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 last August.
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.
CASINO SIGN UP OFFER: CLAIM UP TO £800 IN CASINO BONUS CASH
WIN £50,000 with Dream Team Euros
Dream Team Euros is HERE!
The best fantasy football game to accompany Euro 2020 has arrived.
And you can play absolutely FREE for your chance to win the £50,000 jackpot.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR FREE!
Dream Team Euros
- £50,000 jackpot
- The best fantasy football game this summer
- Play in mini-leagues against your mates, colleagues, family members – and some hand-picked celebrities
- FREE to play
FOOTBALL NEWS LIVE
Haaland targets trophies, Sterling and Mahrez could LEAVE City
Watch Tuchel soak stars in bubbly as Chelsea get Champions League party started
NO FAIRYTALE END
Aguero in tears as Man City career ends with Champions League final loss
Sterling suffers racist abuse on Instagram after Man City’s Champions League loss
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS
Chelsea fans celebrate in Porto & London after Champions League win
Champions League hero Kai Havertz drops F-bomb twice in response to TV interview
“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.