Valkyrie in 2017
|Birth name||Kira Renee Forster|
October 22, 1983|
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||John Morrison (m. 2018)|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Billed weight||66 kg (146 lb)|
|Billed from||Victoria, British Columbia, Canada|
|Trained by||Lance Storm|
Kira Renee Hennigan (born October 22, 1983) is a Canadian professional wrestler and former model better known by her ring name Taya Valkyrie. She currently wrestles for Impact Wrestling, Lucha Underground (under the ring name Taya) and on the independent circuit. She is also known for her time at Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA), where she is a former two-time and longest-reigning Reina de Reinas Champion.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Professional wrestling career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Forster was a classically trained ballerina. She had trained in gymnastics and studied dance since age four and went on to study at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In 2005, began competing in fitness competitions and doing fitness modeling. Placing 1st in CBBF Canadian Championships 2010, 2nd in the Arnold Amateur in 2011 and featured in several fitness magazines and calendars over her fitness career.
Professional wrestling career
Training and early career (2010–2011)
In 2010, Forster began training with Lance Storm at his Storm Wrestling Academy and graduated from it in September 2010. She was a part of Lance's Canadian reality series World of Hurt and also season two of the show with Rowdy Roddy Piper. From there, Forster would then go on to compete at various Canadian promotions under the name Taya Valkyrie, most notably ECCW.
World Wrestling Entertainment (2011)
In October 2011, she was signed to a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) after a tryout with them.
After not making any officially recorded debut in WWE or its other programs, Forster returned to wrestling on the independent circuit and continued wrestling in Canada for the rest of 2011.
Mexican independent circuit (2012–present)
Forster moved to Mexico and began wrestling for various promotions within the country. She was originally supposed to stay in the country only for six weeks, but was convinced to stay by El Hijo del Perro Aguayo, who offered her a spot in his Los Perros del Mal stable. On April 1, Forster debuted in Perros del Mal. She wrestled for PDM for most of the year before moving on to work for other promotions including Legend Promociones, Universal Wrestling Entertainment, Invasion RCH and International Wrestling League.
Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (2012–2017)
Forster made her in ring debut for the Mexican promotion Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide under the ring name Taya Valkyrie on November 3, 2012, competing in a six–person mixed tag team match, teaming with Gran Apache and Mari Apache in a winning effort against Cuervo, Faby Apache and Lolita. Throughout 2012 and the beginning of 2013, Valkyrie competed in several tag team matches ending up in both winning and losing sides. On March 3, 2013, Valkyrie defeated Jennifer Blake to advance in the finals of a tournament for the vacant AAA Reina de Reinas Championship. Two weeks later, on March 17, at Rey de Reyes, Valkyrie competed in a four–way elimination match against Faby Apache, LuFisto and Mari Apache but was unsuccessful in winning the vacant Reina de Reinas Championship.
On June 4, 2014, Valkyrie defeated Cynthia Moreno, La Jarochita, La Magnifica, Mari Apache, Sexy Lady and Sexy Star in a seven–woman elimination match to become the number one contender to Faby Apache's Reina de Reinas Championship. Month later, on August 17, at Triplemanía XXII, Valkyrie defeated Faby Apache to win the Reina de Reinas Championship, winning her first championship. On September 12, in her first title defense, at an Independent Total event, Taya defeated Cachorra Flores, Faby Apache, Karina Duval, Muneca Sarcasmo and Princesa Metallica in a six–way elimination match. In her first televised title defense, at the Héroes Inmortales IX event, Forster, now billed as simply Taya, defeated Goya Kong, Lady Shani, La Hiedra and Maravilla (whom she pinned) in a five–way match. She lost the title to Ayako Hamada on March 19, 2017, ending her reign at 945 days, the longest in the title's history. In a rematch between the two, contested in a no disqualification match, Taya defeated Hamada on April 21 to win the Reina de Reinas Championship for a second time.
On July 1, AAA's Director of Talent Vampiro declared the Reina de Reinas Championship vacant. On July 16, after Sexy Star returned to AAA to win the vacant title, Forster claimed on Twitter that she had been backstabbed by AAA and publicly quit the company. According to the Wrestling Observer, AAA asked Johnny Mundo, Forster's fiancé, to turn in the Reina de Reinas Championship belt for a photo shoot and when he did, they declared the title vacant. Vampiro initially said that Forster was stripped of the title for using an illegal chokehold in her April 21 match with Hamada, despite it being a no disqualification match; he later claimed at a TV taping that Forster had no-showed the event, even though she was never scheduled to appear.
