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 Takeover: Blackpool Card
WWE is preparing for their upcoming NXT event, NXT Takeover: Blackpool, and after the airing of this week’s NXT, the full card is now in focus.
NXT UK’s first Takeover event hits the WWE Network, live from Blackpool, England, this Saturday.
Here is the card, at the time of this writing:
NXT UK Women’s Championship Match – Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Toni Storm
NXT UK Tag Team Championship Match – Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven and Tyler Bate) vs. Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson and James Drake)
WWE United Kingdom Championship Match – Pete Dunne (c) vs. Joe Coffey
No DQ Match – Dave Mastiff vs. Eddie Dennis
Travis Banks vs. Jordan Devlin
WWE Reportedly Interested In KUSHIDA
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion KUSHIDA is reportedly drawing interest from WWE, according to a report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
KUSHIDA, 35, has been the cornerstone of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s light heavyweight division and one of their most recognized stars, globally.
The report indicates that NXT is the destination if WWE were to lure KUSHIDA from New Japan.
With NXT globalizing, an NXT Japan seems like a natural progression for the brand and KUSHIDA could be in those potential plans moving forward.
Matt Riddle Talks About Joining WWE/NXT
NXT superstar Matt Riddle has been gaining popularity since his landmark signing earlier this year, and during a recent interview with ESPN for their story on the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, Riddle says that he should have been with WWE long before his 2018 signing.
“I moved my family down here, I’ve got three kids and a wife, so it’s nice,” Riddle said.
“I just wrestle in Florida every weekend. We occasionally do tours or TakeOvers, but for the most part, now I get to spend more time with my family. I’m more local, and it’s great. The training here is top-notch,” he continued. “Where I was, I was lucky to even train three times a week, because my schedule was so insane — and I didn’t have the coaches or amenities to do [much more than that].”
“I just feel like I belong here. I felt like I belonged here three-and-a-half years ago when I had my first try out.”
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