The following is an excerpt from a new Fanhouse.com interview with WWE Diva Melina:
Question: So how has your rehab been going because we know that you suffered a torn ACL at the beginning of the year?
Melina: Everything has been really tough. It’s been strenuous. I always get worried because I’m thinking I’m not getting better quick enough. But after a while, I’ve just accepted the fact that it’s going to take as long as it needs to take and I was really worried coming back this week to see what I can do. We were just going to do some wrestling therapy, like wrestling movement therapy so not actually wrestling to see what I could do. I was scared at first and some things felt awkward but then all of a sudden I did a little more and a little more. Then I just started going at it and was like yes, let’s do this! I’m ready and it didn’t hurt!
Question: How do you gauge what you want to do and what you should do during your therapy?
Melina: It’s really hard to gauge because … The way I see it, the doctor told me that I’m fine. If I’m not comfortable doing something, then I shouldn’t be doing it. If it feel wrong, if it hurts then obviously I shouldn’t be doing it. In my mind, I think it’s more of a fear than if I can do it or not. So I have two doctors â€“ the WWE doctor and my surgeon â€“ and they both said you look fine and it healed perfectly. You should be ready to go. So, it’s just a matter of me feeling comfortable.
Question: Do you think it’s more of a mental thing that physical for you?
Melina: When I wake up in the morning and before I start, I need to warm up more than I ever did before. But it gets stuck a little bit and I can tell when I’m doing certain exercises like when I’m isolating the knee, it has less strength that the other knee. So, I still have a ways to go but when I was rolling around in the ring today, it was as if I never left. It felt good.
Question: You have a mentality as a wrestler that you want to continue to go out there and sometimes have to work through the bumps and bruises and you get that in your mind that you can suck it up and go and you want to go because you’re used to that. What’s it like for you now because you have been out of the ring and you’re probably chomping at the bit?
Melina: Oh yeah. I’ve been tweeting about this so much. (laughs) I’ve been telling people that this is everything that I’ve worked so hard for and for so many years that it would be a waste if I just through it all away. I need to come back because everything I’ve given up, everything that I’ve been through is for something and I’m going to make it for something. Also, it’s seven months of wanting this back and aggression and everything, like seven months that’s built up and ready to come out. Although I know I get a rep for being, like, a certain way or whatever, I know my heel character was so intense that people think I’m mean and I’m not. But when it comes to the ring, I want people to put in their heart because we can create something beautiful. You have no idea. Unless you’ve worked the best, you don’t know how it can be, like, what you can create and how the crowd gets into it and how the fans appreciate what you can do. So I want to be able to teach these new girls what they can do, what we can pull out of them and what they can give to the world when they go out there. So, I want to do this for wrestling because â€“ and I can tweeting about it â€“ after I’m long gone, whenever the day comes that I stop wrestling, I wanted people to have that passion and carry that long after I’m gone.
Check out the complete Melina interview online at Fanhouse.com.
NOTE: The above interview was conducted prior to the news that Melina would not be working the FCW show tonight.
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