Paige VanZant makes first appearance with WWE's rivals AEW on Dynamite as fans call on her to face Thunder Rosa in debut
16th September 2021

FORMER UFC star Paige VanZant joined a number of American Top Team stars at AEW Dynamite on Wednesday night.

PVZ attended the New Jersey event along with Andrei Arlovski, Kayla Harrison, Junior dos Santos and her husband Austin Vanderford as back-up for ATT chief Dan Lambert.



The MMA stars were all in the ring as Lambert unleashed a verbal tirade at former WWE wrestlers Chris Jericho and Jake Hager.

And after seeing PVZ in the AEW ring, a number of wrestling fans called for her to take on Thunder Rosa.

One tweeted: "Give me Paige VanZant vs Thunder Rosa!"

Alongside a picture of VanZant and Rosa, another asked: "Can we have this as a match please?"

Most wrestling fans were just stunned to see VanZant in attendance at the Prudential Center.

One said: "Is that Paige Vanzant in AEW? She's f*****g great."

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Another remarked: "I really hope Paige VanZant can get into a wrestling match at some time in AEW.

"I think this was only the first step for her in wrestling."

VanZant, 27, was released by the UFC in July 2020 following her first-round submission loss to Amanda Ribas.

The former Dancing with the Stars contestant was promptly snapped up by Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, although her brief stint in the promotion hasn't been successful.

The former MMA strawweight and flyweight suffered a unanimous decision defeat to Britain Hart in her debut in February.

And she suffered a unanimous decision defeat to fellow UFC alum Rachael Ostovich in July.

VanZant went into a state of depression after the loss, admitting: “When I walked out of the ring, I didn’t just walk to my locker room, I literally walked all the way outside and I just went and cried in the parking lot by myself.

“I said some things to my husband that are pretty terrible about like my mental state.

“I told him I didn’t want to live anymore, that this wasn’t for me anymore.

"Like life wasn’t for me anymore so I was disappointed, It was hard.”

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