Dasha Gonzalez appeared on "AEW Unrestricted" this week to discuss how she got into AEW, what her first backstage AEW interview was like, and messaging with The Rock.
Dasha on Billy Gunn helping her get into AEW:
"I've known Billy for, I'm willing to say, nine years now. He actually was one of my coaches when I was in NXT."
"He's an incredible human being and he's so knowledgeable about the industry and life in general, because he's been through so much that he's like my adopted work dad," she said.
"When I had gotten let go from WWE and he had found out he's like, 'We need you.' He was the head coach at AEW at the time. When we had the Pay-Per-View in Daytona, which was Fyter Fest, he's like, 'Just come with me. Come to the back so they can see how awesome you are because we need you', and I'm eternally grateful for that."
On conducting her first backstage interview for AEW:
"This is my time for redemption. Most people didn't think I had a personality," she said.
"At the other place that I worked at, they thought I was a robot. If you ever went to a live event, or you ever went to anything, you saw I was not a total dud and I did have a personality. I just was kind of restrained and wasn't allowed to be myself. So it was one of the most refreshing things because the first time I did an interview, it was one of those things where I was like, 'Okay, hey, I'm waiting for the script.' Guess what? There was no script."
"So I was like, I can speak with the words I have inside of my brain? I can ask a logical question that this person can articulate an answer to? It was amazing because I could feel that there was a little bit of hesitation because this was a crew that only saw me fail on TV before, so they were putting a lot of trust in me. I'm like, I can do it. Just trust me. I can do it. I got to go live and ask a question that came up. It went through just perfectly fine."
On the Rock messaging her about her appearance on Titan Games in 2020:
"Two or three months later, I got a message from him (The Rock) saying how proud he was of me and how hard I worked. I honestly just couldn't believe that he would take time out of his day to send me like a two minute message. That's what kind of a stand up guy The Rock is."
"He thanked me for representing wrestling. I was just so shocked. He said 'It's so good to have somebody like you representing the wrestling industry and not giving up. It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from. You gave it your all.' I felt like I did it and it was nice to see that he recognized that and everyone there recognized that, so I'm just, even still to this day, I'm so grateful for it."