Nikki Cross has shot to recognition among the many WWE Universe over the previous 12 months and now she’s one of many hottest abilities on the roster.
From the unstable member on SAnitY to creating her fundamental roster debut final January, now Cross is a former Tag Staff champion and appears destined for solo success, too.
talkSPORT was in a position to catch Cross on the Manchester leg of WWE’s UK tour final week and we requested her about stepping as much as the principle roster, NXT UK and dealing with Paul Heyman.
Hello Nikki! I do know you lately received traded to SmackDown, however with among the modifications behind the scenes, how has it been working with among the minds WWE has to supply as we speak? Like Paul Heyman for instance.
Paul has such a wealthy thoughts to have the ability to choose from and even only a 10 minute dialog with him, you’ll study in all probability greater than you may have in a 12 months. Being on SmackDown and clearly Paul Heyman being with RAW, I’m hoping I’ll nonetheless get an opportunity to speak and study from him.
How was the transition making the transfer from merely residing in Florida and dealing in NXT to engaged on the principle roster and going via these worldwide excursions?
For me, the transition, what helped me final 12 months once I was with NXT was after they would convey me together with the RAW or SmackDown rosters and do their weekend stay occasions. That basically helped me put together. Once I got here throughout in January, I used to be so grateful for that have in the summertime and the autumn.
It’s being on the highway 4 or 5 nights every week, but it surely’s ensuring you’re nonetheless setting time to your family and friends and I’ve received my husband. So it’s ensuring you’re getting that high quality time whether or not that be cellphone calls, FaceTime – that’s the most effective invention for travelling skilled wrestlers by the way in which! – so it’s been a great studying curve, but it surely wasn’t that extreme as a result of we’re used to being on the highway. The most important factor is discovering a rental automotive and making an attempt to make my method again to drop it off [laughs].
Once you see how NXT UK is rising and significantly the Scottish affect on the model, is there part of you that might like to go and do some work there?
There’s a cheeky little little bit of me that’s like ‘Ooo, I’d like a little bit of that!’ As a result of once I began again in 2008, Kay Lee [Ray] and I began the identical 12 months. It was like us two and a few different women. By 2013/2014, there was about eight women in Scotland, and that’s a small nation. So to see the NXT UK has grown and seeing the women like Kay Lee Ray – it was incredible for her successful the NXT UK championship – so there may be that, as a lot as I’m targeted on successful the SmackDown Girls’s championship, the Girls’s Tag Staff championship with Alexa [Bliss] – effectively all of the belts, #NikkiAllBelts! [laughs].
There’s a starvation although the place it’s like ‘what would occur if I went to NXT UK’ and I believe the followers can be intrigued to see that too. I’d be intrigued! I’d like to work with Kay Lee once more, and Viper [Piper Niven], Isla Daybreak – all of us got here up via the identical coaching college. So I’d like to work with them as a result of they’re incredible abilities and it’s nice to see women within the UK get this platform.