Saraya, formerly known as WWE’s Paige, recalled an NXT promo class where she had to pretend Roman Reigns had stolen her toaster.
While performers in NXT are constantly attempting to improve their in-ring wrestling skill, they’re also tasked with the performance aspect of being a sports entertainer, and attend regular promo classes as part of their training.
Prior to his tragic passing, the late great Dusty Rhodes was in charge of promo classes within NXT, and many of his former students remember his classes fondly. Speaking at Saraya: Turning the Paige as part of Starrcast V, the former WWE Divas Champion recalled her time working with the American Dream.
“Dusty was like ‘You be yourself baby.’ So when I first got there, he [Dusty] would do this thing where he just make people randomly go up and do promos without any plan for them whatsoever.”
Continuing, the former Anti-Diva recounted a particular promo class that saw her and the future Roman Reigns portray scorned lovers in front of multiple future WWE Champions.
“I remember there was this promo where I was sitting and he goes ‘Alright baby get up there.’ I’m like ‘And do what?’ And he looks at Roman, who was Leati back then ‘Leati baby get up there. You don’t say anything. Saraya, he broke up with you and stole your toaster. Go!’ I’m like I am so scared, did this promo and I was mortified. Not just anyone is watching me, when I got there it was Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose, Roman, everyone that is flourishing on the main roster is right in front of me.”
After more than a decade with WWE, the former SmackDown General Manager’s contract with the company expired on July 7th, making her a free agent. While a neck injury forced her into an early retirement, she’s recently teased that she’d love to get back into the ring and also spoke about what she’s doing to strengthen her neck in the event that an in-ring return does become possible.
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