Taya Valkyrie has been wrestling for about seven years now, but you’d be forgiven if you only really got to know her after she popped up in Lucha Underground during its second season. As Johnny Mundo’s partner in crime and one of the founding members of Worldwide Underground, Taya was responsible for some of the wildest intergender matches wrestling fans have ever seen on television.
With Lucha Underground set to return to the El Rey Network on May 31, Taya took the time to talk to us about her pro wrestling journey, and how she’s been dealing with the show taking a lengthy hiatus.
With Spandex: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us. How are things going?
Taya Valkyrie: Good, a little frantic. We just landed in from Austin. We were at WrestleCircus last night, performing in Austin, Texas.
How was that?
It was really good. It was my first time working for that company. And honestly, they are, you know, one of the hottest independent companies right now. So it was really cool. I had a really good time and I had a really good match with Rachael Ellering.
You’ve been around for a while now, Lucha Underground, now you’re everywhere. So how are you enjoying working the indies and getting out there?
It’s been a weird transition because I really … I’ve been on TV for AAA for five years now, and so I was a little bit concerned. A lot of people were like, “Oh, you changed your style; now you work like this” and I’m like no! Do your research.