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Kira Renee Forster[1] (born October 22, 1983) is a Canadian professional wrestler and former model currently wrestling for Lucha Underground under the ring name Taya. She also currently wrestles for Impact Wrestling under the ring name Taya Valkyrie. She is best known for her time at Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (AAA) and is a former two-time and longest-reigning Reina de Reinas Champion in history. She also wrestles on the independent circuit under the ring name Taya Valkyrie.

Early life: Forster was a classically trained ballerina. She had trained in gymnastics and studied dance since age four and went on to study at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In 2005, began competing in fitness competitions and doing fitness modeling. Placing 1st in CBBF Canadian Championships 2010, 2nd in the Arnold Amateur in 2011 and featured in several fitness magazines and calendars over her fitness career.

Training and early career (2010–2011) In 2010, Forster began training with Lance Storm at his Storm Wrestling Academy and graduated from it in September 2010. She was a part of Lance’s Canadian reality series World of Hurt and also season two of the show with Rowdy Roddy Piper. From there, Forster would then go on to compete at various Canadian promotions under the name Taya Valkyrie, most notably ECCW.

In October 2011, she was signed to a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) after a tryout with them.

After not making any officially-recorded debut in WWE or its other programs, Forster returned to wrestling on the independent circuit and continued wrestling in Canada for the rest of 2011.

Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (2012–2017) Forster made her in ring debut for the Mexican promotion Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide under the ring name Taya Valkyrie on November 3, 2012, competing in a six–person mixed tag team match, teaming with Gran Apache and Mari Apache in a winning effort against Cuervo, Faby Apache and Lolita.

Finishing moves
Front dropkick, followed by a swinging side slam
Northern Lights suplex, followed by a double foot stomp into a pin
Road to Valhalla (Double chickenwing facebuster) – 2017–present
Signature moves
Clothesline, sometimes while flying
Drop toe hold, followed into a Lou Thesz press
Moonsault, sometimes while springboarding to the outside
Running double knee smash to cornered opponent, sometimes followed by a spinning facewash
Sitout powerbomb, sometimes to a cornered opponent, followed by a powerbomb into a corner
Snapmare followed by a soccer kick or sole toe kick to the opponent’s back
Tornado DDT, sometimes from the top rope

Abe Finklestein
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