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Saraya Reveals Details Behind AEW Debut, Says She Never Discussed WWE In-Ring Return

Saraya reveals more details about her WWE exit and AEW debut.

New AEW signee Saraya returned to streaming on her Twitch channel. During a recent stream, the former WWE Divas Champion revealed that she did not have discussions with WWE about an in-ring return following her 2018 retirement.

“We never had that discussion. I never had that discussion with WWE because they let me go. I’ve been working years to better myself and be healthier and stronger. Me, mentally, I never brought it up because I had this mental block. I want to be as safe as possible. I know what my body can do. Me and WWE never had that discussion about having a match. I never brought it up to them about me potentially wrestling,” the former Paige said. “If I was to talk them about it, I’m sure they would do the research. I wasn’t mentally ready. It still makes me nervous, but I’m way smarter about it. I know what I can and can’t do. I’m not expecting to do six German suplexes off the top. I’m not that wrestler anyway.”

When it came to signing with AEW, Saraya says the decision to debut her at AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam was made about two weeks out. She then signed her contract on September 21.

“It was like two weeks before because [Chris] Jericho, [Jon] Moxley, and Tony [Khan] were all like, ‘it would be good if you were on Grand Slam in two weeks.’ That’s when it all started. Everything was good, literally until it….I signed literally the day. It was the craziest two weeks.”

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.

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