Shotzi Blackheart On Why She Was Pulled From Tough Enough, Being In The Women’s Royal Rumble & More!

NXT Superstar was recently the guest on Chasing Glory. Here are some highlights….

On what sparked her interest in becoming a wrestler:

“Well, I was never a huge fan of wrestling. Like, my brother was super into it and I would watch it when he did, or like, play the video games with him. But after leaving L.A. and moving back home, me and my sister were watching Monday Night RAW one day, and my sister was like, ‘Man, I want to be a valet for these guys.’ And I think it was The Wyatt Family on TV, and I was like, ‘Girl, we should be a tag team.’ And she was down for it, but I was the only one who pursued it.”

On why she was taken out of Tough Enough:

“So I think a year into my training, I got onto Tough Enough and I made it into the house; I was, like, the top 13. And they told me that I couldn’t do it because they found that I had a heart condition, so I had to leave the show. I was devastated and really scared because I didn’t know I had anything wrong with me whatsoever.”

On her second tryout with WWE:

“So after I did the two-day heart holter, I sent those tests back to WWE and they said that I could come back for another tryout. So I set one up maybe four months later. I came back, but by then [they said], ‘There’s nothing for you right now.’ And then, at that point, I was kind of over it, like, not over my dream, but over chasing WWE,” she clarified before continuing on about her journey. “I was like, I’m going to leave and I’m going to go to the indies, and I’m going to make so much noise that they’re going to hit me up the next time they talk to me. And that’s exactly what happened.”

On being a part of the Women’s Royal Rumble:

“It was really unbelievable. They told me the day before; they were like, ‘Hey, we need you to go to Texas. You’re going to be a stand-in for the Rumble.’ I was at the rehearsals for the Rumble still not knowing I was in it, and then they got to my number, and they were like, ‘Okay, Shotzi Blackheart, you’re going to come out at this number.’ I was like, ‘Wait, I thought I was just here as a stand-in.'”

“So I found out the night before and I didn’t even get to process. I was like, ‘I don’t have any cool Rumble gear. I was like, ‘wait, there was this outfit I wore two months ago in a hardcore match that still has some droplets of blood from my opponent on it, and now, I’m wrestling in front of 60,000 people at the Royal Rumble in the same gear.’ I took a second to look around and go, ‘Wow, there’s a lot of people here!'”

On being contacted for Halloween Havoc:

“The writers called me and they were like, ‘Hey, just so you know, we’re doing Halloween Havoc.’ And I was like, ‘Sick! That’s one of my favorite pay-per-views. I talked about what I would probably wrestle in and they told me that I wasn’t going to wrestle, but instead, they wanted me to host it. I was like, ‘Woah, what?!’ They kept saying that I was the perfect fit for it. I was like, ‘Yeah, I agree. I just didn’t think y’all knew.'”

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Huskie Howard

Huskie Howard is the owner and editor-in-chief of He is a long time contributor to, where he is known for his extensive coverage of Ohio pro wrestling and interviews with the stars of the Ohio pro wrestling scene.

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