Originally published at Alicia Fox never identified with scripts for her WWE personas, reflects on Divas Title reign
Fox, real name Victoria Crawford is a free agent for the first time in 17 years.
Coming up on July 15th, Victoria Crawford a.k.a. Alicia Fox is making her return to in-ring competition for Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling promotion. It’ll be Crawford’s first match since her 17-year run with WWE came to an end.
She’s been making the media rounds since becoming a free agent and she sat down with Highspots for a Sign-it-Live session. While looking back at her career, Crawford said she never identified with the scripts that were written for ‘Alicia Fox’ and the verbiage that is linked to the ‘crazy Black woman’ stereotype. She added that she never identified as a ‘Bella girl’ when she was paired with Nikki and Brie Garcia.
One part of my career that I really struggled with is I never identified with the scripts that Alicia had to say. I never identified with the ‘crazy Black woman’. I never identified as a Team Bella girl because I’m Alicia Fox. They’ve always been plural. I am singular, you know?
In June of 2010, Crawford became the first and only Black WWE Divas Champion. She expressed that she does not want that reign to be forgotten. She’ll continue to bring up that accolade because it makes her feel good.
They ended up discontinuing the title (WWE Divas Championship) before another woman of color or any person of color or anything got it again. But, I don’t think it’s something that should be forgotten so I’m just gonna keep elevating the fact that we had a championship title that actually got — it made me feel good. It makes me still feel good.
Continuing on that topic, Crawford initially questioned why WWE would want to put the championship on her. She stated that she’s glad she was not able to understand the magnitude of the accolade because she would have psyched herself out.
In this title run (as WWE Divas Champion) in real honesty, I can really, really remember when I found out that I was gonna get the title. I’m like, ‘Why would they give that to me?’ I know (she smiled). That’s why I don’t tell anybody what happened in wrestling for me because I know it’s like super bizarre. They’re like, ‘What are you talking about?’ Again, so this is what happened in my brain so I was going to practice and I thought I was knowing enough to hold myself in the ring and everything and then when they were opening this opportunity to be the champion, I’m like, this has gotta be a fluke. The whole time I thought they were working me. This is why part of my career, I’m like, man, I wish I would have taken them serious, you know what I’m saying? I just never know… A little gullible, naïve and real young. Literally, I think sometimes when I talk about wrestling, I keep surprising myself that like, well, what would happen as a 17-year-old kid? I forget that because I started there trying to act, you know what I’m saying? And they let you act grown so, it’s like, in that moment, winning the title, I was like, why are they giving this to me? Are they serious? And so in holding that championship as I reflect on it today as a professional, it’s like I’m kind of happy I didn’t have a complete comprehension of what that — because I probably would have just lost my mind. Just freaked out, you know? But again, I guess when I’m saying that story as I’m hearing myself say it, yeah, I’m so grateful that at least it’s a cozy place to kind of grow. I mean honestly, I grew up there in the Easy-Bake Oven. Oh my God (she laughed).
Crawford’s opponent for her return match has yet to be announced. That July 15th Reality of Wrestling event will also feature the in-ring debut of Zilla Fatu and an appearance from NXT’s Trick Williams.
If the quotes in this article are used, please credit Highspots with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions.