"Watch out. Here comes Lena." It's how she describes herself as a child growing up, and it only applies more today.
Lena Yada is persistent, if she is anything. She can call herself a WWE Diva, but that title comes after a great deal of hard work and never giving up.
In 2005, Lena participated in her first WWE Diva Search. She made it to the final 30 cut, but was eliminated before getting further. Still, that didn't discourage the future Diva from continuing to fight for her dream.
"I like to try everything at least once," she explained, "But I can be a sore loser."
Lucky for the WWE Universe, Lena takes being a sore loser one step further to flat out rejecting loss. In 2007, she returned to Diva Search and lasted as one of the final three contestants. Shortly after the competition, she had a contract with WWE.
"I remember way back when my cousins and brother got me into wrestling," she said. "It was such a fantasy to me. You just see it on television."
Her fantasy of combining her beauty and her knack for performance was conceived at a young age. Growing up with a brother and two close male cousins added that spice that makes her a perfect fit for the WWE Diva mold. But she didn't let the men in her life influence her too much.
"I wanted to be a girly girl back then and my mom always me to have short hair and be more tomboyish," admitted the self-proclaimed "Asian sensation." "It was a battle. I felt sorry for my mom because I was the only other girl in the family and nobody knew how to give her advice on how to take care of a little girl."
Ballet took up a great deal of Lena's time. She was in love with it, whether she was watching or participating.
"I always wanted to be a ballerina. My mom used to tell me that if she took me to the movies, I would be so uninterested. But if she took me to the ballet, I wouldn't even move."
The costumes and the fantasy behind ballet won her heart over. She would perform up until college, where she took up fashion design.
Lena still considers fashion one of her main hobbies, but the stage is her lifestyle.
"You can't beat the rush you get when there's tens of thousands of people watching you," she explained. "It's such a rush. I don't think you'll be able to find that anywhere else -- just knowing that somebody is coming and paying to see your show. And you're the highlight of their day. It's the most rewarding feeling in the world."
Lena admits risk of injury has always been a concern for her, but it's never stopped her before and it won't stop her now. The "Asian sensation" competed in the quarter finals of the 2007 World Title of Tandem Surfing. The former Miss Hawaiian Tropic Japan also plans on raising the bar in WWE.
"I really look forward to stepping into the ring. I got the opportunity with Layla and it was great. I would love to just show my stuff. I've always been a physical person. And I just want to translate that in the ring. So look for me soon."
She has her support system all lined up. Lena is very close with her family, who watch her on television. Despite her father finding the humor in his small daughter being surrounded by some of the biggest men on earth, her parents are with her every step of the way.
Lena spent a lot of time with her father growing up while her mother worked long hours. Every weekend, the two of them would go to either the park or the beach. Later on, Lena's relationship with her mother developed, as Lena refers to her mom as her best friend.
The Diva has already found herself living the dream. As she continues to find herself as a sports-entertainment personality, she hopes to bring in pieces of her background, particularly her Japanese heritage. No matter what, she'll be performing -- which she has done virtually since leaving the womb -- and expressing herself.
"It's so rewarding. Even with all of the traveling we do, this is the only job I can honestly say I love going to every week."