It seems that the former AAA Reina de Reinas Champion Taya Valkyrie declared herself a free agent after "Future Endeavoring" AAA over the weekend after a new Reina de Reinas Champion was crowned. Taya had previously been stripped of the Reina de Reinas Championship via a statement by Vampiro, who is the head of talent at AAA. Essentially Taya had used a chokehold in a NO DQ match against Ayako Hamada. Taya says she wasn't notified by anyone in the office including Vampiro. Apparently she wasn't happy when the title was put on the line in a match and even more upset when the recently retired Sexy Star ended up winning the championship. Apparently Taya has quit AAA, but is still contractually obligated to appear at Lucha Underground . Not entirely sure how contracts work with AAA, but I don't believe Taya is able to sign with any major company until things are worked out between her and AAA. Taya Valkyrie's foray into Lucha Libre comes " back all the way to nearly five years ago leaving her then home promotion ECCW in Canada to joining with Los Perros Del Mal. Since then she became a permanent part of AAA and was the longest reigning Reina de Reinas Champion. Its also being reported that Taya will now be taking part of the upcoming Global Force Wrestling Live events in New York. Along with Fiance Morrison, Taya will be appearing August 4th in Long Island, August 5th in Staten Island, and August 6th in Bridgeport, CT.
The other half of reDragon has made his debut at Full Sail University tonight taking on Alistar Black. Oddly enough that's who Bobby Fish debuted against last month. The multi time ROH tag champion, PWG World Champion, ROH World Champion and IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Champion really established himself as one of the best. One could only assume that a reDragon reunion is in the works if O'Reilly has signed.
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Back in April, Lio Rush's contract had expired with Ring of Honor. What some considered to be a step for Rush's career might have helped launched him to the next level. PWinsider.com is reporting that the former CZW World Champion is Orlando bound and will be signing with the WWE to join NXT in the near future. Once leaving ROH, it appeared that Rush did everything he possibly could to get the attention of the WWE. In just three months, Rush would add wrestling in Mexico, Canada, and the UK to his resume. He would win the CZW World Championship defeating Joe Gacy. He unsuccessfully challenged Zack Sabre Jr. for the EVOLVE Title. He would make it to the finals of the 21st Annual Super 8 Tournament. He would appear on seven Pay Per Views world wide. Last week Rush denied reports that the WWE has contacted him, "My interest in WWE again is through the roof. I haven’t been contacted by WWE, but the playing field right now with the cruiserweights, and that’s been somewhat of a main focus with them, it drives me to become better," he shared on the Ring Rust Radio Podcast.
Moments ago the WWE announced that they had come to terms with releasing Austin Aries. Aries WWE Career last about a year and a half. In that time he was featured extensively in NXT as a major challenger to Nakamura. Aries was nearly blinded by Nakamura while in NXT. When Aries was promoted to the Crusierweight Division, many thought it would be his division for the taking. Aries received an opportunity at Wrestlemania to wrestler for the Cruiserweight Title, but came up short. As recent as last Saturday Aries was in Japan with the WWE challenging for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship in matches with Neville and Tozawa. On most house shows, Aries challenging Neville seemed to be the program. Aries brought a breath of fresh air to 205 Live on the WWE Network. Prior to joining the WWE, Aries was a former IMPACT World Champion, X-Division Champion, IMPACT Tag Champion, ROH World Champion and ROH Tag Champion. At 39 years of age, Aries still has a the potential to have high caliber matches, with just about anyone really. It'll be interesting to see where Aries goes next.
ProWrestlingSheet.com is reporting that multi-time Ring of Honor World Tag Team Champion Bobby Fish is expected to debut at Full Sail University as a part of NXT Television Tapings. Fish is an excellent wrestler with a background in Karate, Taekwondo, Kickboxing, and team sports like Lacrosse and Football. Fish was trained by Harley Race and later Tony DeVito. Fish is currently the Updates Pro Wrestling Champion (out of Rochester New York) and has held titles in NECW Heavyweight Championship, IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship, and has been the ROH Television and ROH World Tag Team Champions. Fish is 37 years old, which is substantially older than most WWE signees and there has been no official word on whether Fish has signed a contract or this is just a one off appearance.
Facebook Group The SpOtLight has shared the speculation that WWE's "Hideo Itami's contract is set to expires later this year and he could end up leaving the company." They also note that much of "Itami's momentum in WWE/NXT has stalled several times due to injuries and it's possible Itami will return to wrestling in Japan." Now many would agree that the artist formerly known as KENTA hasn't quite reached the the potential many thought he would with his tenure in the WWE. As noted the injuries have certainly sidelined his opportunities to join the main roster. He isn't the only former NOAH wrestler who's been sidelined with injury as Shane from TM-61 has also been out due to injury. The group speculates a return to NOAH would mean big business for NOAH. Or heading to New Japan would be good for both parties. This is only a rumor for now, but I'd suspect that we will see Itami remain with NXT and the WWE.
"Bobby Villa aka Bobby Zavala, La Mascara, and Maximo have been fired from CMLL. and Both The CMLL Heavweight, and Welterweight Title are vacant. There will be a tournament soon to crown a new champion." With a hat tip to Christian Orozco from the facebook group International Lucha Libre Fans, CMLL has fired three of it's stars for an incident that involved Mascara and Maximo destroying the car of Ultimo Guerrero. For a more detailed account of what happened and why, please click here. Speculation is that the trio could head to AAA, which has recently lost much of it's talent to The Crash and CMLL. Some are even speculating that La Mascara would be an excellent fit with WWE's 205 Live.
Flip Gordon signs with Ring of Honor. Gordon was making his name on the East Coast Independent Wrestling Scene working for promotions like Combat Zone Wrestling, Beyond Wrestling, Chaotic Wrestling, and had recently debuts in Mexico working with The Crash Lucha Libre. Gordon is a former Chaotic Wrestling New England Champion.
Dave Meltzer and F4FWonline is reporting that Io Shirai has signed with World Wrestling Entertainment. This really shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone who's been following the developments of the WWE Women's Tournament set to kick off this summer. Meltzer reported on May 6th that "Shirai was brought to Orlando not that long ago to train, which was not supposed to go public but due to a communications issue, was briefly mentioned on the WWE website."
Shirai has been the ACE of World Wonder Ring STARDOM, holding the Goddess of Stardom Championship, Artist of Stardom Championship, the SWA World Championship, Wonder of Stardom Championship and the World of Stardom Championship (which she's currently still champion). This announcement coming off the heels of another top Stardom Star KAIRI HOJO leaving Stardom, could spell trouble for the Joshi Promotion as two of their top stars are now out of the company. Io Shirai has built a reputation in Japan and Mexico and formerly competed in Lucha Underground as "Hitokiri".
According to f4wonline.com, Kairi Hojo will be reporting to the WWE Performance Center shortly, quietly signing with the WWE back in March. Making her debut January 7th 2012, Kairi Hojo quickly became one of the top wrestlers for World Wonder Ring Stardom. While apart of Stardom, Hojo won the World of Stardom Championship, the Wonder of Stardom Championship Goddess of Stardom Championship (Tag Team Titles) and the Artist of Stardom Championship (Three Woman Tag). Although most of her career was spent in Japan with Stardom, she wrestled in Shanghai for Inoki Genome Federation and made her North American debut in 2014 when she would represent Stardom in DragonMania 9 and Lucha Fan Fest 8 Events. She would make her debut in the United States when Stardom ran shows in Southern California in October 2015. She would later go on to work for Lucha Underground as Doku and would debut for Sabatoge Wrestling also in California.