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Tamother on Chasing Glory
By Ninja Balenciaga
Sorry, I didn't do a recap for the Molly Holly episode last week. There was A LOT of faith/god talk. I'm a heathen, so I didn't feel like bursting into flames while typing up the highlights. Anyway, she's got Tamina on this week. I'm about halfway through now.
UPDATING with notes on the second half of the interview.
Tamina is a fan of Chasing Glory. Was marking out that Lilian asked her to be on. She didn't get picked up during her first tryout. Was told that she needed to lose weight. Didn't fit what they were looking for in Divas at that time, so she went back to Afa's school to train more. Gets emotional talking about the first time her father taught her how to do the Superfly Splash. Wrestled Mickie James during her next tryout. Jamie Noble produced the tryout match. They asked her to miss the splash and she didn't know how to sell missing it. Johnny Ace signed her later that night. Moved around a lot growing up. Her parents divorced. When she was with her Dad, education wasn't a priority and she would go on the road sometimes. Her Dad was illiterate, couldn't read or write. Education was important to her Mom and that side of the family. Tamina said Dwayne told her that no matter what always be good to people and be humble, which was similar advice that she also got from her Dad. Lilian says Dwayne is the reason why she started singing the national anthems. He knew that she sang. WWE would always play an instrumental of the anthem before live events. He asked her if she could sing it one day at a live event and she ended up singing it all of the live events that weekend. It got back to Vince and then she's been singing it ever since. Lilian mentions that she always sees Tamina stand up for others, but hasn't seen her stand up for herself. Doesn't think that Tamina has really asked or gone after opportunities. Tamina feels like it's a cultural thing and from how she was brought up as the middle child in her family. Being very respectful, especially to elders & people in power. Feels like she needs to be respectful to Vince, Hunter & Steph, trusts them and will do what they need her to do even though sometimes in the back of her mind she knows that she might be a better wrestler or that she's getting buried. Would like to put herself over a little bit more, but puts her pride aside. Oooh Lilian is challenging her, y'all. Lil brings up Dwayne again, says he was always humble but still went after what he wanted. Thinks Tamina is too humble. Let me get my popcorn ready. Brings up that Tamina has been there for nearly 10 years and only just got her first shirt at Evolution. Tamina counters that Team BAD had a shirt, but felt grateful & blessed to have her own shirt. Would question herself when she saw new girls get called up and get shirts & big pushes right away. Got shredded & into the best shape of her life, felt confident about her in-ring work, even had The Rock's ex-wife Dany Garcia being her mentor at the time and still never got a run as champion. Doubted herself. Her Dad told her to keep going, grinding & shining, eventually it will come, just still be good to people. Lilian is getting messy. Asks Tamina how it felt when Nia came in and became champion after not very long and didn't have to shred all that weight. Tamina was in gorilla when Nia got the title at Mania. She was so happy for her, but also thought what could I have done to get the championship or what more could I have done? Recognizes that she is the first Polynesian woman on the WWE roster, wanted to be the first one to get the title. But gives props to Nia for doing it. Doesn't know if it will ever happen for her, but she's going to keep pushing. Looks back on when she was starting out in WWE and thinks that she should have protected herself better. Loves the new girls that have come up and that she gets to keep up with them. Still good friends with her ex-husband. Moved to Hawaii and went back to college as a single Mom with two kids after the split. Her kids are her life. She gets emotional talking about them. Says they are her strength to still be doing what she does. Prior to getting married and having kids, she was going to pursue wrestling, but that didn't work out at the time. After the divorce, her aunt said that she really should try it. Dany Garcia gave her the encouragement and belief to try to get into wrestling. Lilian mentions that at times she's had to announce her as Tamina Snuka and other times as just Tamina. She uses that as a way to ask Tamina about the murder allegations about Tamina's father. Tamina says she really doesn't know much about it. She was really young when it happened and everything resurfaced due to a book that was written. She did have a conversation with her Dad about it but feels it's best to stay away from all that and tried to just be supportive of her Dad. When she was in high school, a guy was harassing her sister while they were partying in the club. So she ran out and beat his ass. When the police were trying to pull her off the guy, she kicked an officer in the balls. She got arrested and had to spend the night in jail. The women's cells were full, so they put her with the men. She was only 18. Gets emotional talking about her father being gone. Talks about missing him and how much he supported her. Talks about all of these first-ever women's moments and that he isn't here to see them, but knows he's always with her spiritually. Lilian says the fans are finally starting to get into Tamina. Tamina says she wants to have a program against Nia. And wants to get more time on the microphone and to cut a promo on the fans. Lil says Tamina needs to get fired up more and says her being overly humble is unfair to the WWE universe. Tamina refers to herself as the "Sultress of Savagery" and that she's ready for that to come out.
Raw December 31, 2018: Spoilers | New Years Eve
Backstage Segment: Natalya announces she will be in the 2019 Women's Royal Rumble match, Nia Jax & Tamina attack her
Six Woman Tag: Bayley, Sasha Banks & Ember Moon defeated The Riot Squad (Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan)
Segment: Alexa Bliss announces her new talk show "Moment of Bliss" will premier next week and her first guest will be Ronda Rousey
Tag Team Match: Ronda Rousey & Natalya defeat Nia Jax & Tamina (this was the main event of RAW)
Source - https://www.wrestlinginc.com/news/2018/12/live-spoilers-for-monday-wwe-raw-on-nye-649276/