Miss Fabulous recently appeared as a guest on AfterBuzz TV’s Lillian Garcia: Making Their Way To The Ring and dished on a number of topics, including rumors about why she started dating Big Cass, how Byron Saxton helped her develop her character and how she felt when she wasn’t called up to the main roster with Enzo Amore & Cass.
Carmella said one of the harder things for her to deal with early on was not getting promoted with her boys. Here’s what she had to say:
“I was devastated, I really was. It was right around this time last year. It was right after TakeOver and I had been on the road with them. We were going and doing loops for you know, um, the main roster, and I was with them every single time they even did a Pay Per View. They did Roadblock, um, on the main roster, and I was always with them.
So, to me, I was just thinking, oh, this is a package deal, and everyone was telling us this was a package deal, and, ah, so I’m thinking, ok, this is cool, like, I’m excited. And then the night of, um, TakeOver last year, Hunter had pulled the boys aside to tell them that they were going up, and then I had already gone on the bus to leave and then someone came on the bus, and was like, ‘oh, um, Hunter wants to talk to you,’ and I’m thinking, ‘oh my God, this is it. Like, we’re going up.’ Like, I was so excited, so I got pulled up and it was just me, and the boys weren’t there so I’m thinking, ‘ok, this is weird,’..and Cass, I had seen him, like, I walked past him to go, and he was just kinda, ‘look,’ and I just knew at that moment the way he was looking at me.
So, I got into the room with, um, Hunter and Matt Bloom and he said, ‘okay so I just, ah, wanna let you know, ah, Cass and Enzo are, they’re going up on Monday, and you will not be going with them and I did everything I could not to cry for so many different reasons.
A.) because this is my boyfriend, and I spent the last almost like two and half years with him, um, and now I’m losing him was like my first thought, and then, second, I’m thinking well, then, what am I gonna do? Like, this is all I’ve known, being in wrestling was being with them. My whole gimmick was around them. They said, ‘bada boom, realest guys in the room,’ I said, ‘bada bing hottest chick in the ring.’ That was like our thing.”
Carmella said Triple H didn’t leave her behind because he didn’t believe in her. In fact, she said the opposite of that was the truth. Here is what she said about what Triple H told her:
“When Hunter told me, he said the reason why you’re not going with them is because you have the ability to make it on your own. You’re not just a hype girl for Cass and Enzo. You’re not. I see more in you. You have more potential and you’re gonna be fine on your own.”
Carmella said, in addition to weekly meetings with Dusty Rhodes, Byron Saxton was most helpful in developing her WWE persona. Here’s what she said about that:
“Actually, Byron Saxton helped me so much with Carmella. Yes, he helped me so much…so I knew when I got the name Carmella I wanted to do like a mafia, like, mob wife feel because I come from an Italian family and I wanted to, like, bring that into it.
So, I started like coming up with all these ideas, and I went to him and I was, like, ok, I have this idea, like, Carmella, like, Staten Island, or, actually, I didn’t say Staten Island. I just said, ‘Carmella, like, mafia, whatever. And then he’s the one who came up with Staten Island because Sasha was already from Boston, so they couldn’t, we couldn’t, really do it that way.
So, I said, ‘ok, well, I guess I have to learn a New York accent now which, um, was really fun, um, but he was, like, he started, like, looking at his nails, like, he just transformed himself into this character. And I’m, like, this, this is exactly how I picture her. He’s looking at his nails, and he’s, like, ah, Paige was the NXT Women’s Champion at the time, and we were talking about this promo that I was gonna do in promo class, and he was like, ‘Paige, like, what is that? Like, a book or something Paige?’ And I’m, like, ‘Byron, yes!’ This is, this is, it just works. And, like, from that point on from that meeting with him I’m, like, ‘okay, I know what I’m doing. I know who Carmella is.’ I wrote this whole back stor,y and, you know, everything about her. And now I just, like, I know who she is, and she’s freakin’ fabulous.”