Speculation On Bea Priestley’s Wrestling Future
Bea Priestley has wrapped up her commitments in Japan, and is heading back to the United Kingdom.
On Sunday, Priestley worked her last match for Stardom, losing to Utami Hayashishita in a World of STARDOM Championship match. Following the match, she revealed it was her last match for the promotion.
Dave Meltzer spoke on Priestley’s future during the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, reporting she would not be heading back to AEW, and there is speculation she is WWE bound.
“She did not sign with Stardom, she did not sign with New Japan, she is moving back to the U.K. She has not told anyone what she’s doing next, which makes everyone think that it’s WWE, because if it’s not we would probably know. I can tell you for sure it’s not AEW, so it’s probably WWE UK, I can’t say that 100%, but that’s certainly what everyone in Japan feels, and I have felt for a while that she is going to WWE. They’ve been after her before she ever went to Japan, they were after her, and she’s much better now that she was then” (transcription HeelByNature.com)
In 2019, Priestley signed a part-time deal with AEW, which allowed her to continue to work in Japan. She was released from the promotion last year amid the global pandemic, with issues preventing her to travel from Japan to the United States.
WWE had an interest in her for the NXT UK brand prior to signing with AEW. In an interview with talkSport in 2019, she provided details on why she chose AEW over WWE.
“So I contacted Cody and said ‘they’ve made me an offer but I’m not really sure what I want to do’ and then from there, Cody and Brandi offered me a part-time deal and for me, I still wanted to have a big part in Stardom, so the AEW deal worked out a lot better for me than the NXT UK deal.”