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WWE ‘Total Divas’ with Alicia Fox returns to E! on Jan. 19

E!, WWE and Bunim-Murray Productions ‘Total Divas’ returns for its fifth season on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on E!. The talented ensemble of WWE Divas features Alicia Fox, Mandy, Rosa Mendes, Eva Marie, The Bella Twins (Nikki and Brie Bella), Paige, and Natalya (Nattie).
E!, WWE and Bunim-Murray Productions ‘Total Divas’ returns for its fifth season on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on E!. The talented ensemble of WWE Divas features Alicia Fox, Mandy, Rosa Mendes, Eva Marie, The Bella Twins (Nikki and Brie Bella), Paige, and Natalya (Nattie). E! Entertainment

WWE Diva Alicia Fox is proof you can be a model who successfully transitions into the world of professional wrestling/sports entertainment.

Though drive and hard work, Fox has become a model competitor in the ring. She may not go down as the greatest wrestler of all-time, but she can more than hold her own; so much so, PWI ranked her in its Top 50 women’s wrestlers since 2010. She reached No.17 in 2010 and No.25 in 2014.

Who is WWE Diva Alicia Fox?

Fox chuckled: “She’s the craziest chick in the ring, and exactly what my name is, just a fox, a fox.”

Is she different from Victoria Elizabeth Crawford?

“Actually, she is a very extended version. I can’t tell you all my secrets, but they are very similar.”

It’s no secret she is representing the company in a good light in the ring and away from it as she’s come a long way from her early days.

With no pro wrestling experience prior, Fox had something to prove after she signed with WWE in 2006, and she took all the steps necessary to give her a chance at wrestling a good match. It doesn’t happen overnight.

“My in-ring skills are always something I’m going to continue to work on as I still have so much further to go,” said the former WWE Divas champion. “I’ve improved in that department, but I’m still looking to improve more. I’m hoping my speaking skills are improving. I can tell I’ve improved from the first day, but I’d like to see those improve more, and I’d like to speak more on our WWE programming.

“More importantly, confidence, too. You have to have self confidence. I heard a quote recently which I thought was interesting. ‘Self confidence comes from preparation.’ That’s very basic, but it’s a good reminder. Preparation is key. I keep thinking, ‘Just go for it.’

Foxy, 29, is going for it inside and outside the ring, parlaying her pro wrestling/sports entertainment stardom into a regular spot on the reality type series WWE “Total Divas” on E!. She is a perfect fit for that show, which delves into the lives (mostly personal and somewhat professional) of WWE divas.

“I enjoy it so much,” said Fox, who joined the diverse cast as a regular in the second half of the third season, which began airing in January 2015. “My favorite thing is definitely being able to share with the girls our experiences. We have a group of girls to give advice to and get advice from. We travel on the road together, so we can relate to the grind of the schedule, relationships, ups, downs and everything.

“More importantly, it’s really nice to share our experiences with a younger audience and our fans, because it encourages them to think better, be bigger and grow. We’re all just trying to grow and be the women we’ve envisioned. So it’s nice to share it not only with the girls I work with but also share it with the girls who follow us around the world.”

E!, WWE and Bunim-Murray Productions’ “Total Divas” returns for its fifth season on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Has life changed for her since starring on “Total Divas?”

“Life hasn’t really changed much, other than the fact that going to the grocery store becomes in some cases a meet-n-greet,” Fox said. “That just means to me people are digging what we’re doing out there, and it’s been really good feedback. So it’s been uplifting...I’m realizing what kind of an impact I have on our fans and women, and it’s helping me be a better person.”

Fox aligned herself with fellow “Total Divas” stars the Bella Twins (Brie and Nikki) for quite the ensemble in the ring.

On “Total Divas,” they open the door to their personal relationships with husbands, boyfriends and ex-boyfriends.

“I think I’m a good person, so I didn’t think sharing my experiences, my personal life, would be very difficult or very challenging,” Fox said, “but then after filming, it’s kind of different. It kind of makes you think. It’s like a therapy session. You’re like, ‘Wow, that was actually quite challenging.’ Does everyone feel this way sometimes? Does everyone get tried? Does everyone get burned out? Does anyone get broken-hearted?

