Former WWE star Melina recently spoke with Total Wrestling Magazine (quotes courtesy of Pro Wrestling.Net). During the interview, she was asked about the current babyface/heel dynamic in WWE. She said that you have to question whether they’re doing things that are categorized as a true heel or a true villain. She can’t say that WWE wants wrestlers to be tweeners so maybe it’s their way of making their talents seem more realistic like MMA. She feels that it is a lost art to be a true villain nowadays because a wrestler can be a true villain without crossing the line of PG. She noted that she did it, so it’s possible but only if WWE wants to invest in that heel character. She said that WWE worries about whether the fans will love or cheer a wrestler gain and she thinks that fans will because it’s an art. “So in my mind, I want to see a great villain that’s why in certain TV shows you love villains because it is an art.”
When asked about WWE’s change in mentality on women’s wrestling, Melina noted that when she first started with WWE, they went from wrestlers to Divas and that the Divas had a lot of model search girls. However, she also felt that there were a lot of wrestlers from the indies in the locker room. She noted that Beth Phoenix was not a Diva but rather an ass kicker so she couldn’t be labeled a Diva. “I came in as a manager, but a lot of people thought I came in as a diva search girl, but I was working the indies, not as long as Mickie [James] did, but I still came from the indies, so people forgot about that and they focussed on the model search girls, but I feel as if we kept it [women’s wrestling] alive.” She said that the women did a lot of great work to build up a foundation for the girls, who are in WWE right now.
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