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Nyla Rose becomes the first trans-gender wrestler to sign with a major wrestling company in AEW

When AEW launched one statement The Young Bucks and Cody would stand by was that AEW would change the world of professional wrestling.

Brandi Rhodes would echo this sentiment and how the company would champion inclusivity and diversity.

On Feb, 8. at the rally held at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, they would waste no time in putting their money where their mouth is and prove that their promise was more than a marketing motto, when they announced the signing of Nyla Rose.

Nyla Rose is the first openly transgender wrestler to sign for a major American professional wrestling company, which is amazing considering she was a somewhat unknown wrestler on the indy circuit less than a year ago. Rose has been wrestling sporadically since 2013 for promotions such as Covey Promotions, Warriors of Wrestling and Sendai Girl’s Pro Wrestling. It was her time wrestling in Japan that would get her noticed by Kenny Omega, who was scouting the scene to recruit talent. Omega would reach out to Rose and offer her a deal to join AEW. A move that would mark a dramatic shift in the portrayal of LGBTQ+ wrestlers in pro wrestling.

Since then Rose has been featured prominently in AEW as a powerful monster heel, winning the first Casino Battle Royale at Double or Nothing, featured in the first-ever AEW Women’s Championship match versus Riho and about to challenge for the title once more in a 4-way match on the first AEW Dynamite of 2020.

AEW said that they were going to change the world of professional wrestling and be a true alternative to WWE and signings such as Rose’s is testament to that.

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