Interview: Rosemary speaks about Taya Valkyrie, Laurel Van Ness, new Impact Management & more
In case you missed the first half of my interview with Impact Wrestling Knockout- Rosemary, you can read it right here. Here are some highlights from the second half of my interview with her, for you Hivelings to relish and enjoy.
I caught up with the Demon Assassin and former 'Decay' member for a fun interview, where she discussed many topics pertaining to Impact Wrestling's past and future. Here are some highlights from our lengthy conversation.
I was excited about your match against Taya at Bound for Glory. Were you disappointed when it did not happen?
Rosemary: Very much so, yes. But at the same time I believe that the tension between Rosemary and Taya has just been made stronger because they haven't got that battle yet. And trust me, the Taya-Rosemary story isn't finished yet.
Will we see Taya return to Impact Wrestling in the near future, then?
Rosemary: I don't think there's any way to keep us apart.
How difficult will it be to compete without Laurel Van Ness in the division? How difficult will her departure make things?
Rosemary: Laurel's an amazing character and an incredible friend of mine. I know that she simply wants to go and expand and grow. She's still very very young in the business, she has so much more to offer and she's already this good at doing a character which is amazing. And I love her so much. She's so talented.
Wrestling is fluid. It never stops moving and it's circular. There's never an end. There's no reason that down the road Laurel might not return to the Impact Zone. It's that right now her part of the story is over and she might show up at a chapter down the road. It's wrestling. Never say never.
It's definitely a loss not to have her as such a strong character in the division. But there are strong characters waiting to debut and waiting to come up as well. And we will fill the void as we always have with every departure.
Same as we did with Maria's departure. And we'll keep doing so.
Having known Scott D'Amore for so long, do you see the company going to the next level under the new Impact management?
Rosemary: To anyone who's concerned about it, these past tapings that we just did in January, were possibly the most positive feeling in the sense that it felt very fresh and it felt like we had a direction, which I can honestly say was the first time in a year.
This new direction under Scott D'Amore and Don Callis...I know that Impact and TNA have constantly, through the years, asked fans to give them a chance. As a personal feeling, I honestly believe that if you were going to give Impact another chance, now's the time.
I felt the difference backstage in one taping block. And I think there's really something there, going forward. And I'm excited about it. So, I hope other people can feel excited about it as well.
So, what has made you stay with Impact for such a long time? What has made you believe in the company?
Rosemary: I have a lot more of Rosemary's story to tell for one thing, and I look forward to telling those chapters. I look forward to see what's in store for her. I have a lot of fun doing my character and seeing what Rosemary's going to do next. Learning about her and learning about myself in playing her.
I really love the amount of trust creative has in me, to bring this character to life since they don't really tell me what to say. They tell me what point needs to come across in the promo. They tell me to say it like I would. They don't give me any lines.
And that kind of trust is huge in that they know that I know my character best and how it will come across organically. If you try to force the way Rosemary talks, it's going to come across as very fake.
So, you script all your own lines?
Rosemary: I would say 95%. I definitely ask for advice and ask for help, if there's something maybe I can't figure out how to say. I never feel like I can't approach somebody in Creative for a suggestion. That's the openness of communication. You can ask for advice but they trust you to do it the way you would.
What do you hope to achieve in Impact Wrestling?
Rosemary: I've been there for only two years now. It's been a crazy ride so far and it's only been two years. I'm like what can we do next, what's still to come? I'm excited to see because there's still a lot more and I think that with the minds that we have right now...not just Scott and Don but also Jimmy Jacobs there. Jimmy is so good at like, small things.
Just little tweaks he made. At the last tapings, he was like try this, and I was like - 'Oh my God! Why didn't I think of that?' (Laughs) And that kind of creative mind at this stage, it's very exciting to have a fresh pair of eyes on the product. And I want to be a part of that.
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