Taya Valkyrie On Getting In Contact With WWE Through Shad Gaspard, Reflects On Lucha Underground

IMPACT superstar and former Knockouts champion Taya Valkyrie recently spoke with Chris Van Vilet to talk all things pro-wrestling, including how the late Shad Gaspard put Valkyrie in contact with WWE, and how she nearly portrayed the Kobra Moon character in Lucha Underground, a part that was eventually portrayed by Thunder Rosa. Highlights are below.

On Shad Gaspard putting Valkyrie in contact with WWE:

I had met — and I haven’t talked about this a lot, and I’m not gonna get emotional. I had met Shad Gaspard actually, three weeks before the Nationals that happened where I actually won, because WWE was in town and I was bartending at this bar and I was dressed as a female John Cena. I know, don’t hold it against me, and they were in the bar and I was just serving them drinks and stuff and he’s like, ‘You should be a wrestler’ and I was like, ‘I’m trying to be a wrestler and I don’t know how to be a wrestler.’ He’s like yeah, so he actually put WWE in contact with me the first time. So, yeah. So, tough story to talk about… but yeah, if it wasn’t for that, I don’t think that a lot of things would have happened the way that they did so…

Says she nearly played Kobra Moon in Lucha Underground

Well I went to Lucha Underground. Originally, I was actually told that I was gonna be Kobra Moon, so I had taken all the measurements for my costumes and everything so when I went to The Temple, I was greeted by Chavo Guerrero. He showed me around and then I was told that I was not gonna be Kobra Moon, and I was like, ‘Okay, I’m glad I brought my gear,’ and they said, ‘You are going to be with Johnny Mundo and PJ Black’ and I don’t even know if they had at that time decided if it was PJ and Jack [Evans], that we were gonna be this faction but I was told right away I was gonna be with Johnny Mundo.

Full interview can be found below. (H/T and transcribed by Post Wrestling)