Saraya is considered a pioneer in professional wrestling as she has helped establish women’s wrestling in general in a big way thanks to her time in WWE NXT as well as the main roster. She was eventually let go by WWE last year and it appears Saraya was simply miserable and depressed prior to her release.

After WWE decided not to renew her contract, Saraya made her way to AEW during the Grand Slam edition of Dynamite back in September 2022. She immediately made an impact and started feuding with Britt Baker.

Prior to her AEW debut, Saraya was largely absent on WWE television as the company simply had no use for her. In the end, her career-ending neck injury simply prevented her from doing anything in the company.

While speaking with The Mark Hoke Show, Saraya talked about the final couple of years of her time in WWE. Saraya revealed that she was incredibly miserable and depressed before her departure because she felt WWE was holding her back from doing the things she wanted to do.


“I was doing Twitch but I was also being held back so much when I was in the WWE because they just didn’t give me the freedom to do what I wanted to do, to even try and find something else that could potentially fill that void and then also, they didn’t want me doing media, they didn’t want me to do anything so I was sitting on my ass for a couple years and people thought I enjoyed that. No, I hated that. I was miserable, it made me very depressed. Not to the point where I started doing drugs and drinking again because I was a lot smarter by that point but it would make me so miserable, like not being able to do anything.”

Saraya also rebelled against WWE for cutting women’s matches short back in the day. The former WWE Superstar will forever be grateful for her time in Vince McMahon’s promotion, but she knows not everything was perfect there and that’s all that matters.

What’s your view on what Saraya said? Are you surprised she felt miserable in WWE? Let us know in the comments!

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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