NWA star Serena Deeb was recently the guest on AEW Unrestricted. Here are some highlights….
On getting plastic surgery before signing with WWE:
“I didn’t get any flack. I feel amazing now. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. I remember when I decided, back in the day, to get plastic surgery, it was purely professional based. I didn’t have any interest in doing it on a personal level, but the business was what it was at the time. I was straight up told that I probably wouldn’t have a chance had if I were to not do it, and the proof is in the pudding.”
“I got surgery, and then within six months was hired by WWE. So just was what it was, but I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the image of it for me personally. It wasn’t a fit. For me, it was a professional decision to do. It was a very personal decision to reverse it.”
On working with CM Punk:
“It was a learning experience working with somebody like Punk. He has a very strong personality, and he has very strong beliefs, so he will fight for those beliefs until the day he dies. And he will not apologize for it. I think that’s what got him really far in wrestling and gave him a lot of success. Not only that but that’s a quality that I think really worked for him. He would speak up, and he would speak his mind.”
“And if he didn’t like something, he would communicate that, and there were several times when he didn’t like something and it was changed. So I learned a lot from him just in terms of confidence. He’s somebody who I really admire in that in that realm. Favorite moments, obviously doing WrestleMania. Punk wrestled Rey Mysterio.”
“Probably my favorite moment the entire time managing was in that match when Punk was on the ropes ready to take the 619, and Rey hit the ropes. And I hopped up on the apron, and there were 72,000 people there. It was in Phoenix. The boos. Literally across my back, I felt these boos just standing on their the apron. This little 5’4″ girl in this huge stadium and the people were so mad at that moment, and it was just an awesome feeling.”
On WWE giving her a bonus for shaving her head:
“I was given a bonus. I’m often tagged in people having the realization that it’s the same person. There’s a lot of surprise.”
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