Karmen Petrovic Reveals The Origin Of Her In-Ring Name

WWE NXT star Karmen Petrovic appeared on an episode of The Wrestling Classic Casual Conversations to talk about a number of topics including the origin of her in-ring name.

Petrovic said, “I came up with Karmen, I really liked the name Karmen.” “But I didn’t want it to be Carmen with a C, I wanted it to be Karmen with a K because Monika is spelled with a K and I wanted my parents to be able to pronounce it. I really liked Karmen with a K. I had a few other names, but Karmen felt like the most me. The writing team loved it a lot as well. They give us full creative freedom and then they pick and choose what they think is right or what they want to run with.”

“I originally didn’t know if they would allow me to have an ethnic last name. I am a white girl with blonde hair. I understood coming into WWE how the fanbase works in that it needs to be digestible and understandable. People need to be able to say it. Some people have one name. I suggested just being Karmen and I didn’t need a last name, but I said, ‘If I do have a last name, I would love to keep my roots.’ I wanted to keep my Eastern European background because I know I’m one of the only people in WWE that is Eastern European. I also want to represent Canada, which I do as much as I can, because I am billed from Toronto, people don’t know I have an Eastern European background. I wanted to keep it in my last name. Petrovic, I came up with because there was a popular and legendary basketball player, Dražen Petrović, who was a national hero in Yugoslavia and someone who everyone had good things to say. It was something I thought American fans have heard of and announcers have said before. I wanted to try to follow his footing.”

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(H/T to Fightful for transcribing the above quotes)