Saraya, formerly known as Paige, is famously known for becoming the youngest Divas Champion at the age of 21 on her main roster debut match in WWE. She made her AEW debut this year where we saw her get physical in wrestling for the first time since she sustained a neck injury back in 2017. Enjoying her time at AEW, Saraya recently spoke how shocked she was with the way things ran there, especially with the way the company handle’s its stars life outside the ring.
Saraya recently joined Chris Van Vliet on Insight where she recalled initially being signed on to AEW. AEW’s refusal to take a cut from her outside projects came as a shock to Saraya, who was accustomed to WWE taking a cut from each of her outside projects.
“I want to be able to branch out and do other things. And so with AEW and Tony, they were just like you can go do whatever you want as long as you come to work, we’ll be happy. And then if I have to do any TV stuff, of course I would ask them or tell them what I’m gonna do and what the ins and outs of it is, But they’re always going to be like you can do whatever you want and we don’t want a percentage of it either which I thought was like a big deal. I was like, you don’t want to take something away from me and you don’t want to take my Twitch away? Fantastic ! Because that was such a big deal in WWE, not with Triple H, because Hunter let NXT people keep their twitch. It was the main roster that kind of got taken away and then Thea lost her job over it at one point and then she got rehired again.”
With AEW, Saraya is in her element. She appreciated the creative freedom that AEW grants her and expressed how she hasn’t feel like this in a long time.
“Yeah and so I just I just didn’t want that to happen again where opportunities got taken away from me or I wasn’t allowed to do something one week or the other which I do trust Hunter with, but you just never know I don’t know who this other boss is now. Nick, right I’m not familiar with him so that kind of like made me a little bit skeptical to it that’s the only thing because with Hunter if it was just Hunter I’d be like you know like I trust you but Tony just like made it so easy for me and he was just like we’ll do as much as you want to do too within AEW. You get to make the rules on what you can and can’t do and I’m just like I love that ! Like to be in my getting to be Saraya and having control of my life I’m like I haven’t had that feeling for a long time”
Saraya shocked fans after she announced being medically cleared to wrestle again. She immediately threw out a challenge to Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D for a match at Full Gear. Saraya is set to face off against Britt Baker at Full Gear, which will be her first match since her injury back in 2017
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