NXT superstar Mia Yim was recently interviewed by WWE.com, where she reflected on her road to NXT and much more. “I was told when I first started wrestling that I’d never make it. I had my first WWE tryout in 2014.
It felt like volleyball conditioning with all the cardio work! I felt prepared for it and enjoyed every minute of those three days. I was told “not now,” which motivated me even more to get here. In October 2014, I had a short match against Charlotte Flair.
She’s incredible! It was a great learning experience because it was my first time doing any TV work and I developed a friendship with her. "I also got to finally meet Natalya, who gave me advice that helps drive me to this day.
From 2014 to 2015, I did extra work like being a rosebud for Adam Rose. I got to do that alongside my best friend, Leva Bates. "We were able to do a few tryout matches before the shows where we received tips and critiques, so I would try to really absorb everything the coaches and other people watching the matches would tell me" - Mia explained.
She also added: “Traveling definitely prepared me. I’d never been a fan of traveling, because growing up with my dad, we had to move around a lot for his job. Now being older, I appreciate different places and cultures.
I was able to learn different styles — British style in the U.K. or joshi strong style in Japan — and incorporate it in my arsenal. It also helped my body adapt to the road life”.