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PRO WRESTLING: WWE diva Alicia Fox joins ‘Total Divas’ cast on Jan. 4 on E!

The season three premiere of ‘Total Divas’ is 10 p.m. EST Sunday, Jan. 4 on E! The cast features from left, Victoria “Alicia Fox” Crawford, Milena “Rosa Mendes” Roucka, Saraya-Jade “Paige” Bevis, Brianna “Brie Bella” Danielson, Nicole “Nikki Bella” Garcia-Colace, Natalie “Eva Marie” Nelson, Natalie “Natalya” Neidhart, and Ariane “Cameron” Andrew.
The season three premiere of ‘Total Divas’ is 10 p.m. EST Sunday, Jan. 4 on E! The cast features from left, Victoria “Alicia Fox” Crawford, Milena “Rosa Mendes” Roucka, Saraya-Jade “Paige” Bevis, Brianna “Brie Bella” Danielson, Nicole “Nikki Bella” Garcia-Colace, Natalie “Eva Marie” Nelson, Natalie “Natalya” Neidhart, and Ariane “Cameron” Andrew. Photo by James White/E! Entertainment

Alicia Fox went from onscreen wedding planner to the first African American divas’ champion.

It has been a rollercoaster ride for one of WWE’s longest tenured female performers.

Now the model turned sports entertainer is adding reality show star to her impressive resume as she joins the cast of “Total Divas” 10 p.m. EST Sunday, Jan. 4 on E!

After the season three premiere, the popular reality show returns to its regular timeslot 9 p.m. EST on Sundays beginning Jan. 11.

Viewers of the popular program may remember seeing the vivacious Floridian in a few scenes here and there. Fox says she received the news of her graduation to series regular relatively recently.

“It’s pretty cool because Paige and I are the new additions,” she said. “It’s was unexpected for me for sure. I’m so thrilled to be a part of it. I’m having such a great time with it. With the girls, I’ve had good relationships with anyways, so I’m really having the time of my life.

“It’s really awesome to have a platform to be able to communicate and have a way for fans to understand who I am. They can see how I can relate to them. They also have taught me stuff about myself. It is really nice for the fans to hear me have a voice and opinion and understand my goals. I think it will be really beneficial for everyone involved.”

Fox, real name Victoria Crawford, comes to this opportunity with a wealth of experience in the ring and in front of the camera. The performer began her WWE journey in its developmental system in 2006 working with the likes of Natalya and the Bella Twins. From there she got her first taste of the main roster two years later as the wedding planner for Edge and Vickie Guerrero storyline. She slowly evolved into a full-time member of the divas’ division.

“Everyone comes in differently, but going into the training and developmental was such a great learning experience for me,” Fox said. “I would never trade that time and the things I learned, in and out of the ring, for anything. When I first got signed, I was 19. So WWE has really given me the chance to grow from a relative child. I think I’ve really transitioned into a young woman. I feel like I really matured on different levels being with WWE. I just feel like I don’t know how I would be able to take this opportunity and realize what a great blessing this is if I was starting from the very bottom.

“That’s not to give myself more credit than those who went from the [independent scene] like an AJ Lee or Paige. This is an opportunity I’m very grateful for. The best thing about being there and working with girls who are now coming into the business is they can learn from what I’ve learned, too. I feel like I can learn, too. There is branding, marketing and learning how to be your own businesswoman. Things you need to know where in 2006 there was really no Twitter or social media to this level. It’s definitely two different perspectives and hard to compare [ways of breaking into WWE].

Similar to Fox, Paige also signed with WWE in her late teens. The two have formed a close friendship, which is good to have when you spend much of your life on the road and away from loved ones.

“We have a lot of respect for each other in and out of the ring,” Fox said. “We work really well together. I really enjoy being around her. It’s strange. Some people you’re like, ‘Yep, you’re my sister.’ We just click. It’s really important too because I think it reflects on our work in the ring. It makes it so much better.”

Fox has seen how “Total Divas” has changed the landscape of the divas’ division as a whole. This includes instances where what happens on the reality show infused into WWE storylines.

“I think they have to go hand-in-hand,” she said. “There usually was one diva’s match. Not too long after the show there was two diva matches or divas in a lot of segments, which is great. Even still, there is only so much TV time. There are so many talented people that I work with. These talented people at any time can go on Twitter or Instagram and communicate or speak, which really helps because in wrestling we sometimes don’t have the opportunity to talk. We just have wrestle. It’s communicating with athletics. E! and WWE TV has to go hand-in-hand because I think it enhances our divas’ division an interesting way.”

Fox saw her character take an unpredictable turn when her behavior on the Raw and SmackDown became erratic. One minute the diva is stealing John “Bradshaw” Layfield’s cowboy hat at ringside, the next she is having a meltdown.

“That shows you who knows where the next few weeks or years will bring,” she said. “I get a lot of great feedback from the fans for that. They didn’t expect it. They kind of were wondering what I could possibly do next. What else is there to do? I don’t know, but I just love the excitement it brought to the show. Pouring soda on the fans, they loved it. Some people wouldn’t enjoy that, but it really brought such a different element to the show.

“Personally, I am judged for being goofy sometimes. I’m willing to laugh and share whatever. It was definitely an extreme of my personality. Definitely on E!, you will actually see where that could have extended from, those outbreaks.”

Fox is excited for old audiences and new ones to get acclimated with her when steps back through the curtain.

“People will see my personality in action in my real life,” she said. “How I interact with my friends, inside and outside of WWE. It’s the next chapter. Why not? I really think the fans will like the additions of Paige and I on the show. With Rosa [Mendes], the three of us hang out a lot. They are both amazing people.

“Who knows what you will see this season? We are all trying to mature and become better people. The young girls can learn from our experiences. We are seen as role models, which is great because we really care about our fans and our community. I think “Total Divas’ will encourage viewers to do the same and contribute to their community and be a better role model or help mentor their sisters, blood related or not. I think that is what the fans have to look forward to.”

- WWE divas Alicia Fox and Paige join “Total Divas” 10 p.m. EST Sunday, Jan. 4 on E!

The popular reality show returns to its regular timeslot 9 p.m. EST on Sundays beginning Jan. 11.

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