Kira Renee Hennigan (née Forster; 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 at 945 days.
Early life Edit
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 Edit
Training and early career (2010–2011) Edit
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) Edit
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) Edit
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) Edit
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) Edit
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 #9, and eliminated Cage, but was later pinned and eliminated by Fénix.
IMPACT Wrestling (2017–present) Edit
Feud with Rosemary (2017–2018) Edit
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. The two wrestled once again on the April 12 episode of IMPACT! in a Demon’s Dance match, where Valkyrie lost to Rosemary, ending their feud.
Various storylines (2018–present) Edit
Valkyrie had her first pay-per-view match on Redemption, when she defeated Kiera Hogan. On the April 26 episode of IMPACT!, Valkyrie unsuccessfully challenged Allie for the IMPACT Knockouts Championship.
Personal life Edit
Since 2016, Forster has been in a relationship with John Hennigan, better known as John Morrison. They announced their engagement in June 2017 and were married on June 1, 2018.
In wrestling Edit
- Finishing moves
- Northern lights suplex con Lanza (Double foot stomp)
- Road to Valhalla (Double chickenwing facebuster)
- Signature moves
- Clothesline, sometimes while flying
- Drop toe hold, into a Lou Thesz press
- Front dropkick, followed by a swinging side slam
- Moonsault, sometimes while springboarding to the outside
- Running double knee smash to cornered opponent
- Sitout powerbomb
- Tornado DDT, sometimes from the top rope
- Wrestlers managed
- Los Perros del Mal
- Johnny IMPACT
- "La Perra del Mal"
- "La Güera Loca"
- "Lucha Royalty"
- Entrance themes
- Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide
- "Perros" by Cartel de Santa (used as a member of Los Perros del Mal)
- "Started from the Bottom" by Drake
- Lucha Underground
- "Blitz & Glam" by Jetboy (Extreme Music)
- "Welcome to Slamtown" by Johnny Mundo
- IMPACT Wrestling
- "Taya" by Dale Oliver
- Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide
Championships and accomplishments Edit
- Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide
- AAA Reina de Reinas Championship (2 times)
- Luchadora of the Year (2014, 2015)
- DDT Pro-Wrestling
- Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship (1 time)