The current IMPACT Knockouts Champion Laurel Van Ness announced on her Instagram and Twitter accounts she has been granted her release and was officially done with the company after the last day of tapings that took place last night in Orlando.
Laurel Van Ness, real name Chelsea Green, is said to have already requested her release last November after she had won the Knockouts title at the last set of Impact tapings in Ottawa. One major reason for her request to leave was said to be her boyfriend, WWE Superstar Zack Ryder, and her wish to join him in WWE.
— CHELSEA GREEN (@ImChelseaGreen) January 16, 2018
Green debuted with Impact Wrestling in January 2016 but wasn’t officially signed until the following summer. She was involved in a wedding storyline with Braxton Sutter and Allie and developed a gimmick of Psycho Bride, competing in a trashed wedding dress and make-up, wrestling barefoot.
After another wedding storyline involving Grado, she regrouped and came back to her normal ring gear. She was involved in the Knockouts Championship tournament that took place after Gail Kim relinquished the belt after Bound for Glory. Van Ness defeated Rosemary in the finals to become the new Knockouts Champion, for the first and only time of her career.