"Legit" Leyla Hirsch appeared as a guest on the latest edition of the AEW Unrestricted podcast for an in-depth interview covering her run in All Elite Wrestling and the world of pro wrestling in general.
During her appearance on the official AEW podcast, "Legit" Leyla spoke about her experience in the STARDOM wrestling promotion, advice her mother gave her in regards to following her dreams of becoming a pro wrestler and more.
Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview where the women's wrestling star speaks on these subjects.
On her experience in STARDOM: "It was such a different learning experience from wrestling here [in the U.S.] and then wrestling in Japan. I say it was tough because the psychology threw me off. To me, some of it was very confusing. You know, I got to work with Hana [Kimura], which was awesome because she was like the first person there to make me feel welcomed. She also spoke a little bit of English. I remember when Rossy [Ogawa] told me, ‘You know, would you like to be part of Cyber Squad?’ I was like, ‘Of course.’ I’m like, ‘This badass team. I fit perfectly in here,’ you know?"
On the advice her mother gave her in regards to following her dreams of being a wrestler: "So, the match that I remember is R-Truth versus Mike Knox. That was the match that I remember. I just remember, you know, literally R-Truth doing the R-Truth stuff, you know, displaying the dancing, you know? Just awesome, and I just also remember the ring, the audience, the whole setup. I kid you not, that moment was like, ‘Okay. This is what I wanna do.’ I had no idea what it was and I remember going downstairs to my mom and I said, ‘Hey mom, what does it take to be a professional wrestler?’ And she said, ‘Start wrestling.’ That’s literally how it all happened. Just that one night, my friend showing me wrestling. Somehow, I got hooked to it and in my heart, I was just like, ‘Wow, this is what I wanna do. I don’t know how I’m gonna do it, how I’m gonna get there, but I’m gonna do it.’ Crazy."
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