MMA and AEW star Paige VanZant’s pro wresting pursuits have seemingly come to a halt.
After making a number of appearances on AEW television alongside American Top Team, Paige VanZant officially became All Elite on the March 9th episode of Dynamite. The star had previously been in talks with WWE, but chose to sign with AEW due to the freedom she was allowed to continue in MMA and bare-knuckle boxing alongside professional wrestling.
At Double or Nothing back in May, Paige VanZant made her in-ring debut, teaming with Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky to take on the team of Kazarian, Sammy Guevara, and Tay Melo (then known as Tay Conti). American Top Team was victorious in the bout, but this would mark VanZant’s only professional wrestling match to date.
One of the wrestlers who trained Paige VanZant ahead of her in-ring debut was former WWE Superstar Gangrel, who has decades of pro wrestling experience and rose to prominence in WWE’s Attitude Era as leader of The Brood. Speaking to K&S WrestleFest, Gangrel revealed that he hasn’t heard from VanZant about further professional wrestling training since her match at Double or Nothing, placing her pro wrestling future in serious doubt.
“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.”
Continuing, Gangrel said that if she wanted to apply herself to the business, she could have a bright future.
She’s an athlete. She could have been really, really good at it actually.”
Paige VanZant was scheduled to face Charisa Sigala at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 27 in London on August 22nd, but the expected co-main event fight was cancelled a few days before the event. According to a post on her Instagram, she was upset to have been pulled from the fight.