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FORMER IMPACT CHAMPION SIGNS WITH WWE

By Mike Johnson on 2021-02-14 15:33:00

Taya Valkyrie, the longest reigning Impact Wrestling Knockouts Champion in history, has signed with WWE for the NXT brand, PWInsider.com has confirmed with multiple sources.  She is expected to be part of the next announced class of signings.  Last week, Paul Levesque touted that the next class of signings will have the largest quotient of female talents to date.  Taya was at this past Wednesday's NXT TV taping.

Valkyrie debuted for Impact Wrestling in 2017 and evolved into one of the top and most important female personalities for the promotion over the last several years.  In her final appearance for the company this past January, she revealed that she had Bravo shot to protect her friend Rosemary from marrying him, not realizing Rosemary, a Demon in storyline, was using him to get to his virgin blood.  She was then apprehended and taken away by police after an emotional final scene with Rosemary.  At the time, Tommy Dreamer commented that she might be looking at two years with an option for a third at Stamford Correctional.

After training under Lance Storm, Valkyrie broke out in Mexico for AAA.  She then had a long run for Lucha Underground before making her way to Impact, where she became a cornerstone of the Knockouts division.  From a character standpoint, she is absolutely excellent and if NXT creative has her continue on with the same persona, she will absolutely stand out as unique and that's not even considering how strong she is inside the ring.

Taya is married to WWE Raw star John Morrison, who she had an incredible on-screen partnership with in both Impact Wrestling and Lucha Underground so that is something WWE could always tap into down the line as well.

Last week during his media conference call, Paul Levesque seemed to confirm the signings of Bronson Rechsteiner (son of Rick Steiner) and college football star Parker Bordeaux as well.

Earlier this weekend, Fightful.com reported that former GCW talent Blake Christian has also signed with WWE.  PWInsider.com has independently confirmed that report to be correct.  Christian had been working for New Japan and Impact Wrestling of late.  Impact had been interested in signing Christian and AEW had also shown recent interest in him but he had turned down recent overtures that could have allowed him to potentially work for a combination of those promotions.    

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