In an interview with Pro Wrestling Illustrated‘s PWI Podcast, Charlotte revealed who helped her make the decision to become a pro wrestler.
On Being Voted Rookie of the Year by PWI: “I was shocked when I read the news because there’s so much great talent out there, especially this year, especially with NXT getting so much exposure. A lot of talent was shown to the world and to be voted by the fans, especially that they believed in me and they thought that I had progressed enough in a pool of so many amazing talents in NXT—in the whole world, I guess—I’m just honored.”
On who helped her decide to wrestle: “I never in a million years thought that I was going to be a WWE/NXT Diva. I was in Miami when the Four Horsemen were inducted—it was me, my little brother Reid and my dad. We were sitting with Johnny Laurinaitis at dinner and they were just kind of talking and joking like, ‘You know, Ashley, you should really give it a go’ and at that point I was just personal training in Charlotte and my little brother was an aspiring wrestler… and he was pretty much my motivation. I wanted to do it with him and I was like, ‘Sure, why not?’ But of course, my dad had a huge pep talk with me and he said, ‘Listen… if you’re going to do this, you have to put your whole heart into it. Don’t just go down there because this is one huge opportunity and it’s not easy. You need to get mentally tough and you have to put everything into it, as much as volleyball, gymnastics, cheerleading—into it to wrestling NXT.”