What went through your mind as you stood in the ring as the first-ever winner of the Mae Young Classic?
"I was very proud of myself to be there as one of the finalists. It was surprising that I made it so far. I felt nervous, but it was such a happy day for me."
Your elbow drop has become world famous, how did you come up with such a unique variation of a move that's been around forever?
"I've been doing this for about six years now and at first the diving elbow drop did not work. I got injured and it wasn't my finisher at first, but the move was important to me. I wanted to win using my elbow, so now it has become my form. It's my favorite thing to do when I perform."
What are some differences between working in front of an American audience as opposed to a Japanese audience?
"I have to say American fans make me happier. I love their reactions. It's very exciting and fun. It's as if they're fighting together with me."
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Source: NBC Sports