Appearing on her podcast Grown Ass Women, former WWE Women’s Champion Victoria has recalled being star struck during her first meeting with The Rock.
Looking back on the meeting, Victoria said that she struggled to keep her cool, as The Rock of all people, revealed how he used to be terrible at promos!
Victoria said that she bumped into The Great One backstage when she was appearing in OVW, and unsurprisingly struggled to act normally.
“I was at OVW and I went backstage, I don’t know what the hell I was doing backstage. They kept bringing me back and forth. I didn’t know whether to call him Dwayne or Rock. He came up to me and was like, ‘Are you Victoria? I heard a lot about how you’re working at OVW and how we’re excited about having you come up.’ I go, ‘I really need to work on my promos.’ He goes, ‘I was awful at promos.’ This is coming from a guy who is great on the mic. He says, ‘You’ll get better and better. I was terrible at the beginning.’ I was trying to act normal and cool. He says, ‘Welcome aboard, welcome to the company.’ He walked away and I was like, ‘Holy shit, oh my God. That’s The Rock.’ He’s one of the nicest guys in the business,”
After being called up to the main roster, Victoria went on to win the Women’s Title on two occasions. Victoria would later leave WWE going on to enjoy a successful run in TNA, winning the Knockouts Title five times.
While Victoria has effectively wound down her career, the star returned to the ring at the 2021 Royal Rumble. The appearance was her first in WWE in 12 years. Reflecting on her brief comeback, Victoria revealed that she doubted her in-ring skils in the run up to the match.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.