AEW brought in Paige VanZant with the intention of making her a major crossover star in the world of pro wrestling. VanZant has been splitting her focus between her wrestling training and bare-knuckle boxing. Paige recently re-signed and committed to more fights with the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship with a bout set for July 9th.

Since an explosive fight with Tay Conti, VanZant has not been seen on AEW television. The match doesn’t look like it is going to happen at the upcoming Double or Nothing pay-per-view. Gangrel, who has been training with Paige, recently said that she had no-showed several sessions.

On the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed why the match wouldn’t happen. He speculates that Paige VanZant simply isn’t ready for a match on a major pay-per-view and AEW might not want to risk making her look bad. It is not because the fans aren’t ready, though.

“The pay-per-view match was going to be Ethan Page and Paige VanZant vs. Conti and Sammy. But, they said that match was off and Paige VanZant wasn’t there. If the pay-per-view match was on, you would think that she would be there and her and Tay would be fighting again.


Maybe they just feel that Paige isn’t ready for that. They got a tremendous reaction [with] VanZant and Tay Conti, so it’s not like the people don’t want to see it. But, they may just think that you know, she’s never had a match and you’re talking about AEW which is a pretty high standard of wrestling. You don’t want her to go out and have a clumsy match.”

AEW fans will have to stay tuned to see what the future holds for Paige VanZant. For now, she is doing double duty as a legitimate fighter while training for pro wrestling. It might not be at Double or Nothing, but at some point, viewers will want to see the score settled between Paige and Tay Conti.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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