AEW superstar Saraya was recently interviewed by Metro, where she discussed a number of topics. Among them were why she decided to join AEW, working for Triple H vs. Tony Khan and more.
Below are some highlights from the interview:
On a conversation with Triple H and why Saraya decided to join AEW:
‘He did give me the opportunity to potentially be a GM again, and give me the opportunity to be like, “If you ever potentially want to wrestle again, I’ll give you that opportunity too”. He was very open about any ideas that I had.’
Saraya laughed: ‘When AEW started you’re kinda like, “ooh, what’s going on over there?” It’s like the movie, the bad boy with a leather jacket and a cigarette, kinda cruising in the background like, “Who’s that bad boy?”
‘You’re definitely intrigued by the company! Just seeing how quickly in three years that it’s built – I’m like, this company! You have the bad, tribal fans, but whether you like them or not you can’t fault how amazing it is to become another goliath company like that.’
‘Do I wanna go back to WWE or do I want to go to AEW? Seeing Renee, she’s one of my best friends, and Mox as well, and Jericho, they were all calling me,’ she explained, noting that the freedom to take outside opportunities was ‘the thing that maybe tipped the scale’.
On working for Tony Khan:
‘I know Triple H is fantastic, and he’s an awesome boss and I know that because I worked with him in NXT. He’s still half the boss, and the other half is the Nick [Khan] guy right, who I haven’t met yet,’ she said.
‘I don’t know if I would end up sitting on my arse for another five years, and that terrified me. And then not being able to do other projects terrified me. I can’t sit on my butt again and do nothing!
‘I can’t ask to go and do this and that and be told no again. I needed my freedom, and Tony was willing straight out of the gate to give that to me. “Just come to work when you’re supposed to come to work”. OK, absolutely, I can do that!’
‘He’s such an easy laid back boss,’ she beamed. ‘If you have an idea, he’s like, “If we don’t do it this week, we’ll do it in the next couple of weeks, we’ll do that idea”, and he will do it.
‘I love that about him. And he’s always there, even though he’s running an NFL team and Fulham Football Club. Even if you text him, even if he takes a couple of hours he will always get back to you. I’m just really grateful to be in the place that I am now.’
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