UFC Superstar Paige VanZant Signs With All Elite Wrestling After Surprise Appearance On 'AEW Dynamite'
Paige VanZant is making the high rope jump from the UFC octagon to the wrestling ring.
The mixed martial artist surprised everyone showing up on AEW Dynamite Wednesday night. Soon after the shocking appearance, news broke that VanZant had signed a contract with All Elite Wrestling.
“Wanted to give the world one more reason to hate on me: PVZ TAKING OVER!!!!,” VanZandt tweeted after the show aired.
AEW's promotion's president Tony Khan signed the UFC fighter following the reception she got appearing in an AEW match in September alongside fellow MMA fighter Dan Lambert.
Lambert later became the on-screen manager of Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky, and VanZandt is taking over as a new face (or heel) for the wrestling foundation.
VanZandt appeared out of the crowd Wednesday night to take on Sammy Guevara's real-life girlfriend Tay Conti. The surprise attack led to Guevara's loss to Scorpio Sky during the championship match.
The UFC fighter grabbed the AEW contract and signed it in the busted-up Conti. The new heel of AEW left her mark and wants the crowd and other fighters in the ring to know — she isn't going anywhere.
The former UFC fighter's first official match has yet to be announced and may not materialize any time soon. Reports claim VanZandt has only just begun her pro wrestling training and won't likely appear til AEW's next pay-per-view fight Double or Nothing in May.
Before signing to the American wrestling league, VanZant has demonstrated that she's not someone to mess with. The UFC fighter has previously won the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship and even competed in the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Since leaving the mixed martial arts scene, VanZant has gone on to appear on Dancing with the Stars, and Food Network's cooking game show Chopped. Now she's returned to her combat sport roots and is ready to take on whoever comes her was at AEW.
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