Tay Melo is the street fighter.
Recently, Tay Melo teamed with Anna Jay AS against Willow Nightingale and Ruby Soho in a Street Fight on AEW Rampage on the January 13 episode of AEW Rampage.
Now, Melo is reflecting on working in those kinds of matches, working with thumbtacks, and the pain that competing in Street Fights causes.
In an interview with Elite POV, Tay Melo and her husband Sammy Guevara recounted Tay taking a thumbtack out of her head on an airplane following her most recent Street Fight.
"So we had to rush, after the Street Fight, straight to the airport because we had a red eye," Sammy recalled. "On the flight, Tay's like, 'Oh, my braids are so tight, it feels like something is stabbing me.' Then, she's trying to take out her braids, and then she takes a thumbtack out of her head. On the plane, she took a thumbtack out of her head."
Melo followed up, "It was hurting so much, and I thought it was my braid, and I was like, 'Oh, no. I know what it was. It was all the way in, and I had such a bad headache, and I had blood in my hair because I had no time to wash my hair. I took a shower at the arena, but I had no time to wash my hair because it takes a long time, so I just did a little crazy thing and went to the airport with blood in my hair."
Despite getting a thumbtack stuck in her head, Tay Melo really enjoys competing in these matches and says she would like to do one every month.
"I love it. I feel like I didn't know what to expect after the first [Street Fight]. I told Sammy, I feel like I found myself [by competing in Street Fights]. I don't get as nervous for a Street Fight as I do for a normal match. It's crazy. It's like my blood's going. I want to be there more than anything. I want to keep going. I want more time. I want to do more crazy things. I don't really think about what can go wrong. I come up with so many ideas for those types of matches. The finish [of the most recent Street Fight] was our idea. I was like, 'Oh, I want to do this. Help me get there.' I just love it. I really feel I found myself in those types of matches, and I'm telling you, I want to do one every month," said Melo.
In the aftermath of that Street Fight, Anna Jay AS suffered dislocated ribs. Fans can learn more about her condition here.
Fans can also get Willow Nightingale's perspective on the recent Street Fight at this link.