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Jazzy Gabert Talks Negative TNA Experience, Bully Ray Questioning Her Attractiveness

Posted By Caroline Walsh on 01/11/18

Jazzy Gabert recently appeared on E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness (transcript via wrestlinginc.com), here are the highlights…

On Experience With TNA: “I went to TNA, when was it? Oh yeah, it was 2013! I remember they were in Europe and they had some TV tapings and they were asking me if I wanted to be part of it. And, of course, I wanted [to be a part of it]. And they gave me this gimmick that I’m the bodyguard of Chris Sabin and he just broke up with his girlfriend, Velvet Sky, so we had this little storyline that he’s attacking her, she’s attacking him, I come in and be like the bodyguard, which was all cool and all fun. But there were some things that really annoyed me. The commentary, for example, said all the time stuff like that I’m his girlfriend, ‘is this a man or is this a woman?’, stuff like that. And I was like, ‘I don’t like that.’ And so they were asking me. I had two offers on the table: I had Japan who asked me to stay for five years or they asked me if I want to go to TNA. So I [chose] Japan because, again, I was not really happy with the storyline.”

On Getting Yelled at By James Storm: “I went for a tryout at TNA and I was still Jazzy.” Jazzy explained, “I had no real gimmick. I had like long black hair. And I went to the tryout and the tryout was really bad. Like, I don’t know. Everything was not cool. Like, the wrestling in the ring was not good and I don’t know. A lot of little mistakes happened. And Bully Ray was responsible for the tryout people, so I went over to him and I remember that he and what’s his name, Storm? I think ‘Cowboy’ James Storm. Yeah. They were, like, arguing and had a big fight and I was like, ‘I am going to wait till they are over and then I will jump in.’ I waited and I thought they were over and they were not over, but I interrupted them by mistake and James Storm was yelling at me, and said I couldn’t be work and I’d get nowhere, and ‘[who] the hell do you think you are?’ Oh my gosh. It can’t get any worse.”

On Her Encounter With Bully Ray: “I spoke to Bully Ray and I was like, ‘I know this was not my best. Can you give me some advice?’ And then, he said to me, ‘okay, Jazzy, do you really think you are as sexy as our Knockouts? Do you really think you have a chance?’ And that really hit me like, ‘wow’. Of course [it] was true. It was a little bit harsh, but in the end, I’m really happy that he said that to me because I went home crying, obviously because everything was so bad, and I shaved my head. I said, ‘okay, I can’t be a pretty as them, so let me be ugly.’ And that’s basically how ‘The Alpha Female’ started.”

On Her 2015 WWE Tryout: “In 2015, I had another tryout with WWE and, actually, it went really well. Like, I could do all the exercises and everything was cool. But again, I got a ‘no’ and then I wanted to retire, actually. Like, I was like, ‘okay, this is it. Like, I’m not getting any younger and I don’t know what to do anymore.’ And then, my promoter called me, my manager called me, and he asked me if I wanted to try MMA. And I was like, ‘okay, well, maybe this would give ‘The Alpha Female’, like, that next thing that’s needed.”