Berenato was a contestant in the 2015 season of WWE Tough Enough, coming in eleventh. In October 2015, she signed a contract with WWE and was assigned to their developmental brand NXT to begin her training. Initially competing under her real name, she usually came up short; however, after re-debuting under the new ring name Sonya Deville, she would began a winning streak and enter a feud with Ruby Riot.
Deville would make her WWE main roster debut on November 2017 alongside Mandy Rose as the new associates of Paige, with the trio's name being revealed as Absolution. In April 2018, Paige retired from in-ring competition due to neck injuries, dissolving Absolution, but Deville would continue her alliance with Rose as the two remained a tag team.
Put your tropes up and square up:
- Ambiguously Gay: Zig-zagged — as in, Sonya being gay is not ambiguous at all, but it's occasionally been implied (though not openly stated) that she has romantic feelings for her friend Mandy Rose. She voluntarily gave up her spot in a Money in the Bank for Mandy's benefit, said she'd sooner eliminate herself in the Royal Rumble than fight Mandy for a WrestleMania title opportunity and for a time, she and Mandy would enter the ring and/or celebrate by holding and caressing each other in intimate ways.note
- Blood Knight: Agrees to join Peyton Royce and Billie Key against Ember Moon, Liv Morgan, and Aliyah since it means she gets a chance to beat people up. Naturally, she's the one who ate the pinfall.
- Braids of Action: Typically has her hair in either this, a Tomboyish Ponytail, or a combo of the two, which goes with her professional MMA fighter gimmick.
- Catchphrase: "Put your hair up and square up."
- Driven by Envy: How she was overshadowed by Mandy. She secretly allied with Dolph Ziggler to keep Otis away from Mandy, and she would manipulate her in the early 2020. She tries to apologize to her former friend, only to call her a selfish human being. She would later rants on her that she has no talent. Desperate enough, she vows to ruin Mandy's life.
- Girliness Upgrade: Downplayed. She still has an overall tomboy look (some of her out-of-the-ring wear would make Raven proud), but after her main roster debut she seemed to progressively ditch her Braids of Action and Tomboyish Ponytail hairstyles in favor of conventionally femenine straight hair, making her lean more towards Tomboy with a Girly Streak. Just compare before◊ and after◊.
- The Gloves Come Off: When she has an opponent on the ropes or gets pissed, she takes off her gloves and unloads punches.
- I Know Karate: She's a trained MMA fighter.
- Informed Ability: The commentators play up the fact that she was previously a MMA fighter. Although she does have some respectable training and it shows on her wrestling matches, the company tries its best to not bring up Sonya's actual fight record, which is 2-1 (still a winning record, but hardly Ronda Rousey).
- Paper Tiger: Her first few appearances on NXT TV had her being defeated rather easily despite her MMA background. Averted once she took a hiatus, changed her name and came back, becoming a full-on Wrestling Monster.
- Revenge: After Peyton and Billie abandoned her in their match against Ember, Liv, and Aliyah, she attempted to get even with a match against Billie, but Peyton interfered and Daria lost.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Sonya (the tough MMA fighter) is the tomboy to pretty blonde Mandy Rose's girly girl.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Typically has her hair in either this, Braids of Action, or a combo of the two, which goes with her professional MMA fighter gimmick.
- We Used to Be Friends: With Mandy Rose.