ESPN recently released an article where they spoke to Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville who debuted last week on RAW and Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott, and Sarah Logan who debuted last week on SmackDown.
Sonya Deville on her debut:
“I was flying out Thursday to Austin, Texas for an NXT tour — I wrestled in Austin, and then the following night in San Antonio. I think, right before the show in San Antonio, I had gotten word that I would be going to Raw and SmackDown, but of course, didn’t think anything of it. I just said, ‘Oh, maybe I’m just going to hang out or whatever. Seems like a cool opportunity.’ As the days unfolded, you hear rumors and you hear things flying around,” continued Deville. “You don’t wanna believe anything until it’s set in stone, because it’s the entertainment industry at the end of the day and things change. Come Monday, around 3:00, 3:30, I found out what I was doing. I think I’m still in disbelief. I don’t know if it’s really set in yet.”
Liv Morgan on her debut:
“I received an email saying that they were going to fly me in to do a dark match — an un-televised match on SmackDown, so I was like, ‘Okay, cool.’ I was super excited for the opportunity to wrestle in front of a bigger crowd. So I just packed my bags under the assumption that I was just going to have a dark match. We get to RAW and we kind of get pulled aside in a room and we’re told that we’d be going to Raw or SmackDown. I didn’t expect it at all. I was completely surprised and, of course, I’m so emotional and such a baby. I started crying. I grew up a little poor girl from New Jersey. I shouldn’t be here, but somehow, in this universe, I made it here in the WWE”
Mandy Rose on her debut:
“I actually wasn’t in Houston for NXT, I was home in Orlando. I was ready to actually go home a little early for Thanksgiving since we didn’t have any Florida shows. But I received the email that I’d be going to Raw and SmackDown, which was really exciting news, but I had to change all of the travel stuff. Was this going to be me just kind of showing my face, or just maybe… I really didn’t know what to think. I thought about all different scenarios. I don’t know if it was because we were both from the Northeast, but we (Sonya) automatically became best friends. We were there for each other, and we’ve been there for each other ever since. We live together. We do everything together. We drive to shows and train together. Finding out that we were both debuting the same night, and moving to RAW together, it was just insane.”
Ruby Riott on her debut:
“My main focus was the TV before War Games, and putting on a really great match. Then, when we were told that we would be staying around, there was a lot of uncertainties, I think, and a lot of speculation and everything until we finally found out what our future had in store for us. It was a very emotionally, overwhelming weekend, but it was really, truly amazing. My heart had never beaten so fast in my entire life. This was the moment that seven years of hard work at culminated to, showing the world on a different platform who I was and what I came here to do, and then to be able to do that because we had our sights set on two of the top women in the division. It was a really incredible experience. You know, to hear them chant NXT, to hear them chant Ruby Riott, it was amazing.”
Sarah Logan on her debut:
“That was my dream ever since I was a little kid watching wrestling with my grandma. That was the moment in my life I always worked for. When it’s there, you start questioning if you’re ready to make that step. Are you ready to have your life change forever? When you’re out there and the lights are on you, you have to feel at home. I felt like that was where I was supposed to be. Being in there when Charlotte Flair, Natalia, Naomi… being in NXT, you strive to get yourself in a position where you’re a threat to them or you can stand your own inside a wrestle ring with them, being able to do it with Ruby and Liv, especially Ruby — we go back, I’ve known her my whole wrestling career — me and her are best friends. It was amazing getting to share that with her and to be in the same stadium as those girls that are on SmackDown — and to hold our own was amazing.”
You can read the full article here.