Sonya Deville

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Sonya Deville
Birth nameDaria Rae Berenato
Born (1993-09-24) September 24, 1993 (age 28)
Shamong Township, New Jersey, U.S.[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Daria Berenato[2]
Sonya Deville[3]
Sonya
Billed height5 ft 7 in[3]
Billed fromLos Angeles, California[4]
Shamong, New Jersey[3]
Trained byBrian Kendrick[5]
Booker T[6]
Billy Gunn[6]
Lita[6]
WWE Performance Center[7]
DebutDecember 3, 2015

Daria Rae Berenato[8] (born September 24, 1993)[9] is an American professional wrestler and mixed martial artist. She works for the WWE under the ring name Sonya Deville. She appears on both the Raw and SmackDown brands as an on-screen authority figure with Adam Pearce.

Early life[change | change source]

Berenato was born in Shamong Township, New Jersey to Italian parents.[10] She went to Seneca High School in Tabernacle, New Jersey.[1] At the age of 16, Berenato began training and competing in mixed martial arts.[1]

Personal life[change | change source]

Berenato is gay. She is the first openly gay female wrestler in WWE.[11][12] She described coming out as a lesbian during the Tough Enough.[13]

On August 16, 2020, a South Carolina man was arrested and charged with stalking, armed burglary of a dwelling, attempted armed kidnapping, and criminal mischief for breaking into Berenato's home in Lutz, Florida.[14][8] Berenato was later given an injunction against "stalking violence".[15]

Mixed martial arts record[change | change source]

Daria Rae Berenato
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight125 lb (57 kg)
DivisionFlyweight
Years active2014–2015
Mixed martial arts record
Total3
Wins2
By knockout1
By submission1
Losses1
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 2–1 Jasmine Pouncy Decision (unanimous) University of MMA: Fight Night 9 March 8, 2015 3 6:00 Los Angeles, California, United States [16]
Win 2–0 Jeselia Perez TKO (punches) CFL HD 2: Bitter Rivals February 7, 2015 2 2:00 Victorville, California, United States [17]
Win 1–0 Allenita Perez Submission (guillotine choke) CFL HD 1: Mavericks, No Guts No Glory October 11, 2014 3 1:09 Adelanto, California, United States [18]

Championships and accomplishments[change | change source]

Professional wrestling[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Koller, Brock (June 28, 2015). "New Jersey's Daria Berenato taking risks, making history on path to WWE". ABC 6 Philadelphia. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  2. Richard, Trionfo (August 17, 2016). "WWE NXT REPORT: WHAT COULD GO WRONG WITH OPPONENTS IN THE SAME ROOM?, ITAMI IN ACTION, SIX WOMAN TAG MATCH WITH SOME DEBUTS, A LOOK AT TAKEOVER, AND MORE". PWInsider. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Sonya Deville". WWE. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Daria". WWE Tough Enough. Archived from the original on March 15, 2016. Retrieved August 21, 2016.
  5. "SONYA DEVILLE on her journey to WWE & her love for donuts! – Superstar Savepoint" – via www.youtube.com.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Meet the Competitors and Cast of WWE Tough Enough". WWE Tough Enough. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  7. "Tough Enough competitors join new class of recruits at the WWE Performance Center". WWE. October 28, 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Mathers, Matt (August 17, 2020). "Sonya Deville: Man arrested at 'home of WWE star' on kidnap charge". The Independent. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  9. Powell, Jason (September 24, 2020). "NXT UK returns with the Heritage Cup tournament, Dot Net Weekly, WWE Raw poll results, Stephanie McMahon, Shane Thorne, Sonya Deville, Bison Smith". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  10. "Zonawrestling meets: Daria Berenato". Zona Wrestling. July 15, 2015. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  11. Carroll, Chuck (November 15, 2019). "WWE Superstar Sonya Deville: 'Had To Find A Way To Be Comfortable With Who I Was'". CBS New York.
  12. Barrasso, Justin (September 18, 2019). "The Week in Wrestling: Sonya Deville Relishes Opportunity to Represent LGBTQ Community". Sports Illustrated.
  13. Paton, Emma; Holmes, Jon (November 24, 2018). "WWE's Sonya Deville backs Rainbow Laces and describes coming out on national TV". Sky Sports. Retrieved January 23, 2022.
  14. Surana, Kavitha (August 16, 2020). "Man arrested on kidnapping charge at Lutz home of WWE star Sonya Deville". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  15. Marrero, Tony (August 18, 2020). "WWE star Sonya Deville on stalking suspect: 'He was there to hurt me.'". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  16. "University of MMA: Fight Night 9 – MMA Event Page – Tapology". Tapology.
  17. "CFL HD 2: Bitter Rivals – MMA Event Page – Tapology". Tapology.
  18. "CFL HD 1: Mavericks, No Guts No Glory – MMA Event Page – Tapology". Tapology.
  19. "The PWI Top 100 Female Wrestlers 2020: Full List". Wrestling Travel. October 15, 2020. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  20. Martínez, Sebastián (August 4, 2021). "WWE presenta the Bumpy Awards 2021" [WWE presents The Bumpy Awards 2021]. Solowrestling.com (in Spanish).

Other websites[change | change source]