Lilian Garcia is a real legend on the planet of WWE and the multi-talented performer has simply returned to the corporate the place she made her identify.
Followers of the Angle Period will bear in mind Garcia fondly for her ring saying, however her backstage interviewing and unbelievable singing voice amongst different issues.
Vince McMahon used Garcia in numerous roles throughout her close to 20-year affiliation with the corporate and she or he nailed each single one.
Garcia has seen loads, however maybe the creation of her very personal podcast Chasing Glory – an thought she first had all the way in which again in 2004 – making its solution to the WWE Community is her proudest.
Chasing Glory may be very totally different to your common wrestling podcast. Garcia is an skilled at serving to superstars open up about their private lives and struggles throughout their chats and it exhibits a very totally different and new facet to them.
talkSPORT caught up with Garcia to talk about Chasing Glory touchdown on the WWE Community and we dived into her profession as nicely!
On working with The Rock…
Oh my god, I had a lot enjoyable with him. You’re proper [we had great chemistry]. It’s so humorous, he knew methods to make me blush! And I didn’t realise how simple I may blush! [laughs].
However there was simply sure issues he would say and I’d be like ‘oh my god!’ as a result of, ya know, he’s The Rock! [laughs]. In fact, even males blush! It was at all times enjoyable working with him.
And other people ask me, how the hell did you retain a straight face? I feel it was, thank goodness, my a few years of performing within the theatre, I knew once they say go it’s motion time.
However let me inform you, when these cameras rolled off, we might die laughing. It was so humorous. I look again to these interviews and so they’re simply nice recollections and that’s what I really like.
On being concerned in WWE storylines…
Oh, I beloved it. Anytime they requested me about doing one thing on-screen ‘hey, would you thoughts doing this?’ once more, it form of goes again to my performing stuff, proper?
So I used to be capable of be aside of the story. I used to be like ‘hey, something I can do’. Particularly once they have been like we actually need to use you to place Viscera over and provides him that character, make him a girls man and I’m like, OK! [laughs]. I didn’t know the place it was going, however I by no means felt at risk of something.
I’ll say I damage after I did the angle with Three Minute Warning. However man, did it look good! It seemed so good! I used to be so comfortable. What occurred although after I damage the following day, I simply acquired one other layer of respect for them.
I assumed the mat was good and comfortable for them – no! It’s simply boards. How these athletes do that for over 300 dates a 12 months travelling the nation… the one silver lining of this horrible 12 months is the break they’ve acquired from the street.
On Vince McMahon trusting her and having her signal the nationwide anthem straight after 9/11…
Ya know, typically whenever you’re residing it, you don’t realise it and I didn’t till you simply talked about it to me however I acquired a chance to see Vince final week and I simply mentioned thanks. Thanks for having me again house. Thanks for placing on the community and simply thanks for the recollections.
And I do have superb recollections and Vince did belief me, particularly on 9/11. He checked out me and he was like ‘you’ve acquired to do that. I actually suppose you are able to do this.’
It was completely essentially the most tough nationwide anthem I ever did. As a result of I used to be residing in New York on the time and I used to be very, very emotional as to what was taking place to New York, what was taking place to our nation.
For like two days main as much as it, I used to be crying on a regular basis. I simply couldn’t shake off what had occurred and the lack of all these folks.
After which when he requested me ‘would you please do the nationwide anthem, I actually need you on this second’ – in fact he would by no means pressure me, if I mentioned I actually can’t do that I’m positive he would perceive – however I additionally knew that I needed to do it.
As a military brat, it couldn’t have been anymore particular. My dad fought for this nation and was within the military for over 20 years. He was a lieutenant colonel.
I used to be born on a army base. So the army and what it represents is all the things to me. So in a time like that, the place the nation wanted to have one thing to unite in a roundabout way, if it was me because the car to have the ability to do this, what an honour. And that’s what it ended up being, a real honour.
On that includes in many ladies’s milestones in WWE lately…
I used to be so honoured to see the evolution of the ladies and be aside of that. To be requested to come back and announce the first-ever girls’s battle royal at WrestleMania after which Evolution.
And particularly with Evolution I used to be like wow… I can bear in mind many pay-per-views the place I used to be the one feminine to be aside of that PPV. A lot of them. Many instances like I’m going to be the one girls that the folks on this area and the followers at house will see on this present.
And to see the place we are actually, its like YES! And never solely simply to see them be like ‘hey, right here’s the ladies concerned within the present’ – no. The ladies are killing it. Actually doing superb, superb work.
It’s simply thrilling to see how they’ve taken the chance and run with it. At Evolution, I used to be like ‘wow, I feel I’ve labored with like 80 % of the ladies right here!’ I don’t know who else can actually say that.
On WWE approaching her to have Chasing Glory on the WWE Community…
After I first conceived the thought in 2004, I had pitched it to the WWE. Isn’t that loopy? But it surely was forward of it’s time, there was no podcasting, there was no actual different platform to do that, nor a WWE Community.
So it wasn’t the precise timing, however in 2016 after I left the WWE we put it on the market after which for them to see the expansion of the podcast with over seven million downloads, folks actually resonating with the tales it was like ‘woah, I feel we have to have this on our platform! They actually beloved what I used to be doing.
And likewise beloved how a lot the superstars beloved doing the episode. For instance, Shotzi Blackheart saying she was so glad she got here on right here. Braun Strowman saying it felt like a weight lifted from his shoulders and Rhea Ripley – and this can be a spoiler alert – she’s coming again to Chasing Glory!
And he or she says proper in the beginning of her interview how comfortable she was to be again and she or he revealed some very heavy issues she’s gone via in her life.
We’d like this dialogue in our lives. Followers undergo it too and it helps them join. We have to cease feeling alone. Suicide must go away. We might help one another out and there’s one other approach.
When WWE reached out to me – and this is essential as a result of it’s what offered me on it – they mentioned we don’t need our manufacturing on this. We wish this to be a Chasing Glory manufacturing.
All they do is give us the superstars. We go there, nevertheless it’s our manufacturing crew filming it. No person is allowed to be within the room after I’m doing these interviews, not even my manufacturing crew!
The cameras are turned on, everybody leaves the room and it’s me and my visitor. I like to offer that form of environment and I feel that makes it extra protected for them. This nonetheless has the Chasing Glory stamp on it and that’s the way in which WWE needed it.
Lilian Garcia is a legendary ring announcer for WWE and she or he is again working with the corporate along with her glorious podcast, Chasing Glory, now on the WWE Community