Q: What are your feelings about the cancellation of Armed and Famous?
A: The death of Armed and Famous is courtesy of American Idol. We went up against American Idol and obviously, the numbers just weren't there. That's what they based the cancellation on, which is unfortunate. I find everybody really loved the show...I think it was just a numbers thing. We had four episodes that aired. We had two more to go, so at least we made it more than half way through.
Q: What did you take away from the experience?
A: It was amazing. It was an eye opening experience. I learned a lot about myself and my determination. We walked into an entirely new world that we didn't know how to tackle. It was really awesome to learn stuff and take all this new information and really conquer something different. Also, I really have a new respect for police officers, understanding even as a rookie what they go through. They have so many facets to their job. My very first call out there was a house fire....I had to walk the family through their house and they were crying on my shoulder. You don't realize that you are the grief counselor in that situation. I was first on the scene where a baby wasn't breathing and we had to have someone perform CPR. So you have to be the medic. You write a ticket for someone, you have to go to court and articulate why you gave the ticket. So, you have to be a lawyer. It was amazing how much they do. I don't think people realize how much work goes into their work. Not to mention the fact that they put their bodies on the line every night that they go out there and leave their family every night... I learned so much.
Q: Would you visit Muncie , Indiana again?
A: For sure. I made some wonderful friends there through the police department. I think when we all went in there, all of us felt like we had to prove ourselves. And not to blame them. They were kind of pessimistic about the entire thing. And we worked our hardest and put our soul and heart into everything we did so that we could prove to the department that we took it seriously. By the end, we had completely won them over but mostly because of our hard work and dedication. And we made great friends because we really spent every day together for over forty days. It was a good time, good friends, and I think I would want to go back and see them...
Q: How much time did you spend with the other celebs?
A: ...The first two weeks was intense, 18-hour days. No day off. We did all training. We did the training together, learning curves together, and at the end of the day we bitched about how tired we were together. Pardon my French. On the first day we talked about "Were you scared like I was?," because I was really scared on my first day. So all of that stuff we went through together. When we were on patrol, we were in the car with our partner, so we really didn't interact with anybody on the road. [But we would meet] at a cafe, which was a 24-hour-diner. We would sort of discuss our night, and have a hot chocolate, which made me fat by the end of it. But we got to discuss our night and stuff, which was really cool.
Q: What's next for your career?
A: I retired from wrestling the middle of September last year. I got married at the end of September to my high school sweetheart. We waited basically for my whole wrestling career to be over with because I was on the road for seven years. And we finally got married and built a new house. We put off our honeymoon because we were moving. We were just getting settled into our new life and our new home and I get a call to go to Muncie, Indiana. So I kind of spent my honeymoon in Muncie, without my husband. My priority right now is to enjoy my husband and then I'll come back and see what offers are on my desk and move forward with something really fun.
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