During an interview with “411 Wrestling Interviews Podcast”, Salina De La Renta revealed that she hadn’t been exposed to wrestling until Total Divas. Here is what she had to say:
So my story with wrestling is a little bit different. I didn’t know wrestling until I was, 19 I would say. And I moved to Florida because I wanted to study film. And I hadn’t met wrestling at all. I remember watching some WWE stuff, and it was the Boogeyman eating worms. That was my first memory of wrestling. Then there’s really not anything else I remember; I remember knowing about John Cena, I knew about the Undertaker. But everybody else to me was non-existent. Then, when I moved to Florida, one of my assignments in college was to study reality TV, and I came across the show Total Divas. And that is how I came to know about wrestling.
And after watching the show, it just wouldn’t get out of my mind. I was like, ‘Man, I feel like a wrestler, I look like a wrestler. I am a wrestler!’ And I had no wrestling experience. I kept going back to the mirror and saying, ‘What if I had, like, really big guns? And what if I just shoved somebody against the wall?’ And I always had these thoughts, and I’m like, ‘This isn’t normal.’ Because I used to just daydream about being in movies. And when I met wrestling, I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. I told my mom, ‘Hey, do you think I look like a model’ — because that’s what I was doing at the time — ‘Or like a wrestler?’ And my mom’s like, ‘Eh, I mean you’ve been modelling, but I can see why you think that you look like a wrestler.’ And that was enough for me. I’m like, ‘All right, that’s it! I need to be a wrestler.’
I went on the WWE website, and they have a tab that says ‘How to become a professional wrestler.’ And it said to start on the indies. And I looked for a school, I [found] Pro Wrestling 2.0. And that was it for me. I started wrestling, and I fell in love with it.
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