Former WWE superstar and Mae Young Classic participant Serena Deeb announced that she will be a “coach for the female talent” at the WWE Performance Center in an interview with the company’s official website on Thursday.
“I will be a coach for the female talent, and obviously, alongside Sara Amato for the first little bit and helping to groom the next generation,” Deeb said.
Deeb was under contract with WWE from 2009-2010, having wrestled for the defunct Florida Championship Wrestling developmental brand (2009-10), where she won the “Queen of FCW” as Mia Mancini, before debuting as “Serena,” a member of CM Punk’s “Straight Edge Society” faction, on SmackDown in 2010.
The veteran wrestler has worked for several independent promotions, most notably the Chicago-based all-female federation Shimmer (2006-09, (2010-11, 2013) and Ohio Valley Wrestling (2005-09), where she was a six-time Women’s Champion.
Deeb revealed that she was offered a coaching tryout prior to last year’s Mae Young Classic when the company reached out to her regarding her interest in the tournament.
“The offer presented itself initially almost a year ago. It was pre-Mae Young Classic,” Deeb said. “I knew of the tournament and was aware of it, and then I was contacted by the company to see if I had any interest in being one of the talent in the tournament, but it was also coupled with the idea of potentially coming in as a coach following the tournament. The tournament was the first stop on the tracks, and following that, I came back in a week in the fall for an official coaching tryout, and following that, it was pretty quickly offered.”
Deeb defeated NXT superstar Vanessa Borne in the first-round of the Mae Young Classic before being eliminated by Piper Niven in the second-round last summer.
She will undoubtedly bring a wealth of experience to an already loaded staff at WWE’s Performance Center.