WWE NXT Superstar Dakota Kai has called her heel turn a “scary” moment, during an interview with STUFF magazine.
The 32 year old New Zealander gave a candid interview to the NZ-based magazine, in which she covered many topics, including the coronavirus pandemic, and missing fans during events.
She said:” It was scary because it’s something out of my comfort zone. But I really love challenges. I love being offered something different. And it was such a breath of fresh air from what I was doing in NXT, too. So I love it. I do still get a bit nervous in terms of whether or not I’m doing things right with my character, but I love it because it offers so many cool new challenges for me.”
Growing up, Kai told the magazine that wrestling was somewhat of a “forbidden form of entertainment” in her household.
She explained: “We were raised in a very strict Catholic home so wrestling wasn’t exactly encouraged by my family. So my brother and I used to watch it in secret a lot.”
On the pandemic, she said: “It’s obviously such a change of pace to what we were doing before. To give you a blueprint of how we used to run events, we would film TV live every Wednesday. And then every second weekend we would travel out of state to do four live shows each night, four nights in a row. Obviously, we’re not doing that right now. So it’s very, very weird. So we’re filming two episodes every second Wednesday. And that’s pretty much all we’re doing.”
She also stated that having zero fans during events was “weird”.
She added: “It is so weird and it really makes you realize how much you miss that environment and how much the fans really are a part of everything we do. Because the fans and their reactions, they make the moments for us in the ring. I really miss having fans. But we still have our TV audience. We have hundreds of thousands of people watching us so, at the end of the day, they are our priority.”