It’s now been three weeks since Saraya took aim at Vince McMahon on AEW Dynamite, yet the former WWE star is still having to fight off haters.
Saraya hasn’t been let off lightly for firing shots at ex-WWE boss Vince McMahon.
The two-time WWE Divas Champion, who effectively said McMahon never listened to her during the 28 September AEW Dynamite broadcast, defended herself on the latest Talk Is Jericho podcast. Explaining how she left WWE on good terms this past July, Saraya admitted that she got easily “frustrated” at times:
“Well, they [the fans] call us traitors and stuff like that. But I’m like, ‘Well, they didn’t renew my contract, I don’t know what to tell you.’ Like you know what I mean? So it’s not as if I just left the company [WWE], we left on good terms, and it is what it is. But like, I feel like people should be happy that there’s other companies out there that are just as big and getting bigger and stuff. And there’s so many different places that all your favourites could potentially go and build a career, you’re not having to just focus on one company anymore. And I just feel like this is wonderful.
And then they were mad at me because I said a boss that listens to me about the division because, you know, Hunter [Triple H] listened to me, he always did, he was always wonderful. That’s why I like working with him in NXT. And he’s the one that helped me when I first got to the main roster. But it can get a little frustrating at times being there, as you know, you feel like you’re throwing ideas and stuff like that, and you see what sticks, and then you end up just sitting in catering or you end up sitting at home, and that’s the thing that became really frustrating.
Whereas I threw an idea at Tony [Khan] and straightaway, he was just like this, give it a try. Like, they can either like [or] hate it, but we’ll give it a try, and I really appreciate that. So I said that in a promo like, ‘Alright, a boss that listens to me.’ Oh, it’s the worst thing I ever said. It’s like I literally came over to their house and set their family on fire. It was like the worst thing ever. I was like, ‘Oh my God, you guys need to chill, it’s not that deep’.”
Saraya debuted with All Elite Wrestling during Grand Slam Dynamite, saving Athena and Toni Storm from Britt Baker, Jamie Hayter, and Rebel. She got physical for the first time in almost five years two weeks thereafter, performing a Roundhouse Kick on Rebel during a subsequent confrontation.
With Saraya having now reportedly been cleared, it looks likely she could wrestle by the end of 2022. A recent Fightful Select report indicated that WWE had refused to test her under the old regime, leading the then-Paige to undergo medical tests off her own back, though the new regime was allegedly keen to get her back in the ring.
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