Guitar Goddess Nita Strauss, who performed Shinsuke Nakamura's entrance at WrestleMania 34, recently spoke with our friends at Wrestling Inc for an interview. Featured below are some of the highlights.
On there being no comparing any events to WrestleMania: "There's nothing like the energy of WrestleMania. It was so electrifying and so exciting. The energy was so huge."
On how she was treated by WWE and Vince McMahon giving her performing advice: "It was absolutely incredible. We walked away saying, 'this is how every organization should treat their people' and I told Alice's people that, 'we should take a cue from these people because just everyone from the carpenters to the techs, all the way up to Vince and Triple H, everybody treated everybody with so much respect. They were so humble and so cool. Vince himself was so cool. He walked out onto the stage and gave me some directions during soundcheck, some notes he wanted me to change during the entrance. And when I got back there [after the performance], I was all sweaty and I gave him a big hug. I didn't really think about it at the time, but he gave me a complement. He said, 'you have so much charisma, which Josh [Strauss's boyfriend] told me later, 'for somebody who built their whole business on charisma, that's a big complement.' Everybody was super cool and so easygoing."
On being intimidated to meet Vince McMahon and it being surreal to be in 'Gorilla Position': "I was intimidated at first. I definitely was, like, when we walked into gorilla and I saw Vince there, like, he has a presence about him. It's like, 'don't mess with me - I'm working' and I'm like, 'urgh.' But then, he came out on the stage and started giving me notes and directions. It was really surreal. We had soundcheck, like I said, around 1 pm, which means we got to the arena around noon. And then, we did soundcheck for about 15 minutes. And then, I went on stage around 10 pm, so I had nine hours to warm up and then cool down, and then warm up and then cool down, and then get excited and then calm down."
On Big Show being a fan of hers: "You know who really stood out was Big Show, and yeah, I mean, I guess he stands out anywhere. But I got a text from WWE's music supervisor and he said, 'hey, Big Show wants to meet you and he's in catering. And Big Show and everybody is in there eating, all the wrestlers, current roster, and Shawn Michaels, [Ric] Flair, everybody was there. And, Big Show, right in front of everybody, stood up. He was like, 'oh, my God! I've been wanting to meet you for so long! I follow you on Twitter.' And he gave me a big hug and he wanted to take a picture with me, which was crazy! And he put me over in front of everybody, which he didn't have to do."
Check out of the complete Nita Strauss interview at WrestlingInc.com.