Former WWE Tough Enough contestant Ivelisse has experienced ups and downs in professional wrestling, but it hasn't deterred her from continuing to follow her dream.
The newly crowned SHINE women’s wrestling champion said during an interview on The Roman Show that she has been through an emotional roller coaster which has helped her become a better person and athlete.
Part of the journey took her to a tryout with TNA Impact Wrestling.
“The TNA Gut Check experience taught me that no matter how obvious it is that you're going to get a job, it's never a 100 percent,” she said. “It’s never a given that your going to get a position. No matter if your 110 percent, it doesn't guarantee you'll get the position. You live, and you learn. I am grateful for the opportunity.”
In Tampa, the Puerto Rican recently won the SHINE wrestling title defeating former tag team partner Rain.
“It was an emotional match from the get go,” she said. “We had been team members since the get go. To go up against a team member is never easy.”
SHINE is an all-women’s wrestling company, based near Tampa. Ivelisse is preparing for her first SHINE title defense on Feb. 28 against Mercedes Martinez.
She also explained that even though it has been a couple of years since she competed on the reality show Tough Enough, she communicates with former trainers like Stone Cold Steve Austin.
“He doesn’t keep up with me on a daily basis, but he does check up on me,” she said.
To hear the entire interview, including her experiences with Tough Enough, NXT and Puerto Rico wrestling, her future plans and more, go to:
Rodolfo Roman, host of The Roman Show, is a freelance writer, TV producer and reporter.