Serena On Working With CM Punk, Her Time In WWE, Health

Former WWE talent Serena Deeb spoke with Newsday to promote this Saturday’s Women Superstars Uncensored event in Deer Park, New York. She was originally scheduled to face Melina at the show, but is currently unable to compete after suffering a serious concussion.

“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about it right now, especially because everything just happened,” she says of her ongoing concussion issues. “I’m 25-years-old and what I always imagined was that my career would go for as long as I wanted it to, and that I’d have that in my control. Now I’m suddenly being put in the position where it’s not in my control, and where my body is maybe not going to last as long as I wanted it to and as long as I idealized it lasting. So there’s definitely a large element of worry right now.”

Despite being a tenured wrestler, Deeb was largely kept out of the ring during her stint on the WWE main roster last year. She says of her experience, “I don’t really know what was going on in their minds, in my bosses’ minds, during my time in WWE. I think that the plans were there to eventually have me break out and be in the ring. But the role that I played on television, that wasn’t part of it…

“So it was just wrong place, wrong time as far as a wrestling role goes,” she said. “It was definitely a lesson in patience and I had to know and trust that it was just not the right time, and that it was for a reason. Of course, I was very anxious to wrestle. I always wanted to. And the few opportunities I was given on the road to wrestle, I was ecstatic.”

On working with CM Punk, who led the Straight Edge Society, she says, “I could see that this guy believed in himself. I think that’s the number one thing that leads to success in this business, is that belief in yourself. If you don’t your just going to get eaten alive and you’re going to sink…Punk obviously has done the opposite of that, because he’s always known how good he is and how talented he is and he’s never doubted that.

“He’s always believed that he should be on top, and that’s exactly where he deserves to be. And he’s worked very hard to get to that point.”

The full interview is available here.

*PHOTOS* of Serena wrestling at Impact taping