Gabby Tuft FKA WWE Superstar Tyler Reks says NXT was where Wrestlers went to die. Tuft recently came out publicly as a transwoman.
NXT is considered one of the best wrestling shows in the world today. To some, even better than RAW and SmackDown. That wasn’t always the case though. It originally started as a reality-based series, pitting rookies against each other for the ultimate prize of a WWE contract and a championship match.
Gabby Tuft, who performed in the WWE as Tyler Reks, was also sent to the show while it was still presented as this hybrid between scripted and reality show. According to her the show has come a long way from a place they used to dump wrestlers before firing them.
Gabby Tuft FKA Tyler Reks says NXT was where Wrestlers went to die
“Hawkins and I always had a saying that NXT was where wrestlers go to die,” she told Wrestling Inc. “It’s much different now, but back then it wasn’t even the C show, it was the D show. It was the, ‘Hey, put them down here before we let them go’. We looked at it as a ‘we don’t really care anymore; we’re going to get fired or we’re going to figure this out.’ We had an opportunity to just experiment with everything.
“We broke all the rules, we stopped listening to our producers. They would say, ‘Don’t do this, don’t do that, here’s a mic, go five minutes.’ We’d go ten minutes. ‘Hey, don’t use that cane.’ We’d use the cane anyway. We just didn’t care, and we really started figuring out who we were individually and as a tag team, and it got to be really, really fun. We really started understanding how to shine, and how to get our characters across.”
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