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WWE’s secret weapon: How Sara Amato (Del Rey) is changing the Divas division has a really good article up looking at Sara Del Rey real name Sara Amato, & the work she is doing in NXT with training the divas.

You can read the full article: HERE

“To me, [Sara Amato] is the best American female professional wrestler I’ve ever seen. And I’m talking about ever — including people who’ve been on national television, who wrestled in any era,” Dave Prazak, a producer of Illinois-based all-women’s league Shimmer Women Athletes, told “Sara is that good.”

This claim may come as a surprise — if not sound like complete hyperbole — to fans unfamiliar with the onetime Sara Del Rey. But those who have seen her trade forearms with Kharma in New York City or relentlessly headbutt Manami Toyota in the dojos of Japan know that the fierce “Death Rey” — who unabashedly prioritized striking ability over sex appeal — spent a decade pursuing perfection in her chosen craft of wrestling.

Now, Amato is helping shape the look and feel of NXT’s women’s division and, in turn, WWE’s Divas division, for years to come. It just so happens she’s making history doing it, as the first female coach at the WWE Performance Center.

For the self-described tomboy — a protégé of Daniel Bryan who has an affinity for “manipulating people with holds” and considers training her favorite aspect of the game — there couldn’t be a more perfect scenario. When she was approached with the idea of joining the training staff in mid-2012, Amato knew she had knowledge to impart, especially to young women entering an arena dominated by men.

“It’s just not the same for men and women to learn, and I thought I’d love to share what I learned along the way with anyone who’s listening,” she said. “It was a very natural fit. It felt like the ultimate dream.”

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4 Responses

  1. Straightedge Shooter says:

    Nice to see WWE acknowledge her. I miss her in Shimmer but she seems to be happy with what she is doing. And she looks yummy in those yoga pants.

  2. The Dude says:

    I hope they let her one day at least have a small stint as an active competitor, if the Outlaws can, so can she.

  3. What? says:

    Her stepping away from active competition will be worth it if the WWE can turn into a place where the female wrestlers are actually, you know, wrestlers. I feel like it’s gotten a little better recently, but there’s still work to be done, and part of that would simply involve WWE making it a priority.

  4. Meh says:

    Nice to see WWE acknowledge her. Now if only WWE allow SDR to wrestle on WWE and NXT.

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