At the end of June, we reported that WWE had officially signed MMA fighter Valerie Loureda, after she had already appeared in the NXT backstage a few weeks earlier and had visited the Performance Center. Only a few days after starting her training at the Performance Center, in July 2022 where she tweeted to announce the thing, she appeared in a WWE ring during an NXT house show, however, doing only a normal promo and not showing at the what world could do in the ring.
But just yesterday, November 12, 2022, the fighter put on her brand new wrestler gear and tried her hand at the square in a performance that unfortunately led her to lose together with her two other team mates. In fact, she participated in a mixed team match with Xyon Quinn and Bronco Nima, against Andre Chase, Duke Hudson and Thea Hail.
Backstage news on Valerie Loureda
Bellator MMA fighter Valerie Loureda revealed in a recent interview that she has signed a multi-year deal with WWE. To confirm her signing with WWE, the former MMA wrote on social media: "I am honored to become the first Cuban American woman in history to sign with WWE.
I come from an immigrant family, now it's my time to represent our Latin culture, I was destined for this. Thanks for this WWE and NXT opportunity. I will make you proud." Then later stating to Fightful that it was a particular Superstars of the company who convinced her to sign: "Yes, Charlotte Flair is what pushed me to do it.
My last fight was in November and in my mind, I was still fighting. Then, I went to WrestleMania - have you ever been there guys? It's just another level. You go there and then you come out different than you were before. That's what made me change my mind and I just prayed for this opportunity and it came out." Now we just have to wait and see if the WWE will sooner or later also propose it on television, not necessarily perhaps directly to NXT, but also only to Level Up to make them do some bones and then bring it regularly to weekly shows.
"I'm an entertainer. I love glamour. I love production, I love storytelling. And when I saw the WWE, I realized this is everything I'm good at in one place. Not only that, but I saw the opportunity to be the first Cuban American woman to be a WWE superstar," said Loureda.