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Lilian Garcia Reveals What WWE Did When She Said She Can’t Do A Bikini Contest

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2. Chris Benoit vs. Rikishi

3. Triple H vs. T & A

4. WWF Intercontinental Title: Eddie Guerrero vs. Road Dogg

5. Too Cool vs. Right To Censor

6. The Undertaker vs. Kurt Angle

7. WWF World Heavyweight Title: The Rock vs. Christian & Kane

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• Lilian Garcia Reveals What WWE Did When She Said She Can’t Do A Bikini Contest

During a recent appearance on the Steve Austin Show podcast, former WWE ring announcer Lilian Garcia talked about her eating disorder and body dysmorphia.

Lilian recalled WWE doing a bikini contest and she was scheduled to be a part of it. Lilian told Vince McMahon that she can’t do it and they ended up changing the plan in a unique way to suit her.

Below is what Lilian said:

“I remember even in WWE, I still had that body dysmorphia feeling because I was supposed to do this whole bikini contest. It was the first time ever I was going to be doing a bikini contest, right? And I think already Viscera had serenaded me when we were doing that storyline. He serenaded me already and they wanted me in this bikini contest and I was mortified thinking of myself in the middle of the ring with body dysmorphia with men looking at my body.

So I told Vince and Stephanie I couldn’t do it. And Vince was like…and this was right when my record was going to be released. So I’m telling him I can’t do it. So he was like, ‘why can’t you do it?’ I was like, ‘I just can’t – bikini contests are just not my thing.’ And he was like, ‘but I’m trying to make you a star here! Your record is about to be released and I want to give you some TV time and in a different way’ and all this kind of stuff, right? And I was like, ‘I can’t’ and I was in tears because inside I’m dying, just dying, because I’m already envisioning myself out there and it’s so magnified in my head.

Then, I’m just crying and Stephanie is looking at me and she’s trying to console me, but they’re not understanding why I’m making such a big deal about it, right? Well, at the time, I wasn’t this open. And this has come with age. This is why I tell you I can talk about age. I can talk about what happened to me with bulimia. I could talk about many things because I don’t care and I could help people, right? So I don’t feel like I’m being judged by talking about it.

It ended up that they were cool. They didn’t make me. They changed the storyline. Basically, I go out there wrapped in a towel and I’m about to [unrobe] and [Jerry] ‘The King’ [Lawler] was like, ‘for the first time ever, she’s in a bikini contest!’ and the place is going crazy! I love the fact that the fans wanted this! At least that was nice. Do you know what I mean?

So I was first and they started the music. The place is going nuts. And then, I’m about to unveil with the towel when Viscera’s music hits. He comes down. He swoops me up and steals me away. It was cool that they did something different.”

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