There are several projects in WWE that appear on a small screen, but the last project is slightly different from the others. It will be the new series Fight Like a Girl, exclusive to Quibi, in which Stephanie McMahon reunites WWE superstars with someone who is trying to overcome the obstacle of her life. Whether it’s trust, fear or chaos, the WWE and the superstar will work with them for 10 weeks to help them move forward, and the first episode contains a very personal story for Alexa Bliss. In this episode we meet Holly trying to overcome an eating disorder. In a recent conversation with Bliss about the show, it was a very emotional moment for Holly when she saw Holly at the end of the show.
It’s crazy that when it comes to the story with her, I’m not an emotional person at all, Bliss said. It’s hard for me… I don’t know, I didn’t suffocate that easily, but when I saw them coming out, I literally lost them. I started crying and I was so happy for her and so proud of her. She’s been through a lot more than just an eating disorder.
Bliss gave Holly some advice, but one of the most important was his own self-esteem. I think the most important advice I gave her is that you can’t let someone else determine your self-esteem, Bliss said. And because she suffered so much with her boyfriend, her family, the work she lived with, I had to tell her that somehow you have to be your own person and not let someone else determine your self-esteem. You need to be ready for a change. Because I did all the psychological studies she did, and I told her: You won’t get any help unless you want to help yourself. And that was the most important thing for me when I went through my problems, that part of me during the role, I didn’t want help, and I wasn’t ready to be better than I really am. And then everything changed.
Although the understanding of eating disorders has increased in recent years, there are still some misunderstandings about what it is like to face one of these disorders on a daily basis and what inspires a person to experience them.
The worst thing you can say to a person with an eating disorder is why you don’t eat or why you do, because if you could, you would, Bliss said. I remember wishing for a burger, and there was a real fear in my head where I literally trembled because I was too scared to put food in my mouth. It becomes an obsession with OCD, addiction, fear and will literally cause panic attacks and anxiety. I think it’s a misunderstanding that people think we just decided to do it. My eating disorder is due to a simple diet. I wasn’t trying to lose weight. I was just trying to get better. And then it became an addiction and an obsession and my brain sort of took over, and I didn’t even realize what I was doing to myself. And I think people think women do it for attention or they’d rather not eat if there isn’t one.
While the Battle of the Girls lasts 10 weeks, WWE has been in this process for a long time because many of these problems have not been solved and have not been cured in a few weeks.
That’s right. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. You will see that we regularly check on our daughters and I remember talking to the producers and the WWE right after I met them and told them: You realize this is serious. She’ll need more time for therapy. You got that right, Mr. Bliss. I know they talked about giving more therapy and things like that and because I told them I was like that: She’s at a point where she can go anyway. That’s what I am: I don’t want her practicing too much because she could go into cardiac arrest. It’s so small. So they were very understanding, and they even asked me a lot about what to do with her. Where did I get that?
Because they wanted to be as understanding as possible, especially because this is a life-and-death situation, Bliss said. People don’t understand how dangerous eating disorders are, but you literally starved your body and I didn’t want it to work too hard, because I remember I almost had heart failure because I could only walk. I told WWE and the big producers how to behave, they were very respectful, asked a lot of questions and wanted to be as respectful and proactive as possible.
In Fight Like a Girl, fans can meet a lot of great people, and if there’s one thing Bliss wants to take away from fans, it’s the way they’ve learned that you’re never alone.
I think everyone should give up the fight like a girl, that you can overcome anything, no matter what, if you have a support system and people who want you to succeed, Bliss said. Many people think they have to go through everything themselves, but that’s not the case. Many people experience insecurity, depression, with their weight, with the personal things they experience in their lives. I remember a lot of people saying they were lonely, but you’re never alone. There will always be someone to talk to, someone to help you get through what you’re going through. So I don’t think you should ever think you’re alone, because there will always be someone there to help you succeed.
You can watch the episode of the battle of Holly and Bliss and more at the moment on Quibi, which is available on iOS and Android. You can see Bliss in action every Friday night in the ring at SmackDown, which will be broadcasted at 19.00 CST on FOX.
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