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Dakota Kai Admits She Had Reservations About Turning Heel

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While Dakota Kai has thrived in her role as a heel, the WWE NXT Superstar has admitted she did have reservations about turning.

Kai originally turned heel back at NXT Takeover: WarGames 2019 when she attacked her former Team Kick partner, and best friend Tegan Nox. While the idea has worked out well for her character, Dakota admitted when talking to Fightful.com that she did have some reservations about turning heel at first.


“Okay, well, I’m in my fourteenth year of pro wrestling right now, which is really weird to say, and for 99% of those years I was playing babyface. Because it was the most natural role for me to play. It was easy. There were no real challenges there. I was just myself. When this idea was originally brought to me, I did have some reservations just because it was a newer role. I did play a little bit of the heel role back in Australia in MCW, because it’s easy for the Kiwi to be the bad guy in Australia because we have that rivalry there. But, never anything to this extent. So, I have to admit I did have some fears just because this wasn’t going to be easy for me to do and there were going to be big challenges there. But, once the turned happened at War Games everything started rolling and I started gatherng more confidence with everything that I did. Then, the pairing with Raquel helped me so much more because I did feel like I hit a ceiling in terms of what I was doing as a heel even if it was only a few months. But, once she was paired with me, it was like, ‘Oh, we’re taking this ball and we’re running with it,’ you know what I mean? I feel like we’re still doing that to this day,” Kai said.

Since that point, Dakota Kai has ended up in a tag team with Raquel Gonzalez, and she revealed that it was the company who brought that idea to them.

“They actually came to us with this idea on the creative side,” Dakota Kai told Fightful. “Hunter was the guy and the team, they really were the ones who paired us together. It’s crazy thinking about it now because Raquel was my first match at the Performance Center after I got signed and I was one of her first matches, too. So, everything has really come full circle. But, I think the main thing us that a lot of us girls in the locker room are super, super stoked about was she was at the Performance Center before I was. So, she was there a while and she never really had that breakout moment or really given any opportunity to be on the big stage of being on NXT TV.”

Dakota spoke about her tag team partner in more detail, stating that everyone was excited about Raquel getting the opportunity due to how hard she works.

“When the idea was finally brought out us, everyone—not just myself—we were so stoked for her. Because she’s one of the hardest workers and super lovely, too, and I knew we’d get along. You don’t want to be paired with someone and be like ‘Oh, no.’ But, she’s so nice and she’s the hardest worker. She’s super strong. She’s a freakin’ powerhouse. So, it only helped my sort of… I’d just turned heel a few months before. So, it really helped my creativity in terms of opening up more potential opportunities to play that role,” Kai said.

The duo have been very dominant together since they joined forces, and they recently won the first-ever Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, and they will be challenging for the Women’s Tag Team Championships on the 3/3 episode of WWE NXT. 

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Angel Garza Wants A WrestleMania 37 Spot

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Angel Garza may not have been a regular on television lately, but he has spoken of his desire to have a WWE WrestleMania 37 spot.

Garza got the opportunity to compete at WWE WrestleMania 36 last year, teaming with Andrade to challenge The Street Profits for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships. However, since that team broke up, he hasn’t been used as frequently on the show.


Angel Garza has mainly been used in WWE 24/7 Championship segments backstage, and he is a former holder of that title. But when speaking with ViBe & Wrestling, Garza discussed the fact he is hoping to get onto the card for this years two-day event on April 10/11.

“Of course, I hope so. Day by day, Monday by Monday, that is what we are training for. From the moment WrestleMania 36 was over, we start training hard and looking forward to the next WrestleMania. We wrestle every single Monday to get that spot, to get an opportunity and, if it’s not the tag titles like last year, for sure there will be other opportunities.”

“WrestleMania will be a two-night event so hopefully I can get a slot; I can get a match in one of those nights. Every Monday we work hard so we can get a match at WrestleMania.” (H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions)

So far there are only two matches confirmed for WWE WrestleMania 37, both of which are from the blue brand. The current match card is as follows:

  • Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge (Universal Championship match)
  • Sasha Banks (c) vs. Bianca Belair (WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship match)

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Charlotte Flair Reveals She’s Pitched A Storyline With Andrade

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Charlotte Flair has revealed that she’s pitched a potential storyline with her real-life boyfriend, Andrade.

Flair and Andrade are a couple in real-life, and WWE has often brought in couples on-screen throughout history, whether it be Edge and Lita, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, or more recently Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins.


During an interview with TV Insider, Charlotte revealed she’s pitched to be on-screen with Andrade, as nobody has seen that side of her personality.

“I’ve actually pitched that. I would be very much open to that. I’ve done a lot in my career, but nobody has seen me in an on-cam relationship, or in that light. I can come across cold on TV.”

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Drew McIntyre On Bobby Lashley’s WWE Title Victory: “He’s Worked Hard For It”

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Drew McIntyre was on the recent episode of Raw Talk, where he commented on Bobby Lashley becoming WWE Champion.

The Hurt Business star was able to defeat The Miz in the main event of WWE Raw last night to win the World Title for the first time in his career, and former champion, McIntyre, admitted that Lashley has earned this run.


“He’s worked hard for it,” said McIntyre on RAW Talk. “The man is an absolute animal in every possible way, in the gym and ring. He’s earned this moment.”

Drew also spoke about the possibility of facing Lashley at WWE WrestleMania 37 after he made it clear on WWE Raw that his goal is to headline the show again this year.

“The idea of Drew McIntyre vs. Bobby Lashley is pretty big for me, it feels like a significant match for RAW. If it happens at the biggest stage of them all, that’s just fine with me.”

He added, “There’s no way I’m not going to try and work myself into the main event of WrestleMania.”

McIntyre was also in action on WWE Raw last night in an excellent match with Sheamus, and he reflected on the bout saying that they kicked the crap out of each other.

“We kicked the crap out of each other, man,” admitted McIntyre. “It’s great when two heavyweights, two grown ass men beat each other up. That’s the thing with Lashley, he puts the work in, he’s the same as myself and Sheamus.” (H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions)

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