Leva Bates made headlines when she announced that she would be exiting AEW following the expiration of her contract on May 1. In a recent live stream on her Twitch channel, Bates reflected on her time in the company.
“Yes, I am no longer with AEW, and that is okay,” Bates said. “I put a lot of love, effort, and energy into that place. No regrets. So, I am so happy to be there from day one before we had a show or our first pay-per-view. I have made history. I am a part of history. Also, I am forever grateful and will forever be so thankful to have been part of that. As you know, probably realized, I have not been performing as much as I would like to perform. I am taking all this energy and focusing it on trying to make things happen, trying to wrestle as many places as I can, to go, maybe, who knows where. I’m trying acting. I have some stuff lined up to get me on my journey.” (h/t Fightful)
Bates also discussed possible opportunities in her future and opened up about what she has in the works.
“I have a really cool meeting for voice-over demo stuff,” Bates revealed. “Hopefully, that goes well and I can move forward with that. Hopefully, land a voice-over agent and all the things you’re supposed to do. I have a lot of things in motion. I’ll be honest, I already got a couple of indie bookings lined up. I’m not sure I’m allowed to say where they are yet, we literally just locked them down. I’m going to be available more than I was before. Peter and I jokingly thought, ‘Maybe I should still do BTE.’ I don’t know if that’s an option, maybe. Maybe you’ll see me on BTE still. Maybe I’ll do my own thing. A lot of people that aren’t signed have shown up on BTE. I could show up again.” (h/t Fightful)
Bates initially signed with the company in April of 2019 and quickly formed a partnership with Peter Avalon, where the two adapted the gimmick of “The Librarian”. She later shifted her focus onto backstage business and had a wide variety of roles, including helping out with AEW Heels platform.
“I really put a lot of love and work into (AEW) Heels,” Bates said. “I think that’s going to be one of the things I miss the most. That community, I love so much. I’ll still be around, in one capacity or another. I’m always a Heel, whether I’m there or not. I’m still part of the community.” (h/t Fightful)