During an appearance on Busted Open Radio (h/t Fightful), Natalya talked about what would have happened with the RAW Women’s Title scene going into WrestleMania season had she turned heel on Ronda Rousey at or shortly after Summmerslam last year when Rousey won her first RAW Women’s Title, setting up a Natalya vs. Rousey match at WWE Evolution, and if she would have been able to play a heel so shortly after the death of her father, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart.
For me, when I look back, especially internally working in the company and my husbands a producer and T.J. was also a superstar/wrestler for twenty years. Looking at the ins-and-outs of especially what happened with that main event, it was all a series of circumstances. I dont know if that was ever supposed to be obviously I dont think that was ever supposed to be the original game plan. I think that when I look at it, its like, Becky was supposed to have that match with Ronda at Survivor Series. Nia knocked Becky out, Becky got a concussion and she couldnt compete, and all of a sudden, it turned into Charlotte versus Ronda on four days notice, and then Beckys momentum really, really started to pick up and I really wasnt involved in that other than the fact that I was just coming back from at that point in November, I think it was just a few months after my dad passed away, so for me it was a very strange place to be because I think and this is just me speaking from the heart, off the cuff, I wouldve loved to turn heel on Ronda and done a program with Ronda.” Natalya shared. “At that point if my dad hadn’t passed away, and I didnt have that situation around me, I probably wouldve turned heel shortly after SummerSlam and who knows? I maybe wouldve been involved in that situation. But I think for me to be inserted into that angle, like I said, all the stuff with the main event was just a series of circumstances and I dont know, especially after going through that extreme emotional trauma of losing my dad, who knows if I wouldve been strong enough to immediately just turn heel on Ronda and if I turned heel on Ronda, maybe I wouldve somehow, somewhere been a part of this main event. But it turned out, with everything with Becky and the concussion that was never supposed to happen and all of sudden, this crazy feud.”