WWE saw a things go in their direction during the COVID-19 pandemic, like being declared an essential service. There were also stories of Linda McMahon orchestrating lot of money in Florida’s direction. It seems that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is a big fan of WWE.

Amidst a presidential campaign and ongoing disputes with Walt Disney World, one might assume that Ron DeSantis has little time for professional wrestling. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Surprisingly, DeSantis not only supports wrestling but has even arranged private shows by WWE for him and his family.

Steph De Lander, formerly known as Persia Pirotta in NXT, disclosed this intriguing detail during an interview with Vice, initially shared on her TikTok and subsequently spreading to other social media platforms. Needless to say, this little tidbit is getting attention outside the pro wrestling world.

During the video, De Lander mentioned that during her time in NXT, she was called to the WWE Performance Center for a special performance on a Saturday. He goal that day was entertaining Governor DeSantis and his family. This unique encounter led to her meeting the governor and presidential hopeful. Interestingly, both De Lander and the interviewer noted the irony of DeSantis opposing drag shows but supporting professional wrestling.


Governor Ron DeSantis has a history of connections with pro wrestling. As we previously mentioned, he played a crucial role in designating WWE, and by extension, AEW, as essential businesses during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, allowing wrestling shows to continue in Florida. While the precise date of the private show wasn’t disclosed, De Lander’s WWE tenure lasted from March 2021 until April 2022, indicating that the special event occurred within that time frame.

This is quite an interesting note from Steph De Lander. After all, Ron DeSantis is a big figure in politics, especially in Florida. It seems that he wanted to get a very close look at the action, to give himself a little escape for a private pro wrestling event.

What’s your take on this new story about Ron DeSantis? Sound off in the comments to let us know what you’re thinking!

Felix Upton

Felix Upton is a seasoned writer with over 30 years of experience. He began his career writing advertisements for local newspapers in New York before transitioning to publishing news for Ringside News. His expertise includes writing, editing, research, photo editing, and video editing. In his free time, he enjoys bungee jumping and learning extinct languages.

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