Although she has a two-decade career under her belt, Natalya has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.
WWE will return to the famed Saddledome in Calgary in August for a televised event for the first time in a decade.
The last time Natalya wrestled in her hometown was on the May 27th, 2013 edition of Raw where she accompanied Brodus Clay, Tensai, and The Great Khali in their victory over 3Mb – Drew McIntyre, Heath Slater, and Jinder Mahal. Afterwards, she was treated to a birthday celebration that included Khali singing “Happy Birthday.”
When she was asked if this could be her last time competing there, the former SmackDown Women’s Champion said she doesn’t think it will be, but won’t take the opportunity for granted.
“I don’t think it will be my last time, but it definitely is something that I wouldn’t take for granted (if it were). Nobody knows what tomorrow is going to bring. That’s the kind of unpredictability of life, but it’s something I won’t take for granted performing in Calgary.”
Natalya doesn’t plan to retire from WWE anytime soon
Calgary is synonymous with the star’s famous family, The Harts as it was the place Stu Hart founded and ran Stampede Wrestling as well as training aspiring wrestlers in the infamous ‘Hart Dungeon.’
With her and her family’s history in the city, it’s no surprise that if she were able to “pick her ending”, then Calgary would be the perfect place.
“I mean, that’s the dream of every wrestler, I think, to be able to pick their ending, to pick the day that they don’t want to do this anymore or the day that they want to retire or the day.
“It’s like that perfect fairy tale ending. For me, I don’t know when my last day will be, and I have no intentions of retiring anytime soon, but if I could pick a place where I would have a last match per se, I don’t think there would be a place more perfect than Calgary.
“And when and if that day comes — maybe I could put it out there to the wrestling gods — that that’s the place that I would like to celebrate the ending of my career.”
Natalya was last seen wrestling at Night of Champions in Saudi Arabia. There she challenged Rhea Ripley for the Raw Women’s Championship only to be defeated in just over a minute by The Nightmare.