RUMBLE: What’s it like being
a TNA Knockout?
Velvet: It’s actually an honour to be a TNA Knockout. We get to
have so many great experiences. First and foremost, on the road.
We get to travel all over the United States and all over the world.
I’ve been to more places in this world being a TNA Knockout that
I would have ever imagined just being a plane Jane working an
everyday 9-5 job kind of girl. I’m really blessed and I’m really
lucky to have had this opportunity thus far and I’m just looking
forward to the future. We have a great group of girls here and
everybody brings something new to the table each time. Everybody
is always on their A game. Being a TNA Knockout is pretty cool.
RUMBLE: You’ve got an incredible figure
and you’ve gotta be in tip top shape for what you do, what’s your
fitness routine consist of?
Velvet: This is actually the million dollar question. I have more
people ask me this than anything. I’m going to be completely honest
here, and you can print this or not print this, but I actually
do not have a fitness routine at all. I never have. I have a gym
membership but that’s just to keep up on my cardio or if I feel
like toning up here and there when I’m home. I don’t ever go to
the gym on the road. It’s pretty much a waste of money because
I have it but I hardly use it. It’s just my metabolism and my
good family genes that I have! I can thank my parents for that!
And I eat like there’s no tomorrow.
RUMBLE: You’ve had some great moments in
your career, what is your most memorable?
Velvet: I got the call from TNA back in 2007 to be a part of the
Bound for Glory women’s match for the TNA Knockouts title. I am
very lucky to have been chosen to be one of those girls to come
in because there’s so much great talent out there. It was really
an honour for me to have gotten a phone call from Terry Taylor
asking me to be a part of it. But the greatest moment in my career
was after Bound for Glory when Terry Taylor called me and told
me TNA wanted to sign me and offered me a contract.
RUMBLE: Going back a little, how did you
get into pro-wrestling?
Velvet: I’ve always been an athletic type of girl, from a very
young age. From the age of 7, I was involved in the neighbourhood
softball league. My parents were very athletic so they got me
into it. All through middle school I did cheerleading and softball.
In high school I did cheerleading, softball, track, and cross
country. So I do have that athletic gene. After high school I
knew I still wanted to stay involved athletically somehow. I would
still play city league softball here and there but it was only
a couple times a week and then when the season was over, it was
over. In pro-wrestling our season doesn’t end, it’s year round.
One thing lead to another after high school and I knew I didn’t
want a regular job. I knew I had a lot more to offer. I wanted
to stay athletic still and get my face and name out there. There
was a wrestling school down the street from where I lived. I went
there and talked to the trainer, former ECW star Jason Knight.
His school was the House of Pain Pro Wrestling Dojo. We exchanged
numbers and I started training there and before I knew it I was
doing Indy shows. And now I’m here at TNA!
RUMBLE: How did the name Velvet Sky come
about? Great name by the way.
Velvet: Actually there really is no story to the name Velvet Sky.
I believe Vince Russo came up with it. I kind of didn’t like it
at first but it’s really grown on me and I like it now.
RUMBLE: What were you doing prior to your
Velvet: Going back 10 years ago, I was graduating high school
and I went to college for about a year and a half. This was when
I was really a huge wrestling fan. Every Monday night my buddies
and I would pile into my dorm room and watch wrestling on TV.
I knew back then that this was what I was meant to do. I also
knew that I couldn’t do wrestling and go to college. So I followed
my dream and I followed my heart. I left college and started to
pursue my wrestling career.
RUMBLE: What do you enjoy most about pro-wrestling
and the job you do?
Velvet: Going back to the first question, the best part about
my job is that I get to travel the world. I’ve been to so many
places I can’t even remember them all! I’ve had the opportunity
to see so much of the world with TNA. That, in my opinion, is
the best part of my job.
RUMBLE: Did you ever think you would reach
this kind of status in the pro-wrestling world?
Velvet: I always believed in myself. I always hoped I would. I
hoped that all my hard work would pay off. I worked my butt off
on the Indy’s for 5 or 6 years before I got the phone call to
come to TNA. I feel like there was a lot of hope back then but
to be living that out right now is just a dream come true for
RUMBLE: What can fans expect to see from
Velvet Sky in the future?
Velvet: More action! And of course another reign with the Knockout
RUMBLE: Where can fans see more of you?
Velvet: I’ve never jumped on the twitter bandwagon, I don’t “toot”.
I don’t have facebook. I have myspace still. I’m completely old
school. You can find me at www.myspace.com/talia_doll or at my
www.skysohigh.net. And obviously at www.tnawrestling.com!