Backstage news on Sonya Deville's status
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Recently, during an interview with WKBN, Sonya Deville talked about how WWE could introduce more superstars who are part of the LGBTQ community to the company. “I mean, it's not something I ever think about that way, right? Yes, I am who I am, and I am a WWE superstar.
But of course, I appreciate the effect and influence it has on other members of the LGBTQ community, and I love being a part of it. That change in the kind of power I can give them, like, 'Hey, if I can do it, you can do it.
And if I can be myself without remorse, you can be too. And you should never be ashamed or afraid of who you are or who you love. You should just be."
New details on Sonya Deville
Sonya Deville, WWE's first openly gay female wrestler, also outlined a possible backstage segment to introduce viewers to an LGBTQ superstar: "Just like there is a male Superstar on the phone with his wife in a backstage segment or in an interaction with another woman, just have two women or two men interacting.
You know, or maybe I'm on the phone with my girlfriend while you're filming behind the scenes, you know, something like that, which just allows for inclusivity to be there and not in a forced inorganic way, just as it is in life." For the first time, three WWE women's matches took place in Saudi Arabia at Elimination Chamber, and Sonya Deville participated in one of them paired with Charlotte Flair, surrendering to the grip of Ronda Rousey who instead paired with Naomi.
"We were there a couple of years ago with a women's match. Then we were there last weekend with three, one of which is an Elimination Chamber style match, which is a more intense and hardcore match. So that's an incredible thing.
It's amazing to be able to go to a country that doesn't see wrestling every week locally like the US, to hear and feel a different fan base, and it's really cool. It felt like they were really grateful to have us there, and we are were super grateful to be there." Deville would make her return to MMA action in February of 2015.
In her second match, the WWE Superstar defeated Jeselia Perez at CFL HD 2: Bitter Rivals. This time around, Deville won via TKO in the second round. Her third and final fight to date was in March of 2015. Sonya Deville faced Jasmine Pouncy at the University of MMA: Fight Night 9 event. Unfortunately for Deville, her final fight to date ended in a loss via unanimous decision.