“It’s kind of strange, and then when you see it back. For me, it’s hard to watch myself back, because I’m my hardest critic. Now you’re so out there and vulnerable to the world, but the upside is maybe something you’ve experienced can help the people who are watching. If it can help someone else grow and learn from the same experience, then it’s totally worth it.”

The Bella Twins (Nikki and Brie Bella), Eva Marie, Paige, Natalya (Nattie), Rosa Mendes, and Alicia Fox will continue to give viewers an exclusive glimpse outside the arena and inside life in the WWE spotlight. Fox revealed her true feelings for her former boyfriend, Stu, better known as WWE superstar Wade Barrett, and the difficulties dealing with a break-up.

“Everyone’s been very supportive,” Fox said. “My mom, my sister, all my immediate family, they’re all very supportive. When I had to have that conversation with Stu, I got a lot of sympathetic feedback from fans, because a lot of them have experienced something like that, and some of them could feel how uncomfortable it was.

“When it comes to my mom and my sister, they’ve always been big supporters of mine. Everyone’s been quite supportive, so it’s been really nice.”

Not only is she athletic and beautiful and nice, but she is thought-provoking, a student of life.

“It’s very brave to look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself those real questions to get to know yourself,” Fox said. “That’s really important because the more you know yourself, the better you can understand the world around you. It’s very important to figure out, get a vision of what you view your personal success. So if an opportunity comes, you can go, ‘Oh, that’s real cool,’ because then you already know what level of your success is...I think getting a good, clear, healthy visual of the person you want to be includes preparation.”

Fox is prepared from head to toe, literally and figuratively.

“There are a few stages when I actually work on my ring gear,” Fox said. “When it comes to creative design, it’s a group effort. Honestly, when you’re running around in the ring, you don’t want something very skimpy or that’s not complimentary to your body. The fox head was just a random something, but I think it’s time for something different. I need to change it up.”

Away from the ring, she is well grounded and wants to keep it that way, visiting a Botanical Garden, a butterfly field. Sky diving is not in her present or future, but she will dive into social media.

Twitter @AliciaFoxy

“I love the feedback from the fans,” she said, “and I want to give a big thank you to the fans for all their support.”

They’ll be watching Foxy on “Raw,” “SmackDown” and “Total Divas.”

http://www.wwe.com/superstars/divas/aliciafox

“I’ve learned so much about myself since becoming a WWE Diva,” Fox said, “and it’s so strange because I’m continuing to learn so much more. It’s like information overload.

“I’ve learned basic skills like time management, how to build myself up when I’m feeling pretty down, deal with challenging people, social skills, confidence for sure. I’ve really learned who I was by figuring out who I want to be. The more books, the more knowledge, the more things I can study and learn and know are helping me build myself into the woman I want to become in the next 10 years, 20 years.

“By being in a competitive environment and on the road all the time, you have moments that you’re so tired that you need to be your No.1 supporter, your best friend, yourself. I’m learning all of that, all in one.”

Her goals are more specific from those early days.

“That’s changed my motivation,” she said. “It’s making me want to to push harder, go faster, achieve. I want to know more. I want to learn more. I want to know about everything. I need more knowledge.”

Knowledge is everything as is giving back. Fox is very active in WWE community and philanthropic efforts like Answer The Call, Be a STAR, Black History Month, Susan G. Komen, and Tribute to the Troops.

- WWE Total Divas” on E!

Season five of E!’s hit “Total Divas” returns on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and there’s plenty of footage.

“Literally, cameras are filming all day,” Fox said. “The time that they don’t film you is when you are sleeping, but even when we were filming an episode in Paris, it was all day. It was constantly. I woke up, and it was like, ‘Boom,’ they’re in tour face. ‘Oh my God. My face isn’t on. My contacts aren’t in. I can’t see.’ It’s a 24-hour, full-time, full engagement type thing.

“It’s definitely getting easier, though, because instead of just feeling, ‘Oh man, do I look awkward,’ you’re like staring at them, staring at you. Now it’s like, ‘Whatever.’ I’m just going to do my thing, even if it’s just sitting in a chair.”

