Tamyra Mensah-Stock debuts at NXT

Tamyra Mensah-Stock, who made history at the Tokyo Olympics

by Simone Brugnoli
Tamyra Mensah-Stock debuts at NXT
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Tamyra Mensah-Stock, who made history at the Tokyo Olympics, retired after a very successful career in freestyle wrestling and embarking on a path already traveled by others before her. Like Kurt Angle, Ronda Rousey and Gable Steveson (as well as Mark Henry, who had been an Olympic weightlifter), he decided to become a professional wrestler and join WWE.

In April 2023, WWE executives told ESPN that the Stamford company had signed a contract with the 30-year-old Chicago-based company. Tamyra Mensah-Stock, a gold medalist in freestyle wrestling, won the title of 68 kilogram Olympic champion at the 2021 Tokyo Games, becoming the first African-American woman to win gold in freestyle wrestling.

After attending an NXT live event a few months ago, she now made her debut on the NXT Level Up tapings as Tyra Mae Steele to face Wren Sinclair.

Tamyra Mensah-Stock debuts at NXT Level Up

Interviewed some time ago by ESPN, she said: "I love watching athletes in the ring, doing what they do best," Tamyra Mensah-Stock confessed.

"I just need this to see that their personalities will shine through television, and I see their strength. Everything about them resembles me, and I just wanted to be a part of it" Tamyra Mensah-Stock revealed that she had thought briefly about competing in mixed martial arts, but was not sure which weight class she would be in, so she did not necessarily believe that it would be a good choice.

" I don’t like the idea of being potentially submissive, having a broken arm after a fight or being aggressive like that," she said. " I really don’t want to gain weight anymore, let’s be honest". We will now see if his path in WWE will be better than that of fellow Gable Steveson or not, with the guy who was fired recently from the federation after only a handful of insignificant appearances.

From January 2025, as we know, Raw will move from USA Network to Netflix, with Triple H, guest at the Pat McAfee Show recently, spoke about the abolition of heavy censorship: "Being on Fox, if the audience sings 'po*rca misery' or something worse, the audio gets disconnected. Sometimes, the image is removed and a black screen appears”.