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 debuted in AEW last year and fans couldn’t have been happier. That said, it appears Saraya revealed she had other plans for her debut in AEW.

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.

After one unfortunate promo, Saraya eventually found her groove and finally made her in-ring return at Full Gear 2022, where she squared off against Britt Baker. Despite noticeable ring rust, Saraya would come out on top in the match.

While speaking with Kenny McIntosh for Inside The Ropes, Saraya talked about her debut in AEW. Saraya revealed that she actually wanted to debut as a heel in AEW.


“I wanted to be a heel straight out the gate, and they told me I had to be a babyface. When I walked out, the first time I walked out, and I was like ‘I understand, but I just flourish better as a heel’.“If I have to get comfortable I’d rather be a heel first because it’s easy to get people to hate you than like you, and so that I can just get in my stride and not be so offended if people are talking sh*t about me. So I’m like, ‘Hey, I’m just doing my job.’ You know what I mean?”

Saraya also rebelled against WWE for cutting women’s matches short back in the day. Saraya is currently out of action due to an undisclosed injury, so we’ll have to see when she will be able to make her in-ring return.

What are your thoughts on what Saraya said? Are you glad she decided to make her way to AEW? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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