connectthe Video’SmackDown’ superstar Sonya Deville is reflecting on her WWE career
‘SmackDown’ superstar Sonya Deville discussing her WWE journey, and at the moment that will change the course of her career forever.
LOS ANGELES – What started out to Sonya Deville is a simple try-out for the NEW competition reality series “tough Enough” quickly turned into a quest for opportunities and take-up.
Coming from the southern part of New Jersey, as the “Total Diva’s” and the “Jars” a, who is the first openly gay female character, has endured a long road to greatness, spoke with Fox News about the trials and tribulations they have to face.
For the Deville, and her mantra is simple: “be at your best because you never know who you’ll have the idea.”
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The 26-year-old, whose real name is Daria Berenato, experience, and a random time is an indication of her mantra, she said it changed her life, and in the course of her career, following her elimination on season six of “Tough Enough,” where the Deville was the third of the WWE is hopeful to be ousted from the competition.
When asked how the elimination is justified of her journey in the entertainment industry, the Deville, he said, the fall-out has meant to her, and immediately started a fire in her that continues to burn today.
Mandy Rose, left, and Sonya Deville in the ring at the WWE “SmackDown.”
(Photo courtesy WWE)
“It’s interesting, because when I was eliminated from” tough Enough, ” and I was heartbroken. Break-up,” said Deville. “And you know it’s funny, because I didn’t grow up watching wrestling. So, I was not a diehard fan, but I was heartbroken because I fell in love with the WWE, the sports and entertainment world.
“I loved the idea that sports and combat sports are kind of, combined with great entertainment, then, you know, and a character-driven story-lines, and all that kind of stuff,” she continued. “So it was kind of two dreams that I had. I wanted to be an MMA fighter, I knew. And I wanted to be an actor. So that’s why I was in L. A., you know, five or six years ago, in the pursuit of both of those things. And then I thought of the WWE, ” which was, literally, is the combination of these two worlds. So, it was kind of like I found where I belong in the world.”
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Deville said she was skeptical of the producers, who told her that she would probably have to be signed to the WWE after her elimination, adding that she was naïve at the time, that is, to the idea that the organization really liked what she saw from her during her time on “tough Enough.”
“I have had this Jersey girl, who had just looked at, you know, you have a chance. And so I was like, ” Yeah, I don’t think they are,'” Deville explained. “So, I went back to L. A., and I went back to bartending, and that’s what I was doing before. I began training at Brian Kendrick’s school, and I was on the hunt for the leasing division of the WWE, as in, ” You have to be to fly for me. You have to give me a trial. As in, how do I get it back?'”
Deville’s shot would have come out while she was working as a bartender in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, as well as training full-time as a MMA fighter. Deville, she said, and she offered me a chance to audition as a host for a podcast, which is specialized in the UFC and jumped at the opportunity, because of the rotation of the work is not in her make-up.
“It’s just like one of my main messages to the people. So, I came out to L. A. I was 18 years old, I have had a couple of hundred dollars in my bank account and I was just like … just like we all do, we risk it all we want is for it to follow a dream of mine,” Deville said. “The biggest thing I tell people is not to say no to something, even if it sounds like a… well, you know, you do things for free all the time in L. A., right? And you’re like, ” What is this?” You can be anyone anywhere, and it takes one person to make a good impression, in order to be given a chance.”
“You can meet someone anywhere, and it takes one person to make a good impression, in order to be given a chance.”
— Sonya Deville
“My journey to speak up, because I was bartending in Los Feliz, one of my clients was like,” you’re not… you’re not going to do, such as the MMA, that the UFC stuff?'” Deville continued. “And I was like, ‘Yeah, I fight MMA, or what have you.'”
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The man could tell a Deville and that AfterBuzz TV, an online media entity, is in the hands of Maria Menounos and her husband, Keven Undergaro, was in need of a new host for their UFC podcast, and though she had no idea who she was or what she was, she still said yes immediately.
“I’ve never been to a show, which is hosted in our lives. I was like, ” Yeah, sure, I might be able to do it,'” she recalled. “They took me over to the AfterBuzz studio, auditioned me, and I began hosting it there.”
Deville said that, the Menounos and Undergaro’s hand, who eventually started the domino effect that would take her to a career in the WWE.
