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When Garcia sang “America the Beautiful” at WrestleMania 2000 at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California, it was the first time many WWE fans discovered her B-flats and C-sharps. Before joining the sports-entertainment organization in 1999, Garcia appeared in television commercials. From department stores to car dealerships, Garcia made use of her Media Arts degree from the University of South Carolina. When she was doing a jingle here and a jangle there, Garcia also found time to work as a VJ in Atlanta, Georgia. It was that experience that led her to audition for WWE, albeit hesitantly.
“I had no idea what I was walking into, and I almost didn’t do the audition. I was called to New York to audition, and I looked at him and said ‘Are you kidding me…wrestling?'” recalled Garcia in a 2010 interview. “He didn’t tell me what it was for, because the WWE didn’t tell him. I auditioned for a backstage interviewer for Super Astros, which was going to be on Univision, but I didn’t get it. It wasn’t until six months later that I got another call back, and they remembered me, and they needed people for SmackDown before it premiered. I auditioned again, and they called me, and they wanted to try me on for one-three months, and that I could leave at any time, and I was thinking I had nothing to lose…I’ll try it out.”
Happily, admits Garcia, the reception she met during her audition to be the voice of SmackDown! was well received among the WWE Superstars themselves—not an easy accomplishment for someone newly arrived to the promotion in nineties, even more so for a woman.
“I think it’s great how the guys have been very open with me,” Garcia said nearly a year after her tenure. “When I interview them, they have no problems with me being a female. The same goes for the girls in the locker room. We cut up a lot.”
All’s not that rosy, however. Despite her extensive background of performing in front of crowds, Garcia still has one obstacle to overcome: butterflies. Asked what she does to handle this before getting on the microphone, Garcia laughingly says: “I always pray, I’m Catholic, so I make the sign of the cross. There’s so much going on that you always have to be on your toes.”
While serving as the ring announcer for Monday Night Raw, prior to each show from 2000 through 2009, the beautiful Diva displayed her vocal abilities with an emotional and heartfelt rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner. She has also opened up for numerous professional sports teams, including the National Football League’s New York Jets, Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs, and the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. The popularity of her amazing voice ultimately led to the production of her ¡Quiero Vivir!, which was released on October 9, 2007 via Universal Music Latino.
Being as talented as Garcia, it was only a matter of time before a WWE Superstar made a pass at her. In May 2005, the inevitable occurred when the mighty Viscera proclaimed his love for the sexy ring announcer. On the surface, Garcia and the former Mabel didn’t look like the prototypical couple; but inside, they shared a deep connection. Or so Garcia thought. The following month, a smitten Garcia proposed marriage to “Big Vis” during WWE’s Vengeance pay-per-view event. Unfortunately for Lilian, she was ultimately heartbroken when he chose to be with The Godfather’s “Hos” rather than marry her.
“Do you know what it took to publicly ask Viscera to marry me? I don’t understand,” said Garcia to Maria backstage following the event. “He was always so loving and caring and compassionate. I mean we couldn’t do the normal things that couples could do in bed ‘cuz I always had to be on (cuts herself off crying).”
The storyline was briefly resurrected the following year when Viscera proposed to Garcia on the May 22, 2006, edition of Raw. The two, however, were interrupted by Umaga before Garcia could give her answer.
Following a remarkable ten-year career with WWE, Garcia emotionally bid farewell to fans on the September 21, 2009 episode of Raw. The songstress later revealed that she left the organization due to burnout from the grueling travel schedule, as well as her desire to spend more time with her family.
“Leaving the WWE was one of the hardest decisions I had to make because I was very close to everyone there and loved my job, but after 10-plus years of being on the road it was time to take a break,” said Garcia. “I really missed being away from my family, and that was one of the decisions I made. When my contract was up, I was like do I sign on for a new contract, or do I really want to take the time to be with my family and my new husband, and I just made that decision that it was time.”
Thankfully, this turned out to be a two-year sabbatical and this Diva’s angelic voice returned to WWE airwaves on SmackDown.
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Don’t expect Lilian to ever pose nude. She was asked in a 2001 interview whether her fame in WWE had led to an offer to pose for Playboy, and replied, “No, not at all.” After the interviewer said he was surprised, she explained, “I’m not, and I’ll tell you why. My image with the WWF is very sexy, but classy. Not that the other girls aren’t classy, but I’m just not willing to show as much flesh as the other girls are willing to do. That’s their thing. That’s fine for them if they choose to show a little bit more cleavage. I mean, I’m sure there are people who are offended that I’m wearing a miniskirt. But for me, a miniskirt is fine. But I’m sure the people at Playboy know not to even bother asking. It’s just not right for me.”
Garcia attributed her decision to leave to WWE to spend more time with her husband and family.
“When my contract was up, I was like do I sign on for a new contract, or do I really want to take the time to be with my family and my new husband, and I just made that decision that it was time,” Garcia stated in a 2010 interview with Monday Night Mayhem.
Garcia and Jozeph live together near the sunny beaches of Los Angeles, California.
– Lilian Garcia appeared at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California last week for a Susan G. Komen event where she talked about the importance of breast cancer awareness in the above video interview.
– Daniel Bryan reveals in an interview with Fighting Spirit Magazine that WWE’s creative department would prefer that fans forgot about his marriage to Brie Bella.
When asked whether WWE has plans for them to team up inside the ring, he said, “I would love that, but WWE has gotten away from doing the mixed tag team matches. Doing something with Brie would be a lot of fun, and I think the fans would really enjoy it, but our characters right now are at different places. I’ve heard that creative wants people to forget that we’re actually married.”
With Bryan’s marriage to Brie often showcased on Total Divas, he believes his recurring appearances on the E! reality program have helped his career.
“I know for a fact that Total Divas has helped me in a way that I get recognized more by people who would never recognize me before. Now, like, people will recognize me when I’m out to dinner or something. They’ll be like, “Hey, you’re Bryan!” And that’s how I know they recognize from Total Divas. People who watch Total Divas don’t necessarily watch WWE, but now they’re starting to. People get to see me for who I am. Some fans don’t like that, and will actually boo for how I appear on Total Divas!”