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RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss spoke with NBC Sports ahead of her title defense against Mickie James at tonight’s WWE TLC pay-per-view. Below are some of the highlights from the interview.

On finding her voice while in NXT: “I watched back our first few NXT matches together when I was managing them and realized that I was just silent. I wasn’t doing anything, I wasn’t saying anything. I was just looking at them in silence. And I was like ‘Hmm, well that’s nothing.’ I remember specifically trying more and more to be mean and I was trying to think of a character that’s relatable and I was like oh my gosh, a mean girl from high school. Everyone knows her. Everyone had one. Some people were her and no matter how mean she was, you still voted for her for homecoming queen. I was like I want to be that girl because I knew that girl in high school. I knew a few of those girls in high school. I knew that everyone did. So that was my main motivation was to be that girl. I get my inspiration from movies and a lot of the time I’ll actually people-watch when I’m at the airport. William Regal told us to people-watch because you can get your best motivation from them. I’ll notice little mannerisms that irritate me and I know they will irritate other people.”

On not having a stipulation for her TLC match against Mickie James: “I’m OK with it being a normal one-on-one [match]. Of course stipulations are always cooler and more fun, but I feel like if we were to do a stipulation match it would have to be something that was driven towards the storyline that we’re doing right now. I’m talking about her being old, so it should be like a walker match.”

On adjusting her personality during Total Divas filming: “I had a little bit of an adjustment period for sure because I’m so used to when the camera is on, I turn into Alexa Bliss, this mean, ‘attitudy’ character. So I had to get out of that because our first filming was at TV. So, I’m in a work environment and it was just a different camera, so as soon as the camera came on I was thinking ‘Wait, I can’t be that way, I have to be me.’”

Check out the complete Alexa Bliss interview at NBCSports.com.

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