Lyra Valkyria
Birth nameAoife Cusack
Born23 October 1996
Dublin, Ireland
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Aoife Valkyrie
Lady Valkyrie
Lyra Valkyria
Valkyrie Cain
Billed weight130 lb (59 kg)
Billed fromDublin, Ireland

Aoife Cusack (born October 23, 1996) is an Irish professional wrestler. She is currently signed to WWE, where she is performing on the NXT brand, under the ring name Lyra Valkyria.[1] She has additionally wrestled under the ring names Aoife Valkyrie, Valkyrie Cain, Lady Valkyrie, and Valkyrie.

Professional wrestling career

Early career (2015–2020)

After being a student of Fight Factory Pro Wrestling for one year, Valkyrie made her debut in 2015 (adopting the ring name "Valkyrie Cain", after the protagonist of the Skulduggery Pleasant book series by Derek Landy).[2]

WWE (2020–present)

Valkyrie was reported signing with WWE on 20 January 2020, now operating under the ringname "Aoife Valkyrie".[3] However, Valkyrie competed in her first match on NXT UK on 17 January 2020, defeating Amale. She then defeated Isla Dawn the next night on 18 January 2020, and defeated Amale again on the same night. On 26 March 2020, Valkyrie defeated Nina Samuels.[4]

In February 2020, Valkyrie toured with WWE's US-based NXT brand for the first time, wrestling on two house shows in Florida. Valkyrie defeated Aliyah on 14 February in Tampa, followed by defeating Jessi Kamea, MJ Jenkins, and Taynara on 15 February in a six-woman tag team match at a Fort Pierce house show, where she teamed up with Mia Yim and Rita Reis.[4]

Valkyrie made her return to television on the 17 September 2020 episode of NXT UK in a winning effort against Isla Dawn, and on 29 October 2020 she competed against Dani Luna, again in a winning effort. Valkyrie remained undefeated until 29 April 2021 when she lost to Meiko Satomura.[5][6]

Valkyrie remained with NXT UK until its closing in fall 2022, then moving to the U.S. later in the year to wrestle in NXT under the ring name Lyra Valkyria. On 13 December, Valkyria made her debut on NXT, defeating Amari Miller.[7] On march 21 episode of NXT, Lyra beat Ivy Nile to qualify to the Ladder match for the NXT Women's Championship at NXT Stand & Deliver,[8] though she didn't manage to win the title at the event.[9] In May 9 episode of NXT, she beat Kiana James to advance to the semi final of the tournament for the vacated NXT Women's Championship.[10] In 23 May, she also defeated Cora Jade to advance to the final, facing Tiffany Stratton in NXT Battleground.[11]

Championships and accomplishments


  1. ^ "Aoife Valkyrie def. Amale". WWE. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  2. ^ @DerekLandy (27 February 2018). "For a whole load of reasons, this..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Nason, Josh (20 January 2020). "NXT UK signs Aoife Valkyrie, loses Jazzy Gabert to free agency". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Archived from the original on 21 January 2020. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Matches « Aoife Valkyrie « Wrestlers Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  5. ^ Hendrix, Taeler (1 May 2021). "TAELER: Meiko Satomura Ends Aoife Valkyrie's Undefeated NXT UK Streak". Fightful. Shazzu, Inc. Archived from the original on 1 May 2021. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  6. ^ Gronemann, Markus (29 April 2021). "NXT UK results: Meiko Satomura vs. Aoife Valkyrie". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Archived from the original on 29 April 2021. Retrieved 25 July 2021. This week's show featured Aoife Valkyrie and Meiko Satomura in a fantastic match with the "Final Boss" ending Valkyrie's 14-month winning streak.
  7. ^ "Lyra Valkyria Debuts On 12/13 WWE NXT". Yahoo Entertainment. Retrieved 11 May 2023.
  8. ^ Mango, Anthony (21 March 2023). "WWE NXT Results for March 21, 2023". Retrieved 11 May 2023.
  9. ^ Upton, Felix (1 April 2023). "Indi Hartwell Wins WWE NXT Women's Title At Stand & Deliver". Ringside News. Retrieved 11 May 2023.
  10. ^ Middleton, Marc (9 May 2023). "WWE NXT Results 5/9/2023". Wrestling Headlines. Retrieved 11 May 2023.
  11. ^ "Lyra Valkyria And Tiffany Stratton Advance To WWE NXT Women's Title Tournament Final". Wrestling Inc. 23 May 2023. Retrieved 24 May 2023.
  12. ^ Greer, Jamie. "#AndNEW: Irish Duo Woke Queens Wins EVE Tag Team Championship". Last Word on Pro Wrestling. Retrieved 13 October 2019.