Throughout Natalya’s six years at WWE, the Hart Dungeon–trained Diva’s many accolades include competing at WrestleMania, becoming a reality TV star and a red carpet host, and, of course, holding the Divas Championship. Now the third-generation Diva can add another milestone to her already impressive resume — granting her first individual wish with Make-A-Wish.
“It sounds a little cliché, but I was blown away by the fact that she wanted to meet me,” Natalya told WWECommunity.com. “It was extremely flattering but also very humbling.”
The “Total Divas” star admitted she was nervous to meet Alexis, 17, of Richlands, N.C. Natalya has participated in many Make-A-Wish events throughout her career, but this was the first time she was individually requested by a WWE Circle of Champions honoree.
“Both of us were nervous when we met each other, but then afterward we were just like two girls, chatting about clothes and hair and makeup and boys and my cat, Gizmo. It was just really cool,” Natalya explained. “They ended up having to drag me away from her, because I had a match right after. So they were like, ‘Nattie, you have to go now!’ I was like, ‘OK,’ but I kept on chatting!”
Natalya wanted to leave a lasting impression on Alexis and opened her own closet to share a special memento with the Make-A-Wish teen.
“I found my ring jacket that I wore in my very first WrestleMania — WrestleMania XXV. I wore it to walk down to the ring in front of 80,000 people in the 25-Diva Battle Royal, which was monumental for me because it was the first WrestleMania I was in,” Natalya said. “I hope it’s something that she’ll have forever. It was special to me and now it’s even more special that she has it.”
While the third-generation Diva has a long way to go to catch up to John Cena’s record-breaking 350-plus wishes granted through Make-A-Wish, she hopes her first is one of many.
“It’s such a huge honor. It reminds us that to use whatever little influence we have in the world to kind of give back to others. To me, it’s more powerful than any match I could be in or any championship I could have,” she said.
“For us to be able to take 20 minutes out of our day to change their entire perspective and give them something to look forward to, it’s everything.”