Ex-WWE star Tay Conti reveals Vince McMahon's promotion paid her to sit at home and begged her not to join rivals AEW
TAY CONTI claims WWE chief Vince McMahon 'paid her to stay at home' in a bid to stop her joining rivals All Elite Wrestling.
The 25-year-old, who was stuck under a no compete clause, has since left McMahon's promotion to become one of AEW's biggest stars.
Speaking on the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Conti claims she asked WWE bosses if she could leave her contract early to join the new promotion.
The Brazilian wrestler, who joined McMahon's company in 2016, had been released in April 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
But she remained under a 90-day no compete clause, delaying her AEW debut until August 2020.
Conti said: "I was asking for my release for a couple of months, I was not happy.
"I was so unhappy there that I didn’t have any [backup] plans, I was just like, 'I want to get out of here. I’m not happy.'
"They said no a couple of times. We had a bunch of meetings… At the last one, they told me, 'No, you’re not going' – and they mentioned AEW.
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"I had no plans [to go to AEW] because I had no contacts at all. At the end of the day, we figured it out.
"They said no and I still had two years in my contract. I was like, 'Well, [what can I do?] I’m gonna be here.'
"They told me, 'Okay, you can be at home. We’re going to pay you. You can be at home.'
"I’m like, 'No, because I know everybody’s going to forget about me and I won’t be able to work.'"
AEW, co-owned by Fulham chief Shahid Khan, has become a serious rival to WWE since it's inception in January 2019.
The promotion has gained more than 2million subscribers on YouTube and has attracted numerous stars, with Strictly Come Dancing legend Anthony Ogogo taking on WWE icon Cody Rhodes this weekend.
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