SmackDown Women’s competitor Alexa Bliss recently spoke with “For The Win” to promote her feature in the new Muscle & Fitness Hers magazine. Bliss will be part of the Six Pack Challenge this Sunday at WWE Backlash to crown the first-ever SmackDown Women’s Champion. As somebody who trains her body in a variety of ways, FTW asked how she will train specifically for this match.
“My preparation is focusing less on the other women in the ring,” Bliss said. “I’m focusing on how this is the first-ever SmackDown Live women’s championship and what I can do to the best of my abilities to make sure I’m the last person standing. The other girls can do what they can do, but it’s not going to match up to what I’m going to do.”
The 25-year old former body builder’s real name is Alexis Kaufman. “Alexa” is obviously inspired by Alexis, but what was the origin of the Bliss last name? “It was one of the names that I pitched. At the time, I was playing around with being a Southern Belle-type character in NXT and always say, Bless Your Heart. For a Southern woman to say that, it was kind of in an insulting tone. It ended up more like, ‘Bliss Your Heart.’ It became a play on words and not meaning a good thing and there are so many ways to take it, ‘Blissed Off’ and ‘Bliss Slap.’ I know if it got approved, it would be so much fun to play with.”
Bliss was drafted to SmackDown roughly six weeks ago. There have been a lot of changes involved with being on the road with WWE full time, most notably the larger crowds and the schedule. “We kept a very busy schedule in NXT, but it was more group oriented. You just assume everyone in NXT is going everywhere. Now everyone gets their own schedule with where to be on what day. I like it better. It’s a lot easier to work on my own schedule in when I’m working out, when I’m getting in the ring and training on off days.”
She added that doing television on a weekly basis can be a little nerve-wracking, but it’s also exciting. Especially with SmackDown being live, she’s had to get comfortable working without a “safety net.”
You can read the full interview with Bliss at ftw.usatoday.com.