To says that Tenille Dashwood had a big decision to make in 2019 would be an understatement. She'd land on IMPACT Wrestling, but appeared all over the place before the calendar hit 2020.
One of those places was All Elite Wrestling. Shortly after the signing with IMPACT was announced, Dashwood appeared at AEW's All Out 2019 show. Her relationships from her time as Emma in WWE, and the independent circuit since helped land her the spot, she tells Fightful.
"I’ve worked with Cody and Brandi [Rhodes] and the [Young] Bucks and everyone over the years through WWE or Ring of Honor or wherever it might be. So, we’re all having conversations all the time. They reached out to me and made it known they wanted me to be a part of this big night and big event for women’s wrestling. I supported that and wanted to be a part of it, too. I’m under the belief that I don’t like to be competitive in that sense. Whereas if wrestling is doing good, it’s doing good everywhere. So, it all helps each other out. I just think it helped. From there, people branched out. People got signed places. People got seen more. It’s all good things happening. So, that’s how that happened. Then I ended up with IMPACT! after that," Dashwood said in an exclusive interview with Fightful.
Shortly before AEW, the aforementioned signing happened. After a run with Ring of Honor, Dashwood had plenty of offers to decide from. IMPACT Wrestling seems like they went above in beyond in letting her know how valued she was.
"I definitely explored my options and didn’t rush into anything," Dashwood recalled. "But, I will say that IMPACT! made it known to me how important they saw me. It’s nice to be valued and appreciated and the conversations, the people, the atmosphere is all in line with what I’m all about. Like you said, I have been to basically every major company, as far as some people are concerned. So, I have been around I have experienced a lot. I’m very happy with where I am right now and where things are going because this company values their wrestlers and, I was saying before, it kind of ties back in. Having input and knowing you have a direction and that things are going to keep going, getting better. They don’t just blow off all of a sudden. It’s just completely different. I’ve had years and years of cool experiences and things that got me to where I am today, forever grateful, but IMPACT! is perfect for me right now."
As far as how long she'll be there, Dashwood won't say. If it works for her, she'll hang around.
"I’m signed with them exclusively. I work for me, basically. So, like I said, it’s perfect for me right now. As long as I’m enjoying things and doing big things, then I’m good to stay," she closed.