AQA made the jump from NXT to AEW and immediately found herself under the bright lights of a title match. After signing with Tony Khan’s company in February, AQA challenged Jade Cargill for the TBS Championship on AEW Dynamite. The match was widely seen as a disaster.
Today, AQA took to Twitter to announce that she is stepping away from professional wrestling. She noted that mental and physical wear has put her in a bad place. AQA wants to take some time to reflect before deciding what’s next.
“I want to take this time to say thank you to anyone who has ever cheered for me, supported me, bought merch, had me on your podcast or wrote an article about me. Those who sent loving messages, made fan art, gave me a hug during a meet & greet, or a high-five on my way to and from the ring. Promoters who booked me, opponents that stood across from me, and my trainers for teaching me everything I know for I wouldn’t have made it this far without all of you.
At this time, I have decided to step away from professional wrestling for the immediate future. For the past few years, both mentally and physically, I have not been in a great place with wrestling, and silly me, I kept pushing through because I didn’t want to be seen as weak, but it only sucked the fun out of every opportunity I had. I hope during this time I’ll be able to reflect deeply and see what path is best for me.
Thank you AEW for granting me this time. Until I see you all again, much love.”
AQA had a solid pedigree coming into AEW. She was trained by Booker T and had experience in the WWE developmental system. She was seldom seen after her bout with Cargill. Hopefully, she can work through her issues and find whatever it is that makes her happy going forward.
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