Natalya has revealed that in the early part of her career WWE instructed her to change her hair to avoid similarities with a Hall of Famer.
SmackDown star Natalya signed with WWE back in 2007 where she initially appeared in developmental territories, Deep South Wrestling, Ohio Valley Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling.
On April 4th 2008 the star made her main roster debut on SmackDown where she joined forces with Victoria.
Over the next 14 years the only ever female graduate from the Hart Family Dungeon established herself as a mainstay of the women’s division, racking up a number of records in the process. At time of writing the star has wrestled more WWE matches than any woman in history, appeared on more pay-per-views than any other female performer, and scored more wins than any other female star.
In responding to a fan on social media, Natalya recently reflected on her early days with WWE in 2008. The former SmackDown Women’s Champion explained that she was instructed to dye her hair to avoid similarities with WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix.
“So many things about the picture on the left. I was asked to dye my hair red so I didn’t look like Beth Phoenix. I hated this color of hair on me! I didn’t have much , so I got the outfit at Bebe Sport and glued on a bunch of crystals myself The glowup has been real..sorta”
So many things about the picture on the left. I was asked to dye my hair red so I didn’t look like Beth Phoenix. I hated this color of hair on me! I didn’t have much💰, so I got the outfit at Bebe Sport and glued on a bunch of crystals myself🤦♀️ The glowup has been real..sorta😜 https://t.co/XcVrUt5JUk
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) September 30, 2022
Natalya hasn’t wrestled on SmackDown since September 9th where she was defeated by Ronda Rousey in a Fatal-Five-Way Elimination Match to earn a shot at Liv Morgan’s SmackDown Women’s Title. With victory, Rousey booked herself a match with Morgan at Extreme Rules.