WWE.com has conducted a Q&A with WWE NXT star Nixon Newell, now known as Stephanie Newell in WWE, who recently returned to the ring from injury, and below are some highlights.

WWE.COM: What was your mindset like before you walked through the curtain the night of your NXT debut in Venice?

STEFFANIE NEWELL: It was just this jumble in my head. The nerves were taking over, but also the excitement. It was a very chaotic experience in my mind, but as soon as the music hit and I went through that curtain, it felt like home. I felt like I was finally where I belonged, out in front of that crowd in the NXT ring.

WWE.COM: How exactly did the injury occur?

NEWELL: It happened during training. It was just a fluke accident. I was running a drill. My foot stayed perfectly forward, but my body turned the other way, and I dislocated my knee and tore my ACL at the same time. Luckily, as soon as I hit the mat, my knee popped back in, so it was one less thing I had to deal with. But it happened literally two or three weeks after I arrived at the WWE PC, so the timing was very inappropriate with the Mae Young Classic being so close as well. As soon as I hit the mat, I knew something was wrong and I knew deep down I was out of the Mae Young Classic. When I got injured, I was crying — not because of the pain, but because I knew I was out of the Mae Young.

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WWE.COM: You mentioned Dakota Kai as one of the people who helped you the most, and she was your teammate on the night of your return in Venice. How did your friendship with her blossom while you were out of action?

NEWELL: Unfortunately, the injury happened while we were running a drill together, and in a weird way, that kind of strengthened our bond. We started at the PC on the same day. We arrived at the airport at the exact same time and drove from the airport to our apartment in the same car. But I think the injury strengthened the friendship more than anything, because she was there at the time it happened, and she will continue to be there. She has been my rock. She’s become one of my best friends, and I genuinely don’t know what I’d do without her. I’m very excited to see where this friendship and this tag team do go.

Safe to say, they’re not as mean as they’ve shown themselves to be. It was an honor to face the IIconics at #NXTFtPierce last night with DK in my corner. Don’t worry girls, the future’s in GREAT hands. 😎✨ #WeAreNXT (@FataleSoIconic/@TasteHerBoot) pic.twitter.com/ReHQLzOO03

— Nixon Newell. (@ShiniestKicks) April 22, 2018

NIXON!!! @NixonNewell #NXTJacksonville pic.twitter.com/ji0kAOTVh4

— katie latronico (@katieloud) April 20, 2018

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