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“They were the ones that took me under their wing and said,” You have to be in the WWE.’ They took a chance on me when I barely knew them,” revealed Deville. “They saw me as the host of one of their shows, and they were like, ‘well, This girl has it all, for any reason, they believed in me, and I wasn’t about to be the best on the web. It was just something in me that she believed in me. So, they have helped me get to the WWE.”
Deville described, will be flown to Orlando, Fla., for a trial, and the signing of a contract about two months later.
“They’re like, ‘OK, OK, so you’ve got two weeks to go to the Studio, here’s your per diem’,'” Deville said.
“And, you know, and just have to work on it and struggle, just like that, it is a dream come true for me,” she added knowing that her life would never be the same again. “So, I knew that my life would change. And then, when I went in for the first time on ‘Monday Night RAW’ and, you know, we walked out to a crowd of greater than 10,000 people, and I was like, ‘Wow. If this is what it is. It’s so cool.'”
Deville’s debut on “Monday Night RAW” was one of her most prominent memories of being in the ring. Fans will remember the Deville and Mandy Rose, whose real name is Amanda Saccomanno, making his debut with the Album, in addition to the run of the Series, whose real name is Saraya-Jade Bevis.
“We were able to run through the crowd, and, of course, was a surprise, then, that we are the beginning,” said Deville. “This is one of my favorite moments of all time. And, I think, is that I will always remember that feeling of butterflies and just the excitement and adrenalin that we had to do it.”
Deville recalls is one of the production assistants have charge of her, and at last came to the crowd, before shouting, “Ready, set, go!”
Sonya Deville delivers a devastating blow to the band “Smackdown.”
(Photo courtesy WWE)
“At that time, and we ran as fast as we could go in the ring, and I think we have to beat up Central Banks, and Mickie James on that day,” Deville said. “It was just such a cool moment in time. We were like, ‘Wow.'”
“I have been lucky,” she admitted. “For some people, it is not so strange or unusual, so we were really blessed to be paired with the run of the Series, and Absolution. And for that, our debut album was really, really, really, cool.
“If Sonya Deville on ‘SmackDown’, which is, ” I’m a bada–. I’m a fighter.'”
— Sonya Deville
Deville has been, since then, has grown to become a well-known name in the WWE, and described the difference she sees in her the “SmackDown” character in front of her “Total Divas” reality-star persona.
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“If Sonya Deville on ‘SmackDown’, which is ‘I’m a badass. I’m a fighter.’ You know, I am the light and the fans do not see often in a delicate and lighter side to Sonya,” she said. “Whereas on ‘Total Divas,’ and I’m able to get them to see that there is a more vulnerable, open side of me. They see this my relationship with my girlfriend to unfold, and the relationship I have with all of the other girls on the roster to unfold. She can see the tension and the animosity and Ronda Rousey, that I went through to get this holiday season.”
WWE Superstar, Daria Berenato, also known as Sonya Deville.
She went on: “So, you’ll definitely get a more in-depth, personal look at who Sonya is, as a human being, and not only this, badass fighter, and you can see it in the ring. I think it’s cool, because I love all of the fans to get to see all sides of me, and, you know, and when they asked me to be in the show, and I didn’t even hesitate. I was like, ‘yes, Yes, of course, because I knew that this was meant to be more personal with my fans as well as the development of the relationship, etc., etc ..
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Deville went on to explain that she was just happy to be doing something she loves dearly. When asked if she feels under-valued, Deville recalled that she feels appreciated, and at many different levels, by the fans, and to those of you who are in the WWE.
“I feel I am respected for that. I have a feeling that the fans want to see in front of me, and, you know,” she said. “I think it’s cool that they want to see, and I think it’s cool that they haven’t gotten to see it, but it also makes them appreciate it when it comes out.”
Deville sees the world through a different lens, and because of their experience in order to get to where she is now, she understands the ‘big picture’ is to play, not only for her but for the other stars, in which she leads each and every week.
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“I think everyone has a moment in life, in general and, in particular, in the WWE,” she explained. “There is a time and a place for everyone to climb up and rise to the top. And, I think, is that you haven’t seen Sonya’s peak yet, of course.
“I’ve been blessed. I’m one of the youngest women in the locker room, and I am 26. So I have a long useful life to the company, and I am blessed to be here and to be here for a long, long time. So, I’m excited for the future.”