Natalya made her debut on the WWE main roster way back in 2008, becoming one of the symbolic faces of the women's division and of the company in general. Having been a cornerstone of the 'Divas Era', she has played a fundamental role in the rise of women within this business.
Over the course of her long career, Natalya held the Divas Championship, Raw Champion title and Tag Team belts earlier this year, thanks to her success over Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler at SmackDown. The two-time WWE Hall of Famer Booker T has never hidden that he is a great admirer of Natalya, so much so that he has called her the best female superstar in the history of the Stamford federation.
Booker T praises Natalya
"I said that because of his extraordinary longevity in this business," Booker T explained in the latest edition of his podcast. “Natalya has outlived every other woman who has ever come to this company and has reached the top of our industry.
You can find several athletes who were probably better than her, as in my time there were several guys who were superior to me on a technical level, but I lasted more than 20 years in the middle of that ring. This is what I think about when I am asked to give my opinion on Natalya.
She was able to overcome the challenge of time, she kept the young girls at bay on the launch pad and so much more. All this goes beyond the titles won or the awards. It is no coincidence that everyone respects it infinitely," she added.
Booker T also welcomed Finn Balor's return to SmackDown: “When he was in NXT, I had the feeling of a shark swimming in a lake. I'm not saying she didn't do very well there, but she was too bulky compared to the other athletes on the roster.
Finn is a world-class star, so he deserves the frame that suits him best. I think it was the right move for his career development." The ThunderDome era is about to end as Natalya and the rest of the WWE roster are ready to leave this chapter of their career behind them.
"First of all, I'm going to miss driving from my house to work because I live in Tampa," Natalya said. "So the Thunderdome was in Tampa, and that was also in Orlando, which is just the drive for me. So it was like the first time in over a decade that I was able to like sleep in my own bed every night and like wake up and have coffee in my kitchen, and that was really cool, but when you're performing, I would rather get on a flight at five o'clock in the morning and travel all the way to Texas or Houston or California or Canada or Germany, I would rather do that any day of the week to have fans because as a performer, I need that -- I need them."