Marina Shafir Believes She Can Help AEW Women's Division And Push It In A Better Direction

Marina Shafir has been a staple on AEW Dark and AEW Dark: Elevation since she made her AEW debut on December 2021 and has found herself part of AEW TV throughout various stints.

Before joining AEW, Shafir competed in MMA and was part of NXT. Along with competing in AEW, Shafir competes on the independent scene and has received great reviews for her work at Bloodsport.

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"I'm still formulating that destination for myself. It's becoming a little more clear," Shafir said to Swerve Strickland and Monteasy on the Swerve City podcast when asked about her next steps. "I just never thought...I was so open minded of where I thought this was going to go, and I never thought I would be in this position of being a force to be reckoned with and not something else. This is a real opportunity for me to double down on myself and over dedicate on some things. I know what I'm up against. I turn 35 this year, but I'm in my prime. I've had to really double down because I do believe I can help the women's division and push it in a better direction. In order to do so, I just have to pony the fuck up."

She continued, "My pedigree, everything I've done up to this point, should matter. I didn't break my body over and over again to be in this position and be like, 'Oh yeah, that's so long ago.' No. I accomplished some shit as a young person. I believe I'm in that special percentage of taking certain risks. I was lucky enough to be beside people who took risks on themselves and also understood that it was much bigger than them. Very early on, they weren't up their own assholes and they were reminded of what important consistently. My shit matters and I feel what I can offer to the rest of the women's division is individuality and the chances to you took to learn new things can matter if you don't understand how to utilize them correctly."

Marina noted that she was a different kind of beast when it comes to wrestling.

"It should bring the competitiveness back. Why not? Fuck all this contrieved bullshit. Fuck 'anybody can wrestle.' Let's just do it a little bit. If you're good at something, say it. Go with that. Really bring the strengths up. You don't want to go into a fight, 'Ay, ankle hurts, little fucked up.' You're not going to go into a fight saying, 'I'm not going to be throwing this jab.' I try to tell the girls, 'Listen, I'm going to fuck you up, but it's us against the men.' Maybe that's a concept I don't understand yet, but I know the real competition isn't each other, it's [the men]," she said.

Shafir most recently wrestled on the April 10 episode of AEW Dark: Elevation where she teamed with Nyla Rose to defeat The Renegades (Charlette Renegade & Robyn Renegade).

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