Miss. Money In The Bank, Carmella spoke to Gorilla Position about her rise to the top of the blue brand’s women’s division. She talked about the Money In The Bank match, James Ellsworth, and much more. Here are some highlights:
Her feelings about the Women’s Money In The Bank Match and the subsequent controversial victory?
“When I first found out that we were having a ladder match I was a little scared. I’m kind of a small girl so I was a little nervous about jumping off ladders and taking big falls, but I persevered and not only did I get to be part of the match but I got to be the winner – not once but twice. It was exciting, fun and scary all rolled into one. It was the best feeling ever, and I’ve loved shoving in everyone’s face that didn’t believe in me, everyone who told me I would never do anything in WWE other than a cheerleader. It really cemented myself in the history books, and whatever happens from now on I’ll always be Ms. Money In The Bank. It was a really satisfying moment.”
On people saying it may have been a little early in your career, especially given the caliber of talent in that match?
“This is only the beginning of my career. I know I’m not Charlotte Flair, I’m not Becky Lynch, I’m not Sasha Banks, but you know what? I don’t really care because I’m Carmella. I don’t want to be like anyone else, I’m me and I’m the best version of myself I can be. You can compare me to those as much as you want but I’m here to make history. Are any of those girls Miss Money In The Bank? No, but I am.”
How she’s enjoyed the past year on SmackDown Live?
“What a year for the SmackDown women’s division and for me personally, I can’t believe what we’ve done. The girls main evented SmackDown with a cage match, we had the first ever women’s Money In The Bank match and the No DQ match I had with Nikki Bella. If you would have asked me this time last year all of the things that would happen I wouldn’t have believed you, but it’s happening and we’re making history. I’m the first ever two-time Ms. Money In The Bank, I’ve been able to have matches with some incredible talent, it’s like a dream come true.”
On James Ellsworth as part of the Carmella package?
“He’s the man, he’s a really good friend of mine and because of him, I’m at where I’m at, because of our friendship. I don’t think anyone saw me being with James Ellsworth coming, but it got people talking and it’s different, you really see a woman with a male manager. I really enjoyed the controversy around the Money In The Bank Ladder Match because everyone was so upset about, and I loved it. It’s been a lot of fun and I think we make a great team.”
On her looking forward to SummerSlam and plans for her Money In The Bank briefcase?
“I can’t wait for SummerSlam and especially as it’s in New York, which is always very special. Summertime in New York is always a lot of fun and I can’t wait for my second SummerSlam. At the moment my plan is to hold onto the contract as long as I can. I’m messing with Naomi right now because she has the title, but who knows how long she’ll have that and maybe I’ll cash it in soon or maybe I won’t. I like to catch whoever it will be off-guard, so I’m not going to reveal my plans just yet.”
You can read the full interview here.