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Bea Priestley Announces Stardom Exit

Following her unsuccessful World of Stardom Championship challenge at Yokohama Dream Cinderella, Bea Priestley announced that the match would be her last inside a Stardom ring.

Having wrestled a highly competitive match versus Utami Hayashishita, Priestley dropped her heelish persona post-match to praise the current champion.

She also reconciled with former Queen’s Quest ally Momo Watanabe as she confirmed her exit from the promotion, thanking both Stardom and Japan before leaving.

In the aftermath, Stardom founder and current executive producer Rossy Ogawa heaped praise on the grappler via Twitter, hailing Priestley as the ‘strongest foreigner in Stardom history’.

Priestley also finished her contract with New Japan earlier in the year, despite the company reportedly having been open to continuing her deal.

Whilst details on her next move remain scant, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that the ‘Top Gaijin’ would not be going to AEW, which might suggest a move to WWE instead:

When she didn’t sign a new contract with New Japan, she also didn’t sign a new deal here (Stardom) and she made this decision some time back. She is leaving Japan. The only thing I can say is that she’s not going to AEW and the rest would be the same conclusion everyone else would come up with, which is the place she’s not allowed to say if she’s going there and thus she’s said nothing.

Priestley leaves Stardom, having achieved a great deal of success in the promotion, winning several of the company’s championships, including a 184-day reign as the World of Stardom Champion in 2019.