REPORT: Awesome Kong & Shanna's AEW contracts not renewed

Originally published at REPORT: Awesome Kong & Shanna's AEW contracts not renewed

Kia Stevens (Awesome Kong) and Shanna, now-former members of All Elite Wrestling’s women’s division are no longer with the company because their contracts were not renewed.

F4WOnline’s Dave Meltzer independently confirmed the story. Stevens and Shanna’s profiles were removed from the AEW roster page which was pointed out on social media over the weekend.

Stevens first arrived in AEW at the 2019 Double Or Nothing pay-per-view and she was involved in a four-way with Nyla Rose, Kylie Rae and the newly crowned AEW Women’s World Champion Britt Baker. Stevens would wrestle four matches for AEW following her debut. Her last match aired as a part of a January 2020 episode of AEW Dark.

Shanna was in action this past April on Dark: Elevation. She returned to AEW in November after being away from the company since February of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In video packages to promote Shanna during the beginning stages of her AEW run, she was candid that prior to her AEW signing, she was considering retiring from wrestling.

Over the recent months and dating back to mid-2020, AEW has added Red Velvet, Jade Cargill, Leyla Hirsch and Serena Deeb to their women’s division. Thunder Rosa has been regularly featured on AEW programming since last Fall although she is contracted to the National Wrestling Alliance.

I thought Shanna was actually pretty good. Not sure why they wouldnt keep her.

I assume with a few initial two year deals expiring this summer, we will see a few more people not being renewed.

Sucks to see. But obviously was coming.

I wish Kong had the chance for one proper final run. Too bad.

Thought Kong was a good monster heel. I was excited to see her as Kharma in WWE, super gutted that it didn’t work out and she went through a really rough time following that. I also enjoyed her role in GLOW which also hasn’t worked out. Wish her nothing but health and happiness going forward.

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