NXT star Carmella spoke with WWE.com about her career and why she was not with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady when they were called up to the main roster. Here are the highlights.
Having spent so much time with them in NXT, how do you think Enzo & Cass will do on Raw and SmackDown?
I think they’re going to kill it. I might be a little biased, but they were the most popular team in NXT. They had crowds hanging on every word they said. I know it will translate really well on Raw and SmackDown. The WWE Universe is going to love them. It’s new and exciting, so I can’t wait to see them succeed!
Some of the passionate members of the NXT Universe were a little disappointed that you weren’t out there with Enzo & Big Cass on Raw. How do you feel about not being with them?
My entire NXT career has been alongside Cass & Enzo. Of course, it would have been nice to be out there and relish in the moment of their debut on the night after WrestleMania with them. But, I’m here to be a Superstar and an in-ring performer. I’ve been training for over two years in the ring now. A lot of the fans don’t necessarily get to see what I can do, because they’ve seen me as the hype girl for Cass & Enzo.
I’m here to compete at a higher level. I want to be NXT Women’s Champion. Unfortunately, I can’t do everything. I can’t be with them and take over the NXT Women’s division at the same time. Of course, it’s a little sad to not be with them, but it’s a super-exciting time for me to break out on my own.
What can the NXT Universe expect to see from you in the weeks ahead?
They’ll see a big change in me. My focus is just on me and on becoming NXT Women’s Champion. I don’t have to worry about what my boys are doing now. I support them and I’m so excited to see their success. But now, everyone gets to see Carmella and who she really is. I’m not just the hype girl.