Prior to her finally appearing on Smackdown Live in November, many were left wondering what had happened to Chelsea Green. The Victoria, BC native was teaming with Charlotte Flair and showcased in a prime spot on NXT programming before her extended absence took place, and many speculated that she had been called up to the main roster. There were also rumours that Green’s call-up came at the behest of then-Executive Director of Monday Night RAW, Paul Heyman.
I asked her about those rumours as part of our recent interview for Love Wrestling.
“So, I learn things on the dirt sheets as well,” Green mused. “It’s funny because sometimes the dirt sheets get them right, (and) sometimes they totally get them wrong.”
“But,” she continued, “that is something that I felt when I came up in December [and] January, and did a couple of matches for RAW and Main Event. I did feel like I had a great bond and connection with Paul Heyman.
“We had kind of started our relationship off in NXT when he watched a couple of my promos and gave me really amazing feedback and really, really positive feedback,” she explained. “That kind of fuelled my fire and lit a fire under my butt until the next time I saw him, which was the RAW and the Main Event. I think I jumped into that position the best I could, and he saw that.”
“And so, I’m thinking that the dirt sheets are correct and that he has really had my back this whole time, which I love!” she exclaimed. “I think that’s amazing. I’m just so proud that someone that is the best in this business thinks that I’m great! How crazy is that?! We’re just going to go with that’s 100% true,” she jokingly confirmed.
Heyman was again credited again later in the interview when discussing Green’s experience thus far, and how it had potentially differed from how she had expected her tenure with the promotion would go.
“Oh, gosh, it’s not at all what I thought it would be,” she replied. “I thought kind of the end was getting to WWE. But that’s just the beginning. My career is just getting started. There’s just so much more to do and so many more goals I’ve set for myself now that I’ve started with WWE and NXT.”
“I just think that there’s so much to learn, and I’m constantly learning at WWE,” Green concluded. “It never ends, whether it’s business sense, whether it’s accounting and money, whether it’s how to cut a promo with Paul Heyman, or just, you know, cameras and crowds and things like that. There’s so much to learn in wrestling, and WWE really provides that for you.”
Please credit Spencer Love/Love Wrestling with any transcriptions used.