WWE star Sonya Deville was recently interviewed by Parade to talk about several professional wrestling topics. Deville discussed getting into mixed martial arts (MMA) and professional wrestling, and what attracted her to the latter.
Here are the highlights:
Getting into MMA & professional wrestling:
I was in my junior year of high school and I had been playing soccer and basketball almost my entire life, and I wanted a change of pace. I wanted to do something more, something different. That’s when I found an MMA gym about 45 minutes from my house and fell in love with the idea of becoming a professional ﬁghter.
The day I graduated high school, I hopped in my car and drove to South Florida so I could train with one of the top ﬁght teams in the world, American Top Team. From there, I got into acting as well. I moved around for the next 5 years until ﬁnally I landed in LA. The land of great ﬁght gyms and acting, I was a host for Afterbuzz TV, when owners of Afterbuzz, Keven Undergaro and Maria Menounos suggested I try WWE.
I didn’t know much about wrestling, but I did my research and soon became intrigued, I started to realize it’s kinda like if MMA and acting had a baby it would be WWE. Months later, I got a tryout for WWE reality show Tough Enough, and the rest is history.
What attracted her to wrestling:
What attracted me to wrestling was the entertainment factor. I loved watching how into the show the fans get, and also how physical it is. It was like both worlds I loved were combined in one larger than life world.