Raquel Rodriguez is eager to learn and take advice from other women on the WWE main roster.
Ahead of tonight’s WWE Elimination Chamber premium live event, Raquel Rodriguez spoke with John Pollock of POST Wrestling to discuss a wide variety of subjects. When asked who she gets advice from in WWE, Rodriguez mentioned Rhea Ripley, Beth Phoenix, and Natalya as who she goes to for advice on the main roster.
“Yeah, definitely. I mean, I’ve looked to Rhea Ripley a lot because we are close friends, frenemies, whatever you want to call us. But she has had her experience on the main roster for a little bit longer than I have,” Raquel Rodriguez said. “So I do go to her for a lot of advice, especially when it comes to these bigger events like Elimination Chamber, and I know she’s going to be here this weekend as well facing Beth Phoenix.
“I’ve also had the opportunity of talking with Beth as well, and she’s someone that I’ve looked up to my entire career since I was a little girl because she is one of the stronger women. She’s always been presented as a stronger bigger woman, and that’s something that I really looked up to as an idol, someone who struggled with the way they looked and always being different. I finally learned to hone in on my size and use it to my advantage and be very proud of it because it’s something that I bring that’s different to the table.
“And I’ve also actually looked to Natalya a lot as well. And you know, she’s been, you know, she’s one of the longest women on the roster, but she has the most knowledge and experience, and not only that she’s so amazing to share it all with us because she’s so willing to share it with us. She’s so willing to give us her experiences, to give us her knowledge, to give us her advice. And I take every single word for what it is, and I love that she is willing to just pass that down to everyone else and share that with us, and even getting the opportunity to share the ring with her is always such an amazing experience because she’s just amazing. I love her.”
When asked if she goes back and watches her old work from NXT to see her progression, Rodriguez admits that she does and that it helps her correct a lot of mistakes in her game in the process.
“Yeah, I definitely am watching a little bit of my younger self because it helps me realize a lot of mistakes I might have made then and a lot of ways that I can correct it now if I’m still making those mistakes,” Raquel Rodriguez said. “It kind of makes me think, ‘Oh, I still do that. that’s not good.’ So it’s little things that you can pick up every now and then, even if it’s the slightest bit of changes, but it also helps me remember what I used to bring to the table and what was effective, and maybe I’ve forgotten it along the way because other things have kind of come into my arsenal, so it’s nice to go back and pull that out of your back pocket and be like, I bet they haven’t seen this, but I just rewatched it now I’m gonna use it.”
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