Sonya Deville On Being the First Openly Gay Female in WWE, Gender Equality, Possible Match Against Ronda Rousey


WWE Raw star and Absolution member Sonya Deville was the special guest on today’s edition of Lilian Garcia’s “Chasing Glory” podcast, and the entire show can be heard at this link. Below are some interview highlights.

On what it means to her to have Ronda Rousey and a possible match:

“I haven’t actually said anything publicly about it yet…I feel like the story me and Ronda can tell one day will be so awesome, and I think we have something special here…I think that it’s going to be an honor and a privilege to work in the ring with her…That’s the biggest compliment, is that Ronda Rousey – she’s done a lot in her life. She’s accomplished a lot. Besides MMA and the UFC, she was a Judo Olympian. She was a bronze medalist. And she went undefeated for so long, and she has a lot of accomplishments. So, for her to want to be here so bad, to go through contract negotiations for as long as they did with her, and to finally be here, that is such a compliment to our division and what we’re doing here.”

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On Being the First Openly Gay Woman in WWE:

“I guess I put a big burden on myself because I want to send out the right message and I want to talk about it properly, and I do want to make sure that people hear my story because I think that it’s an interesting one that can help a lot of people. I get tweets and stuff. I tear up now just thinking about it. This little girl the other day was tweeting me – her name’s Courtney – and telling me that she came out to her family because she read my post and everything. I gave her the courage…that’s the kind of influence I want to have. It’s not just being gay. It’s just being you.”

On Equality:

“The more that it’s a thing, the less that it’s the norm. It needs to be the norm, you know? It needs to be just a part of what we do, and that’s when we become equal…We now raise our standards and that’s what people are looking for…I don’t think it needs to define me, in the sense that I am just another competitor, but it is something about me that I feel like I can speak on and really help other people with.”