Sonya Deville was recently interviewed by The New York Post. The interview was intended to promote WWE and her Rainbow Love clothing line. The conversation focused a lot on her Daddy Deville persona and her being an openly gay female wrestler.
Sonya was asked if she thought we were close to seeing a sincere lesbian storyline in WWE. Here is her response:
“I think anything’s possible. Especially this year, I don’t rule it out at all. Like I’ve said in the past, inclusion is important in every aspect of life, including sports entertainment, and I think that the company would agree on that. I think it’s definitely a possibility this year.”
While that’s a story that’s just a possibility at this point, how does she feel about something that has already definitely happened? Sonya is the first openly lesbian wrestler in WWE. How does she feel about this and stepping up her game as of late?
“It’s a very gratifying and fulfilling thing for me because I was on the other side of the coin five, six years ago looking up to people on television, feeling comfort in having allies that represented me on media and TV and film and entertainment in general. So to be that for the next generation and for the youth who might not be comfortable with who they are, it’s super relatable for me because I was that person not too long ago.”
How does she relate to the character she’s been portraying of late since turning on Mandy Rose?
“It comes from a place of knowing what it feels like to be second best and not just to Mandy, but in general, being the underdog and being underestimated. I remember when I first started training MMA I was the only girl at the gym. It was like a joke, like ‘Oh yeah, this girl is gonna join our jiu-jitsu class or hang with us in Muay Thai sparing and stuff?’ I just always remember being the one to prove everybody wrong, being the underdog. That’s kind of where I excel.”
One thing is for sure, Sonya is a wrestler to watch on SmackDown. She is clearly establishing herself as one of the ladies to be reckoned with on SmackDown and seems destined for a match up with Bayley or whoever is the SmackDown women’s champion down the line.
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