Sonya Deville is WWE’s first openly lesbian performer and she’s now dating a woman who once appeared for NXT … and dated Seth Rollins.
Deville is dating Zahra Schreiber, a former WWE developmental talent who appeared on a few NXT live events in 2015 as both a ring announcer and a valet.
Schreiber is also known for dating Rollins in 2015 and 2016. Their relationship was made public in February 2015 after nude photos of both Rollins and Schreiber were allegedly leaked online by Seth’s ex-fiancee.
Based on social media posts from both Deville and Schreiber in recent weeks, there has been speculation that the two are a couple. Schreiber confirmed their relationship in this tweet during SmackDown LIVE on Tuesday in which Deville made her in-ring debut on the show.
2 years ago my mom and I didn’t talk for months because I told her I had a girlfriend. Recently I once again told her the same thing. She happily wanted to know abt her. Today she asked me to remind her tonight to turn the tv so she could watch her match. GROWTH. TIMING.
— Zahra (@zahraschreiber) May 16, 2018
The two likely first crossed paths in mid-2015. At the time, Deville was competing on Tough Enough, which aired live on the USA Network from the WWE Performance Center. At the same time, Schreiber was training to wrestle for WWE at the Performance Center. However, before she could make her in-ring debut, WWE released Schreiber from her developmental contract for “inappropriate and offensive remarks.”
WWE said in a statement on August 30, 2015, “WWE released Zahra Schreiber due to inappropriate and offensive remarks she made that were recently brought to our attention.”
Schreiber came under fire for posting images of swastikas on Instagram in May 2012 — two years before she joined WWE.
When questioned in the comments section about posting an image of a swastika, Schreiber defended her post. She wrote, “I like history” and “I can post whatever photos I want” among a slate of other comments.
She also posted an image of a “My Little Pony” character sporting a Hitler mustache and swastika armband.
The posts have since been deleted, but not before they were immortalized online.
Following her departure from WWE, Schreiber appeared on some indie wrestling shows and even had her first match. She apparently stopped pursuing wrestling sometime in 2017 as there have been no reports of her appearing on a show in over a year.
When Schreiber was in NXT, she became friends with Paige (they became close during Paige’s extended absence from WWE due to a variety of injuries). Then when Paige returned to WWE television on November 20, 2017, Paige brought Schreiber and a few other friends backstage to the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California for emotional support. On her return to Raw that night, Paige was joined by the debuting Deville and Mandy Rose, with whom she formed Absolution.
With Deville and Schreiber in Paige’s social circle, the two soon hooked up. The couple actually made their relationship public on April 6, 2018, at the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony as Schreiber accompanied Deville to the event.
Since then, a number of photos have surfaced of Deville and Schreiber out together, which you can check out here.