AEW star AQA has announced on Twitter that she had decided to step away from the sport of professional wrestling, citing physical and mental toll as the primary reason. Her full statement can be read below.
I want to take this time to say thank you to anyone who has ever cheered for me, supported me, bought merch, had me on your podcast or wrote an article about me. Those who sent loving messages, made fan art, gave me a hug during a meet & greet, or a high-five on my way to and from the ring. Promoters who booked me, opponents that stood across from me, and my trainers for teaching me everything I know for I wouldn’t have made it this far without all of you.
At this time, I have decided to step away from professional wrestling for the immediate future. For the past few years, both mentally and physically, I have not been in a great place with wrestling, and silly me, I kept pushing through because I didn’t want to be seen as weak, but it only sucked the fun out of every opportunity I had. I hope during this time I’ll be able to reflect deeply and see what path is best for me.
Thank you AEW for granting me this time.
Until I see you all again, much love.
AQA signed with AEW back in February following a release from WWE three months earlier. The 25-year old showed great athleticism inside the ring, and gave undefeated TBS champion Jade Cargill a very competitive matchup. See her tweet below.
With love, thank you. 🖤 pic.twitter.com/2Cfrv78PhC
— A.Q.A 😈 (@AQAOfficial10) July 18, 2022