Taynara Conti is speaking out about her WWE release and her new passion for pro wrestling.
Taynara Conti was one of the many names let go by WWE on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. In spite of this, she says she will always have good feelings and strong memories of her time in WWE and is very excited for the future.
Taynara spoke openly in a new video, released on YouTube, where she confirmed that only a couple of months ago, she did ask for her release from NXT due to not feeling a sense of growth in her career. Fightful Select exclusively reported that she had walked out a few months ago after a disagreement and that her locker in the WWE Performance Center was cleaned out.
“First of all, I want to say that I'm okay. I'm happy. I'm healthy. Most importantly, I'm so excited for the future. For real,” she began. “So as you guys know, I don't work for WWE anymore. I was with the company for two years and a half or so. A little bit more, yes? Honestly, that was like the most crazy and amazing opportunity of my whole life. I will always be grateful because WWE changed my life and For better, I came here to us and I [knew] no English. I had no idea what wrestling was before and after two years, I was in the WrestleMania ring. I had just two years of experience and I was in WrestleMania. I was the first Brazilian to be signed with WWE and the first one to step in the WrestleMania ring. I had so many cool moments and so many good feelings that I'm just grateful. I met so many good people [who are] special that I will have them with me forever for my whole life. So it was good.”
She continued. “In the last couple months, I was not feeling like that anymore. I was not happy. As you guys know, I have a background in judo, so I'm always competing with myself and I need to feel that I'm growing, that I have space to grow, that I'm useful, and I was not feeling like that anymore. when I talked to them. We tried to figure it out and I was just not happy and I am like that. When I'm not happy. I tried to change, if I can't change, *snaps fingers* let's go, move on.
“I asked for my release about two months ago and they were not able to give it to me by then. And I had no option but to try again. Then in the middle of the pandemic, I was at home and I got a call. 'Hey, Tay. Bye!' They released me. Of course, it was a shock. I was upset. I was nervous. But, you know, now that I figured out everything, I'm happy because I want to have good feelings about WWE in my heart and I will always have it.”
With eyes on the future, Taynara spoke about falling in love with pro wrestling and said she is looking forward to exploring the other avenues the industry has to offer outside of WWE. Specifically, she said she's looking forward to one day wrestling in Japan.
“But let's talk about [the] next steps. I fell in love with wrestling, and every time WWE signed someone that came from the indies or from another company, I always asked questions. I was always trying to understand better. I am curious. I always need to feel that I have challenges and I always had, even for the coaches that I will miss a lot because we had great coaches in WWE and I learned a lot from them, I always said that I want to learn more. I want to know about wrestling more because I just know WWE and wrestling is much bigger than that and I know this. So, I always asked questions. I was always happy to learn more,” she said. “Here I am! Free to know, to learn. I really, really want to achieve a couple of dreams, like go to Japan and wrestle in other places. So I'm really excited, but excited for the future, guys. I really am. But for now, that's all. I can't say anything more because I'm not sure about anything yet. But yes, I do have a couple of plans. Yes, I will be in the business and yes, I will be in the U.S. So thank you so much for your support!”
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