Saraya Discusses Her Heel Turn on AEW – Saraya discussed her desire to turn heel during her time in AEW in an interview with Metro.co.uk. She mentioned that she had always wanted to be a villain and predicted that the fans would eventually turn on her character. Saraya recalled conversations with fellow wrestlers like Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho, and Tony Khan, where she expressed her desire to play a heel character.
Despite some initial suggestions that she should be a babyface due to fans’ excitement about her return, Saraya intentionally incorporated heelish elements into her promos and character development. She aimed for a slow-burning storyline that would eventually lead to her turning heel, and it seems her patience and planning have paid off in her AEW career.
“I always wanted to be a heel, even before [AEW] knew I was gonna be wrestling again. I always wanted to be a bad guy. Because I already knew it wasn’t going to be long until they turned on me. I knew that. I said that – having conversations before I came to AEW, I was speaking to Jon Moxley, I was speaking to [Chris] Jericho, I was speaking to Tony Khan.”
“They were all telling me, ‘You’re gonna be a babyface first because people are just gonna be happy to see you.’ It was really frustrating. What I kept doing is I kept throwing in heelish things in promos or how I acted, things like that. I wanted that slow burn anyway and then eventually I was gonna get the opportunity to turn heel – I just had to wait a little bit. It worked out!”
Saraya Discusses Her Heel Turn on AEW