The WWE Performance Center has a plethora of coaches and trainers who have accomplished a great deal in the professional wrestling business and have passed their knowledge and experience to the next generation of superstars. The Performance Center recently added another quality trainer to their ranks in WWE alumna Serena Deeb.
— WWE (@WWE) February 9, 2018
In an interview with WWE.com, Deeb said she would coach female talent alongside co-head coach Sarah Amato though her goal is to hopefully teach her own class at the facility.
“I’m just looking forward to the set of challenges and rewards that are coming with this responsibility and getting to improve myself personally and professionally. I’m focused on how I can be a better person and a better coach. [I want] to give my best self to them so I can be a reflection of them and receive their best selves back. I think it’s so important for the individual, regardless of the role you’re in, to always be mindful of where you’re at and always take your self-inventory so you can garner the best side of them as well.”
During the interview, Deeb revealed the initial offer for her to coach at the Performance Center was before the Mae Young Classic. She said WWE reached out to her to see if she had any interest in competing in the tournament, but the offer was coupled with the potential of coaching after the tournament. She came to the Performance Center in the fall for a coach’s tryout and was offered the job.
Deeb is most well-known for her WWE tenure when she was a member of C.M. Punk’s Straight Edge Society. She returned to the WWE ring in 2017 to compete in the Mae Young Classic Tournament where she defeated Vanessa Borne in the first round before falling to Piper Niven in the second round.
Deeb also wrestled in previous WWE developmental territories Ohio Valley Wrestling – where she was a six-time women’s champion – and Florida Championship Wrestling – where she was the Queen of FCW under the name Mia Mancini.
Deeb’s professional wrestling career goes beyond the WWE. She has wrestled in a plethora of promotions, including Shimmer, Ring of Honor, Women Superstars Uncensored and TNA.
In addition to her extensive wrestling background, Deeb is a yoga instructor. In the interview, Deeb said she comes from a family of teachers, including her mom.
Deeb is going to be a great resource and trainer for recruits at the Performance Center. She has a solid in-ring skill set and can teach new recruits different moves they could use in the ring. She knows how the WWE system works and could provide talent some insight on what’s in store for them.
She also can help performers who are stressed out and overwhelmed by the training and schedule that goes into being an NXT talent.
The lifestyle of a WWE/NXT superstar is not for everyone and it can take a toll on a person. Deeb, who is well versed in yoga, can help talent de-stress and find ways to balance themselves in order to keep themselves healthy, both mentally and physically.
NXT UK Premiers on WWE Network October 17
WWE has officially announced the premier of NXT UK on the WWE Network, in a Twitter post that appeared on Wednesday morning.
Per the announcement, the UK division of the NXT brand will debut on October 17th at 8pm BST and will air weekly, featuring male and female wrestlers in the UK.
BREAKING: #NXTUK, a new weekly episodic series featuring the greatest male and female competitors from the UK, will stream on @WWENetwork on Wednesdays beginning 17th October at 8pm BST. pic.twitter.com/L8wVJquMdF
— WWE UK (@WWEUK) October 11, 2018
Lita Praises Bianca Belair
WWE Hall of Famer Lita had some high praise for NXT superstar Bianca Belair, noting her “great attitude” and how “physically gifted” she is, adding that “when I very first saw her she had that intangible star quality that I just want to see more”, during an interview with The Sun.
“Down at the performance center, all the guys at NXT are in the ring every day and in class,” Lita said. “They have everything they need to learn and there is so much talent in regards to physical ability and thinking about their character. But for someone to have that intangible star factor… Bianca Belair, along with some other the others there, is very talented.”
Lita is also impressed with how Blair uses her hair as a weapon.
“It’s crazy, no-one has ever used their hair as a weapon. It’s so cool how she thought of that and how it works. She sure has that star quality and uniqueness.”
Johnny Gargano Talks NXT, Dream Matches
NXT superstar Johnny Gargano remains one of the most popular superstars on the brand and while his callup to the main roster seems imminent, he prefers to stay on the NXT brand, a brand he takes a lot of pride in.
“I do not see why not, everyone’s dream – and mine too – is to wrestle at WrestleMania, but right now NXT is such a special place” Gargano said of a potential call up, during an interview with the Daily Star.
“We are focused on building something wrestling fans can be proud of, and we are building it together.”
But Gargano, during a recent media session, discussed some dream matches he would want to make a reality when he does make it to the main roster.
“[…] so I’m going up to the main roster…after I win the NXT title and everything’s done. After that, man, I’m gonna say, obviously Daniel Bryan” Gargano said. “That’s a dream match that a lot of people would love to see now.”
“I think I just posted a Tweet recently that the internet went nuts for, and that’s me and Seth Rollins,” Gargano said. “Because, of course, I wore my Captain America Infinity War gear and he just wore the Thanos gear, so you never know what can happen there.”
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