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.
Donovan Dijak Suffers Injury at NXT Vengeance Day
NXT Vengeance Day was a rousing success for WWE on Saturday which saw a number of headlines come out of the event that was well-received by fans, including an injury suffered by Donovan Dijak during his match with Wes Lee for the North American Championship.
Dijak suffered an apparent broken finger during the match, which was seen on camera and shared on social media.
Following the event NXT general manager Shawn Michaels provided an update on Dijak, stating he did not suffer a broken finger – “Yeah, everybody is good” Michaels said. “I announced it at gorilla, it’s got to be a miracle, It’s not broken.
“We got him x-ray, they said it’s not broken and so yeah, I guess what you do is you kind of numb it and put it back in place and that’s what’s happening now. But it is, again, a modern miracle because we all saw it, it was pretty gnarly looking. But, apparently, he’s going to be okay, which is obviously fantastic news for us and him.”
William Regal’s New Title in WWE Return
William Regal has made his return to WWE following his brief stint with AEW and now has a new title that is much different than what he had prior to his release from WWE during budget cuts last year.
Regal was Director of Talent Development and Head of Global Recruiting prior to his release. Regal was also the former General Manager for NXT and also had an on-screen role before he made his way to AEW.
According to PWInsider, Regal is now the Vice President, Global Talent Development for WWE.
Ahead of his return to WWE and amid his exit from AEW, Regal issued the following on social media:
“Yesterday was my last official day with @AEW. I’d like to thank @TonyKhan, Megha and all the hard working crew. Contrary to people who’ve never spoken to me or have their information from people who don’t know me or are trying to make themselves noticed, I had a lovely time working there and had a great time. Lots of talented Wrestlers, and lovely people to work for. To my fellow BCC members, it was a special, albeit brief few months but it cemented our already strong friendship. To everyone there, thank you for welcoming me. Best wishes.”
Ex-NJPW Star Karl Fredericks Signs with WWE
Former New Japan Pro Wrestling star Karl Fredericks has officially signed with WWE following the conclusion of his four-year tenure with NJPW. Fredericks announced on social media back in summer 2022 that he would not re-sign with NJPW.
Fredericks was initially linked to WWE last September, when he was reportedly spotted at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
According to PW Insider, Fredericks has officially signed with WWE and will be a part of the NXT brand initially.
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