As seen in the past, WWE officials will use real-life situations for storylines on television, and they did just that involving Natalya and Ruby Riott.
Since her father, Jim Neidhart past away earlier this year, Natalya has been doing tributes to him including wearing his jacket when making her entrance for matches. Her latest feud with Ruby Riott has taken an interesting turn regarding their upcoming match at the TLC pay-per-view event on Sunday, December 16th, 2018 in San Jose, California at the SAP Center that will air on the WWE Network. They’ll be competing in a tables match but the table that was used to promote the match this past week on Monday Night Raw had an image of Neidhart.
Natalya recently spoke with Yahoo! Sports about her career, TLC match, and the usage of her father in the current storyline with Riott which she addressed her stance on the topic.
“A lot of people have asked me, girls that I work with backstage, other superstars, people at home, if I’m OK with this storyline and how do I feel about it,” Neidhart told Yahoo Sports. “For me, this is what is going on in my life, this is the elephant in the room.” In some weird way, this storyline has been strangely therapeutic because anything I’m feeling I can get it out,” Natalie explained. “If I need to cry, I can get it out. I can let everybody see it, hear it and I can take the WWE universe on this journey with me. I need to speak the truth, and I need to remind the world that my dad was a WWE star, he was special, and everyone can feel that with me.”
Natalya continued by stating that she sees this as a chance to send her father off in the proper way.
“My dad was a professional wrestler,” Neidhart said. “He was a WWE superstar, he was a WWE legend before he passed away and I feel like in some crazy way this is like my dad is having one last run. I feel like if I asked my dad right now, ‘Daddy, how do you feel about me doing this storyline?’ My dad would say go for it. He understood pro wrestling, he understood how, for fans to become emotionally invested in stories, there has to be emotionally charged content.”