Sonya Deville made her return to WWE television back in January of last year in a non-wrestling role. Since then, she has been a mainstay of Friday Night Smackdown alongside Adam Pearce as a WWE official. She also has an idea how WWE can introduce LGBTQ stars.

Sonya Deville recently told WKBN that she hopes to see WWE introduce LGBTQ Superstars in subtle ways in the future. Deville, the first open lesbian wrestler in the WWE, teased a backstage segment that would expose viewers to an LGBTQ Superstar.

I mean, it’s not something that I ever think about like that, right? It’s always just like, ‘Yeah, I am who I am, and I’m a WWE Superstar.’ But obviously, I realize the effect and influence it has on other members of the LGBTQ community, and I love being a part of that. That change in that kind of power that I can give to them, like, ‘Hey, if I can do it, you can do it. And if I can be myself unapologetically, so can you. And you should never be ashamed or afraid of who you are or who you love. You should simply just be.

Just as you would have a male Superstar on the phone with their wife in a backstage segment or interacting with another female, you just have two females or two males interacting. You know, or maybe I’m on the phone with my girlfriend while you’re filming backstage, you know, something like that, that just allows the inclusivity to be there and not in a forced inorganic way, kind of just how it is in life.


At the Elimination Chamber event in Saudi Arabia earlier this month, Sonya Deville and SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair joined up to lose to Ronda Rousey and Naomi. Deville expressed her admiration for WWE for breaking down social barriers by including three female matches on the night.

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