Former NXT Talent Alyssa Marino Comments On Getting A Chance To Work In WWE, More


During a recent interview with VOC Nation’s My Big Break, former WWE NXT talent Alyssa Marino (Kathy Campanelli) commented on getting a chance to work in WWE, how she became a wrestling fan, and more. You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On how she became a wrestling fan: “I watched when I was very, very little with my great grandfather, and then I stopped for the longest time. It wasn’t until I moved out to LA in 2016 that I really started diving back in. And that was when I started going through the catalog of everything that I had missed along the way… I think I just wanted to explore; I had a real thirst for the knowledge…so I wanted to dive in and do all my research.”

On her move to LA: “One of the first things I actually did out there was, I took a class about writing comic books… I don’t think entertainment was really on the forefront of my mind; I didn’t go out there (to) pursue acting or even singing. I don’t think that was something I intended to do.”

On getting her first opportunity out of wrestling school: “One of the things (Santino Bros Wrestling School teaches is) having respect (for the business), going and making yourself available, and getting (to the point) where you can fit in. So a lot of the time I would just go to set up, or go and do ring crew, and one of the things they always say is ‘always bring your gear’. So I was always prepared in case anything were to happen… I remember one of the first times going to Championship Wrestling from Hollywood; a group of us from the manager class went with the intention (that we’re) going to help with the ring… After we get done setting up the ring, they were getting set up for pre-taped interviews. Jeremy Marcus, who is now I think a referee for New Japan, said ‘is (interviewing) something you’re interested in doing?’ I said absolutely…I was so hungry and I wanted to try and learn everything, so I (just said) yes… It just kind of happened that I got to do a little interview audition there.”

On getting a spot with WWE: “I actually ended up filling out a profile on the careers site, and kind of went from there… I don’t know if my name had gone around or anything like that, but I ended up having an audition I think in October, and I moved (to Orlando) in January.”

On when she hosted a WWE event: “It was actually Tomasso Ciampa who gave the (seminar) with the (wrestlers) in attendance. I remember one of the things he said was, ‘do things that showcase your best work. Don’t try and do something beyond what you would normally do. Be 100% you and do what you do.’…so I go up to Ciampa, and I (said) ‘is there anyway I can do commentary for the practice matches. I can just record it, so I can do what I do.’ It was the first time I had really taken a chance on myself.”

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