Saraya made her in-ring return at AEW Full Gear against Britt Baker, her first match in seven years.
Early on in the bout, the former Divas and NXT Women’s Champion faked a neck injury to bait the crowd. She discussed that spot with Dean Muhtadi (the former Mojo Rawley in WWE) in a recent interview for TMZ Sports.
You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
On getting “blown up” during the match: “Everyone was really fantastic. Jerry Lynn was backstage, he’s like this old school wrestler, you know, and legend. And he’s like, ‘You kept your head down a lot, you need to pick it up.’ And I was just like, ‘Bro, I couldn’t keep my head up. I was blown up!’ Like, I could not breathe, I was face down. I was like, ‘I can’t believe I went out and did that!’ I think we did like a total of 14 minutes.”
On her neck bump spot: “The first initial thing was, everyone was really excited that I was in the ring, right? So they’re very hyped, and then I did the first bump, and I wanted to do that first bump where I psyched everybody out. Because everyone was like, ‘As soon as she takes the first bump, she’s gonna break her neck.’ Coming back, there was a lot of mixed reactions about it. People were supportive or they were just really mean to me. And I’m like, ‘What is happening? Shouldn’t this be a very cool thing for people to witness,’ you know? So I wanted to go out there and prove everybody wrong but also troll them a little bit with the first bump.”
The audience’s reaction to the spot: “So I psyched them out and pretended that I hurt my neck, and everyone went dead quiet in the arena. They were like, [gasps]. And then I got up and just started laughing, you know? And then the crowd went quiet again. Because after that, all the bumps they were all just like, ‘Oh my God, please don’t get hurt.’ And I realized afterwards it’s because people just genuinely don’t want me to get hurt in the ring again. So once I got through it, everyone was clapping afterwards like, ‘Whoo, she got through it you guys! Good job!'”
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