Former WWE Star Dismisses Imminent AEW Debut Speculation


Former NXT and IMPACT Wrestling star Taya Valkyrie has seemingly shot down suggestions she is set to make her AEW debut in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Taya Valkyrie has had a very successful career over the last decade. She has won championships in multiple promotions including Impact Wrestling where she was the longest reigning Knockouts Champion for a record 377 days. Valkyrie is also a two-time and current Knockouts Tag Team Champion.

In February 2021, Valkyrie signed with WWE using the name Franky Monet on the NXT brand. She only wrestled a hand full of times on the brand however before she was released in November of the same year.

Reports had suggested that Valkyrie was either in line for a return to WWE or to turn up in AEW where many have speculated she could be the surprise Canadian challenger for Jade Cargill and the TBS Championship on Dynamite.

Speaking to Wrestle Zone’s, Bill Pritchard, however, Taya Valkyrie has seemingly poured cold water on the idea that she could become All Elite:

“I will be in Los Angeles, California. I will be here in my house with my dogs. John will be back from Australia, so yeah, I’ll be here.

“I love gossip. I woke up to a bunch of texts from people and social media blowing up, but it is what it is. It’s gossip, people will talk. Honestly, keep talking. I’m just gonna sit here and keep doing my thing. Just enjoy the ride, everybody. Enjoy the ride. You’re meant to be entertained. Stop trying to figure it all out. It will all work out in the end. So enjoy it. Watch pro wrestling everywhere. I obviously have dedicated over a decade of my life to this, and I’m going to continue to do that. So, just enjoy the show.”

Whether or not Valkyrie’s comments prove to be a smokescreen remains to be seen but you can find out when Dynamite airs live on TBS from the Canada Life Centre.