Fans are relating better to the WWE Divas because of it.

“It’s cool because we are able to share that human side of us,” Fox said. “Sometimes there’s days you want to cry. Sometimes there’s days of joy. I think people really like to see those relatable personality traits in us, aside from just seeing us in the ring. They probably wouldn’t envision themselves taking a hip toss or a monkey flip, but the fact that you can see us going through a conflict or a learning experience, they can relate to that.”

- WWE “Total Divas” Season Five

This season, Brie has a lot of conflict with her sister, Nikki, as their lives and careers go in different directions. Brie and Nikki don't see eye-to-eye on a huge business venture, and when Nikki gets injured during her final days as the WWE Divas Champion, it leaves The Bella Twins’ career in question. Brie has to contemplate her next career and life move, while Nikki wrestles with coming clean to her boyfriend, WWE Superstar John Cena, about the romantic advances made toward her by her ex-boyfriend, WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler. This love triangle puts John and Nikki’s relationship to the test.

Eva Marie continues to thrive with her in-ring training, despite the constant polarization from the other Divas. Paige confesses her true feelings about the quick engagement to her fiancé. Rosa faces the challenge of finding purpose in her professional life while pregnant with her first child. Alicia warily ventures into a new romantic relationship. Nattie continues to work through the trials and tribulations of marriage while grappling with the feeling that the younger Divas’ careers are flourishing more than hers.

Joining the Divas this season is the young and beautiful Mandy, the runner-up on the most recent season of WWE Tough Enough, who brings her own flavor to the already vibrant group. Now Mandy must prove she can hold her own amongst the veteran Divas in their highly competitive world.

Mandy comes into the division wide-eyed and eager to fit in, only to find out that in order to make it as a WWE Diva, you need to be much more than just a pretty face to earn the respect of your fellow performers and fans alike.

“Total Divas” is produced by WWE and Bunim-Murray Productions. Gil Goldschein, Jeff Jenkins and Russell Jay are executive producers for Bunim-Murray Productions. Kevin Dunn is Executive Producer for WWE.

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- About E! Entertainment

E! is the only global, multi-platform brand for all things pop culture. The network is currently available to 98 million cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S. Eonline delivers breaking entertainment news and in-depth coverage on television, movies, music, celebrities, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. One of the fastest-growing, most influential digital properties, Eonline is a leader in online video and mobile and a leading entertainment brand across social.

E! programming includes core franchises "E! News," "The Soup" and "Fashion Police," popular series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," "Total Divas," "#RichKids of Beverly Hills," "Botched," "House of DVF," "I Am Cait" and “WAGS,” as well as the network's first original scripted series "The Royals." Additionally, E!'s "Live from the Red Carpet" signature events keep fans connected to their favorite stars on pop culture's biggest nights. E! is a network of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.

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WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 25 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all 12 live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 175 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

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- About Bunim/Murray Productions

Bunim/Murray Productions is the leading producer of innovative entertainment content. The Emmy Award-winning company is widely credited with creating the reality television genre with its hit series The Real World (renewed for season 30 on MTV). BMP continued to innovate with the first reality game show, Road Rules (MTV), in 1995; the first reality sitcom, The Simple Life (E!), in 2003; and the first reality soap opera, Starting Over, in 2003.

Bunim-Murray’s programming also includes Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons and Total Divas (E!),The Real World and The Challenge (MTV), Project Runway, Project Runway All Stars, and Project Runway: Under The Gunn (Lifetime), Motor City Masters (truTV), Love Thy Sister (WE tv), and Bad Girls Club, Bad Girls All Star Battle, and Best Ink (Oxygen). Bunim/Murray Productions has also produced films, including Valentine Road (HBO),Pedro (MTV) and the Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical (HBO). Bunim/Murray Productions has launched additional entities including BMP Films, BMP Digital and BMP Latin. Based in Van Nuys, CA, Bunim/Murray Productions was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, who were inducted into the Television Academy of Arts & Science’s Hall of Fame in 2012. The company joined Banijay Group in 2010.

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