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When Dianna Dahlgren exited WWE Tough Enough in Week 3, it was exactly the opportunity her substitute Chelsea Green was looking for. She and Patrick Clark, Jr. were the only competitors with any in-ring experience to their name prior to the start of the show. But, like Patrick, Chelsea’s time with the cast has come to an end. Here’s what the British Columbia native had to say about the trials and tribulations of the show.
With Spandex: What have you been doing since last night’s elimination?
Chelsea Green: A lot of sleeping, and a lot of thinking!
Do you feel like Paige’s save was more thought out than Miz’s save last week?
CG: You know what, that’s a tough one. I think they both have made the right decisions. They made them for completely opposite reasons, but I don’t think they made the wrong decisions. They’re keeping two really tough competitors around.
Of the two women who have been saved, who has the brighter future going forward?
CG: I think they both bring something different to the table. They really are opposites. One being brunette and one being blonde, one being Australian and one being American… they’ve got very different personalities, very different in-ring styles and characters. In the end, I think both of them will be successful, whether it’s in the WWE or not. They are two fierce competitors, and I don’t think they’re going to stop. Whichever one wins, the other one’s going to really push and try to make sure she makes a name for herself. I’m looking forward to seeing to seeing who makes it to the end just as much as you are.
Do you feel like people were gunning for you because you have prior in-ring experience?
CG: I hope they were. I hope it didn’t come off as me being arrogant or thinking that I knew too much. I wanted people to know that I love this, and that’s why I got in the ring two years ago and made sure that I was honing my craft. I hope that people really supported me because I had that previous experience.
Speaking of experience, am I going to be in hot water if I say the words “Megan Miller?”
CG: No, you won’t! I’ve heard it a few times.
How did that opportunity come about?
CG: I was lucky enough to get a call as an extra. I did some Rosebud work, and the opportunity came on a silver platter. I was more than happy to take that opportunity and run with it, because who else has the chance to get in the ring with Daniel Bryan, Brie Bella, and Stephanie McMahon? I was so unbelievably thankful to have that opportunity, and to be trusted enough to get in the ring and basically cut a promo for the WWE Universe.
Are you going to stay in contact with any of your fellow competitors?
CG: Oh, definitely. Especially these last six competitors. I’ve spent the past month with them, and I really enjoyed the time I spent with them. So, there’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll be having a Tough Enough reunion.
We have to talk about Tanner, I guess. He came on pretty strong at first, but then he kind of backed off and you had to try and drag his personality out. What was your opinion of him?
CG: I like him, you know? Maybe he’s not the best at flirting. He’s a little bit shy around females. But he’s a really sweet guy, and a really strong competitor when it comes to his physicality and his ability in the ring. He’s really picking stuff up quickly, so I know he’s going to go far in this competition.
You were trained by an underrated legend, Lance Storm. What lessons did he pass on to you, and were you in contact with him during Tough Enough?
CG: He’s taught me basically everything I know, from the ground up. When I first trained with him, I didn’t even know how to lock up. He’s taught me everything, really… he taught me the respect aspect of this business, which was something new to me. Making sure that you’re shaking everybody’s hands, introducing yourself to everybody, and showing the person who you really are, not the character you could be. I think the lessons he’s taught me have really worked well for me. He and I stay in contact constantly. I talked to him last night after I was eliminated, and he has nothing but good advice for me, always.
Do you have any picks for this season’s winners?
CG: Well, like I said last night, I know that Gigi was really my competition going into this. But, we’re in the final three for the girls and the guys, so anything could happen, and nothing would surprise me at this point. Everyone has their strengths and their weaknesses, so it kind of depends now on what the challenges are, whether they’re more in-ring or more character-based… That’s going to come out in these last few weeks.
What’s next for you?
CG: I’m going to make sure I get back in that ring and start training. I’m not going to stop, this is only the beginning for me. This is just a stepping stone… I’m glad that I even got this opportunity, and I’m going to make sure I use this as motivation.