WWE Diva Layla El Interview

When current World Wrestling Entertainment diva Layla El joined the company by winning the 2006 Diva Search competition, she was the new girl on the block.

More than a year later, El is proving her commitment, dedicating herself to improving in the ring. The dancing diva packed her belongings, left the city she loved in Miami and headed to Los Angeles for wrestling training at the School of Hard Knocks.

Jesse Hernandez, who is credited for helping diva Melina with her in-ring skills, worked with El following a recommendation from WWE referee and former student Marty Elias.

”I’ve been in the ring a lot more, so I’m trying hard,” said El, who also works with SmackDown! superstar Finlay on the road. “Hopefully, with the hard work I’m putting in, I’m going to get better. I want to finally show I can do more than I’m doing right now.”

Hernandez spoke very highly of his student on his website.

He wrote: “I truly feel that Layla will definitely make an impact in WWE as she certainly is willing to make sacrifices in her tight schedule to come out and learn to better herself and earn the respect of her peers as she prepares herself to master the squared circle.”

El arrived in WWE with a dancing background including performing with Carnival Cruise Lines and the Miami Heat. Taking advantage of her dancing moves, WWE paired her with fellow newcomers Kelly Kelly and Brooke as dancers Extreme Expose, led by the Miz on WWE’s Extreme Championship Wrestling brand.

After Brooke was released from the promotion, Extreme Expose disbanded giving El an opportunity to wrestle Kelly in a series of matches. Kelly was the fan favorite while El the hated vixen. This meant the dancing diva had to shed her normally good-natured and fun personality for one filled with scorn and jealousy.

”I think I’m a sweet person, but everyone has their moments,” said El. “I think what mostly draws me to my anger is watching people I’ve grown up with get into fights or watching when my mom got mad at me.

“We all have a temper. It just goes up as soon as the lights go on. It’s like any actor with the role they play. It isn’t necessarily who they are as a person. I must admit that character is far fetched from the Layla I really am.”

Despite her current persona, hometown fans found it hard to boo their hometown girl when WWE held last November’s Survivor Series at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. The company returns to the AAA 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on April 1.

”I got to perform at my own stomping grounds last year, when I first started, so it was amazing to go back at Survivor Series,” said El, who plans to buy a house in South Florida in the next two years.

‘I got to say `Hi’ to all the workers and everybody. It was so nice to come home. Who gets to perform in their hometown? It was a Blessing. I can’t wait to return. It’s going to be [WWE] ECW/SmackDown! so hopefully I get to go out there and perform. Anytime I’m home, it’s going to be a great show.”

Before El heads south with the rest of the SmackDown! and WWE ECW superstars, she is gearing for WrestleMania 24 on Sunday, March 30 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. She will be one of the lumberjills in the BunnyMania match pitting Playboy cover girls Maria and Ashley against Melina and WWE women’s champ the Glamazon Beth Phoenix, with Snoop Dogg as the master of ceremonies.

”I think it’s going to be amazing,” said El. “I’m excited to watch it and be a part of it. This is my second one. At my first one, last year, I didn’t know they could fit that many people in an arena. This year is going to be crazy. I’m probably going to enjoy it more this year because I’ve been there. So I can take my time and take everything in, instead of just being shocked to be there. It’s going to be a great moment.”

Gracing magazine covers and guest starring in music videos and television shows, it’s been a busy year for El. What’s next?

”I see myself with a lot more Blessings,” said El. “I hope I grow in the ring and as a person. There are no limits. I think there is going to be so much I’m going to do this year. I really can’t say right now, but I know there are going to be things people are going to be real surprised about.”

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