Former IMPACT Wrestling Star Claims Someone Within WWE Blocked Royal Rumble Appearance

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Over the course of her near-two decade in-ring carer, ODB became part of the fabric of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. Although she appeared elsewhere, notably in Ring of Honor, it with IMPACT that she undoubtedly found the most success after leaving WWE’s developmental system.

After joining the company in 2007, ODB won the Knockouts Championship four times, while also enjoying a run as Knockouts Tag Team Champion.

The star hasn’t wrestled for a major company since finishing her latest run with IMPACT back in early 2021, instead devoting her time to her food truck business. However, she did recently make an appearance on the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast where she was asked about a potential switch to WWE. Interestingly, ODB revealed that at one point an appearance was on the cards, but it was blocked.

Someone Within WWE Prevented ODB Royal Rumble Appearance

During the conversation the former Knockouts Champion said that she had always wanted to go to WWE, before explaining that discussions had been held.

“You know, with WWE, yeah, I always wanted to go there and maybe because, you know, you got the [Royal] Rumble. I did get a call for the Rumble but it didn’t work out.

They wanted me but of course a person upper… someone turned it down. But I did get a couple calls.”

Before finding her way to what was then TNA, ODB appeared in Ohio Valley Wrestling which was WWE’s most well known developmental territory before the advent of NXT. Recalling her stint under the watchful eye of WWE, the star described the experience as frustrating.

“Yeah, it was frustrating when I was at OVW. I’m not getting paid so I had to bartend on the side or bounce at a bar while everyone else is, you know, getting like $750 a week I think they were back then and then, you’d have these girls that didn’t know about wrestling. I mean it really didn’t get to me that much because I’m like, ah, I’m not gonna be that person, you know? I’m just like, whatever.

That’s what they’re looking for now… Got a little frustrating but I just used it more and I just said, well, I’ll just keep doing me… but for some reason, they just never… Nowadays, it’s like they’re all different which is good. It’s always weird. They always do, one year, they want sexiness and that’s all they want. Another year, they want, you know, big bad chicks with tattoos, colored hair and sh*t, you know? You never know [ODB laughed].”

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