AEW Women’s Champion Jamie Hayter has reflected on how far she has come since being ‘homeless’ two years ago.
Speaking in a recent interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Hayter reflected upon her ‘validating’ rise to the top of the AEW women’s roster.
Hayter recalled being in a tough spot two years ago. She found herself out of work in Japan while the pandemic took hold.
She said she had to rely on friends for somewhere to stay and noted that her Full Gear 2022 opponent, Toni Storm, was in a similar situation.
“There was no work in Japan. I was supposed to go home; then they’d bring me back. I left, but I didn’t have anywhere to live. I remember saying, ‘Holy s**t, I’m homeless.’
“I had nowhere to go and no idea what I was going to do. Fortunately, I stayed with my friends and lived on their couch.
“There were five of us living there, and they had a gym in their garage, which was a godsend. Without that, I would have gone completely insane.
“I thought I was never going to wrestle again. Toni Storm was in a similar situation, and she stayed there, too.”
At AEW Full Gear, Jamie Hayter defeated Toni Storm to become the new interim AEW Women’s World Champion.
In the edition of Dynamite that followed, Renee Paquette announced that lineal champion Thunder Rosa and AEW had ‘come to an agreement’ for Rosa to drop her title.
Rosa had been out of action due to injury, and an interim champion was crowned at All Out after Toni Storm defeated Britt Baker, Hikaru Shida and Hayter.
With this announcement, Hayter’s AEW Women’s World Championship was official and no longer an ‘interim’ title.
Retroactively, Storm’s interim title reign was made official.
Jamie Hayter described her championship match with Toni Storm as ‘electric,’ saying:
“Me and Toni wanted to have this amazing match, a hard-hitting match where people got behind both of us.
“I could feel it in every strike. It was electric. We went into that match to f**k s**t up, and that’s what we did.”
Hayter debuted for AEW in October 2019. She was slated to make more appearances while still wrestling in Japan. But with the pandemic, plans had to change.
Since returning in 2021, Hayter has aligned herself with Dr Britt Baker D.M.D.
Baker recently shared that she ‘hand-picked’ Hayter, having previously met her at a show in the UK.
Hayter has evolved from being Britt’s right-hand woman.
The AEW Women’s Champion said:
“I’ve never experienced anything at this level before. I went into this unknown as Britt’s muscle. I didn’t know what to expect, so I put everything I had into it—mind, body and soul.”
“The crowd cares. I didn’t ever really know if they would. But they’ve been so loud chanting my name. So maybe this is my time. It’s been emotional. I’m still getting to know people. They’re still getting to know me, too.
“Being accepted, it’s been so validating.”
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