Paige VanZant was looked at as one of the stars of the future in AEW, especially with her legitimate background in combat sports. However, she has seemingly left behind the industry, for the time being, even avoiding Tony Khan’s company.
It is all the more baffling as the former UFC fighter’s switch to the squared circle was going swimmingly until she apparently decided to ghost AEW.
Her former coach, the popular Attitude Era performer Gangrel, helped train Paige at Coastal Championship Wrestling’s training facility in Florida. She even had one match but has since been out of the wrestling business.
Gangrel discussed how Paige trained for some time at the facility on K & S Wrestlefest and related matters. The former WWE man feels the former Octagon performer would have been perfect for this sport.
“Yes, I did [train VanZant] for a little while there. She did well; she didn’t train as much as I would have liked for her to train, but I haven’t seen her since that match. She did that match, she wrote me, and said, ‘Hey, I’d like to go over the match with you and some critique.’ And I said, ‘Sure,’ and that’s the last I heard from her. She’s an athlete. She could have been really, really good at it actually.”
There were also rumors that VanZant has been away as she was training for an August bout with Charis Sigala as part of the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship promotion. However, that match was canceled at the last minute.
Rumors also noted that the fight was rescheduled, but the latest information has confirmed that it was called off. Paige also clarified that she didn’t pull out from the bout, rather, she pulled out on her own.
It remains to be seen when and if she returns to AEW, for someone of her legitimacy and ilk would only bring good things to a still-struggling women’s division.