Zayda Steel shares the key character advice she received from Gisele Shaw.
Shaping a character identity remains a crucial factor in establishing oneself in the wrestling world. For WOW Women’s Champion Zayda Steel, she’s been fortunate to receive some veteran guidance to help her. As Steel continues her journey through the developmental stage of her career, she recalls the valuable advice she gained from IMPACT Wrestling Knockout Gisele Shaw.
Speaking with WrestleZone’s Ella Jay, revealed how she landed on a random FaceTime call with “The Quintessential Diva.”
“Three weeks ago, I was freaking out over a match to one of my mentors, and I was just like, ‘I don’t even know who I am out there.’ [I] just had a whole breakdown, and he’s like, ‘All right.’ Hung up on me. He calls me an hour later, he’s like, ‘Hey, are you like good to FaceTime?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, what’s up?’ Gisele Shaw was on the phone and I was like, ‘Hi.’ Then she just sat on the phone and just gave me so much advice,” Steel said. “It was a whole thing. I love her so much. She followed me that night and [said], ‘Send me your matches. I’ll make sure you’re good.'”
Be In The Moment
Diving deeper into her conversation with Gisele Shaw, Steel noted that Shaw emphasized the importance of finding the balance between her roles as babyface and heels.
“She was basically telling me, ‘Look, have fun. Yeah, you can stress — [it shows that] you care.’ She was just like ‘have fun.’ I was telling her about the crowd reaction, because I was like, ‘I’m working baby[face], but it’s just not fun. I don’t know who I am out there.’ She was like, ‘Look, sometimes it’s going to suck. Sometimes you’re going to have to pause, not start the match until the audience starts. Look at them, baby or heel. You really don’t have to switch up what you do.'”
“[It was] just sort of talking your sh*t to the crowd, talk sh*t to your opponent. It’s still doing the same thing. She was giving me just more-so character advice and just telling me, ‘Have fun, be in the moment. Don’t stress about it. You mess up, you’re not even a year in. You’re good.'”