Saraya, a pro wrestling icon, had her world shattered in December 2017 following a severe neck injury, which led her to believe that her days in the wrestling ring were over. When WWE decided not to renew her contract in 2022, her suspicions seemed to be confirmed.
However, Saraya has returned triumphantly to the wrestling scene, with her recent AEW debut marking a significant milestone in her career. The former Divas Champion opened up about her journey during an appearance on "Wilde On." She shared the surprising turn of events that led to her once again donning her wrestling boots.
"After parting ways with WWE, I received a call from Hunter, who was confused about the circumstances of my departure," she recalled. "He wasn't aware that Vince had decided against renewing my contract."
Saraya's AEW Signing: A New Chapter
In the wake of her departure from WWE, she received calls from several AEW representatives eager to connect her with Tony Khan, the promotion's president.
Though the specifics of her role were unclear then, Khan swiftly signed her, signaling a new chapter in her career. "It was truly exhilarating to be welcomed into AEW," Saraya remarked. "I had no idea what my role would be - perhaps a general manager or a producer.
I was certain that it wouldn't involve wrestling, as I assumed my in-ring days were behind me." However, in a surprising twist of fate, conversations with Khan piqued her interest in reevaluating the state of her neck. This exploration ultimately set the stage for her unexpected return to in-ring action.
On November 19, at AEW Full Gear, Saraya made her official comeback, defeating Britt Baker and stepping back into the ring for the first time in half a decade. Saraya's journey has been a testament to her resilience and passion for the sport.
Despite the trials and tribulations she's faced, she's not only returned to the wrestling world but has done so with a newfound zeal that promises to redefine her legacy.