Aja Perera On How Women’s Wrestling Has Changed Since Her Debut & More

Aja Perea, one half of the SHINE Tag Team Champions, was recently a guest on the Women’s Wrestling Weekly Podcast. During the interview, she discussed her title run as well as how much the landscape of women’s wrestling has changed since her debut. Here are the highlights:

On What It Means To Be SHINE Tag Champ:

It’s really cool when things like that happen. It’s one of those things where you say, “I’m creating history… but you know it’s a blurb until you actually do it..” or “Wow, I’ve really made a change, I made an impact.” And then it was cool enough that I was there with Aerial, me and her are really close, you know we’ve been friends for years, and then the whole situation with SHINE and us being a team and kind of being thrown together and making it work, so and to have that whole thing come full circle and not only it was only me, her and Ashley get those belts and to make history on top of that. It’s really unforgettable…

On Her Future Goals:

As a team, I’m hoping we can get into Shimmer and do some damage at Shimmer. I feel like they’ve got some really good teams, but I feel like Triple A is one-of-a-kind, and we’re dynamic, there’s no group of three, completely different black girls, let’s just add that first, there’s no dynamic like that, you know there’s nothing like that, the way we move, the way we walk, the way we talk, there’s no one out there like us and I think we could flip Shimmer inside out if they give us that chance.

On Handling Nerves With Her Positive Attitude:

It was one of those things where you know what, we aren’t going to put too much pressure on ourselves. We got here for a reason, we’re going to go in there like we always do, we’re gonna act up and we’re gonna have some fun and walk out with those belts, it was one of those things we didn’t want to put that much pressure on ourselves because… I’m a firm believer that when you work hard, you know, it pays off and you get your due. It might not be when you want it to but like it happens, so I was finally there in the moment and I was like nothing is going to ruin my mood, nothing’s going to sour me and I’m just going to go in and have fun.

On How Women’s Wrestling Has Changed Since Her Debut:

Completely different. And mind you I started in the South. So, there was alot of challenges that women had as a whole, but there was a lot of challenges Southern women had… so, When I came in we were that special attraction match that went off right after intermission because, you know they were like well we got to keep them in their seats. We were treated as that, you know, sideshow, especially, I started at 18, had my first match at 19, so I was really young, so it was one of those, people literally would tell me, “you don’t have to go out there and do alot, you’re a girl that’s all they want to see anyway. So, I was told stuff like that, I was told I shouldn’t worry about the moves I should worry about what I’m going to wear. I was told, “Oh, you’re a black girl so you can’t make it far.” I was told that I have to work three times as hard for half of what someone else gets. Now, we’re in a day and age where first of all black women are in the forefront, we are finally getting our due and there’s so many promotions now just for women. When I started it was SHIMMER, SHINE, and just WSU if I’m not mistaken. Or those were the ones I watched…..there were no opportunities for women…. How much we can do now, and I mean there’s still people who are going to say stuff but the majority are “Girl Power!”, “We’re Here!” and we’re not just the special attraction and we’re not the popcorn match… the main thing.

You can listen to the interview below:

Credit: Women’s Wrestling Weekly Podcast. H/T 411Mania.

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