Madison Rayne is sitting in a very good spot in her professional wrestling career. The 2018 Mae Young Classic competitor inked a one-year contract with Ring Of Honor earlier this month. Rayne announced the news during a recent appearance on The Taz Show.
Earlier this month Rayne, going by the name Ashley Rayne, was eliminated in the first round of the 2018 Mae Young Classic tournament by Mercedes Martinez. 2018 has been a big year for Rayne. Not only did she sign a deal with ROH and appear on WWE programming, but she was a part of the historic “All In” card on September 1st.
Rayne was one of four women on the only female match of the night. Finding a permanent home for herself with ROH has been the cherry on top. The 32-year-old has been in the professional wrestling industry since 2005, having worked for promotions such as Ohio Championship Wrestling (OCW), SHIMMER, and TNA.
During her time in TNA, she was a five-time TNA Knockouts Champion and a two-time Knockouts Tag Team Champion. Now after signing a deal with ROH, she’ll be in the mix for a possible run at the ROH Women Of Honor World Championship. Despite her recent success, Rayne admitted during a conference call that she nearly quit professional wrestling (via The Mirror UK):
“It was roughly a year ago that I sat down on my couch in my living room with my husband and had a really tough conversation, where we tried to discuss if maybe my career was coming to a close and what that was going to look like, or if I was going to take any frustrations I had and any bit of second-guessing myself that I was doing and I was going to flip that on its head, make it a positive, totally change who I was and make a drastic turn in my career path.
“I think in moments like that, where you’re questioning what’s next, is where you really dig deep to find yourself and figure out what you want and what you’re still able to provide to the business. I am so glad that I was able to do that, that I got to that point mentally where I thought for a second that maybe I was to look towards retirement, because I very quickly realized that I wanted to do the complete opposite.
“I think that’s been probably the most contributing factor in my insanely successful 2018, because then I made that decision to change myself and elevate my game, that’s when opportunities started coming left and right.
“I’m not just saying this because of the position that I’m in now, but I knew early on when I was being given all of these opportunities, I was going to take them all and be grateful for all of them and do everything I could with them… but for the better part of a year in my heart, I kinda knew where I was going to end up was in Ring of Honor.”