Before she was rolling with Ruby Soho and Toni Storm as a member of The Outcasts, Saraya made a splash in AEW when she popped up in the company during the Dynamite: Grand Slam special last year on September 21. While speaking with Busted Open Radio, Saraya reflected on what went through her head leading up to her debut in the company.
“It took me a minute to really get my confidence back, honestly, because I was out for a very long time,” she said. “Wrestling is ever-evolving and ever-changing. Everything just feels so different. Then obviously going into a different company too, it just felt like I was going into a new high school. Plus, I didn’t know anybody. I just felt very misplaced at the beginning. I didn’t have confidence at all. However, I was coming back in and I’m like, ‘Man, I need to learn how to wrestle again.
Also, I need to learn all these new things because there are so many new moves and stuff like that.’ The structure of the wrestling matches in AEW is a little bit different, so it’s just a learning curve. But now I feel like I’m starting to get in the swing of things and getting more confident within myself. Once I had that triple threat, I felt really good. like. I felt confident after that. I was like, ‘Okay, I can do it and I’m going to continue to do it.'” (h/t Wrestling News.co)
The following week on the September 28 edition of Dynamite, Saraya cut a promo that was regarded by many as being less than optimal, including the woman herself. The promo included a shot at former WWE CEO and current Chairman of the Board of Directors Vince McMahon.
“I was stuttering and nervous. I was like, ‘Oh no. This is awful.’ But then at the same time when I was coming in, I was like, I love being a bad guy,” Saraya said. “Also, I feel it’s easier to get people to hate you than to get people to like you. It’s so much easier because people do have a lot right these days. So I wanted to come across more like, ‘Is she a good guy or is she a bad guy?’ But just the way I delivered it, it wasn’t the proudest promo that I’ve ever done. I was like, okay, if I have to have another promo, which I ended up having with Britt, I need to redeem myself somehow.
[Jon] Moxley helped a lot with these promos, and so with that one, he was like, ‘You should just speak from the heart. Stop trying to plan a promo out of your head. Just speak from experience and this is more personal. You want to be more personal about it.” Without taking low blow jabs, which are the cheap pops that you can get, he was like, ‘No, you should go in there and just be like, I’m a star and this is the reason why.’ But then it was kind of like, who’s the babyface and who’s the heel between me and Britt, and then we kind of decided it doesn’t matter. We don’t have to have a definitive baby face and heel.” (h/t Wrestling News. co)