Natalya has opened up on wanting to turn heel on former WWE Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey last year.
At the time, there was some speculation that WWE would book a program between the two good friends last summer. Prior to Rousey winning the title from Alexa Bliss at the 2018 SummerSlam pay-per-view, there was a change of plans.
Natalya’s father, WWE Hall Of Famer Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart unfortunately passed away. It’s been reported that WWE wanted to have Natalya turn heel and challenge Rousey for the Raw Women’s Title at the Evolution pay-per-view event.
During a recent appearance on Busted Open Radio, Natalya talked about the idea and how that heel turn could’ve changed the women’s title scene going forward around that time.
“For me, when I look back, especially internally working in the company and my husband’s a producer and T.J. was also a superstar/wrestler for twenty years. Looking at the ins-and-outs of especially what happened with that main event, it was all a series of circumstances. I don’t know if that was ever supposed to be… obviously I don’t think that was ever supposed to be the original game plan.”
Natalya would bring up original plans calling for Becky Lynch vs. Rousey at Survivor Series and the outcome of Lynch being pulled from the contest due to an injury she suffered from Nia Jax.
”I think that when I look at it, it’s like, Becky was supposed to have that match with Ronda at Survivor Series. Nia knocked Becky out, Becky got a concussion and she couldn’t compete, and all of a sudden, it turned into Charlotte versus Ronda on four days notice, and then Becky’s momentum really, really started to pick up and I really wasn’t involved in that other than the fact that I was just coming back from… at that point in November, I think it was just a few months after my dad passed away, so for me it was a very strange place to be because I think… and this is just me speaking from the heart, off the cuff, I would’ve loved to turn heel on Ronda and done a program with Ronda.”
Natalya stated that she doesn’t know if she would’ve been strong enough for that angle due to the passing of her father. As a result of missing out on this opportunity, Lynch took off and became one of the biggest stars in the company.
“At that point… if my dad hadn’t passed away, and I didn’t have that situation around me, I probably would’ve turned heel shortly after SummerSlam and who knows? I maybe would’ve been involved in that situation. But I think for me to be inserted into that angle, like I said, all the stuff with the main event was just a series of circumstances and I don’t know, especially after going through that extreme emotional trauma of losing my dad, who knows if I would’ve been strong enough to immediately just turn heel on Ronda and if I turned heel on Ronda, maybe I would’ve somehow, somewhere been a part of this main event. But it turned out, with everything with Becky and the concussion that was never supposed to happen and all of sudden, this crazy feud.”
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H/T to Fightful for the transcription