Gabbi Tuft, formerly known as Tyler Reks, revealed in a recent interview that she was denied entry backstage during a taping of Friday Night SmackDown at Madison Square Garden in August this year. The former WWE Superstar, who came out about her transition last year, expressed uncertainty about the reasons for being barred backstage but mentioned maintaining a positive relationship with WWE.
During the interview with TVInsider, Tuft explained that she wasn’t aware of the specific reasons for being denied backstage access. She speculated that WWE might have had production-related reasons or lacked the time to clarify her media intentions for social media filming. Despite this incident, Tuft emphasized having a good relationship with the company.
“No. I’m not sure why they didn’t want me backstage or they wouldn’t let me backstage. WWE may have had reasons for production purposes or didn’t have the time to clarify what media I was interested in filming for my social media. I don’t have any answers to that. I have a good relationship with them….This is history though if I can step back in the ring, let alone a WWE ring. Former male superstar coming back as who I am right now, it’s history waiting to be written.”
Tuft also highlighted the historical significance of a potential return to WWE, asserting that it would be a groundbreaking moment. She mentioned that returning as her authentic self, a former male superstar, would be a historic event waiting to unfold, showcasing the unique journey and transformation she has undergone.