Gabbi Tuft, the first transgender star in the WWE, said she was barred from entering the backstage area of Smackdown at Madison Square Garden. This was her first wrestling match since retiring a decade ago. A representative for WWE told NYTimes that the issue was caused by a ‘shortage of tickets’.
Who is Gabbi Tuft?
Gabbi Tuft is a former professional wrestler known for her time in WWE under the ring name ‘Tyler Reks’. Mike Bell served as Tuft’s trainer. She made her professional debut for Ultimate Pro Wrestling in February 2007. Tuft’s signature move during her wrestling career was the Burning Hammer.
Additionally, Tuft wrestled in Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), a WWE developmental organization. She twice won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship there, once with Joe Hennig and once with Johnny Curtis, as well as the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship.
Tuft has been employed in marketing after his 2014 retirement from professional wrestling. Additionally, she and a few other wrestlers started a website dedicated to fitness. In February 2021, Gabbi Tuft publicly came out as a transgender woman.
Apart from all this, Reks and Curt Hawkins co-created the animated YouTube series MidCard Mafia in 2011. However, after receiving complaints from the WWE administration, the show was promptly canceled and removed from the internet.
With regards to her personal life, since July 2002, Tuft has been wed to her wife Priscilla. Mia, their only child, was born in November 2011. Tuft also underwent an open heart surgery in the summer of 2019.
With 124,000 followers on Instagram, Tuft is currently sharing her journey as well as lifestyle and fitness advice with her followers. Also, together with her wife Priscilla, she has founded a fitness business called Body Spartan after retiring. Through targeted video exercises, dietary plans, and motivational seminars, this business aims to “positively transform the body, mind, and spirit of men and women.”