Anna Jay is one of AEW’s success stories. After an impressive debut against Hikaru Shida in April, Jay became “All Elite” after only five months in the business.
Since then she has become an integral and entertaining part of the Dark Order, and one of the most improved wrestlers on the entire roster.
Jay sat down with Aubrey Edwards and Tony Schiavone for the latest edition of AEW Unrestricted. During the interview, she talks about joining the Dark Order, how it is the right fit for her and who she goes to for advice.
“I feel like I have a bunch of brothers backstage. I grew up with two brothers, and it’s kind of like [Dark Order] really fits me, and it’s great having them in the back. First off, they’re hilarious! Plus, I can always ask them for advice, you know a lot of them obviously have a lot more experience than I do—Brodie especially and John Silver, too. I think he’s been wrestling for 15 years.”
Jay then spoke about how she became the Queen Slayer.
“I didn’t know that was going to happen. It just happened whenever I walked out, and Brodie was introducing me on Dynamite. He said, ‘Queen Slayer,’ and I was like, ‘Oh me? Okay!’”
The Queen Slayer moniker really came into effect when Jay choked out Brandi Rhodes on the stage. Jay talked about how she learned the sleeper hold from wrestling legend, Arn Anderson.
“I remember whenever they told me that’s what I was going to do, Arn Anderson was there explaining how to do it and showing me the hold and everything… I was like, ‘Oh my gosh! Arn Anderson is showing me how to do a sleeper! What is my life right now?’ The whole thing was super cool, and I’m very lucky to have that spot, something I’ll always remember. Brandi is great, and it was awesome!”
Anna Jay is a future megastar, and AEW knows it and presents her as such. At twenty-two years old and with only fifteen matches under her belt, she exudes confidence and wrestling ability way beyond her years. Despite her lack of in-ring experience, Jay has shown that she can hang with the best AEW have to offer. On this week’s AEW Dynamite she challenged Shida for the AEW Women’s World Championship. Although unsuccessful, Jay proved just how far she has come in such a short space of time.
The future is bright for this young star, and if she continues to improve as quickly as she has, that future will be here sooner rather than later.
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