Jay made her debut last September in Georgia Premier Wrestling hosted by her coach, the former Glacier, Ray Lloyd. She has also been trained by QT Marshall, whose gym was the site of last week's Dynamite episode.
Shida, who defeated Jay on Dynamite, reacted on Twitter with a smiling sunglasses and fire emoji signaling her pleasure at Jay's signing with AEW.
Cody Rhodes reacted to the signing as well with a quote saying, "hard times breed better men and women." As AEW is going through a schedule change, Rhodes praised Jay for her performance in her match against Shida and congratulated her on signing with AEW.
Rhodes added in his tweet, "Anna Jay showed up and stepped up. Hung in there with an absolute killer like Shida! Congratulations."
Jay commenting on her signing on Instagram writing, "it's showtime."
You can view the related tweets and Instagram post below:
??Hard times breed better men?? ...and women— Cody (@CodyRhodes) April 6, 2020
Anna Jay showed up and stepped up. Hung in there with an absolute killer like Shida! Congratulations. https://t.co/DnqMS9ls73
Ken Scanlon contributed to this article.