AEW Books Allysin Kay for Full Gear Days After She Announces Her Free Agency

Former NWA World Women's Champion and Impact Wrestling Knockouts Champion Allysin Kay announced earlier this week that her contract with the National Wrestling Alliance had expired, making her a free agent. Kay wrote at the time, "As of today, I am officially a free agent. Thank you to the NWA for the opportunities, which included one of my favorite matches of my career. I am open for indy bookings & appearances. Let's get weird."

On Thursday, AEW president Tony Khan appeared on Busted Open Radio, announcing that he was bumping Orange Cassidy vs. John Silver up to the main card and replacing The Buy-In kickoff show match with something "huge." It turned out he wasn't bluffing, as Khan announced Kay would be making her AEW debut to challenge Serena Deeb for the NWA Women's title.

AEW has been crossing over with NWA's women's division for the last few months, starting with then-champion Thunder Rosa arriving on Dynamite to challenge Hikaru Shida for the AEW Women's Championship. Rosa recently addressed her future in the business on Busted Open, leaving the door open to sign with AEW once her NWA contract expires next year.

"I am signed with NWA and have another year with them," Rosa said. "When it's my time, it's gonna be my time. When my time comes, I'm not going to come as just another person on the roster, mark my words. I'm coming for everything and I'm coming to be on top, just like I did this first time. My value is going to be bigger because I'm going to be a better wrestler, cut better promos, my body is going to be chiseled, I'm going to have a better MMA record. I'm gonna be like, 'This is all I have to offer, what do you have to offer me?' That's what I want when I go to a bigger company. I want them to want me.

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"Because of all the projects I have on the side, it has to be a place where I'm able to continue working on what I'm working on. If I'm able to do it with NWA, then NWA," she added. "If I'm able to do it with AEW, probably. Now knowing what WWE is doing with things we have on the side, it's going to be very difficult for me to work on my personal projects. Sometimes, those personal projects are the things that bring you the most joy in life. I don't want that joy to be taken away from money. If that's what I have to sacrifice, I'd rather be happy than be a slave."

Check out the full card for Full Gear below:

  • AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley vs. Eddie Kingston (I Quit Match)
  • TNT Championship: Cody Rhodes vs. Darby Allin
  • AEW World Tag Team Championship: FTR vs. The Young Bucks
  • AEW Women's World Championship: Hikaru Shida vs. Nyla Rose
  • Chris Jericho vs. MJF
  • Matt Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara (The Elite Deletion Match)
  • AEW World Championship Eliminator Tournament Finals: Kenny Omega vs. Hangman Page
  • Orange Cassidy vs. John Silver
  • The Buy-In: NWA World Women's Championship: Serena Deeb vs. Allysin Kay