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AEW’s Paige VanZant says WWE wanted her to sign exclusive deal

Paige VanZant said Wednesday that WWE wanted to sign her to an exclusive contract in previous discussions.

Speaking on The MMA Hour, VanZant said she was confident she would end up in AEW or WWE at some point.

“I knew my career was going to take me to WWE or AEW. I watched them both…a huge fan of both,” she said. “The first AEW show I went to, though, the feeling, the audience, the crowd, everything about it, I just knew I belonged and it was something I knew I would be really good at.”

VanZant also noted that she had discussions with WWE about possibly signing with them.

“I went to their academy about a year ago. I had some things in the works, but AEW kind of said what they had to say. They had all the right words to make me come to AEW.”

When asked what made her choose AEW over WWE, she said being able to keep fighting was a key factor.

“There were just different contract details and styles,” she said. “[AEW] works hand in hand with BKFC and allows me to always be a professional fighter. I always manage to be myself. This is not an exclusive full-time wrestling contract.”

When asked if WWE’s offer required her to be exclusive to them, she replied, “Exactly.”

She also confirmed that she has one fight left on her BKFC contract.