Former WWE announcer, Lilian Garcia opened up about leaving WWE in an interview with the Chris Van Vliet Show.
Garcia explained she planned to start a family when she left WWE in 2009:
“I got married literally the week right after I left. I left in September. I believe it was the 21st, and then, on the 28th, I was getting married. So, it was from one Monday to another… So, we got married in 2009 and found out in 2010 that we couldn’t have kids. So now, that plan went out the door.”
The 54-year-old stated she attended the SummerSlam 2011 after party and got the itch to return to WWE:
“When I saw them, I missed them. They were like my family. At that point, I was like, ‘No, I love you, thank you.’ I didn’t even have any intention… And in November of that year, I was getting sad. I was sad not to be part of it. I felt like I had more still to offer, and so I reached out to him [Kevin Dunn], and I was like, ‘Hey, so are you serious about this?’ And he’s like, ‘Your timing couldn’t be more perfect.’ He’s like, ‘We have Tribute to the Troops coming up and we want you to sing.’ The next thing you knew, I was back.”
Lilian Garcia returned to WWE in December 2011 and stayed with the company for another five years before departing the sports entertainment powerhouse once more.
On her reasons for leaving again, Garcia explained:
“That was so hard, and I wasn’t intending to leave the company. At this point, I had put 15 years in but I still was okay with staying. I loved it, but then when [my father] got really sick, he told us he had two weeks to three months to live. It was kind of like, the decision was made and it was okay because I took care of him. And during that time, he’s like, ‘Lil, I don’t want you to sit here and watch me die. What can you be doing next? I feel bad that you’re not there anymore.’ I was like, ‘Well, I had this idea in 2004 for this little show that I thought would be really cool to talk to the superstars’. And it all started with the females.”
That little show would in 2016, become Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast.
You can now watch Chasing Glory on the WWE Network.
h/t to Wrestling Inc. for transcription.