Lilian Garcia welcomed WWE NXT star Shotzi Blackheart as her guest this week on the “Chasing Glory” podcast.
Blackheart opened up with personal stories that she’s never shared before, including some events from her childhood. She also talks about her love of theater, how she got into pro wrestling and what led her to get a contract with WWE.
Here are some highlights:
Shotzi Blackheart talked about singing in musical theatre: “Joan Jett inspires how I sing. I started singing when I was little. I was always in choir growing up. I did musical theatre. That was my first dream. I wanted to be on Broadway. I even went to college for musical theatre. I went to The American Musical and Dramatic Arts Academy in Hollywood. I only went for a year and a half because it was so expensive so I went back home and started a band. Performing has always been in me. I’m very specific on what I like and what I want to produce so it wasn’t working out. Me and my sister were watching RAW one day and she was like, ‘I want to be valet for these guys, I think it was the Wyatt Family and we should be a tag team.’ But, I was the only one that pursued it.”
Blackheart talked about William Regal signing her to NXT: “William Regal gave me my contract. I started wrestling for Evolve which is closely tied to WWE. He was doing a lot of seminars for Evolve at the time. He was there for that. After my match he came into the ring, I was already leaving and I thought William Regal was going to cut a promo but he said, ‘Wait, get back in here.’ He said, ‘Do you want a contract?’ I said sure. I was super emotional. I wasn’t that nonchalant.”
Blackheart talked about wrestling at the Royal Rumble before the pandemic hit: “It was unbelievable. They told me the day before. They said, ‘We need you to go to Texas. You’re going to be a stand-in for the Rumble.’ I thought, ok, I get that. I’ll come hang out. I was at rehearsals for the Rumble, still not knowing I was in it. They got to my number and they said, ‘Ok, you’re going to come out to this number.’ I thought I was a stand-in. So I found out the night before.”