On why fans connect with her:
I still try to figure that out myself. The way I feel connected to them — and it might feel different than the way they feel connected to me or it might be the same – I still feel like I’m such a fan. Every time I come out I can’t believe that I’m here and I really do remember just the feeling of being at WWE shows. Maybe they can sense that, maybe not.
Every time I give out a shirt or a headband or just give a hug to one of the kids or high-five to one of the dudes wearing my headband, I just remember how cool it was to have my favorite superstars just look at a sign I spent all night making or point in my direction. It would make my whole night. I want to give back. I’m so excited to be there so I can’t imagine how they feel. I get to do this all the time, you know?
On how she feels going into ‘Mania:
It’s very nerve-wracking, but it’s something I’ve been waiting for a really long time. I always put myself when I was at the NXT TakeOvers that one day I’d be at Mania, so I’ve sort of been preparing my mind mentally.
I think the most nerve-wracking thing is that my whole family’s going to be there pretty much. I get really nervous in front of them, and they make me more emotional, so that’s the problem. As long as I don’t cry walking down the ramp, I’ll be OK.