Exclusive interview: Eve Torres on life after WWE

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November 06, 2013

Eve Torres

WWE.COM: Is the Gracie Academy where you met your fiancé, Rener Gracie?

EVE: Yeah, the friend who suggested I go there was dating his brother at the time. After about a year of playing hard to get, we got pretty serious. I was in a relationship with him for just about my entire WWE career, and he was patient long enough. It was time for us to start our life together.

WWE.COM: As part of that new life, you’re still connected with WWE, and recently went backstage to teach some self-defense to the current Divas. How did that come about?

EVE: WWE actually reached out to me. I went to the WWE Performance Center [in Orlando] and worked with the NXT Divas down there. That’s how it started. WWE wanted me to work with the NXT Divas, talk to them about my experiences in WWE and also teach them a seminar. Then they said, while I’m there, because Raw and SmackDown were so close, that I could teach the girls on the main roster as well.

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This is something I had always wanted to do even when I was with WWE, but we’re all so busy and schedules are so crazy that I’m glad I finally had an opportunity to do it. I know all of those girls have been in situations similar to what happened to me because it happens so often. They’re traveling a lot, they’re all beautiful women and they have to face so many situations that the average man doesn’t really even have to think about. So it’s not only about educating them about how to be aware and present themselves, and how to not be a target in the first place; it’s also about instilling them with confidence based in these techniques, so they really feel like they can address the situation if they have to. And they have a plan to fall back on if they really have to.

Eve Torres & Rener GracieWWE.COM: How did the Diva self-defense seminar go?

EVE: They really enjoyed it! Obviously I enjoyed working with them again, and I think for a lot of people, they have a certain idea of what self-defense is: That it’s a lot of groin strikes and eye gouges and palm strikes to the face. I think when you understand that there’s a lot more to it than that, it’s really eye-opening for women.

Everyone did so well, and the girls down at the WWE Performance Center were also very impressive. They learned a lot in one day. Now the question is: Who is going to retain it? They have to continue to practice and they have to practice with one another. But all of them asked great questions, they did really well, and they made my job really easy.

WWE.COM: What was it like to go backstage as an outsider looking in?

EVE: It was so, so good to see everybody. I really miss so many of the people at WWE. I walked in and I felt like, “Oh yeah, I’m just back at work.” I thought referee John Cone was going to tell me I have to see Talent Relations about my appearances that week or something. It was great to connect and see that everybody was still doing well. I’m really happy to see what’s going on with all of the Divas. 

WWE.COM: You accomplished a great deal in WWE. Do you have a favorite match?

EVE: I’d say my Survivor Series [2011] match with Beth Phoenix was my favorite.

WWE.COM: When you took a Glam Slam off the top rope?

EVE: That was the one! [Laughs] It was a really emotional match where you go to the back and say, “Oh my gosh.” It was magic out there. Sometimes you experience magic out in the ring. It was a turning point in my career, and I got to share it with one of my greatest friends, Beth. That one always stands out in my mind.

Watch Eve battle Beth Phoenix at Survivor Series 2011

WWE.COM: On the flipside of that, is there any moment that you’d do differently if you could do it again?

EVE: I can’t really say that I regret anything. I do wish is that I could tell myself back when I started in WWE to listen to myself. There are so many people who are giving you influences, and most of the time, they’re trying to help. But what happens is you lose yourself in all of that. I kind of wish I had found myself a little earlier, so I could have committed to it a little bit sooner in my career. That’s the only advice I would have given to the 2007 Diva Search Eve.

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