– Steel Chair Wrestling Magazine recently interviewed NWA women’s champion and AEW wrestler Serena Deeb. During the interview, Deeb discussed her current relationship with NWA, possibly becoming a coach for AEW, and more. She also discussed her being released from her WWE Performance Center coaching role earlier this year as part of WWE’s pandemic-related cuts. Below are some highlights.
Serena Deeb on her current working relationship with NWA: “Its a great question, and I know a lot of people are trying to understand it. I am the NWA champion, so obviously, I expect in the new year when NWA starts running again, that I will be competing on their roster, on their show, hopefully getting some more successful title defenses under my belt. Im looking forward to that because its a whole other roster of women over there, and I love the product that NWA puts out. Im very old-school in how I came up in wrestling, so I love that they kind of honor that feel, so looking to the future, Im definitely very proud to be a representative of that company, and Im looking forward to doing work with them in the new year, but I am also under contract to AEW. One of the most amazing things about Tony Khan is that hes open to talent trading, and he was very open to bringing people in from other companies and having these working relationships that really havent been around in wrestling for a very long time. I really admire that in him, and I think hes doing a lot for professional wrestling just in having that openness. My loyalty is obviously at AEW, where Im a contracted wrestler, but I also expect to do a lot more with NWA in 2021.”
Serena Deeb on her interest in being a coach for AEW: Absolutely, that has been discussed, and its something that I feel great about. I love coaching, and I love helping. Ive always thought, even in my time coaching at WWE, before this, it would be really cool and really powerful to take on a player-coach role where Im able to wrestle and get in the ring, do that part of it while also helping out a little bit more behind the scenes and kind of helping scout for women that are out there that might not have been seen yet. I think taking on that role especially when independent shows start running again, pending the whole COVID situation. Im hoping that I can step into a little bit more of that player-coach role, and I can continue contributing in that way. To touch on your point, that is something that Im really interested in doing, and I think the feeling is mutual from AEW. The womens division is in a really amazing growth period right now, where the women are stepping up, and there are more women coming in, and there are hungry women who are working really hard to improve. I would love for my matches and my ring work to just help accelerate that process.
Serena Deeb on being released from her coaching job with WWE, if she thought her wrestling career was over: Ive had a number of those moments over the years, whether, like you said, it was injuries, there was a time when I took about a year and a half off. I couldnt compete, and that was really challenging when youre in the middle of your growing career, and then you have to step aside for a little bit. Thats really hard mentally. Transitioning into the coaching position, I was trusting the process of my life, and I was embracing that position because I thought it was really amazing to be able to give back in that way and to take on the responsibility of helping others. Im really grateful for it, but I definitely had a lot of varying emotions about it where, on one hand, I was really loving the job and enjoying the process of stepping into that role, but on the other hand, I believed that I still had more to give in the ring, and in my heart, I didnt feel like I was done with wrestling, so I had very polarizing feelings about it. Like I said I was trusting the process. That was what was present in my life at the time, so I was embracing it, but I always hoped and dreamed about having another run in the ring.
When I lost my coaching job at the beginning of the pandemic, it was an interesting time because, when you lose your job, its a traumatic experience, its stressful, theres a lot of things going on there mentally, but it was also such a blessing. I think I could recognize that I think this is going to be the biggest blessing Ive ever had. I just have to wait and be patient so that I can see that transpire, and so everything with AEW and getting back in the ring has really been for me what I really wanted to happen. I wasnt sure if it was going to happen, and it was those initial preliminary feelings of I know that this is happening for a reason, but I have to wait and see it, well, Im seeing it now.