Following the retirement of Madison Rayne at Hard to Kill, Impact Wrestling have bid farewell to another of their groundbreaking Knockouts.
Taya Valkyrie, who had been with the promotion since 2017, was officially written out of storylines on this week’s edition of Impact television, where it was revealed that she had been behind the shooting of John E. Bravo.
Taya had made her final challenge for the Knockouts Championship at Sunday’s Hard to Kill pay per view, submitting in decisive fashion to incumbent champion Deonna Purrazzo.
However backstage footage had shown Acey Romero, seeking to clear his tag partner Larry D’s name, seemingly uncovering crucial evidence in the Knockouts locker-room.
Taya’s fate was sealed just two nights later when during a backstage interview, ‘La Wera Loca’ was approached by Romero, Bravo and Tommy Dreamer, whom revealed the evidence of Valkyrie having set up Larry D.
Under pressure, Taya admitted to the deed, noting her disdain for Bravo and how she had never approved of his planned marriage to friend and tag team partner Rosemary.
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As she was ‘arrested’ and escorted from the premises, Valkyrie shared a touching final scene with Rosemary, where the two embraced before saying a final goodbye.
In a wry comment, Dreamer speculated about where Valkyrie may end up suggesting ‘Jacksonville State Prison’, a nod to AEW, if she was lucky, but that she probably wasn’t and would likely be sent to ‘Stamford Maximum Penitentiary’, WWE, before finally quipping how the latter would ‘change a person’s soul forever’.
Valkyrie enjoyed an impressive run in Impact and leaves as the longest reigning Knockouts Champion in company history, having held the belt a staggering 377 days from January ’19 to January ’20.