WWE SmackDown Live Superstar and former SD Live Women's Champion Carmella recently spoke with the U.K.'s Metro.
2018 being the biggest year of her career so far:
”2018 was for sure the year of Carmella. I’m so fortunate, I cashed in, became champion and became everything people thought I wouldn’t be. I beat Asuka, I beat Charlotte twice, and now I’m just having fun and embracing every opportunity that I get.
"I will become champion again, that’s for sure, but right now everyone has their moment and then you get back into the mix. I’m not in any rush, when it happens it’ll happen.”
Working with Ron "R-Truth" Killings:
”I didn’t know him that well before we started this whole thing but he’s such an easygoing guy. It’s been really fun getting to know him, and honestly, how you see us on TV is how we are in real life. We finish each other’s sentences, we’re so silly and we have turned into such good friends. I feel super lucky, he’s a great, great guy and he’s not afraid to make a fool out of himself and have a good time.
"Oh my gosh, it’s been so much fun! Before it started I was one of the most hated people in the company, everyone hated Carmella and I was such a brat. A few weeks later and suddenly everyone is cheering me because I’m with R-Truth. It was unreal and I couldn’t believe it. It’s definitely bought out a different side to Carmella which has been so much fun. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner and we won the whole thing. Now we both get to be number 30 in the Royal Rumble.”
Working as a babyface again:
”When I was in NXT I was a good guy so it’s not been completely foreign to me, but ever since I’ve been on SmackDown I’ve been hated completely. The part I like about it the most is that it’s been so organic, it wasn’t something that was planned to get people to love me or be on my side.
"I didn’t change anything or do anything differently, I’m still moonwalking, trash-talking and still have a loud mouth and say what’s on my mind. It’s just really cool how it’s happened, and now the fans are on my side – I’ll take it!”
Being part of the current Women's Evolution in WWE:
”I’ve been so lucky to see this whole evolution unfold. When I was in NXT and watching Raw and SmackDown every week, the women weren’t being given much time. The women in NXT were starting to get that time and we were having two matches on our lives events which was more than the main roster.
"To see it come from NXT to where it is, the women are very much a main part of every show. They’re not just opening the show, they’re closing the show and the stories are on throughout the show.”