What will you see in the upcoming season featuring WWE superstars on Total Divas? Once a model, now a wrestling entertainer, Alicia Fox will appear for the first time on Total Divas on Jan. 4, and she told some of the secrets behind the scenes to the Miami Herald.
If you’re not a fan of wrestling, Fox emphasizes that the reality TV show focuses on entertainment as the primary attraction. But that doesn’t mean that she’s discounting the appeal of women as wrestlers. She’s also proud of the fact that she became the first African American divas’ champion.
“It’s really awesome to have a platform to be able to communicate and have a way for fans to understand who I am. They can see how I can relate to them.”
Alicia’s real name is Victoria Crawford, and her WWE experience began in 2006. It took time and determination before she earned her place as a permanent, full-time participant in the diva division. But the advantage of her patience is that she grew up learning the ropes.
“When I first got signed, I was 19. So WWE has really given me the chance to grow from a relative child. I think I’ve really transitioned into a young woman. I feel like I really matured on different levels being with WWE. I just feel like I don’t know how I would be able to take this opportunity and realize what a great blessing this is if I was starting from the very bottom.””
Fox hopes that fans will watch and understand the real lives of the WWE stars, as well as appreciate what goes into their performances. As to what will be shown this season? She thinks that viewers can learn by watching.
“Who knows what you will see this season? We are all trying to mature and become better people. The young girls can learn from our experiences. We are seen as role models, which is great because we really care about our fans and our community. I think ‘Total Divas’ will encourage viewers to do the same and contribute to their community and be a better role model or help mentor their sisters, blood related or not.”
In addition to Alicia, the Total Divas will welcome Paige to the cast, reported Wetpaint. Brie emphasized that she recognizes it will take time for viewers to embrace the additions, but she’s enthusiastic about what they’ll bring to the televised ring.
“I’m really excited that Paige and Alicia Fox joined the cast. I know sometimes its hard for the audience when we’re adding people and watching people leave. But I think that Paige is going to bring a lot because she’s young and she’s got a great wrestling background. Alicia Fox is considered a vet. It will be something new.”
What’s it like being a WWE diva? Nikki Bella reflected on how she feels to be a female wrestler during an interview with Sports Illustrated.
“I can literally lift anything on my shoulders—I know I could even get my own man up on my shoulders,” said Nikki, referring to 250-pound bodybuilder and professional wrestler John Cena.
At five feet, six inches tall, Bella weighs 135 pounds and has 20 percent body fat. She trains two hours a day, five days a week. As for her secret workout weapon? Nikki completes 600 reps of abdominal crunches to conclude each and every workout.
“When I’m feeling the burn and dripping with sweat, doing all those abs takes me to the next level.”
Before a match, she eats a Quest bar or Kind bar, with a recovery meal of steak and vegetables. It’s a low-carb diet similar to the weight loss and health advice given by experts such as Jessica Simpson’s trainer Harley Pasternak and The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper as the Inquisitr reported.
However, Bella focuses on the quality of her food rather than the quantity of her calories.
“I don’t do any diets where I count calories—I just watch more what I eat,” she clarified. That means protein bars rather than candy bars for energy or protein shakes after a match.
And as a result of that high protein diet and long workouts, Nikki is candid about her positive body image.
“Can I say my booty? And I love my boobs—I paid a lot of my money for my bust. But those are the most womanly parts, and I love being a woman.”
As for her own role in Total Divas, she loves the opportunity.
“Not only do you get to see more Divas, you get to see what are our lives are like, inside the ring and outside … You get to see how women try to conquer a man’s world.”
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