Although Tiffany Stratton has been the only NXT Women’s Champion 58 days and countingIt feels like the pride of Prior Lake, Minnesota, has been at the top of the division for far longer than his brief resume suggests.
Despite only working 51 matches as a member of the WWE Universe, 28 of which were televised, Stratton has developed the style, skill and flair that transcended the typical charm of a young Superstar in training to become the outstanding talent that moves off the screen and into the hearts of wrestling fans around the world.
discussed her place in the NXT women’s division in an interview with sports people talking about wrestlingStratton stated that, in her opinion, Shawn Michaels and company have handled the booking of women better than their counterparts on the main roster, and as a result, the future looks promising. Incredibly Bright For The Women Of WWE,
“I think we have a really good women’s division in NXT,” Tiffany Stratton said via Fightul. “I think it is one of the better ones compared to Raw and SmackDown. In NXT, I feel like we have such a spotlight on the women. I definitely think on Raw and Smackdown it’s not as much of a spotlight for women. We have a lot of young talent. For example, Thea Hale is only 19 years old. Roxanne Perez, who is basically 21 years old. Cora Jade, 22. I definitely think the NXT women’s division has a lot of future. I can definitely see a lot of girls taking over on Raw and SmackDown within the next three or four years.
So, with such a strong women’s division in developmental, does Stratton believe Paul “Triple H” Levesque needs to send female performers like “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio, Baron Corbin and Drew Gulak to the men’s division?
Stratton replied, “I certainly don’t feel like it’s needed.” “I think NXT should be just for NXT and the girls in the NXT division. But having someone like Rhea Ripley, Dana Brooke, Natty Neidhart coming in to help the NXT girls and guide them through things and help set them up better helps a lot. Although I think it’s a big help.”
does NXT Do they really have everything they need for growth? Should Ripley have remained nothing more than “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio’s manager, rather than an in-ring performer helping raise the next generation of WWE stars? Maybe yes, maybe not, but considering how strong Stratton has been in her championship reign so far, she doesn’t need to be in the ring with performers like Brooke or Neidhart to prove it, because she’s more or less proved it.
Tiffany Stratton credits Greg Gagne for helping her find her place in WWE.
elsewhere in the conversation with him sports people talking about wrestlingTiffany Stratton was asked about Her relationship with Greg GagneFormer AWA Champion and Son of a Legend verne gagne, Who helped him start his professional wrestling career with Mr. Excellent.
“That was really the reason I got the chance to try out for WWE,” Stratton said via Fightful. “My mother reached out to him. Somehow she knew someone who knew her. At first he did not agree to train me. We persuaded him about such things and told him about our background. He was like, ‘Okay, so this girl is kind of legit.’ Then, he saw me taking a blow, and he said, ‘Well, I think we have something here.’ So he trains me. They called whoever they wanted to in WWE and tried me out because I submitted my application multiple times, and they didn’t even look at me. So he helped me trial with WWE. So he has helped me a lot.”
When asked if there were any lessons in particular he had taken from Gagne, Stratton mentioned one in particular that stuck out in his mind.
Stratton said, “He always told me, ‘Do what you’re told and don’t have an attitude. ‘” “I would say we have bowed our heads a little bit. There were times when we would get into arguments, and I’ve learned my lesson, that I need to keep my mouth shut most of the time, but speak up when you feel you need to. So I would say this is the biggest lesson he has taught me.
Would Stratton have ended up in WWE without Gagne? Maybe yes, maybe not, but after dozens of failed applications to join the Performance Center, Verne’s son found his footing without even wrestling a single indie match, and she’s now arguably one of the top female prospects in the entire WWE system. Funny how it works.