Stephanie De Landre is an Australian professional wrestler now signed to WWE, where she used to compete as Persia Pirotta on the NXT 2.0 brand. She had a couple of storylines in place but they abruptly ended as well.

As previously reported, Persia Pirotta was among the many NXT talent released by the company last week. This didn’t come as shock to her at all either.

While speaking with Sean Ross Sapp, Persia Pirotta talked bout her release from WWE. Pirotta made it clear she will not let the release destroy her.

“I think it’s one of those things where—I love inspirational quotes, and it’s very lame—but it’s not about what happened to you, it’s about how you react to it. I could very easily let this thing that happened destroy me and tuck my tail between my legs and cower home and do all those things. Or I can try and find the positives in a situation which I truly believe there are some positives in this situation and make the most of it and just continue with everything that I did before WWE. Because I started wrestling and training when it was 2015. So I hustled on the indies, I grinded, I did all of these things from an unknown wrestler in Australia to WWE. So it’s like remembering that mind frame and that mindset that I had beforehand and now taking what I learned in the last year and applying that and just creating the best version of myself and the best career I can for myself.”


“It’s one of those things where you always know releases are gonna come after WrestleMania. So I think everyone gets their brain thinking. Then also the quarterly call coming up or whatever it is. That makes you think about it because they hadn’t done any this year. We hadn’t been told anything, but you see it enough and you go, ‘It’s been longer than about three months…’ You start to get those thoughts growing and then enough people think the same thing and then whether it’s true or not. You know what wrestling is like. Everyone talks to each other.

So, there was a feeling of releases are coming soon. As I said, it’s one of those things where I think—and it’s not a healthy thing to sit there and just stress about it constantly and that’s something I wish I could have let go of that feeling a lot more, but personally I just couldn’t. It did worry me a lot—it’s my dream job. Of course, I’m terrified of getting fired. Especially seeing the way that things panned out with all of the releases. Within a month of me arriving, there was all of the huge ones last year with the Iiconics and all of those people.”

We will have to wait and see what the future holds for Persia Pirotta as she certainly wants to accomplish a lot, following her WWE release.

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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