Anna Jay is 99 of the Dark Order, and she rose to popularity in AEW at a rapid pace. Her first match on AEW Dynamite was actually her seventh ever. If you asked QT Marshall at the time, who works backstage with AEW along with running his own training school, she wasn’t going to make it.
While speaking to Talk Is Jericho about some of the students he trained who joined the Dark Order, he brought up Anna Jay. QT Marshall said that he didn’t think Anna Jay would last.
Jay got hurt “right away” and needed a shoulder surgery. She stuck with pro wrestling and the next thing everyone knew Anna Jay was wrestling Hikaru Shida on AEW Dynamite.
“Lee Johnson and all of my students turned into The Dark Order (he laughs). Preston Vance #10, Alen Angels #5, Anna Jay, those are the three and then Lee Johnson was the other one that during the pandemic all got jobs. She (Anna Jay) is actually Glacier’s best friend’s niece. He said, ‘I have this girl. I don’t know how serious she is going to take it because she is beautiful.’ I said ok. She came to the school and I thought I dealt with girls like this at The Monster Factory. She’s not going to last. Right away she got hurt. She needed shoulder surgery and she stuck through it.”
“During that show at the school, she had done a match with Penelope (Ford) that was ok. It was only her sixth match. I was at Cody’s house and he said, ‘What if we do Anna Jay vs Shida?’ because we didn’t have any talent. I said, ‘dude, I’m not going to lie. I’m not sure about putting her on live TV.’ This is her seventh match but she did great. She had a great response from the audience. They came up to me and said they want to sign her. I said, ‘ok, but if she doesn’t do well, she is not my trainee (laughs).’ Of course, I don’t ever want to take away a job from anybody, but at the same time, just know what you’re buying. She’s had seven matches. Because she was a performer before doing recitals, she’s got IT. I used to say IT was just an excuse for hiring bodybuilders who didn’t know how to wrestle. Anna Jay has IT.”
Anna Jay’s story in pro wrestling has been short so far, but there is much more to tell. She has a bright future and there are plans for her to get a much larger focus in year two of the company.
Thanks to Wrestling News for the quote