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Ariane Andrew on How WWE Is Booking Naomi, Naomi Possibly Joining Bloodline

October 2, 2021 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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The Wrestling Inc. Daily recently interviewed former WWE Superstar Ariane Andrew, who discussed the current storyline on WWE SmackDown with her former Funkadactyl teammate, Naomi, struggling to get used on SmackDown and clashing with Sonya Deville. Below are some highlights.

Ariane Andrew on Naomi’s SmackDown storyline: “It’s always something, that’s the truth. Whenever we talk, there is always ‘what’s happening with Naomi,’ and I don’t know what’s going to take to finally have that moment that she deserves before she decides to wrap it up and be like, ‘I’m done.’ We’re not getting any younger. We’re getting older, so it makes me upset, but I’m a person that likes to look at the glass half full instead of half empty, and maybe there’s an opportunity that’s around the corner. And I do feel like timing is everything, and to be quite frank, with Bianca [Belair] having that moment, and WWE kind of expanding themselves and now kind of seeing talent of color have their place, like with Big E getting the title and these type of things. I feel like having two women of color at the moment would be too much, based on just how the progression has been with WWE because, think about it, the first person who had that moment for being a Black woman was Sasha [Banks], but she’s also half white. I think now with having Bianca being in the forefront, that has to play its course before they would bring Naomi to have a moment.”

On Big E being the first time the WWE Championship changed hands from one Black wrestler to another: “I do think that that’s crazy that we even have to have that conversation, but I will say again, I’m looking at the glass half full and saying, you know what, we’re evolving, and at the end of the day, we are just humans. We all eat the same. We all sh*t the same. We all do the same stuff, so at the end of the day, it’s just a skin color, and I feel like as we continue to evolve, there’s endless opportunity.”

On if Naomi should be added to Bloodline: “Her and her husband, they had a small moment before when they were together, but I think that could be dope for her. I see Naomi as her own entity, though, and she deserves to have that before her time is up but maybe having something with being a part of The Bloodline will then get her to the point of having something by herself if she were to join them because Roman [Reigns] has been at the top for so long, and now with The Usos being a part of that, it’s only just going to increase her fanbase. If she weren’t, then she can go do her own thing.”

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