Ahead of the debut episode of AEW Dark: Elevation, Tony Khan announced Leyla Hirsch had signed with All Elite Wrestling.
It turns out Hirsch has been under contract for some time, though. She revealed during a virtual signing for Highspots Wrestling Network that she actually signed with AEW following her debut in October 2020.
"I don't even know if I'm allowed to say any of this but, my first week on Wednesday night, I faced [Hikaru] Shida [on AEW Dark] and that was great and then there was an incident with - there was a match that was supposed to happen with the girls and it didn't because there was an injury and then they called me and they were like, 'Leyla, we need you to wrestle Serena Deeb,'" Hirsch stated.
"So me and her literally only had 20 minutes to put the match together. Went out there, did it and then when I got backstage, Kenny Omega put his arm around me and said to me, 'I hope I'm not putting too much pressure on you' but he was like, 'What's your availability? We would like for you to work here' and then Christopher Daniels pulled me aside and gave me the contract right there and then. So surreal but my first week there, I ended up getting the contract. So, it was wild. I don't know [why it took AEW this long to announce it]. Just timing. Yeah, just certain things but it happens, so, grateful for it."
Since her debut match, "Legit" Leyla has become a regular on AEW programming, facing the likes of Penelope Ford, Britt Baker and Thunder Rosa.
H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcription