Natalya spoke with The Sun about the first time she locked up with Ronda Rousey in training and she also said that Sasha Banks is someone who can make her opponents look good.
On knowing Rousey was special after they locked up the first time:
“The second we locked up I knew she was special. Not just because she’s a world class athlete and incredible mixed martial artist. We just clicked. It was like magic. But one of the great things about her is that she doesn’t think she has all the answers. WWE is new to her. The more I know about Ronda the more I’m blown away by her work ethic and humble nature. She’s causing a lot of intrigue. People who maybe never watched WWE before are tuning in because Ronda’s a superstar outside of WWE. She’s bringing so much equity from her past life. She’s going to be – and already is – a major player in the women’s division.”
On Sasha Banks bringing out the best in her opponents:
“I like it when people say that about me – we all want to be in great matches. It’s a great aspiration to have. You want to be that girl or guy who can have that great match with anyone. I’ve been working with Sasha Banks a lot on Raw and I see that in her too. I was so impressed with her in that Fatal 4-Way. Whether it’s Sasha against Charlotte, Sasha against Bayley… it’s just every girl I see in there with Sasha. She brings out the best in her opponents.”
WrestleNewz will have live play-by-play, results and viewing party for Saturday’s NXT TakeOver: Chicago II event airing on WWE Network. The pre-show kicks off at 7:30 pm EST and the main show starts at 8 pm EST. Three title matches, a Chicago street fight, and an intriguing contest between two rising stars adorn the card. WNZ’s coverage is just the start of what promises to be a weekend full of sports entertainment action, as Money In The Bank takes place the following night on Sunday.
Here is the full match lineup:
NXT Champion Aleister Black vs. Lars Sullivan
Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa (Chicago Street Fight)
NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler vs. Nikki Cross
Ricochet vs. Velveteen Dream
NXT Tag Team Champions Undisputed ERA vs. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch