AEW Forbidden Door 2024 Standout Stephanie Vaquer Is Leaving NJPW & CMLL

AEWxNJPW Forbidden Door event in 2024, despite not securing a victory against Mercedes Mone, Stephanie Vaquer emerged as a standout performer, captivating the audience in Long Island with her stellar display. This performance led to significant interest from both AEW and WWE, with rumors of potential long-term contracts surfacing shortly thereafter.

In a surprising turn of events, both CMLL and New Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced Stephanie Vaquer’s immediate departure from their promotions, attributing it to personal reasons. Consequently, Vaquer will relinquish her titles as CMLL Women’s and Women’s Tag Team Champion and will miss the upcoming CMLL/NJPW FantasticaMania USA event. Originally set to defend her singles title against Lluvia, the match will now feature a three-way contest including Lluvia, Viva Van, and AEW’s Willow Nightingale to crown the new champion.

While the stated reason for her exit is personal, speculation abounds that Vaquer’s departure indicates a likely move to either AEW or WWE. Reports from Fightful Select confirm discussions between Vaquer and both wrestling entities, with some insiders at AEW anticipating her potential signing with WWE, though no official confirmation of a deal has been made.

Stephanie Vaquer, originally from San Antonio, Valparaiso, Chile, joined CMLL in 2019 and quickly rose to prominence over the subsequent years. Her notable achievements include a highly acclaimed match with Mone at New Japan Resurgence in May 2023, and capturing the CMLL Women’s and Women’s Tag Team Championships later that year with partner Zeuxis.

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