Exciting news came out for Legit Leyla Hirsch this past week when AEW President & CEO Tony Khan revealed that she was officially All Elite. According to Hirsch in a recent virtual signing with Highsports Wrestling Network, she was actually offered her contract back in October. This was her first week with the promotion.
“I don’t even know if I’m allowed to say any of this but, my first week on Wednesday night, I faced [Hikaru] Shida [on AEW Dark] and that was great and then there was an incident with — there was a match that was supposed to happen with the girls and it didn’t because there was an injury and then they called me and they were like, ‘Leyla, we need you to wrestle Serena Deeb.’ So me and her literally only had 20 minutes to put the match together. Went out there, did it and then when I got backstage, Kenny Omega put his arm around me and said to me, ‘I hope I’m not putting too much pressure on you’ but he was like, ‘What’s your availability? We would like for you to work here’ and then Christopher Daniels pulled me aside and gave me the contract right there and then. So surreal but my first week there, I ended up getting the contract. So, it was wild.
I don’t know [why it took AEW this long to announce it]. Just timing. Yeah, just certain things but it happens, so, grateful for it.”
The match Hirsch is referring to was an NWA World Women’s Title match with champion Serena Deeb. This was her third match for AEW.
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The newcomer does have her eyes set on gold and her goal is to one day become the AEW Women’s World Champion. If she were to accomplish this gold it would be her first gold ever in her career.
“I’m shooting big. My goal is the AEW Women’s Championship, you know what I mean? Even though I am new, still, I’m here for a reason at this time, so my goals are big. So, AEW Women’s Championship, and you know what the cool thing is? I’ve actually still never won a championship anywhere. So it’d be pretty sweet to say my first championship is the AEW Women’s Championship.”
With this notion, there could possibly be some other women who have been frequently appearing for the company who may have signed a contract. They just haven’t been announced yet.
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