Greg DeMarco recently interviewed former TNA Developmental Knockout Taeler Hendrix. Here are some highlights.
On her release from TNA: It was kind of a whirlwind … a long time in the making … I was super-duper unhappy … the All-American Dream … BAM! Hit in the face! It’s not happening girl, wake up! I got papers in the mail to re-sign for another year in developmental at OVW for TNA … Before I could tell them that I wouldn’t re-sign, I got the call the day before my contract expired to tell me I was released. … Maybe they can use that spot for someone they actually know what they want to do with. … I’m not offended–I’m a lot happier.
On if the mood in OVW has changed since the recent releases: Yes, actually. Now that I’m not signed anymore, I think I’m enjoying it more–from an OVW standpoint. … It’s home… There’s wrestling every single week, you can’t get more work than that. … I am loving my character right now, she’s awesome. … She’s like that girl we all hated in high school. … A lot of people who were released, they’re gone.
On Dixie Carter: I do have my qualms. Don’t tell me on my birthday that I’m “heavy” to be on TV. … I’m a size 3, that’s not fat at all! … I’m a role model for young girls, there’s nothing plastic about me. … (On her size a year prior) I was too skinny! … I got really skinny just to get on television. … Someone said I looked like a skeleton, and then I started looking at my pictures and I was like “Oh my God, I really do!”… I’m taller than [most female wrestlers] but I’m not bigger than them.
On her latest cancer scare: On top of that, my cancer stuff came back. … I had no choice to gain weight, and I’m really happy that I did. … What I’m battling right now is cervical cancer–and when I say battling I mean I’m trying to not get it. … I wasn’t setting a good example. … I felt like I was a hypocrite. … I would rather be healthy and stay cancer free.
On Velvet Sky: She has found a way to stick it out … and she was released at one point. … Velvet Sky is money. … And if I have someone who makes me money, I’m going to keep them around. … She’s not the best wrestler in the world, but neither am I. … She makes money. … Velvet Sky has some of the most loyal fans in the world. … She has a great personality, in ring and out. … And you know what? She’s gotten much better. … I’m a fan–she can keep letting the pigeons loose. … That girl’s a hot commodity.