It wasn’t the cleanest of victories, but Taya Valkyrie made history at last night’s AAA TripleMania XII show in Mexico City, Mexico when she became the first foreigner to win the Reina de Reinas Championship from Faby Apache.
As well as receiving liberal help from Sexy Star, Valkyrie also had a hand in the form of rúdo (heel) referee Hijo del Tirantes in order to wrest the title from Apache. Despite the interference and biased officiating, the titleholder held her own for a lot of the match, and even bloodied the challenger’s nose along the way. It became a sticking point as Tirantes refused to count pitfalls for Faby to check on whether the Canadian could continue, and he even broke up submission holds to make sure Taya did not submit. Eventually, an errant dropkick by the champion wiped out the referee and saw Sexy interfere further, though she ended up being ejected from the arena by commissioner El Fantasma. In the end, the 27-year old’s victory was clean as she hit a Northern Lights Suplex and a kangaroo style double stomp to claim the championship. On commentary, her fellow Canadian lucha star Vampiro remarked “I’m very proud of her. She slept on floors, she had no money to eat, she is a true success story.”
It was later revealed that Valkyrie had suffered a broken nose in the contest, which would explain the blood.
Taya has spent more than two years wrestling in Mexico. She travelled south in April 2012 to wrestle for Perros Del Mal before debuting for AAA seven months later. She competed in a tournament to crown a Reina de Reinas titleholder in November last year and made it to the final by beating Jennifer Blake, but lost the 4-way decider which also involved LuFisto, Mary Apache and Faby, who ended up winning the belt. Apache only defended the title twice during her reign, beating Blake in July and losing to Valkyrie last night.
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