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Another UK talent is coming to NXT with a new name

Aoife Valkyrie is now Lyra Valkyria. That, and all the highlights from the Nov. 29 episode.

In the proud tradition of Alba Fyre and Axiom, last night (Nov. 29) NXT informed us that Lyra Valkyria is coming to Tuesday nights.

It’s not an entirely new moniker for the 26 year old from Dublin. Since signing with The ‘E in 2020, she’s performed as Aoife Valkyrie. That was a combination of her real name (Aoife Cusack) and the one she used on the European independent scene (Valkyrie). Changing her WWE name is likely a way to avoid having the company trademark any part of her shoot identity or indie gimmick, and a recognition we Americans would mangle the pronunciation of Aoife (ee-fa).

The video introducing Valkyria to NXT Prime audiences leans on her Irish heritage to explain the name change. Not that it needs much explanation. It’s a straight-forward tweak, and most of the audience had no connection to her from NXT UK.

They probably will once they see the talented young Irishwoman lock up with old foes like Isla Dawn and new ones like Cora Jade, though. Let us know what you think of Lyra — the wrestler and the name — right after you check out this playlist of other highlights & fallout videos from last night’s NXT:

  • Roxanne Perez vs. Indi Hartwell
  • Dijak returns to the ring with hard justice for Dante Chen
  • Duke Hudson vs. Grayson Waller
  • “Big Body Javi” merchandise coming to a store near you
  • Fallon Henley vs. Kiana James
  • Alba Fyre responds to Isla Dawn
  • Dogg, Pac, Holly and Blayze breakdown Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge hopefuls
  • WWE Hall of Famers discuss Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge field
  • Zoey Stark blindsides Nikkita Lyons
  • Tony D’Angelo makes Dijak an offer
  • Bron Breakker and Apollo Crews break bread ahead of NXT Title clash
  • JD McDonagh strikes Sanga with steel for disqualification
  • Von Wagner destroys Malik Blade
  • Axiom vs. Javier Bernal
  • Shawn Michaels announces Iron Survivor Challenge combatants
  • Nikkita Lyons, Katana Chance & Kayden Carter vs. Toxic Attraction
  • Grayson Waller thrives on the hate (Digital Exclusive)
  • Roxanne Perez is ready to take the next step (Digital Exclusive)

For complete results and the live blog for the Nov. 29 episode of NXT click here. To read a complete recap & review of all the night’s events click here.

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