Saraya’s WWE career was cut short due to recurring injuries. She departed WWE in July and made her AEW debut a few weeks ago. It appears that AEW hid Saraya in a closet prior to her debut.
AEW referee Aubrey Edwards recalled a time when AEW had one of its newly signed stars hide in a closet. AEW has not been afraid of recruiting some well-known names in the wrestling industry. Saraya, formerly known as Paige in WWE, inked a deal with the company in September.
Saraya made her AEW debut at “AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam.” During a recent episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Edwards stated that Saraya was hidden in a closet before making her debut. “We had Saraya show up, which was incredible,” Edwards said. “I think they hid her in a closet that was labeled like, ‘AEW Tech Supplies.’ So, everyone knew not to go in there.”
AEW commentator Tony Schiavone backed up Edwards’ claim, saying, “that’s exactly what they did, yeah.” Edwards said she quickly realized something was going on, “Yeah, I love that. I was like, ‘When did we have a tech supply closet? Oh, okay, smart, smart.'”
This isn’t the first time AEW has gone to such lengths to hide the arrival of a major star. Tony Khan reportedly did not mention CM Punk’s name at the pre-show meeting prior to Punk’s AEW debut last year. Punk was instead referred to as a “special guest.”
Claudio Castagnoli revealed that he was also hidden ahead of his debut AEW appearance, which took place during the AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door crossover event. Castagnoli said that AEW officials refused to let him enter the locker room before his big debut. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Ringside News.
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