me a lot of independence, and I’m a really well-rounded businesswoman because of it. Essentially, as an independent wrestler, you run your own business and you are your own business. I loved that. It was a lot of fun, it was silly at times, and it shows you how much heart you need to make it.
On her in-ring style:
I try to bring that Evil Knievel, daredevil spirit to the ring with me. That’s how I see my character. I kind of have tunnel vision and I just do it. I try not to think about it. It’s more, ‘This sounds crazy! Let’s go!’
On making a positive impact in society through her recent partnership with the Trevor Project:
I definitely want to give back, especially since it’s Pride Month. Recently, someone in the wrestling community committed suicide, and it was just heartbreaking to me. I dealt with a lot of depression as a kid, and I think that the Trevor Project is a beautiful thing and I really wanted to donate to that.