Saraya recently returned from a career-threatening injury during the AEW Dynamite Grand Slam episode on September 21, 2022. She sent the social media world into a tizzy with her comeback, and her feud with Britt Baker and Jamie Hayter has only heated up further
The former Paige is also hailed as a trailblazer for the women’s revolution in pro wrestling, having led the movement early on with her work in WWE NXT and the main roster. However, things could have been a lot different if she had decided to stick to the other profession that she wanted to pursue.
.@Saraya has officially chosen her tag team partner for her match against #TheKillerAndThePillar, #AEW Women's World Champ @jmehytr & Dr. @RealBrittBaker D.M.D: former #AEW Women's World Champ Toni Storm!
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— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) January 8, 2023
Speaking on the RJ City on Hey! (EW) podcast, the Brit was asked what she wanted to become if not a professional wrestler. Saraya’s response would come as a surprise to many:
“Animals are just a lot better than people. I don’t like a lot of people. My first goal was to become a zoologist.”
Saraya will team up with Toni Storm to face Baker and Hayter on the January 11 episode of AEW Dynamite. A win here could take her close to contending for the world title.
Saraya on backstage differences between AEW and WWE
Speaking to Alfred Konuwa during an appearance on Pro Wrestling Bits, the former Divas Champion revealed what the WWE locker room thought about AEW.
“When I was backstage in WWE, I didn’t see people talking sh*t about AEW. People were just happy that there’s another place for people to go because when people would get let go in WWE, we’d be so devastated for people, you know what I mean? It’d be like someone just died or something like that. Now, we’re just like, ‘Well, you have an opportunity in AEW now.’ We get happy for people that they have a place that they can go that’s just as big and just as goliath, just as gigantic, you know? Such a big platform.”
She also disclosed that AEW stars felt the same about WWE.
“When it came to AEW too, granted, I’m like more hanging out with a lot of the girls and stuff like that, but I don’t see anyone talking crap,” Saraya said. “No one talks crap about each other behind the scenes.”
Saraya added that there are so many opportunities for AEW talent, as they can partake in reality and TV shows and be a part of NFL-related activities thanks to Tony Khan’s affiliation with the Jacksonville Jaguars.