Barbie Blank is known by wrestling fans everywhere by her stage name, Kelly Kelly, which she used from 2006 until 2012. In her time away from the ring, Blank has been featured in the E! reality series WAGS, in which she stars alongside a handful of other wives and girlfriends of major sports stars (Blank is married to former NHL player Sheldon Souray). The show is coming up on its third season this August, and to help get you prepared, Barbie lent her time to us and answered some questions regarding her name(s), her memories of the ring, being on a reality show and much more!
How did you get the nickname Barbie?
My real name is Barbara, so it just started from that, and I always thought Barbara was an older name, so I always just went with Barbie for short.
Speaking of nicknames, you were known as Kelly Kelly in the WWE. Where did that originate from?
That started from Vince McMahon. He basically picked Kelly out of a list of names and then decided “let’s call her Kelly Kelly and have her have two first names”. “So nice they named her twice” was the slogan!
You took some time off from the WWE for many years, but you returned to that world earlier this year. Did you miss it?
I did take some time off to heal my body. I was 19 when I started. I was on the road 300 days a year, wrestling every night- injury after injury- and after six years straight of that, I finally thought it was time to take a break and let my body heal. I always missed it. That part of me will never go away, and being back at WrestleMania felt like it was a homecoming for me. It was just the best feeling in the world.
What’s your fondest memory of being in the ring? How about most painful?
My fondest memory of being in the ring would have to be winning the WWE Divas Championship. That was always a goal that I aimed to achieve when I was in WWE, so when I was given the opportunity, I felt like they were giving me the highest honor, and I felt I have proved to WWE and the WWE Universe that I had earned a place in history. My most painful memory in WWE would have to be when I was wrestling Beth Phoenix. I was wrestling with two broken ribs, and I performed night after night with those ribs broken and just had to let them heal on their own while I was still wrestling and taking no time off.
What can you tell me about this season of WAGS?
This season on WAGS we have three new girls. Altogether there are nine women, so once you get nine women together, of course there’s going to be drama drama drama. You have nine different personalities all trying to get along at one time, which is never going to turn out well. Besides the drama, Nicole and Larry have the most amazing wedding. You guys will get to see him; you’ll see her planning; you’ll get to see us. We’ll be a part of her bridal shower/bachelorette party. You’ll get to see me going through work and then figuring out what I want to do next in my life- whether it be having a baby or focusing on myself and my job. I’m kind of at a crossroads, so you’re going to see the different stages all of the girls are at. I’m really excited for the season. I think it’s going to be the best one yet.
Do you ever feel like being on a reality show is an intrusion of sorts, or are you able to keep it separate from your personal life?
When you sign up for a reality show, you know what you’re signing up for. You know you’re putting your life out there for the world to see, and there’s not really much you can hide from the cameras. What you see is what you get. There are some things that you try to keep private, but it never really is kept private. You know it always comes out somehow, and you know that’s what you sign up for when you do a reality show. All the girls know that this is what we agreed to at the end of the day.
How well do you get along with the other girls on the show? Is there any juicy gossip you can share?
I get along with all the girls. I try to stay very neutral, and I try to see each side of every story of every part of drama. I listen to each each of the girls’ sides and try and see if we can find a happy medium. It’s best if we talk as grown women and not fight, argue or throw drinks at each other. It’s great if we can actually sit down as civilized women and solve problems that way. You’re just gonna have to wait and see on the juicy gossip. Trust me, all I can say right now is there’s a lot of it.
Do you enjoy interacting with your fans on social media? Do they ever send you presents or anything like that?
I love interacting with my fans on social media. That’s what keeps me fascinated in and posting on social media. I love seeing the comments and being able to write back to the fans. It just means a lot to be able to interact with you guys, and I can’t tell you how much it means to me that I am your support through WWE or WAGS. You guys have always been there for me, so thank you for reaching out to me on all my social media platforms. I try to get back to you as much as possible, but know I read and that I see all of your messages, and that it warms my heart.
Do you have interest in starring in movies or TV shows?
I would love to star in movies or TV shows. I’m kind of open to anything right now. My passion is getting into acting right now, so if something comes my way, I am definitely going to jump on it and see what happens- if I’m meant to be an actress.
What is your workout routine like?
My workout routine is mostly cardio- probably four times a week. I switch up the cardio, so I’ll run one day, I’ll do the elliptical one day, and I’ll do the stairmaster another for at least 30 minutes. That will be after I do an hour of a workout session with my trainer, which consists of our circuit training. That focuses on one body part each day, and altogether, I’ll probably work out about four times a week. On the other days, I’ll just try and go on a hike or stay active in some way.
What’s your favorite cheat food?
My favorite cheat food has to be french fries and fried chicken. I’m definitely a southern girl at heart.
WAGS returns to E! in August. You can follow Barbie on Instagram HERE and Twitter HERE.