NXT Superstar Raquel Gonzalez revealed which wrestlers inspire her in an exclusive interview with TVInsider.
On being influenced by WWE legends such as The Undertaker and Kane, Gonzalez said:
“I studied Stan Hansen for so long because of his wild aggression and grittiness. That’s something I try to portray because I am a big, strong powerhouse. I’m also gritty. I also watched a lot of Madusa. I just loved the way she moved in the ring. Her athletic ability, her creativeness, her skillset. It was different stuff she did for women’s wrestling. I take a little from Eddie [Guerrero] with his style and attitude. Then I watch The Undertaker and Kane and their stature and how they carry themselves as the big men on the roster.”
Gonzalez debuted with WWE in 2017, originally under the ring name, Reina Gonzalez before switching to her current moniker at NXT: Portland on February 16, 2020.
The 29-year-old also explained how she was flattered that her tag team with Dakota Kai was being compared to the ‘Two Dudes With Attitudes’ team of WWE Hall of Famers, Shawn Michaels and Diesel:
“It’s an absolute honour to be compared to two legends. It’s mind blowing. Us being paired together has been a learning process and confidence boost for us both. She brings so much more to the ring than I do. I give her that power and strength boost. It has given us a confidence we didn’t have in our own selves. Even though we are taking care of our separate businesses, we’re still there together.”
You can catch Raquel Gonzalez in action each Wednesday night on NXT.