NEW BLOG SERIES: South Of The Border with Taya Valkyrie
The last year has really seemed like a blur or a dream. So many things both good and bad have crossed my path. My determination, drive and passion for what I do was all tested. A year ago I would have never guessed that I would be now living in México, working for one of the biggest wrestling, pardon me, lucha libre companies in the world, training every week with legends and learning and working with people who I consider some of the best female talent in the world.
I’m currently writing this while sitting on the tour bus as we make our way to Guadalajara for a house show. We left at 6 am to make the 7 hour journey. There is Mexican folk music playing through the speakers. Everyone is either sleeping or listening to their iPods as the air-conditioning blasts and we drive past more and more rolling Mexican hills. There will be a quick food stop at a roadside stand and then straight to the venue. Its moments like this where I cant help but smile and really reflect back on what the last 7 months of my life have been.
I got to México thanks to Ted Hart who put me in contact with Konnan. From there i made the crazy decision to come down and train for what was supposed to be 2 weeks with the trainers Konnan had set me up with. Needless to say, after week one I announced that I wasn’t leaving. I think I had known all along that I was never going to return to Canada. I mean, I had quit my jobs, put all my stuff in storage and left with one suitcase. Failure wasn’t an option and within those first 7 days i knew that i wasn’t going any where till I had accomplished what I set out to do.
Week 2, I met Perro Aguayo Jr at the Perros del Mal office. Perro believed in me from the beginning, he’s a huge part of the reason I am where I am today. He gave me my first break, had me on TV, in magazines and really helped me break in to the Mexican scene. I am forever grateful to everyone at Perros del Mal for believing in me, supporting my dream and helping make it a reality.
Over the next 7 months, I trained everyday. Grinded it out in some of the craziest gyms and stiffest rings and all in grueling temperatures. Not everyone supported me here, and you know there were nay-sayers, haters and those who wanted to send the blonde Canadian packing, but that just wasn’t happening. I just kept my head down, trained like a beast and proved that I deserved to be here. Konnan was always there supporting what i was doing and giving me advice. When i would get frustrated he would tell me to be patient and that good things were to come.
Patient I was, and just as Konnan had said good things did come. My hard work, sweat, tears and hours upon hours of sometimes questioning my decision to come to México all culminated in me getting my chance with AAA. So here we are 2 weeks before my official TV match debut. I’m nervous, excited and really cant wait to get this first one out of the way. I’m so proud to be part of such an great lucha family with AAA and Perros del Mal. They have all changed my life and I am forever grateful.
I will continue to grow, change, and evolve as an entertainer, athlete and luchadora. I cant wait to take on some of the challenges that the next few months will hold for me and i will keep impressing and surprising people down here as they will realize that this Canadian girl can lucha.