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NYLA ROSE, WRESTLING SUPERSTAR SHARES HER EXPERIENCE WITH AEW AND BUILDING THE NEWEST BRAND AND HER PLACE IN THE SPORTS INDUSTRY
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NYLA ROSE COMMENTS ON HER MATCH WITH RHIO IN AEW AND HOW SHE PREPARED
“Well, there’s alot to unpack right there. But for those who don’t know me, or not as familiar with me, I have spent some time in Japan working with Joshi Style and it wasn’t exactly completely foriegn to me, so to speak, but definitely after having been in the states for some time, having to kind of like go back and do some tape study on myself and do tape study on Rhio, and kind of shift gears a little bit in order to just be able to match her…cause she’s a squirmy, little speedy spry…
NYLA ROSE TALKS ABOUT WHAT THIS AEW CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH MEANT TO HER
“It meant everything honestly. You know, till this point in my career, that’s probably the biggest thing I’ve ever done, you know. Being crowned a world champion that’s no small feat. To be crowned, the first world champion, especially in a new blossoming, blooming company... you know there could never be another first so it’s kind of like, everything was, everything was poetic, you had all that going on, it was in my hometown, there was so much going on. It was very emotional.
NYLA ROSE SHARES HER THOUGHTS ON DIVERSE REPRESENTATIONS IN THE WRESTLING INDUSTRY
“That’s a good question. I don’t know. It’s kind of a two-way street, right. Maybe, my presence will kind of encourage or spark interest, spark that comfortability, in some people, to say, “hey, you know, here she is. She’s on this platform. She made it.” You know, but it is going to be up to the performer to go to a wrestling school and get their traction out there. But yeah, times are changing, gears are shifting, we’re starting to see alot more diversity in every aspect of that word.
NYLA ROSE SHARES HOW SHE HAS TRIED TO FIND HER PATH AND REPRESENTATION IN THE INDUSTRY
“Definitely, Definitely. There’s, you know... the wrestling industry has a history of being kind of, how do I put this delicately...it’s a very stereotypical business, in its history, as I should say, in its history. But like I said times are changing, gears are shifting, um, more and more day by day we are stepping away from those things, those stereotypes, those tropes… so starting out, you know, on the indies, you know, people would say they would have all of these suggestions for what you should do because you were Native. Well, I didn’t want to be necessarily be a primary focus of my character, I’m definitely proud of my heritage, but I’m also black, there’s a lot of intersectionality going on here. You know, but, for me it was trying to find a way to have subtle nods at my heritage, little tokens that I could be proud of to showcase to the world to kind of put myself, to kind of put Natives American on that forefront.
NYLA ROSE SHARES HOW SHE WAS APPROACHED BY AEW
“The first call was a direct message... Alot of people out there...we’re very candid in discussing how things have operated. So alot of people are like, “Oh, they are so unprofessional and like passing out deals in tweets. No, that’s not what happened. There were feelers. You know, People are saying, “Hey are you under contract? I’d like to discuss some things with you. You know, are you even at all interested?” So once we got that of the way. Once I realized it wasn’t a practical joke...we exchanged phone numbers and went about things, the you know the actual, the professional route. But yeah, the very first message I thought it was a joke, I thought somebody was messing with me. Um, Cause here I am, I’m like, who’s going to sign me, little old me, right? Well, jokes on me, cause here I am.
NYLA ROSE SHARES HER EXPERIENCE WITH AEW AND BUILDING ONE OF THE BIGGEST WRESTLING BRANDS OF 2019
“Alot of it was the unknown. I’m a very creative person, I love to create in every aspect of the word. So being able to be a part of this new promotion and help build it from the ground up, that was very appealing to me. Especially when I kind of heard some of the names that were interested, were being thrown around, I knew I had to be apart of this, be around some of the greatest minds of the business, Chris Jericho, Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega. You know, these are names, these are people that absolutely. Then down the line I found out Awesome Kong was on board and I was like done deal, done deal, from there on out.”
NYLA ROSE SHARES WHAT SHE WANTS PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT BEING TRANSGENDER IN THE WRESTLING INDUSTRY
“You know, I’m definitely tired of it, but I get it. It’s new for alot of people, it’s a very new thing, it’s a new world, it’s a new experience, I get it and it’s new for a lot of people. Especially alot of cisgendered hetero normative people who don’t have to think about these sorts of things. So, I definitley get it, but I guess if there’s anything I could say, it might go over some people’s heads, but it’s you know, first and foremost, being transgender is not a sexual orientation, that’s a gender identity, and sex and gender are two totally different things. Or sexuality and gender are two totally different things, I should say. So, I think alot, that’s where alot of people get hung up on, because their so quick to lump transgender performers in with you know, lesbians, gay, bisexual performers, but, yes, LGBTQ community is one community, but these are two different things. That being said, I’m no different than you guys, like truly, at the end of the day, I’m no different than you guys, I just want to go out there and perform. Hate me for the right reasons.”
NYLA ROSE TELLS US WHO HER CURRENT DREAM MATCH IS
“I don’t know if I get in trouble for saying this, but I’m going to say it. Mia Yim.There’s a little bit of history with us. We started in the same pro wrestling school, so that’s just on a personal level. Having come up with her, watching her get started, supporting each other, watching us both come up in the ranks, I would love that just for a personal like chapter closure.”