All Elite Wrestling continues to build out its women’s division. Britt Baker is no longer the only champion to chase as Jade Cargill is carrying the AEW TBS Championship. With individuals like Mercedes Martinez entering the fold, there are a lot of names that AEW could add to help this group. Marina Shafir is one who should be on their radar as she brings a lot to the table as a free agent.
Shafir was one of many names unceremoniously cut from the WWE throughout 2021. Even though she didn’t really get off the ground in that company’s women’s division, Shafir was always recognized as someone that could have an impact if given the opportunity.
Since her release in September, Shafir has remained active. She’s popped up in GCW, taking part in Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport – a match style that fights right into her background of Mixed Martial Arts. That, along with three matches in CWFA paved a road for her to turn up in AEW where she’s appeared on Dark twice to close out the year. AEW Dark and Dark Elevation is recognized as a platform where the promotion “tries out” talent that can potentially ink deals with the company. Shafir is one that should be considered for such an opening.
As AEW’s women’s division continues to take shape, it’s important to have a wide variety of personalities and styles between competitors. Shafir gives off an air of credibility as a fighter that isn’t completely present on the women’s roster right now. Over time, Shafir could fill that roll if she continues to develop, and based on what she’s shown so far, the potential is there. AEW has several talented veterans on their roster that could play a part in her growth as well. Women such as Serena Deeb, Thunder Rosa, and the newly signed Mercedes Martinez are just a few to throw out.
AEW is continuing to sign wrestlers as they pop up on the free-agent market. While it’s great to see some popular names come in and speculate on which former champions may join, there’s an important need to fill with talented prospects like Marina Shafir. Here’s to hoping she’s signed to a contract and put in a place to succeed unlike her previous run in the WWE.