Taya Valkyrie made her AEW debut back in March and seemed well on her way to dethroning Jade Cargill for the TBS Championship. Instead that honor went to a returning Kris Statlander when she answered Cargill’s open challenge following her 60th win.
Valkyrie faced Statlander for the TBS Championship last week on Dynamite and the title remains elusive. Unable to win the one thing she’s after, “La Wear Loca” has become more aggressive and ruthless.
This new demeanor was on display during the main event of this week’s Rampage. She faced Hikaru Shida for the first time ever. Shida started off with an aggressive style early on and took her opponent down with a hurricanrana.
Valkyrie clearly did her homework as she moved just in time for Shida’s signature chair spot. Shida had some issues with her knee, but still hit a running meteora on her opponent. She continued going full force and wouldn’t let up on the gas.
Valkyrie became increasingly frustrated as the match wore on and she couldn’t put the former AEW Women’s Champion away. She attempted the Road to Valhalla, only for Shida to reverse out of it. Shida rolled her into a pin, which incensed Valkyrie.
Valkyrie is struggling with winning big matches. Losing to Cargill and Statlander have pushed her out of the TBS title picture for now. Considering her frustrations, it seems like she may start looking for other ways to make an impact (no pun intended). Valkyrie has found success and title reigns in multiple companies.
Two AEW originals have kept her from the title thus far. Being unable to win gold in AEW may push her towards The Outcasts. She has a lot in common with Saraya, Ruby Soho, and Toni Storm. She can round out their team for a potential women’s Blood and Guts match with Britt Baker, Willow Nightingale, Skye Blue, and Shida. It would make The Outcasts immediately more interesting.