In the first half of 2021, Liv Morgan’s appearances on WWE TV were few and far between, but heading into the final stretch of the year, she’s become one of the most featured Superstars on the Raw roster.
From her stint on SmackDown to being back on Raw, Morgan has been quietly building momentum all year long as well as establishing an incredible connection with the WWE Universe. Now, she faces her toughest challenge to date in the form of Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch.
Despite attacking Lynch backstage on SmackDown the night of her WWE debut almost exactly four years ago, Morgan has never had a one-on-one match with “The Man” on television. That changes on the Dec. 6 edition of Raw when she challenges for the championship after scratching and clawing in both the singles and tag team ranks.
If she is to win, it will mark her first taste of gold in WWE. She’s been one of the elite few breakout stars this year and has everything going for her at the moment, so it would certainly be the perfect way for her to close out 2021.
Before she squares off with Lynch on Raw, Morgan spoke with Daily DDT to chat about her upcoming opportunity, why she wants to win for her fans, her development as a performer this past year, responding to the backlash her Raw promo received last week, and more.
Liv Morgan talks challenging for the Raw Women’s Championship, returning to Raw and her connection with the WWE Universe
Lynch vs. Morgan for the Raw Women’s Championship will just so happen to fall on the 17-year anniversary of when Trish Stratus and Lita had the first-ever women’s main event in the history of Raw.
That isn’t lost on Morgan, who admitted to watching that match as a kid on her bed. It means a lot to her for her match to coincide with such a historic happening and is pulling for it to be positioned as the main event as well.
“It’s so crazy,” Morgan said. “It’s so weird how that just aligned together. I’m really hoping we get to be the main event, too, but it gives me extra motivation I didn’t even need for this match.”
Going in, she’s feeling great and is preparing in a variety of ways both mentally and physically. She’s fresh off a training session with Natalya and mentioned that she now has a wrestling ring in her backyard that she just put together last week.
The past few months alone for Morgan have been an unbelievable roller coaster. She went from teaming with The Riott Squad to having to branch back out on her own to nearly winning Money in the Bank to returning to Raw and to now vying for the Raw Women’s Championship.
“It’s been insane,” she said about her journey in 2021. “I’ve just been really grateful and I’ve been trying to enjoy it in the moment, but it’s a lot of pressure, so it’s a little hard to enjoy. I’m having fun, but I want to be my best and I want to succeed and I want to prove myself right in this situation.”
She pointed out how the documentary WWE Network put out on her about a year ago essentially served as a turning point in her career and was where some fans started to take notice of her. It offered a super personal look at her life and was met with praise from many members of the WWE Universe.
Despite her television time being so inconsistent up until recently, she has turned into a massive fan favorite this year and is extremely thankful for that fan support.
Winning the Raw Women’s Championship for them would be the ultimate cherry on top.
“It just feels so authentic,” she said about her connection with the crowd. “Every time I walk out, even though I don’t see a lot of familiar faces because we’re in new cities every single week, I feel like I kind of know these people, and they know me. They’ve been such a blessing. I don’t know what I did to deserve them, but I’m so grateful for them. I really am.”
Liv Morgan on switching shows every year, her promo process and her response her polarizing promo from last week’s Raw
The New Jersey native has gotten a fresh change of scenery literally every year since arriving on the WWE main roster thanks to the annual drafts and shake-ups. She started on SmackDown in 2017, went to Raw in April 2018, returned to the blue brand on her own in 2019 before going back to Raw later that year, got drafted to SmackDown with Ruby Riott in 2020, and is now a part of the Raw roster once more, as of October.
She and Kevin Owens may be two of the only people to switch shows every year since the Draft was reinstated and wind up on the same show each time at that. At this point, it’s a foregone conclusion to her every year that she’s packing her bags and heading to the opposite brand.
“I’ve come to expect it,” Morgan said. “This year, I totally knew I was going to Raw. I was like, ‘I’ve been drafted every single year,’ so I knew I was going. Raw has been so gracious to me, I’ve really enjoyed my time on Raw. I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of new things and have gotten to show a new side to myself. Raw’s been such a blessing.”
Morgan also commented on whether she’s ever worried that switching shows so often may hinder her momentum: “You have to take it day-by-day because when you worry things that are out of your control, it’s such an energy-drainer. I try to worry about things I can directly control. If I do go to this new show, am I going to do my best? Absolutely. Am I going to try my hardest? Absolutely. Am I going to keep training? Absolutely. Just the things I have a hand in are the things I try to worry about. I keep trying to kill it and prove myself no matter what show you’re on.”
The last year has been huge for Morgan as far as her development as her skills in both the ring and on the mic are concerned. She’s shown she can hold her own against any of WWE’s top female names and Lynch has been no exception.
When asked about whether she’s had any inspirations when it comes to her mic work, she explained that she’s always enjoyed the promo process and that she comes up with most of her material on her own.
“I’ve always liked promos,” she said. “When I first started at NXT, I had never performed ever in my life. I didn’t do public speaking, so it was definitely a new thing and nerve-wracking, but as I started to step into my character and groove, I developed my own formula as far as writing my promos and doing my promos, how I like to perform them. I was really comfortable with them, but then I got moved to SmackDown and then Raw and I was a part of a girl group, The Riott Squad with my sisters, and I didn’t do promos too much.
“I went a long time without getting that actual showtime feeling that you need,” she continued. “You can practice at home in the mirror, and I do that as well, but there’s nothing like… you need the energy to see how you’re going to perform. It’s been really cool to step back into that.”
Her newfound skills on the stick were apparent when she and Lynch had their verbal joust during last week’s contract signing for this week’s Raw Women’s Championship clash. She had several standout lines, but one in particular that got people talking was when she tied Lynch’s lofty contract to her friends being released from WWE.
Fans were upset that a real-life matter would be incorporated into a storyline when in reality it was the company’s decision to let stars such as Riott and Sarah Logan go. The line was later removed from WWE’s YouTube channel and website.
Morgan reassured the audience that the people she was referring to in the promo were okay with what she said and that everyone is entitled to their opinion.
“I saw it online,” Morgan said about the polarizing reaction it received. “I don’t go through everything that’s tweeted to me or said, but it was very apparent online. So yeah, I saw that. I feel everyone is allowed to feel the way they want to feel and everyone wanted to react. I said what I said I guess and I had no intention to offend anyone. All I do know is that my friends that I was talking about, they texted me afterward about how awesome they thought it was and how proud they were of me. It was just one of those things that got a little controversial and it’s a sensitive topic and it’s the reality of the things we’re all going through right now.”
The time for talk will be over come Monday night when Liv Morgan finally gets her opportunity at Becky Lynch’s coveted Raw Women’s Championship.