Nikki Cross EXCLUSIVE: Brit ‘intrigued’ to appear in NXT UK and face top women, transitioning to WWE’s main roster and much more
Nikki Cross has shot to popularity among the WWE Universe over the past year and now she’s one of the hottest talents on the roster.
From the unstable member on SAnitY to making her main roster debut last January, now Cross is a former Tag Team champion and seems destined for solo success, too.
talkSPORT was able to catch Cross on the Manchester leg of WWE’s UK tour last week and we asked her about stepping up to the main roster, NXT UK and working with Paul Heyman.
Hi Nikki! I know you recently got traded to SmackDown, but with some of the changes behind the scenes, how has it been working with some of the minds WWE has to offer today? Like Paul Heyman for example.
Paul has such a rich mind to be able to pick from and even just a 10 minute conversation with him, you will learn probably more than you have in a year. Being on SmackDown and obviously Paul Heyman being with RAW, I’m hoping I’ll still get a chance to talk and learn from him.
How was the transition making the move from simply living in Florida and working in NXT to working on the main roster and going through these international tours?
For me, the transition, what helped me last year when I was with NXT was when they would bring me along with the RAW or SmackDown rosters and do their weekend live events. That really helped me prepare. When I came across in January, I was so grateful for that experience in the summer and the autumn.
It is being on the road four or five nights a week, but it’s making sure you’re still setting time for your friends and family and I’ve got my husband. So it’s making sure you’re getting that quality time whether that be phone calls, FaceTime – that’s the best invention for travelling professional wrestlers by the way! – so it’s been a good learning curve, but it wasn’t that severe because we’re used to being on the road. The biggest thing is finding a rental car and trying to make my way back to drop it off [laughs].
When you see how NXT UK is growing and particularly the Scottish influence on the brand, is there a part of you that would love to go and do some work there?
There is a cheeky little bit of me that’s like ‘Ooo, I’d like a bit of that!’ Because when I started back in 2008, Kay Lee [Ray] and I started the same year. It was like us two and a couple of other girls. By 2013/2014, there was about eight girls in Scotland, and that’s a small country. So to see the NXT UK has grown and seeing the girls like Kay Lee Ray – it was fantastic for her winning the NXT UK championship – so there is that, as much as I’m focused on winning the SmackDown Women’s championship, the Women’s Tag Team championship with Alexa [Bliss] – well all the belts, #NikkiAllBelts! [laughs].
There is a hunger though where it’s like ‘what would happen if I went to NXT UK’ and I think the fans would be intrigued to see that too. I would be intrigued! I’d love to work with Kay Lee again, and Viper [Piper Niven], Isla Dawn – we all came up through the same training school. So I’d love to work with them because they’re fantastic talents and it’s great to see girls in the UK get this platform.
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