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|Birth name||Kira Renée Magnin-Forster|
|Born||October 22, 1983|
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
|Residence||Los Angeles California, United States|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Franky Monet|
|Billed height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Billed weight||145 lb (66 kg)|
Victoria, British Columbia
|Trained by||Lance Storm|
Kira Renée Magnin-Forster (born October 22, 1983) is a Canadian professional wrestler, fitness competitor, and model better known by the ring name Taya Valkyrie. She is currently signed to WWE, where she performs on the NXT brand under the ring name Franky Monet.
She is best known for her time in Impact Wrestling, where she is a former Impact Knockouts Champion, and Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide, where she is a three-time AAA Reina de Reinas Champion, both of which she holds the record for the longest reign.
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.
Professional wrestling career
Training and early career (2010–2011)
In 2010, Forster began training with Lance Storm at 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 Roddy Piper. From there, Forster would then go on to compete at various Canadian promotions under the ring name Taya Valkyrie, most notably Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (ECCW).
Mexican independent circuit (2012–2021)
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Forster moved to Mexico and began wrestling for various promotions within the country.[timeframe?] She was originally supposed to stay in the country only for six weeks, but was convinced to stay by El Hijo del Perro Aguayo, who offered her a spot in his Los Perros del Mal stable. On April 1,[year missing] Forster debuted in Perros del Mal. She wrestled for PDM for most of the year before moving on to work for other promotions including Legend Promociones, Universal Wrestling Entertainment, Invasion RCH and International Wrestling League.
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. Throughout 2012 and the beginning of 2013, Valkyrie competed in several tag team matches ending up in both winning and losing sides. On March 3, 2013, Valkyrie defeated Jennifer Blake to advance in the finals of a tournament for the vacant AAA Reina de Reinas Championship. Two weeks later, on March 17, at Rey de Reyes, Valkyrie competed in a four–way elimination match against Faby Apache, LuFisto and Mari Apache but was unsuccessful in winning the vacant Reina de Reinas Championship.
On June 4, 2014, Valkyrie defeated Cynthia Moreno, La Jarochita, La Magnifica, Mari Apache, Sexy Lady and Sexy Star in a seven–woman elimination match to become the number one contender to Faby Apache's Reina de Reinas Championship. Month later, on August 17, at Triplemanía XXII, Valkyrie defeated Faby Apache to win the Reina de Reinas Championship, winning her first championship. On September 12, in her first title defense, at an Independent Total event, Taya defeated Cachorra Flores, Faby Apache, Karina Duval, Muneca Sarcasmo and Princesa Metallica in a six–way elimination match. In her first televised title defense, at the Héroes Inmortales IX event, Forster, now billed as simply Taya, defeated Goya Kong, Lady Shani, La Hiedra and Maravilla (whom she pinned) in a five–way match. She lost the title to Ayako Hamada on March 19, 2017, ending her reign at 945 days, the longest in the title's history. In a rematch between the two, contested in a no disqualification match, Taya defeated Hamada on April 21 to win the Reina de Reinas Championship for a second time.
On July 1, AAA's Director of Talent Vampiro declared the Reina de Reinas Championship vacant. On July 16, after Sexy Star returned to AAA to win the vacant title, Forster claimed on Twitter that she had been backstabbed by AAA and publicly quit the company. According to the Wrestling Observer, AAA asked Johnny Mundo, Forster's fiancé, to turn in the Reina de Reinas Championship belt for a photo shoot and when he did, they declared the title vacant. Vampiro initially said that Forster was stripped of the title for using an illegal chokehold in her April 21 match with Hamada, despite it being a no disqualification match; he later claimed at a TV taping that Forster had no-showed the event, even though she was never scheduled to appear.
Lucha Underground (2016–2018)
Taya debuted in Lucha Underground on the February 24, 2016 episode, as the partner of Johnny Mundo. She made her in-ring debut on the March 9 episode, losing to Cage in a no disqualification match. Taya competed in Aztec Warfare II, on the April 12, 2016 Episode, her first Title match at Lucha Underground. She Entered at Number 9, and eliminated Cage, but was later pinned and eliminated by Fénix.
First storylines (2017–2019)
On the September 7, 2017 episode of Impact!, Taya Valkyrie made her debut for Impact Wrestling attacking Rosemary, establishing herself as a heel in the process. A week later, Valkyrie competed in her first match where she defeated Amber Nova, after using a new finisher Road to Valhalla. Throughout September and October, Valkyrie continued her rivalry with Rosemary, which eventually led to a match between the two, where Valkyrie was victorious. The two were supposed to face off again, in a first blood match at Bound for Glory, on November 5, but the match was eventually cancelled due to unforeseen personal circumstances regarding Valkyrie. After a five month absence, Valkyrie made her return on the March 1, 2018, episode of Impact!, where she once again attacked Rosemary and renewed their rivalry. The two competed once again on the April 12 episode of Impact! in a demon’s dance match, in which Valkyrie lost to Rosemary, ending their feud.
