One of AEW Dark‘s brightest stars recently has undoubtedly been ‘The Pink Dream’ Alex Gracia! The Texas-born star won over the All Elite faithful when she took on Penelope Ford and Ivelisse in recent weeks – but Gracia actually had a WWE tryout within the last few years, and The Pink Dream sat down with Inside The Ropes’ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy to chat about that very experience.
“The WWE tryouts are nothing short of physically and mentally demanding. They really test you to see what you’ve got so, even though it’s difficult, it’s what you prepared for and what you’ve worked for – so having that challenge versus yourself is fun because you feel the growth within yourself once you complete the whole thing.”
Gracia, of course, wouldn’t end up joining the WWE roster following that tryout, but has since come a long way and is working sporadically for AEW, which The Pink Dream opened up about – detailing how it came “full circle” from an EVOLVE tryout!
“When I got called to be an extra, it was my second time doing extra work for AEW – the first time being in Corpus Christi before the pandemic, and I wasn’t able to wrestle – so when I had the chance this second time around, I was beyond thrilled and anxious at the same time. They told me I was going to wrestle Penelope and, for me, that was a full circle moment because I had wrestled Penelope within the first few months of my career at an EVOLVE tryout in Louisiana, WrestleMania Weekend, then I got to wrestle her again but under way different circumstances.”
Gracia also spoke of how Rey Mysterio inspired her, how her dream opponent is Shida for the AEW Women’s Championship and how she’s learned a lot from Thunder Rosa.
Thank you so much to Alex Gracia for taking the time to chat with Inside The Ropes. You can read the entire interview here.