The first things you notice are the legs. But enough about our KFC takeout: We’re here to sing the praises of Stacy Keibler, the WWE Diva who wrestling fans just voted Babe of the Year. If you’re a men-in-tights enthusiast, you’ve watched as wee little Stacy climbed the wrestling ropes from her days as a dancing WCW Nitro Girl to her current role as WWE Raw’s main attraction. If your love of wrestling died with Hulk Hogan’s yellow bikini bottoms and this is your first real look at Ms. Keibler, prepare your eyes for a visual smackdown. We recommend wearing safety goggles.
STUFF: You were just voted Babe of the Year. Did Triple H feel slighted?
STACY: Maybe a little. [Laughs] I’m really honored, because it’s something our fans vote on. It’s cool.
At shows, do you enjoy the signs fans hold up for you?
Yeah. I mean, there are some that are a little disgusting. I get the I LOVE YOU, STACY; I WANT TO MARRY YOU, STACY; I HAD STACY’S BABY. There are crude ones, too. Some guys put pictures all over them—they take time on these things!
So you have an appreciation for glitter art?
I have a very big appreciation for markers and glitter.
What would a guy have to write on his sign to get you to climb out of the ring and make out with him?
[Laughs] There’s not a chance in hell that I’d get out of the ring and make out with one of those random guys.
Who is the worst-smelling pro wrestler in the biz?
Hmmm. I don’t know, because I’m not really, like, sniffing them.
Who would you least like to sniff?
Probably Big Show, because he’s just enormous. I would probably not enjoy going up into his armpit.
If the horrible rumors are true, you’re a very nice person. How the hell did you get into wrestling?
I kind of have a fairy-tale story. It’s crazy. I was a college student, watching wrestling with my boyfriend at the time, and we saw an ad to try out for the WCW’s Nitro Girls. They were a group of dancers, like the Fly Girls on In Living Color. And I thought, I’m just going to try, because it was for 10 grand. I won the contest. They asked me to sign a contract the next week, and I started traveling right away. I’ve been doing it for six years now.
Did you buy yourself anything nice with the prize money?
I bought season tickets to the [Baltimore] Ravens. I still have them! I was a Ravens cheerleader in college.
What’s the worst part of your job?
Wrestling school was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It just killed me. It’s very deceiving, because the ring looks so bouncy, but it’s not. It’s like hitting concrete. We learned by getting hurt. Our hair got ripped out. I toughed it out, but even to this day, when I have a match, the next day I feel like I got run over by a train. It still kicks my ass. But the greatest part is walking out in front of 70,000 people screaming my name. There’s nothing else I’ll ever get that feeling from.
Is it weird when people don’t scream and wave signs when you walk into a Starbucks?
That’s actually wonderful that it doesn’t happen. It’s only great for about five minutes during the show, and then that’s it.
Do you enjoy a good steel chair to the head every now and then?
I got whacked in the head with a steel chair on television one time. For the record, when those guys hit each other in the head with chairs, it’s real. And they hit each other in the head with chairs because they’re crazy. And I am not that crazy. So I will not let anyone hit me in the head with a steel chair anymore.
Have you ever head-butted anyone in real life?
When I graduated from high school, I went to Cancún, and a girl tried to beat me up. I was dancing on a chair, and she was trying to kick it out from underneath me. My girlfriend and I ended up getting into a little scuffle with her. Well, my girlfriend did. I was more or less standing there. Afterward, in typical girl fashion, the girl came up to us and said, “I lost my earring. Can you girls help me find it?” And we did.
So where’s your favorite place to get Raw?
I really like visiting military bases. We’ve done a lot with the troops. The WWE does so much stuff that people don’t see. SmackDown! just went to Iraq. It’s great to meet them, because they appreciate it so much.
WWE fans seem to enjoy discussing your legs on the Web.
Yes. I’m very happy that I have very nice legs. God has blessed me with legs and ass.
Have you insured them?
You should think about ass insurance.
Ass insurance. I’ll look into that.
Are there any wrestling moves you recommend for couples?
I highly recommend that couples watch our show, because there are plenty of underlying sexual positions going on. Like, come on, it’s usually two guys, pretty much in their underwear, rolling around with each other and putting each other in compromising positions. The goal is to try to lie on top of the other one.
Do you think some wrestlers enjoy the man-to-man contact?
I think, for the most part, they’re all straight. But I don’t know. They obviously enjoy it if they’re still doing it. For couples, I guess a good move to try would be a pile driver. It’s kind of an interesting position for a guy and a girl.
Have you ever tried it with your boyfriend?
Well, I’m dating. I don’t have a boyfriend. I’m just 25, living in Los Angeles and loving it.
Do guys try to impress you by putting you in headlocks at bars?
I don’t get approached that much, but I’m always approached by the wrong guys. It’s always the really over-the-top guys. I’m standing there, talking to a girlfriend, and they butt in to my conversation and try to be funny. I just look at them like, “Are you kidding me?”
You’ve said that you like fellas to be vocal in the bedroom but “not weird.” Please give an example of what constitutes weird.
I like being vocal. I think if you’re going to be having sex and not talk at all, it’s weird. That’s what I mean by that. I don’t think it needs to be over the top, but it’s good just to talk or say things or compliment each other or whatever.
Like, talking about your day?
Well, I’m usually not thinking about my day at that point. If I’m thinking about my day, something is wrong.
Do you have any role models, or does Stacy do her own thing?
I think that I definitely do my own thing. Everything in my life has been a stepping-stone to something else. So I’m excited to see where my life goes. It’s been an interesting ride so far.