'Total Divas' Q&A: Eva Marie

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July 24, 2013

WWE.com: What are your personal goals? What do you hope to accomplish in WWE?

Eva Marie: There’s so much that I want to do. I want the title, of course. Who doesn’t want the Divas Championship? AJ, I'm coming for you!

What also attracted me to WWE is their charity and how they do so much with the military. My dad was a Marine. I want to be able to serve the troops and go overseas to support them. I also want to have my own nonprofit organization because my dad was diagnosed with colon cancer when I was 15. He’s still fighting it. It’s a constant battle. Sometimes he’s in remission and sometimes he’s fighting it, like now, and he’s fought it for so long. I just want to be able to help people out there, as well, with that. That’s one of the main things I’d like to do, get the word out there and be a good role model.

Photos: Divas join the Komen Race for the Cure

WWE.com: On “Total Divas,” specifically, so far, you’re walking with The Bellas, Natalya and The Funkadactyls. Even in the general Divas locker room, what advice and wisdom is being passed down to you? What sticks out to you as that real all-encompassing wisdom that you need to be a successful WWE Diva?

Eva Marie: Walking into WWE and being a Diva, everybody here is super respectful. That is huge to know because everybody here that’s before us has paved the way. For example, I’m able to train at the Performance Center that’s now open, and that’s because of everybody that was before me. When I come in here, I make sure I shake everybody’s hand, try to be respectful and try to learn from all of them. When we got off the plane for WrestleMania, Natalya took us under her wing. She’s kind of showed us the ropes, like, “Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to get here a little early and get in the ring.” Certain things like that have been really helpful because I’m not going to lie — it’s definitely intimidating walking in and seeing all these Superstars. You get star-struck. You watch these guys on Raw and on SmackDown and to be actually seeing them face-to-face is an awesome experience.

WWE.com: You talked about the Performance Center; how does it feel to be part of a new generation —and the first generation to have anything to do with the Performance Center, which is this huge major event and milestone in WWE history?

Video: Tour the Performance Center with Triple H

Eva Marie: I feel so privileged because it is the first year of it opening.  Coming in, I feel like I am the future. We are the future. At the Performance Center, there really is no excuse for bad matches or not being able to perform to the best of your ability because it really is state-of-the-art. If you go to the NFL, their training camp is just like that. It’s amazing. It has seven rings in it. It’s so crazy. I feel so honored to be a part of that step in that phase. I really feel like I have the best of both worlds. I get to train there and I’m also over here doing this, as well.

Watch the Performance Center's grand unveiling

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