Former three-time Divas Champion Eve Torres sat down with DS Shin from Ring the Belle and discussed her top five fan voted moments of her career. Eve started her career as a Diva Search contestant where she was crowned the winner in 2007. From there she began her training as she was completely green coming into it.
During the interview, Eve relished in the fact that the list that was put together was definitely the peaks of her career. One match, in particular, was a surprise match when Eve was inserted into the Divas Title match at the Royal Rumble in 2011. What was originally a handicap match for Natalya‘s title between her and LayCool turned into a Fatal 4-way.
“It was a surprise to me too. Literally that morning, I find out and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, okay this is happening.’ And you don’t always know the reasons why things turn out the way they did, but I’m glad it did. It was a part of my career, it was a really meaningful match and there were some meaningful stories that were going on for that time.”
Another top moment on the countdown was Eve finally turning heel. For the first half of Eve’s career she was baby face. She felt that once she turned heel she found her element and that is when she really started to enjoy what she was exuding.
“Turning heel was so much fun for me. I was so over being a babyface. I was like no one’s buying this. Let’s just get over it! And having a meaningful story that people connected with a good babyface like Zack Ryder to work with. This was everything to me, and I really started having fun with wrestling.”
Eve’s exit from WWE was during a time where she seemed like she was at the top of her game. It was quite a surprise to many that after she lost her third title reign to Kaitlyn, she quit. She had the following to say about her exit:
“I honestly felt like there was a ceiling for me that I was not able to break. We’ve come so far. Where the women’s division is now if you had told me when I was there that women were gonna headline WrestleMania. I would have said, ‘get out of here. That’s never gonna happen.’ I felt like I was being controlled by other things that weren’t just me or my skill set or my work ethic, and I didn’t like that.”
Speaking of Kaitlyn, Eve was supposed to win a number one contender Battle Royal that ended up not happening due to a slip-up. As a result, Kaitlyn won. This allowed their feud to get heated and eventually lead to their feud.
“Sometimes the best stories come from mistakes. It was basically a botched spot where I was supposed to win and she did. She won the battle royal, and I was in tears afterward. I was like, ‘oh my god I ruined everything.’ But honestly, it created a more interesting story. Had that not happened, it probably would have been a very cookie-cutter Women’s Title experience. It just made it more interesting. So in hindsight, I’m so glad that happened.”
Kaitlyn was the one that took down Eve’s third title reign, but it was a fight to make that happen. She wanted to make an impression and go out by passing the torch. In the end she wanted the title to mean something, and didn’t want to just go out not defending it.
“I told them that I was gonna be moving on from WWE. At the time, they were not investing in women’s stories, and it was gonna be one of those things where I just went away. One thing I wanted when I left was to make this Divas Championship mean something a little bit more than what it did. And to pass that on [to Kaitlyn], I had to work very hard for that. I fought for that moment because they weren’t gonna give it to us. I wanted this title to matter, I wanted women’s wrestling to matter. And it’s a drop in the bucket of where we’re at now, but for me, it was really meaningful that I was finally able to pass something on. That was just special to me.”
Eve comments that she is still a fan of the product and highly invested in the current women within the company. Earlier she mentioned how she felt she wasn’t able to break the glass ceiling. However, one person she would love to get into the ring with has and that is Becky Lynch.
“I am obsessed with the women’s roster right now. There are great talents, but there are so many different characters that I’m just loving. Obviously, I love Becky Lynch. She’s The Man, right? So I would love to face her if I came back. If I stopped having kids, then maybe that will happen.”
To watch the full interview, simply click on the video in the header.
Eve is such a class act, I wish she would’ve stuck around just a little longer. Hope she makes a future rumble appearance.