Serena Deeb has opened up on her departure from WWE.The NWA Women’s Champion discussed her exit from the company on the AEW Unrestricted podcast.
Deeb confirmed that her release from the company was due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.Speaking to Tony Schiavone and Aubrey Edwards, Deeb said:
“Well, it was pandemic related, I remember the day. There were a lot of people from producers to coaches to talent that all got the call, and I mean, it just is what it is. It was a sign of the times of just needing to cut back, and I just said this the other day, amongst the women, that it was probably the best thing that ever happened to me losing my job because this probably would not be happening right now. I don’t even look back on that with any type of negative feelings or anything. It is purely positive for me.”
Serena Deeb made her AEW debut in September 2020.Following this, in October, she would defeat Thunder Rosa to win the NWA Women’s Championship.Deeb confessed later in the podcast that these events would never have happened if it hadn’t been for the pandemic.Answering a fan question, Deeb gave her thoughts on if she would have chosen to leave WWE:
“I’ve thought a lot about that too. I think the answer is no, I was embracing that chapter. It seemed like I was following the path of what seemed right in my life. When I was offered the coaching job, it felt really right, and I thought, “Well, I got to do a lot in this business, more than a lot of people.” I felt like it might be more of my time to give back in that way. For me, it was just a matter of following the path. The path seemed like that was right for me at that time.”
Serena Deeb previously wrestled in WWE in 2010 where she was a member of CM Punk’s Straight Edge Society.She returned to the company as a trainer in 2018 following her participation in the Mae Young Classic tournament. Deeb has also spoken about her willingness to coach in AEW.
Credit to AEW Unrestricted podcast
h/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription