It’s always a special feeling to come home, and that’s exactly what Texas native Raquel Rodriguez is experiencing as WWE returns to the American Airlines Center next week for Monday Night Raw. Rodriguez, who was drafted to the red brand during WWE’s last visit to North Texas in May, is gearing up for her own world title match at the upcoming Crown Jewel Premium live event in Saudi Arabia on November 4. In a recent interview with the Dallas Morning News, Rodriguez shared her thoughts on the upcoming event, the depth of the women’s division, and more.
When asked about her expectations for the Crown Jewel 5-way match against longtime rival Rhea Ripley, Rodriguez expressed her excitement for the opportunity and her first-time experience in Saudi Arabia. She acknowledged the challenge of facing off against formidable opponents like Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, and Zoey Stark, but also mentioned that there is still time to prepare and strategize before the event.
Reflecting on the strength of the current women’s division, Rodriguez praised the powerhouses and the diverse backgrounds they bring to the table. She acknowledged the physicality of the 5-way match and the need to dig deep and find different strategies to come out on top.
The conversation then shifted to the recent addition of Jade Cargill to the division. Rodriguez expressed her excitement about the competitive and powerful women’s division in WWE, mentioning notable names like Bianca Belair, Bayley, and Charlotte Flair. She believes that adding Cargill to the mix only strengthens the division further.
The topic of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship came up, and Rodriguez shared her belief that there may be somewhat of a curse surrounding the title. Despite wanting to elevate the importance of the tag titles alongside her former partner Liv Morgan, Rodriguez expressed relief about not being a part of that picture anymore. However, she hopes that current teams like Chelsea Green and Piper Niven can overcome the curse and become champions.
Providing an update on Liv Morgan’s rehab, Rodriguez mentioned that Liv is recovering well and in good spirits. While there isn’t a set date for her return, Rodriguez is eagerly awaiting her comeback and misses her friend.
As a Texas native, Rodriguez expressed her excitement about wrestling in her home state. She praised the unique and passionate crowds in Texas and how being in front of friends, family, and her community adds to the experience. With the potential return of Logan Paul and another women’s title match, she believes that Monday’s show in Dallas will be amazing.
The interview touched on the topic of Lucha Wrestling Organization (LWO), with Rodriguez expressing her desire to be a part of it. She shared her close bond with members like Gran Metalik and Santos Escobar, considering them as family and feeling connected to the LWO. While it hasn’t been made official yet, she already feels like a part of the family.
When asked about her favorite type of singles match, Rodriguez mentioned the Last Woman Standing match as one of her favorites due to the creative freedom it allows outside of the ring. She also enjoys the intensity of WarGames and the challenge of escaping the cage. However, she expressed her excitement for the upcoming Fatal 5-Way match and the opportunity to compete against talented and fierce competitors.
The conversation concluded with a fun question about Raquel’s loyalties in case of a potential ALCS Game 7 between the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros on Monday Night Raw. Rodriguez confessed her love for the Rangers and acknowledged the difficulty of choosing between the two teams, wishing both of them a great time.
In conclusion, Raquel Rodriguez is excited about her upcoming world title match at Crown Jewel and her return to Texas for Monday Night Raw. She praises the strength of the women’s division and looks forward to facing off against fierce competitors. Rodriguez also provides updates on Liv Morgan’s rehab and expresses her love for wrestling in her home state. The interview highlights her desire to be part of LWO and her favorite types of matches. Overall, Rodriguez is enthusiastic and ready to take on new challenges in WWE.