Lucha Underground star turned GFW Knockout Taya Valkyrie made her presence felt in her GFW debut last week when she attacked Rosemary after making a very grand entrance.

In an interview with Ring Bust Radio, Taya discusses her decision of joining GFW, her thoughts on the women’s revolution and Lucha Underground’s future. Highlights of the interview (courtesy of Wrestle Zone) below.

On signing with GFW: “I’m constantly trying to expand where I am wrestling and who I am wrestling and looking for the best female wrestlers everywhere, you know what I mean? Karen and Jeff had known me for about five years and they would come down to Mexico and work with AAA all the time. Karen and I would laugh about me coming to work with her and do her projects with her and stuff, but I just couldn’t. It was really an exciting thing to be asked to be a part of it. I am really happy and excited to see what happens. It’s a different opportunity, it’s a different demographic than the lucha libre crowd and I get to wrestle some girls that I’ve never worked with before. It’s a new challenge for me so I’m very excited.”

On her goals for the Knockouts division: “Obviously, my ultimate goal is to be the Knockouts champion, who doesn’t want that, you know what I mean? Right now, I’m just going to pick them off one by one and prove why I am there. I am going to prove my worth, demonstrate and show to everybody in the American public and the world stage which is the stage of GFW Impact, that I deserve to be there and why I am the longest reigning Queen of Queens champion. I am going to show them why I was given all these opportunities and show the knowledge that I’ve gained through the wrestling career that I’ve had.”

Thoughts on the Mae Young Classic: “I was actually at the final last night here in Las Vegas. Anything that promotes women’s wrestling to me is a positive thing and I know so many girls and women that were in the tournament who are friends of mine. I follow their careers and for me I’m just so proud of being part of a movement that’s happening right now. I’m coming from a different side of it with the lucha libre world and stuff, but I’m just really excited to see what happens. Women, we main event now, we are not the arm candy. We are the ones breaking down barriers, breaking the rules, and I think the Mae Young Classic is just another part of that. I’m just happy that more eyeballs and people are seeing what women’s wrestling is and taking it seriously and not viewing it as a joke.”

Thoughts on the Sexy Star/Rosemary incident from Triplemania XXV: “I don’t want to go too much into it because honestly, I don’t want to give more attention to something or someone that doesn’t need it. Rosemary is the nicest, most professional woman, and a fellow Canadian. Obviously, I had the privilege and continued privilege to work with her. I was so embarrassed and disappointed watching that match on a whole, not just the finish but the whole thing. I consider myself as an international woman and a face of what women’s wrestling is in AAA, and I just feel so embarrassed and I think basically that’s all I can say about it. It was so ridiculous to me, uncalled for and unprofessional. I was so disappointed and I continue to be disappointed by it. I just feel like it happened but it’ll never happen again. I hope to God it never happens again. I experienced similar situations in my five years being in AAA with different female wrestlers there in the Indies throughout Mexico because I am Canadian, I look different, it’s crazy to me, but it still exists. There are still people that are just out for themselves. It is what it is, but I’m so happy that Rosemary is doing better because I can’t wait to kick her ass.”

On Lucha Underground’s future: “Lucha Underground changed my life. As I mentioned in Jericho’s podcast, that is where I finally branched out to wrestling in the states, I met my fiancé there and it really changed my life. So, for me obviously I want to see a Season 4. We have so much fun when we are filming and the creative team, the entire roster we just create magic during those tapings. I just want to do it again, who doesn’t? So hopefully the fans keep watching it and supporting it and let’s hope to the Lucha Gods we get to do a Season 4. So far, we don’t really know what’s going on exactly but I’m really, really positive that with something as special as Lucha Underground we will be able to do it again. I am very confident, but I honestly don’t know. I still don’t know, but I just have faith. I always try to look at the shiny side of the whole situation and find something good in it. Yeah, we haven’t filmed in like 15 months or something, but I love creating that product. It’s so different from GFW and WWE. It something new and exciting and I get to be two characters. I am still under the name Taya obviously, but I truly believe that Lucha Underground and GFW are so different and I get to be a part of both. So, we will see what happens moving forward and hopefully Season 4 happens sooner rather than later.”

Taya also discusses working with her fiancé John Hennigan and setting up her GFW debut entrance.

You can listen to the full interview here.

What did you think of the interview? Are you excited to see Taya in GFW? Would you like to see another season of Lucha Underground? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Ollie Roche

    Aww she seems like a sweetheart

  • GameChanger #HBIC#GoldenGodess


  • She seems like a class act. If they use her right I could see her as a good foundational piece for the knockouts division.

  • Okay now stop being a knockoff.

    • LoveEvaBella

      I agree because her entrance is unoriginal it’s like a Charlotte entrance as well as her finisher which is the Glam Slam. She can just use a new move and a new entrance. Her attire is like Naomi’s one piece and her footwear has been worn by Melina, Velvet sky, Torrie, Bellas nothing new.

      • Tweet Melina’s name to her and she will block. She’s jealous:

      • Joseph

        Who knew Bruiser Brody has such a major influence on all those ladies.

  • Damn!

    Beth finisher + Melina attire + Charlotte gimmick = Taya Valkyrie

    She’s not very original but she’s still a solid performer though

    • Aye Mate

      This. I see her as a hybrid of other wrestlers than a unique performer in her own right. Now, that doesn’t mean she’s untalented – I’m just saying it’s harder for me to remember Taya for anything other than references to other women.

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  • Looking Glass

    Taya on her decision to join GFW: “My boyfriend works there.” Is really all we needed to hear.

    • Aye Mate

      I was looking for “WWE hasn’t called yet” personally!


    Melina did it better.

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  • Troy Smith

    WOW. The commenters have been drinking gallons of Haterade.

    • Steven5812

      You should read some of the crap the haters have been posting on her Twitter page; this bunch are tossing bouquets at her compared to THEM.

  • Damn, what did this woman do y’all? The hate is unreal for her. For all the haters remember that a hater reads with no resumes and critiques with no credentials, and the difference between Gatorade and haterade is one fills you up, the other makes you thirsty. She’s not the first woman to take bits and pieces of things she likes and incorporate into her character, and she’s not the first woman to get a man who has an ex who looks something like her. Leave that girl be.

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  • Jamal

    She’s a talent and will be good for GFW

  • Good move for Taya, AAA is a good promotion in Mexico, of course a copycat of WWE but Impact is a bigger mainstream for her.