For those that don’t know, QT Marshall isn’t just an on-screen character for AEW, he also works behind the scenes and has helped train several of the wrestlers that regularly appear on Dynamite now.
One of the people that he trained was Anna Jay, and QT Marshall told Chris Jericho on the Talk is Jericho podcast that he didn’t actually think Anna Jay was going to be able to make it in wrestling.
Marshall spoke very highly of the work that Anna Jay has done since picking up her injury during training, and said that the Dark Order member has “it”:
“Lee Johnson and all of my students turned into The Dark Order (he laughs). Preston Vance #10, Alen Angels #5, Anna Jay, those are the three and then Lee Johnson was the other one that during the pandemic all got jobs. She (Anna Jay) is actually Glacier’s best friend’s niece. He said, ‘I have this girl. I don’t know how serious she is going to take it because she is beautiful.’ I said ok. She came to the school and I thought I dealt with girls like this at The Monster Factory. She’s not going to last. Right away she got hurt. She needed shoulder surgery and she stuck through it.
“During that show at the school, she had done a match with Penelope (Ford) that was ok. It was only her sixth match. I was at Cody’s house and he said, ‘What if we do Anna Jay vs Shida?’ because we didn’t have any talent. I said, ‘dude, I’m not going to lie. I’m not sure about putting her on live TV.’ This is her seventh match but she did great. She had a great response from the audience. They came up to me and said they want to sign her. I said, ‘ok, but if she doesn’t do well, she is not my trainee (laughs).’ Of course, I don’t ever want to take away a job from anybody, but at the same time, just know what you’re buying. She’s had seven matches. Because she was a performer before doing recitals, she’s got IT. I used to say IT was just an excuse for hiring bodybuilders who didn’t know how to wrestle. Anna Jay has it”.
Last week, Anna Jay probably had her biggest wrestling match to date when she challenged Hikaru Shida for the AEW Women’s Championship. She ultimately ended up losing the match despite putting in a good showing.
Thanks to Wrestling News for the quote