Former WWE star Leilani Kai says she didn't realize how big WrestleMania was at the time, explains where her hatred for Vince Russo comes from

Posted in: WWE News, Interview Highlights
Feb 6, 2014 - 09:17 AM

In Your Head Radio with Leilani Kai
Hosts: Jack E Jones and One Inch Biceps
Recap by Vic Schiavone
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On the build to WrestleMania I: "I didn’t really realize it at first. I did a match with Wendi (Richter), and I retained the belt, but afterwards I had actually gone to Japan and I didn’t get back till probably two days before the actual event of WrestleMania. I didn’t realize how big it was until I got there. Once I was in the arena, there was so much excitement going on; people running around everywhere, and seeing celebrities and all. I didn’t realize how big it was, not at that moment I didn’t. I realized it afterwards; they had a big huge party and everybody was there and having a good time and dancing. It was a little bit different, but I didn’t realize really how big it was until I was there. I didn’t hear much talk about it when I was overseas…I didn’t really realize how big it was going to be, but it was the most exciting night of my whole life. I loved it; it was a lot of fun."

Her hatred for Vince Russo: "It started when he wanted me to do mud wrestling. I had come to the event, I think it was Denver, Colorado, to wrestle a lady named Brandy Alexander, and they just changed it on me and wanted me to do mud wrestling on the show. I was like, ‘You’ve got to be out of your mind; I’m not going to do anything like that.’ Now that I think about it, I would do anything if I can let him get in the mud with me, maybe in a cage, and I’ll wrestle him and let him see what it feels like. I’d love to do that; get in a mud wrestling match with him in a cage. But that was an awful long time ago, and I just didn’t care for that at all.

"That’s not what I’m about, and it really upset me pretty bad; it wasn’t a very good scene. I really don’t think that he knew what he was doing, I really don’t. It didn’t do a lot for a lot of the young talent getting in the business; it wasn’t good for them at all. I don’t think they were treated right and he just messed it up with that cartoonish-type thing. I think it messed it up for a lot of the guys who were really trying to make it in the business and worked so hard to pave for pro wrestling. I just didn’t care for the way he pursued his characters or whatever cartoonish things he did. It really made me mad when he said that to me; I was really upset, I think I really went off on him."

Other topics include:
-Who are some of the younger female wrestlers that stand out to her?
-What does she think the differences are between women’s wrestling now and when she broke in?
-How did the match against Alundra Blayze at WrestleMania X come about?
-What is the difference in styles between wrestling in Japan and wrestling in the States?
-Why did they change her name in WCW to Patty Stonegrinder?

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