Lucha Underground (2016–present)
As Taya, she debuted in Lucha Underground on the February 24, 2016 episode, as the partner of Johnny Mundo. She made her in-ring debut on the March 9 episode, losing to Cage in a no disqualification match. Taya competed in Aztec Warfare II, on the April 12, 2016 Episode, her first Title match at Lucha Underground. She Entered at Number 9, and eliminated Cage, but was later pinned and eliminated by Fénix.
Impact Wrestling (2017–present)
On the September 7, 2017 episode of Impact!, Taya Valkyrie made her debut for Impact Wrestling attacking Rosemary, establishing herself as a heel in the process. A week later, Valkyrie competed in her first match where she defeated Amber Nova, after using a new finisher Road to Valhalla. Throughout September and October, Valkyrie continued her rivalry with Rosemary, which eventually led to a match between the two, where Valkyrie was victorious. The two were supposed to face off again, in a first blood match at Bound for Glory, on November 5, but the match was eventually cancelled due to unforeseen personal circumstances regarding Valkyrie.
After a five month absence, Valkyrie made her return on the March 1, 2018, episode of Impact!, where she once again attacked Rosemary and renewed their rivalry.
Since 2016, Forster has been in a relationship with John Hennigan, better known as John Morrison. They announced their engagement in June 2017. They were married on June 1, 2018.
Championships and accomplishments
- Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide
- DDT Pro-Wrestling
- López Escalona, Arturo. "Sexy canadiense". Estadio Deportes (in Spanish). Retrieved September 1, 2015.
- Meltzer, Dave (August 1, 2016). "August 1, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Brand split week one, Brock Lesnar and the WWE Wellness Policy". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Campbell, California: 45. ISSN 1083-9593.
Fenix has moved to San Diego and is trying to mostly work in the U.S. and only go to Mexico for major shows, similar to Taya who has moved to Los Angeles.
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- "COMPLETE (GFW? TNA? FTO?) IMPACT WRESTLING REPORT: KONNAN ACTUALLY CUTS A PRETTY FUNNY PROMO ON LAX'S NEXT CHALLENGERS, TARYN TERRELL RETURNS TO THE RING, MORE TRIPLEMANIA COVERAGE THAN YOU CAN SHAKE A STICK AT (YES, INCLUDING THAT FOOTAGE), MORE FILLER THAN A BOX OF JELLY DONUTS, SYDAL GETS HIS SHOT AT THE GLOBAL TITLE, AND MORE". Pro Wrestling Insider. September 7, 2017. Retrieved September 7, 2017.
- "COMPLETE IMPACT WRESTLING REPORT: LAX STAYS CLASSY, UNEXPECTED GOOD NEWS FOR GRADO, ELI DRAKE'S NEXT CHALLENGER IS DETERMINED, LASHLEY MAKES HIS DECISION, AND MORE". Pro Wrestling Insider. September 14, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
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- "COMPLETE IMPACT WRESTLING REPORT: SO MANY PROMOS AND VIDEO PACKAGES THAT THE FIRST MATCH DOESN'T AIR UNTIL AN HOUR AND TEN MINUTES IN, MOOSE GOES BACK TO AMERICAN TOP TEAM WITH A FRIEND AND A COUPLE OF STEEL PIPES, AND...WELL, NOT MUCH ELSE". Pro Wrestling Insider. October 12, 2017. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
- "COMPLETE IMPACT WRESTLING REPORT: DAN LAMBERT CUTS ONE OF THE BEST PROMOS IN YEARS, TREVOR LEE THINKS HE'S NEGAN, LOTS AND LOTS OF FOOTAGE FROM MEXICO, NOW I'VE SEEN IT ALL...A JOSEPH PARK HEEL TURN". Pro Wrestling Insider. October 19, 2017. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
- "MATCH YANKED FROM BOUND FOR GLORY PPV". Pro Wrestling Insider. November 4, 2017. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
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- "COMPLETE IMPACT WRESTLING REPORT: THE EC3 "DO BUSINESS ON YOUR WAY OUT THE DOOR" TOUR CONTINUES, TAYA VALKYRIE RETURNS TO RENEW HER FEUD WITH ROSEMARY, LAUREL VAN NESS HAS A COMMITMENT CEREMONY WITH THE KNOCKOUTS TITLE, SAMI LEGIT NEARLY KILLS EDDIE EDWARDS WITH A BASEBALL BAT, AND MORE". Pro Wrestling Insider. March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
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