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Eva Marie responds to Mia Khalifa’s comments on wrestling being a joke and not a real sport

For those of you that missed it, Mia Khalifa had a lot to say about WWE last week. Click here if you want to hear what she said. Complex News brought on Eva Marie as their guest to talk about several things, including Khalifa’s comments. Check out the video and transcription from Marie’s appearance below.

Complex News issued the following:



On today’s episode of Complex’s “Out of Bounds,” actress and former WWE star Natalie Eva Marie returns to discuss her love for Bay Area sports, her transition from WWE to Hollywood, how it feels to be the “bad guy” in wrestling and why she thinks the NBA will not reach NFL’s popularity any time soon. She also changes perspectives after confronting Mia Khalifa about her comment about wrestling not being a real sport.

“Out of Bounds” features former NBA star Gilbert Arenas, Internet personality Mia Khalifa, Complex News host Pierce Simpson and Complex Sports editor Adam Caparell. New episodes air on Complex News’ YouTube channel Monday through Thursday at 2 p.m. ET. Tweet the show @OutofBounds.


On Brock Lesnar rumored to join Creed II (8:38): 

“He’s a bad guy, he’s a beast, he literally will kill you in the octagon or take you to Suplex City in the ring. I think he’d be a fantastic addition to Creed II because he plays a heel so naturally.” — Natalie Eva Marie

On the difference between training for acting and wrestling (11:31): 

“You have to put your body through a lot of physicality with wrestling. You’re saying you think it’s fake, however when you get in the ring, you’re really taking those bumps…Then when it comes to acting, you’re trying to get out of yourself and be a whole other person, which also helps with WWE, too, because you’re playing a character at the end of the day.” — Natalie Eva Marie

On challenging Mia Khalifa’s claims that wrestling isn’t a real sport (12:13):

“Some moves are [choreographed], so like you’ll go over your finish, whoever’s gonna win or lose because that’s predetermined. However, when you’re in there, usually you’re just going toe-to-toe. So like, if I have you in a headlock, then I’m telling you right then and there what we’re doing next.” — Natalie Eva Marie

“You have your producers in the back, adjusting to the crowd. ‘Hey, uh, actually we’re gonna go this way. Change the finish, change whatever you have going on.’ So you can’t really choreograph the dance because everything gets mixed up.”  — Natalie Eva Marie

On comparing sports (14:44):

“NFL, NBA, they all have off-seasons. Wrestling doesn’t have an off-season. We’re on the road 209 days out of the year, performing in different cities every single night. Where you have your NBA, and NFL and major league and they’re taking charter flights going to the next city. We’re driving in rent-a-cars to the next city.” — Natalie Eva Marie

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