In late-September after another five month absence, Valkyrie, now working as a face, made her return as she challenged Tessa Blanchard to a title match for her Impact Knockouts Championship. At Bound for Glory, Blanchard retained the title by using the ring ropes. Three weeks later, Valkyrie received a rematch, which was once again won by Blanchard who attacked the referee and got herself disqualified, retaining the title in the process. The submission victory earned her another title match, which was announced for Homecoming.
Longest-reigning Knockouts Champion (2019–2021)
At Homecoming, which took place on January 6, 2019, Valkyrie won the Impact Knockouts Championship after the special guest referee Gail Kim (whom Blanchard had attacked during their match) performed her finishing move that allowed Valkyrie to execute her own finishing move before she pinned her. On the March 15 episode of Impact Wrestling, Valkyrie turned heel once again by low blowing Brian Cage, which allowed her real-life husband Johnny Impact (who also turned heel) to attack Cage. On the April 12 episode of Impact Wrestling, Valkyrie and Impact defeated Brian Cage and Jordynne Grace. Valkyrie would then successfully defend the Knockouts Championship against Jordynne Grace at Rebellion, and furthermore against Rosemary, Su Yung and Havok in a Monster's Ball match at Slammiversary XVII and then in against Tenille Dashwood at Bound for Glory.
Following on from her win at Slammiversary, Taya would have one more defence in Mexico which was easily won against a much smaller opponent. This meant Valkyrie would exceed the timeframe in which Tarryn Terrell held the championship and Impact confirmed Valkyrie as the new longest reigning champion. She defended the title against Tenille Dashwood at Bound for Glory 2019 and Jordynne Grace and ODB at Hard to Kill. She would lose the title during Impact Wrestling television tapings in Mexico City against Grace, ending her reign at 377 days. Valkyrie became the second woman to challenge for the Impact World Championship facing Tessa Blanchard. The two together meant this was the first ever main event featuring two women in a world title match. Blanchard defeated Valkyrie to retain.
On the January 19, 2021 episode of Impact!, the storyline around finding who shot John E. Bravo ended when Valkyrie was revealed as the culprit. This was written to explain Valkyrie's departure from Impact Wrestling.
Return to AAA (2018–2021)
On October 31, AAA announced the return of Taya as an Impact representative through Facebook Watch called Lucha Capital. On November 14, on her return, Taya was defeated by Australian Suicide in the first round. On December 5, Taya defeated La Hiedra in the semifinal. On December 19, Taya defeated Keyra and Vanilla by winning the Women's Lucha Capital tournament and that same night she got an opportunity for the AAA Reina de Reinas Championship of Lady Shani for a future match.
During this period, Taya also had a brief foray into acting: In the fall of 2019, Taya shot the role of Regina in the action film Unchained, released on Amazon Prime in July 2021, and in February 2020, Taya was cast in and shot scenes for the ultimately-abandoned 4th season of the Netflix dramedy GLOW; her involvement in the latter was only revealed upon the news of the cancellation in October.
On February 14, 2021, it was reported that Forster signed a contract with WWE. On February 24, Forster officially began working at the WWE Performance Center. At NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, a vignette aired promoting Forster's arrival to the brand with her new ring name revealed to be Franky Monet. On the April 13 episode of NXT, she made her television debut by interrupting Dakota Kai and NXT Women's Champion Raquel González. On the May 25 episode of NXT, she made her in ring debut by defeating Cora Jade.Frankie Monet defeated Elektra Lopez Returning Back Again To Defeat Jacy Jayne Monet Loss Her Undefeated Strike After Catanzaro pinned her.
On June 1, 2018, Forster married fellow wrestler John Hennigan, better known by the ring name John Morrison, with whom she had been in a relationship for nearly two years. The pair met through the affiliation between AAA and Lucha Underground, with Forster becoming Hennigan's on-screen partner in the latter promotion prior to their real-life relationship.
Championships and accomplishments
- DDT Pro-Wrestling
- Future Stars of Wrestling
- FSW Women’s Championship (1 time)
- Heavy on Wrestling
- Heavy on Wrestling Women's Championship (1 time)
- Impact Wrestling
- Ironfist Wrestling
- Ironfist Women's Championship (1 time)
- Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Sports Illustrated
- Ranked No. 5 of the top 10 women's wrestlers of the year in 2019
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Fenix has moved to San Diego and is trying to mostly work in the U.S. and only go to Mexico for major shows, similar to Taya who has moved to Los Angeles.
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