Lilian Garcia has done the ring announcing for some of professional wrestling's most historic matches. Along the way, her
melodious tone has become synonymous with the success of WWE's flagship program, Monday Night Raw.
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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
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
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
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
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
"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
Lilian Garcia stripped:
Bobby Lashley stripped off Lilian Garcia's skirt on the April 2, 2007 edition of Raw.
Lilian Garcia gets married: Lilian Garcia married her
second husband, Chris, on September 28, 2009.
Would Lilian Garcia pose for Playboy?:
When asked whether she would ever pose nude for Playboy, Lilian said, "It's just not right for me."
Lilian Garcia strikes a kiss:
Lilian Garcia has kissed Christy Hemme, Viscera, Charlie Haas and The Great Khali on WWE television.
Lilian Garcia's legs:
Lilian Garcia once said, "My favorite part body part on myself is my legs because man, I love to wear them boots!"
Lilian Garcia had an off night at WWE Fastlane on Sunday. She trended Twitter for two notable botches.
The first one, while announcing Cesaro and Tyson Kidd as the new WWE Tag Team Champions, she stated, “Here are your winners and still new WWE Tag Team Champions...”
Later in the night while introducing WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella, she called her the WWE Women’s Champion. The response on Twitter to this was more mixed, with respondents noting they wished it was still the Women’s Championship rather than the Divas Championship.
After Lilian made her second mistake, Eden, who was co-handling ring announcing duties, wrote on Twitter, "Wasn't me." The message has since been deleted.
So does Lilian get in trouble whenever she makes mistakes on the microphone? She was asked about her ring announcing miscues
during a 2012 radio interview and said she doesn't. When asked whether people backstage make fun of her, she said,
"No, not at all. Not at all, not at all." She did, however, note that her peers will remark to her stuff like "What was
With Lilian serving as WWE's premiere ring announcer, this would seem to offer her job security. However, the manner in
which Justin Roberts left the organization proved that may not be the case. Behind-the-scenes, WWE's long-term plan for the
ring announcing situation is for Eden to become the lead ring announcer, with former Total Divas cast member JoJo appearing
on SmackDown. This could happen in the near future since JoJo has been handling ring announcing duties at WWE live events.
While she has made a countless number of mistakes without it affecting her standing in the company, her dealing with
competition now could change things.
Garcia has said in interviews that she plans to stay with WWE for as long as she can, so it should be interesting to see how this ultimately plays out.