Getting to know Layla, WWE's newest Diva

WWE Diva Layla El, the winner of the 2006 $250,000 Diva Search, is still in shock over Wednesday’s finale.

Fresh off a life-changing victory, Layla spoke exclusively to WWE.com at WWE Headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thursday morning. Dressed in a bright orange sweater, jeans and leopard print high heels, Layla looked gorgeous, poised and eager to be a part of the WWE family.

“Once it finally sets in, this is going to be the best thing that’s ever happened to me. It’s an opportunity that I feel so privileged to have. And I’m really going to work hard for this,” she said.

Layla was welcomed to the WWE Wednesday night by WWE Diva Ashley, and has already experienced the rough and tough world of WWE. She was so overwhelmed and excited during the finale, she didn’t realize she severely bruised her hand during the bikini arm wrestling contest and while pushing finale host Todd Grisham to the ground during her sexy dance. Her right hand was swollen and bruised, but that didn’t stop her from celebrating with WWE fans after the Diva Search finale.

“It was me, J.T. and her fiancé, and five fans, who were in the lobby waiting for us. And I said I was going to buy them a drink, right? So I took them all out to dinner last night. Eight of us, we went to some pub. We couldn’t find anything to eat! So we went to a pub, we had drinks and food. It was very chill, very laid-back. But when I get to Miami , ohhh, it’s going to be a party. I know that for a fact. That’s when I’m going to celebrate. It’s going to be a big party,” Layla laughed.

During the Diva Search finale, Layla gave a shout-out to someone after, and the WWE fans want to know who it is. When asked about her friend, Layla’s face lit up.

“The first person I called was Ranita, my best friend. She’s like my backbone. She’s helped me from day one. From the day I met this girl 2½ years ago, she’s had the confidence in me,” Layla said. “She helped me with all my fan mail, she put me in the right direction, training-wise, costume-wise.”

The down-to-earth Diva said she wants to have fun entertaining the WWE fans because if it wasn’t for them, she wouldn’t be the WWE Diva she is today.

“Thank you so much for supporting me. Thank you so much for voting for me, and just for the love you guys showed me. Every state that I went to, you guys were awesome. If you ever see me, please don’t feel like you can’t approach me. Please come up. I promise you I will talk to all of you,” she said.

And as for that free drinks offer for the WWE fans now that she’s won, “It will have an expiration date if I run out of money,” she joked.

Stay tuned to WWE.com for an exclusive video interview with Layla. Find out what prompted her to shed a few tears for the camera, who the newest WWE Diva wants to face in the ring, which WWE Divas she looks up to, if she’d kiss Todd Grisham, if she’d pose for Playboy magazine, which WWE Superstar she’d like to partner with (here’s a hint, the Superstar has somewhat similar hair to Layla’s) and much, much more.

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