Natalya Neidhart on Why ‘Total Divas’ Name Didn’t Change After WWE Started Calling Women ‘Superstars’

Natalya Neidhart doesn’t know why the name of “Total Divas” didn’t change to reflect WWE’s decision to rebrand the franchise’s Women’s Championship title. But the E! reality series star does know that there were discussions about swapping out the “Divas” when the female champs suddenly became “Superstars” back in 2016.

“You know, I’m not sure actually,” Neidhart told TheWrap. “I’ve heard different rumblings. I’ve heard that, you know, [‘Total Divas’ co-star and executive producer] Nikki Bella had talked about it openly and said, you know, she wanted to change the name, and that we should go from ‘Divas’ to something else.”

But the Neidhart says she wouldn’t be against taking the “Diva” out of the show’s title. Or coming up with a new name altogether.

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“But it’s tough because, the way I look at it is, yes, in WWE we’re not called Divas anymore, we’re called Superstars,” she added. “But ‘Total Divas’ is such a popular show that, would the mainstream audience understand if we changed the name? But at the same time, I always think change is good and I think it could be a unique dynamic to take the fans, you know, on a journey where we do change the name. It just depends, the stars have to align. And I also, you know, I think the most important part is keeping the show authentic. Keeping it real and true to what it’s always been, and that really starts with the cast.”

Watch the “Total Divas” snippet of our interview via the video above and see TheWrap’s chat with Neidhart about WrestleMania here.

“Total Divas” aired its Season 8 finale last week on E! The entire season is available for streaming now on Hulu, along with the reality series’ previous seven seasons.

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WWE Superstar Natalya believes 2019 will be the breakthrough year that women wrestlers first headline WrestleMania, which is the Super Bowl of sports entertainment.

“I think we are gonna headline WrestleMania this year,” the third-generation professional wrestler and longtime star of E! reality series “Total Divas” told TheWrap. “I feel strongly that we will do that.”

“The Women’s Evolution right now in WWE– it’s on fire,” she said. “Women have never been involved as they are right now in the company, and we’re doing things every single day to show that women are at the forefront.”

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“We have women behind the scenes that are in charge, like Stephanie McMahon and Michelle Wilson and so many different women taking on leadership roles in the company,” Nattie Neidhart, the daughter of the late Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, niece of Owen Hart and Bret “Hitman” Hart, and granddaughter of famed trainer Stu Hart, continued. “We had our first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view. I’ve been a part of so many first-ever, incredible female moments in the company, like the first-ever women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble, the first-ever Women’s Table Match…”

The logical next step? The main event (final match) of WrestleMania. That slot is considered the very pinnacle of her profession.

“The time has come,” Natalya said.

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Watch the WrestleMania snippet of our interview via the video above. Check back with TheWrap soon for more of our interview with Natalya, including a preview of Wednesday’s “Total Divas” season finale.

WrestleMania 35 takes place on Sunday, April 7 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Can’t wait for that? Natalya’s home TV show, “Monday Night Raw,” airs every Monday starting at 8/7c on USA Network. Her “Total Divas” Season 8 finale is scheduled for 9/8c Wednesday on E!

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