WWE NXT Diva Liv Morgan on Being a Big Wrestling Fan Growing Up, Staying True to Herself

Gionna Daddio

– WWE NXT Diva Liv Morgan (Gionna Daddio) recently spoke with Byron Saxton for the WWE website. The full interview is at this link. Below are highlights:

Being a big wrestling fan growing up and building a ring in her backyard:

“We dug four poles into the ground and put lawn chairs in front of them for buckles. We tied three pieces of industrial rope around the corners, and the only mat we had was a stacked-up pile of lawn chair cushions. When we finished, we thought it was the most awesome thing ever, and my house instantly became the after-school spot for all of my brothers’ friends. I would literally take Pedigrees and powerbombs like it was my job. I always pretended to be Lita. All the Divas were so glamorous and girly, and I was such a tomboy and didn’t have nice clothes. When I saw Lita come out in baggy pants and sneakers, wrestling the boys, I thought she was the coolest thing ever. I related to her and thought she could be my friend.”

Getting in on the WWE NXT Divas action:

“Seeing the spotlight on all the women in the company is empowering. Not only girls want to see the women wrestle, but men want to, as well. The fact that Bayley vs. Sasha Banks in [TakeOver:] Brooklyn was acknowledged as NXT’s Match of the Year is just as telling as what the female talent is capable of, and I cannot wait to be a part of it.”

Promising to stay true to herself:

“I don’t know how to be anything other than myself. I’m not a fan of makeup or dressing up. I feel best when I’m in sweatpants, a pair of J’s and a snapback. I grew up heavily influenced by hip hop music and pop culture, and I’d choose pizza over everything. There is nothing like individuality and to feel alive in your own skin. I want people that grew up struggling like me to know that no matter what circumstances you live in, even when you feel it’s hopeless, if you work hard and believe in yourself, you can and will achieve anything. No dream is too big.”

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