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Cora Jade On Her Time In The WWE Performance Center, Halloween Havoc Match, More

October 21, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Cora Jade competes against Roxanne Perez in a Weapons Wild match at NXT Halloween Havoc, and she recently discussed her time in NXT and more. Jade spoke with PWInsider for a new interview and you can check out the highlights below:

On her time in WWE Performance Center: “2021 of January was when I did the Dusty Classic and then I technically started at the PC that following month in February. So it’s definitely been a crazy ride. Obviously I grew up as a fan – a lot of people know my story. Anytime I would like, come to Florida, I always wanted to come by the PC and just see because I knew like, I wanted to be here so bad and like to grow up as a fan it’s definitely crazy and being an Raw was absolutely incredible getting to obviously pick Rhea Ripley as my poison for Roxanne Perez, and then getting to work with Raquel again the next day. Obviously we have a bit of a past. I got to work with her side by side and you know, standing across the ring from her as well. I just learned a lot from her in all those aspects. Same as everybody here at the PC, like getting to work with Shawn Michaels every day who’s somebody I, you know, one of the first people I ever saw wrestle, kind of got me into wrestling, is definitely great to be able to just walk in every day and I know if I have a question that he’s there to answer it and help me out. So it’s definitely crazy to be able to be on the other side of things as opposed to when I was a fan.”

On training under the Performance Center coaches: “The great thing about the PC is that every coach has like their own little thing that they’re best at, like for example, if I, sometimes I struggle with you know, I want to learn some new submissions or work on my chain wrestling. I know that I can always go to Norman Smiley and he’s like the God of chain wrestling. He always knows how to help me. Another one is Sara Amato. I feel like I connect with her the most. I feel she’s just one of, if not the best female wrestler of all time, and she’s just incredible. She helps me constantly, whether it’s ideas or why something does or doesn’t make sense. So she’s incredible. I owe so much to her and would not be at the level I’m getting to without her. So to be able to work with her constantly is great. Another one I love working with is Johnny Moss. He was over at NXT UK. He’s incredible. He always, you know, is very open to ideas, will always wants to hear, you know, my creative side of things, how I feel things would look the best. Just anything like that. He’s very open to helping me share my ideas, but that’s the same with everybody here. I feel everybody just, no matter what you need, you have somebody to turn to for it. And you know Terry Taylor, his psychology, knowledge and you know he’s done everything in the business, he knows it all in and out. So like anytime you have any type of a question, doesn’t matter what it is, you can go to Terry and he has the answer and he’s hilarious. I love him.”

On the recent crossovers between NXT and the main roster: “Yeah, I think lately they’ve been, it’s been a lot of you know, mixing all three brands and I think that’s great. Like, I feel like if I was still watching as a fan, which I still am even though I work here, I still watch like as a fan. But even especially before all this I would have, as a fan, I would have loved to see all this, like all the mix ins and like, it’s just a very exciting time. And not only is it exciting for the fans, it’s good for people like myself and other younger talent here at the PC to be able to have those opportunities to work with people who you know, are on Raw and Smackdown, have been doing this longer than us because it’s all a learning process and you never, never stop learning. And especially, you know, like you mentioned I worked with Raquel and Rhea and those are two people who I look up to and they have a wealth of knowledge and they’re very helpful. But yeah, I think in general, it’s exciting. It’s exciting to watch. It’s exciting to be a part of. But yeah, just being able to learn from those people is definitely a great experience and I hope, hope it continues to happen.”

On what fans can expect from her match at Halloween Havoc: “Yes, I’m very excited for this Saturday. Obviously Roxanne and I have a very long history that goes even before we both got to the WWE. We have a very similar backstory and I think that’s why we were originally friends to begin with. But I think this upcoming Saturday is going to be a turning point in both of our careers I think. As much as I despise Roxanne Perez now, I think we’re both going to elevate each other to a different level because as much as I don’t like her, she has passion for this. And I have a passion for this. So I know when both of us are in there together, we’re going to create magic and I’m very excited to do it and then for everyone else to be able to witness it as well.”

On her goals going forward in NXT and beyond: “I feel like I have a very big list of goals, like growing up I had notebooks full of bucket list things I wanted, you know, all the typical things you know, be in the game, have a documentary, have merch, like wrestle at Wrestlemania, all those typical things I feel are just very obvious, but my number one main goal I feel in the next year, is definitely becoming the next NXT Women’s Champion. I feel like I have gotten so close so many times and you know, maybe it just wasn’t my time all those other times but I’m feeling very confident and I’m feeling very ready and I feel like I have my eyes set on that championship. So no matter what happens with Roxanne Perez, in the future I will plan on being the next NXT Women’s Champion.”