For some, the invocation of a late family member may be too much, but in a way, Natalya feels this has been a chance for her father to get a proper sendoff in WWE.
“My dad was a professional wrestler. He was a WWE Superstar, he was a WWE legend before he passed away and I feel like in some crazy way this is like my dad is having one last run,” Natalya said in an interview with Yahoo! Sports.
“I feel like if I asked my dad right now, ‘Daddy, how do you feel about me doing this storyline?’ My dad would say go for it. He understood pro wrestling, he understood how, for fans to become emotionally invested in stories, there has to be emotionally charged content.”
She continued, “In some weird way, this storyline has been strangely therapeutic because anything I’m feeling I can get it out. If I need to cry, I can get it out. I can let everybody see it, hear it and I can take the WWE universe on this journey with me. I need to speak the truth and I need to remind the world that my dad was a WWE star, he was special and everyone can feel that with me.”
On Raw this week, Natalya also referenced one of professional wrestling’s most talked about moments – the Montreal Screwjob – where her uncle, Bret Hart, punched Vince McMahon backstage at Survivor Series 1997.
“I didn’t mince my words when I said anything. I’ve been wanting to say [the stuff about the Montreal Screwjob] for a long time because Ruby had been saying I got my opportunity because of who my family is,” Natalya said. “No, actually when your uncle punches the boss in the face, it makes it really hard for you to even get a job in WWE.
“I had never spoken about that, I was worried about Bret being upset, but I thought to myself, I’m just going to say it and I don’t care who gets mad that I said it.”