WWE Sonya Deville Love Story
Daria Berenato is made of strong stuff. Also known as Sonya Deville, the MMA fighter is the WWE’s first openly lesbian wrestler who’s paving the way for diversity both inside and outside the ring.
She credits her seemingly endless pool of confidence to her long history of being an athlete: “Not only did it give me structure and a solid foundation, but it gave me a sense of failure and how to overcome failure,” says Berenato. “In sports, you deal with disappointment often, but it’s how you handle it and come back from it that shapes you.”
Parade chatted with Berenato to talk about her rise to the WWE, her theory about confidence and why every woman should take up fighting-style workout.
When did you ﬁrst get into MMA and 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.
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