As noted, former WWE star Ivory will be part of the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame class, and she spoke with ESPN following the announcement. Below are some interview highlights:
On the WWE Hall of Fame induction:
“[This Hall of Fame recognition] means that it’s a full circle in your career, in your wrestling chapter,” Ivory said to espnW.com shortly after she heard the news. “It’s great bragging rights for your family that have seen you go through the eras and I also feel like it’s an awesome tribute to the women in wrestling as a whole.”
On female wrestlers:
“Women who decide to wrestle are a special type of women. We are tomboys, we are women that can hang in a locker room. I am just grateful that there are outlets for that,” she said. “It’s not about having a certain body type and looking picture perfect beautiful. It’s about having the drive and some kind of wacky attraction you have to the physicality, the test of learning how to wrestle and being to do it believably. It’s not easy theater to do. You can watch plenty of wrestling matches where the performers are not buying it. And it makes it boring for you to watch. There is a huge testament to the talent of the people who are engaging the fan or viewer.”
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On her relationship with Vince McMahon and WWE:
“I always felt embraced by the family. I didn’t chat with Vince McMahon all the time, but he always gave me great opportunities. I always felt like I had his seal of approval like, ‘Yeah, give it to Ivory, she will do it right,’” she concluded.