Natalya Was Scheduled To Feud With Sasha Banks On WWE SmackDown Earlier This Year
Everything worked out in the end, though
Natalya is currently riding high on WWE TV alongside Tamina as the Women's Tag Team Champions, but that wasn't always the plan.
The new tag team champions were the most recent guests on Renee Paquette's Oral Sessions and Natalya revealed she was originally scheduled to feud with Sasha Banks, but plans fell through after Bianca Belair won the Royal Rumble.
Following the Banks' feud being scrapped, though, Natalya's husband TJ Wilson (Tyson Kidd) suggested she pitch teaming with Tamina and they have been on TV together ever since.
"I was supposed to go into a rivalry with Sasha Banks earlier this year and everything changed when Bianca won the Rumble. I was so excited about wrestling Sasha because I think she's one of the greatest women's wrestlers in the world, if not the best," Natalya said.
"TJ said to me, 'You and Tamina need to be a team. You would be perfect together.' He pulled up a picture and showed the family history, Owen with Yokozuna, the Headshrinkers, the Bulldogs, the Hart Foundation. 'Look at all the greatness your families have done together. You guys should be a team. You should pitch it.' I went from being sad not working Sasha because I had all these ideas and we were training together and Sasha lit this fire in me. Then I had this new fire in me of teaming with Tamina. TJ was the inspiration behind it."
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