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Taya Valkyrie talks the change from NXT to NXT 2.0: “I was left like, ‘What’s going on?'”

Taya Valkyrie was on this week’s “Insight With Chris Van Vliet” to share details about joining the WWE, changes in NXT 2.0, and what she learned during her time with the company.

Taya was asked if John Morrison helped her get into WWE:

“It didn’t help me get my foot in the door, but I do think that it helped me make the decision that I made to go there,” Taya said.

“Once he had left IMPACT, I was just like, ‘Oh my God.’ We had been working together for several years for several different promotions, so the idea of us being able to be together again was a huge influence on my decision to sign with WWE,” Valkyrie shared.

“It’s a very long and stressful process. I don’t know if people know that, but it’s a lengthy several months of paperwork and background checks, medical, all that stuff. This is all while you’re trying to figure out, well am I going to get this job or not? Once everything happened, it was like we are doing this. That was a huge motivator for John and I to be together and working for the same company.”

Taya said she was excited to get hired by WWE:

“It was very exciting. I wanted to go there forever. That’s why you start wrestling. You fall in love with the superstars you see as a kid.”

“So for me, it was like, well, I want to be like the Canadian icon Trish Stratus, and like Lita and Victoria. I have mentioned that I got into fitness competitions because I wanted to be like them.”

“At a certain point in my career, I thought that I wasn’t going to get signed because I thought that I wasn’t what they liked. I was critical of myself, I wasn’t 25 years old, there’s a bunch of stuff. Then as time went on, people like Asuka, Shayna Baszler, and Mercedes Martinez were all getting hired. I’m also seeing Tamina and Natalya killing it on the main roster and winning championships. It was like, well, maybe this is a possibility.”

Taya felt there was a big change when NXT 2.0 started:

“It was like night and day,” Taya revealed.

“It was a very obvious change of energy and a very obvious feeling. We were hearing all sorts of rumors about what they were looking for compared to last week. I was very confused and like, ‘What is going on?'”

“This was in the summer, and I had debuted in like March. It was so weird. It was the most confusing experience in my entire life. Having worked everywhere, I was left like, ‘What’s going on?’”

Taya on what she learned in NXT:

“Definitely some of the psychology stuff. I was so fluent in Lucha Libre that it was interesting to have a better understanding of their type of psychology,” she said.

“Also, just taking my time and not rushing things. I feel like my selling has improved a lot to make things seem bigger. If anything, they have polished me up to make me bigger.”

Other topics covered include her clothing line “Loca by Taya Valkyrie,” her favorite matches, growing up in Canada and much more!

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