Summer Rae is a WWE Superstar. Danielle Moinet is a sweetheart.
When Danielle Moinet walk into a room, heads turn. She’s a tall, gorgeous blonde with a killer, toned figure. Many girls would kill to be her. And then, she opens her mouth and she’s intelligent, kind, and thoughtful. A lot of her fans don’t get to see that side of her. She will always just be Summer Rae, the conniving yet badass WWE Diva. On Total Divas, they only brought attention to her character, Summer Rae, so we still didn’t get to see the real her on the “reality” show.
Behind Summer Rae, Danielle Moinet is a hard-working athlete who’s on the road week after week. Like most of us, she thrives off of her female friendships, loves chocolate, and struggles with backlash on her social media. But in hopes of not confusing fans, she hopes that parents teach their kids that Summer Rae is a character and she ups the sweet factor in her meet and greets.
We talked to Danielle about the struggles of getting in her workouts on the road, how she overcame her original weaknesses with wrestling, meeting fans, and female empowerment. She also goes into detail on how she’s beyond different from her character and why having a fan tell her that she is different is the best thing they can say.
You’re a traveling athlete so your life is on the road non-stop. It must take a toll on your body and skin. How do you stay limber and not get sore from long flights and drives? How do you take care of your skin?
I should be doing more yoga, pilates, and stretching. I’m really bad before a match. I don’t even really stretch that much. Every time I land [from a flight], I have coffee, find a gym on Yelp, go straight to the gym and knock it out, then go get groceries. Sometimes I travel with food. Most of us are with Anytime Fitness or LA Fitness ‘cause they’re in most places. I try to do something active everyday. Sometimes our matches will be short and it’s not a long workout.
For my skin, immediately after a show I take my makeup off and lather my skin in creams and mist. I’m obsessed with every cream ever. I just lather my face.
How often and for how long do you work out each week? While we know you switch between weights and cardio, do you switch between different kinds of cardio or do you have a set routine?
With lifting weights, I can knock out some things in an hour. My average workout is an hour and a half. I like to warm up with cardio. My new thing is that I love the show Scandal and I only let myself watch it while doing cardio so I do it longer.
For cardio, I try to find different things to do; as I’m getting older I see that I need more cardio. I love doing SoulCycle or doing hot yoga to sweat it out. I want to start taking up boxing.
With lifting, I try not to be crazy sore. Eventually, I’ll have to get gains and be sore. On Mondays and Tuesdays – on TV days – I don’t like to lift really heavy because I want to be at my best. And there’s not [always] eight girls in a match; sometimes it’s a single. But Wednesday when I go home, I’m usually fresh so I’ll try to do heavy legs and cardio. Wednesday and Thursday are no excuses ‘cause those are my home days.
As you were an athlete before the WWE, you could easily have brought in other injuries or certain muscle memory into your WWE training. Did you have to reteach your body certain motions when becoming a WWE Diva or did you come in with any weaknesses to address?
I’ve been better with the injuries. As far as surgeries and major injuries, I’ve been very lucky. But it’s interesting coming back from concussions. I’ve been lucky to where I’m not nervous. You never want to play scared. I’ve never been like that which is really good.
When I first started to learn how to wrestle, it was the hardest thing I had ever done and it was so humbling. I’d go home and be so defeated every day. That made me want it that much more. I’ve been with the company almost five years. I remember in my first couple of months, the simple stuff would stress me out so much. Now it’s completely in my muscle memory and I just grab a hold and don’t even think about it. It’s cool how your body does that.