A former NXT UK star has discussed how they felt after leaving WWE at the worst possible time as they looked to dominate the indy world.
The Portuguese star had built up a solid reputation on the independent scene in Europe, primarily competing for wXw as well as for Sendai Girls in Japan. In 2018, however, WWE came calling and Killer Kelly soon found herself in a number one contender’s match for the NXT UK Women’s Championship. Although unsuccessful on that occasion, losing to current SmackDown Superstar Toni Storm, Kelly had found her new home on the NXT UK brand.
During her time on the brand, Killer Kelly shared the ring with fellow European up and comers Isla Dawn and Millie McKenzie as well as NXT stalwart Dakota Kai as well as Japanese wrestling legend and current NXT UK Women’s Champion Meiko Satomura in the 2018 Mae Young Classic.
Kelly’s last match for the brand came in November 2019 when she lost to Toni Storm again. Looking to make a name on the independent scene, her timing could not have been much worse as the world was soon shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While WWE still ran shows on closed sets, the independent world was non-existent for many months.
Speaking to Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp, Killer Kelly discussed how she felt as the world shut down just a few months after she called time on her NXT UK career:
“Sh*tty. Very sh*tty. I was like, ‘Oh, my God. I’m gonna take over the indy scene,’ and then the world ended. ‘Oh, f*ck. Okay. Cool.’ But, now I’m doing it. Starting to do it.”
Although Kelly was able to compete in the first three months of 2020 since the pandemic hit she has only had thirteen matches, her only 2021 date coming at Black Label Pro’s 4th of September show when she lost to current NWA star Kylie Rae.