Saraya (former WWE star Paige) made her All Elite Wrestling debut back at the AEW Grand Slam event in Arthur Ashe Stadium last September.
Saraya cut her first promo the following week, explaining why she came to AEW, and how she planned to start a women’s revolution in the company.
The promo was heavily criticised by those watching, with Saraya herself admitting that she was a little rusty during the segment.
Saraya appeared on Busted Open Radio, where she regflected on the promo.
“I was so mortified by the promo myself that I actually second guessed coming back altogether. ‘Did I just make a mistake? Did I make myself look so awful?’
“People like Dean Malenko was like, ‘You went out there, you said on the microphone that you were nervous.’ I really was. I was terrified. I have never been so terrified in my career. Even when I debuted, won different championships, I was terrified, but not as terrified as coming back after five years, going to a different company in front of a new group of fans, in front of all these people watching you and they want to see you fail or do good. There was a lot of eyes.”
“I wanted to come across more, ‘is she a good guy or a bad guy too?’ Just the way I delivered it, it wasn’t my proudest promo I’ve done. If I had to own up a promo, which I ended up having with Britt, I had to redeem myself.
“Moxley helped out a lot with these promos. With that one, he was like, ‘Speak from the heart. Stop trying to plan a promo out in your head. Speak from experience and more personal’ without taking low blow jabs just, ‘I’m a star.’
“Then it was, ‘who is the babyface and who is the heel’ with me and Britt. We decided it doesn’t matter, you don’t have to have a definitive babyface or heel.”
Saraya then went on to discuss one line from the promo that she wishes she didn’t say, that being a shot that she took against WWE during the segment.
“The one thing I do wish I didn’t say, I got asked to say a certain sentence, the sentence where I was like, ‘Finally, a boss that listens to me’ I wish I didn’t take that low hanging fruit. I’ve always spoke highly of WWE because they helped me a lot.
“I love AEW. There is no reason to take that low hanging fruit and I feel that caused a lot of tribalism and negative reaction. There are some things you wish you didn’t say, and that’s one of them. I feel it would have gone smoother if I wouldn’t have said that. I understand why people were made, ‘but I’m playing a character. Be quiet.'”
Saraya made her return to the ring at AEW Full Gear, where she defeated Britt Baker in her return match.
Saraya is currently a member of the Outcasts in AEW alongside Toni Storm and Ruby Soho.
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