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Leva Bates Reflects On Her Time In AEW Following Her Departure From The Company

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)

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