AEW tried to contact the first Ring of Honor Women's Champion, but she had already signed to ROH.
Now five years removed from the term “Diva” being banished from all WWE programming in several instances of women headlining major pay-per-views, including WrestleMania, women's wrestling around the globe is hoping to continue the growth and evolution of the medium outside of WWE.
AEW has made great strides in its women's division, including the announcement of a secondary championship. In IMPACT Wrestling, the return of the Knockouts Tag Team Championship and exclusive events like Knockouts Knockdown has continued that brand’s long history of giving women a consistent and stable platform to work at a top level.
In the case of Ring of Honor, following the return to filming amid the global pandemic, ROH held an extensive tournament throughout the summer of 2020 to crown the first-ever Ring of Honor Women's Champion. That tournament was won by Rok-C, a 19-year-old Superstar trained by WWE Hall of Famer Booker T.
In a new interview with Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp, Rok-C revealed that she was actually contacted by AEW about potentially working with them but she had already signed with Ring of Honor by the time that All Elite Wrestling had attempted to make contact with her.
“I actually got contacted by [‘Captain’ Shawn Dean] he sent me a DM, but I was already signed with Ring of Honor at the time. Yeah. I was like, ‘I can’t, sorry.’
Elsewhere in the interview, she talks about being inspired by AJ Lee to become a professional wrestler. Read more here.
In recent interviews, Maria Kanellis would say that Ring of Honor does not have any “Forbidden Door” and she would put Rok-C up against any other Women's Champion in wrestling today. Learn more at this link.