Taynara Conti: Interesting Facts About the Brazilian AEW Star

Taynara Conti

Taynara Conti (real name, Taynara Melo de Carvalho) is a famous Brazilian professional wrestler who rose to popularity in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and currently performs for All Elite Wrestling (AEW) with the ring name Tay Conti. She famously participated in WWE’s Mae Young Classic in 2017. Let’s find out more about this Brazilian bombshell of pro wrestling.

Taynara Conti: All You Need to Know

When was Taynara Conti born?

Taynara Conti was born on June 9th, 1995 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

How did Taynara Conti start her martial arts career?

Taynara Conti is a black belt holder in judo and a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and partook in preliminaries for the Brazilian Olympic group at the 2016 Summer Olympics before she went over to the WWE. 

Taynara Conti started her career in artistic gymnastics at CR Vasco da Gama, however before long moved to hand to hand fighting. To start with, Conti battled for the undertaking “Brasil vale ouro” (Brazil is worth gold) and later went to “Instituto Reação”, by judoka Flávio Canto. Conti was a territorial boss and four-time state champion. Moreover, she was a four-time Brazilian next-in-line. She joined the Brazilian group and took part in the European circuit in Portugal and Germany. 

Taynara Conti: Professional Wrestling Career

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)

NXT (2017-2020) 

Carvalho joined the WWE and started with its formative program NXT. She appeared as Taynara Melo, on May 13, in a fight to decide the Number One Contender to the NXT Women’s Championship. She wrestled her first singles match on July 6, where she was crushed by Lacey Evans. On July 13, she partook in the 2017 Mae Young Classic where she was disposed of in the first round by Lacey Evans. A short time later, Taynara wrestled in a few tag team matches all through the rest of 2017. 

On January 5, 2018, Taynara got back to NXT to group with Abbey Laith in overcoming Reina Gonzalez and Sage Beckett in a tag team match. During the rest of January, Taynara wrestled in a series of singles matches, won by her adversaries Vanessa Borne and Nikki Cross. Missing the whole month of February, Taynara returned on March 24, cooperating with Aliyah and Vanessa Borne in a tag team dominated by Dakota Kai, Jessie Elaban and Rhea Ripley. After five days on March 29, she crushed Jessie Elaban in a singles match. She completed the month with a shock defeat to Kairi Sane on March 30. Taynara returned on April 8, entering the Women’s Battle Royal at WrestleMania 34, which was won by Naomi. She got back to NXT on April 14, collaborating with Adrian Jaoude and Cezar Bononi in a mixed tag team matchup against Jessie Elaban and The Authors Of Pain. After five days on April 19, Taynara collaborated with Adrian Jaoude, Cezar Bononi in another mixed tag team matchup, overcoming Chinese enrolls Big Boa, Rocky and Xia Li. On April 20, Taynara lost to Dakota Kai in singles rivalry. She completed the month with a match eight days later on April 28, losing to Kairi Sane. 

Returning the next month, Taynara wrestled during the May 10 NXT recordings, cooperating with Reina Gonzalez and Vanessa Borne losing to Dakota Kai, Kacy Catanzaro and Steffanie Newell. After seven days Taynara lost to Dakota Kai in a singles fight. During her last three matches of the month, Taynara cooperated with Reina Gonzalez and Shayna Baszler against Kairi Sane and Nikki Cross. On June 1, Taynara collaborated with Reina Gonzalez in a label match lost to Dakota Kai and Steffanie Newell. During the June 22 house show Taynara collaborated with Gonzalez in a label match lost to Kacy Catanzaro and Kairi Sane. On the next week during the June 29 house show Taynari lost to Kairi Sane in a singles match. She completed the month showing up at the June 30 house show where she cooperated with Adrian Jaoude in a mixed tag team match against Kacy Catanzaro and Otis Dozovic. 

On July 18, Taynara entered the 2018 Mae Young Classic dominating a Qualifying Game in the wake of overcoming Vanessa Borne. During the July 20 house show, Taynara entered a Number One Contender Battle Royal for the NXT Women’s Championship. The match was at long last won by Candice LeRae. She spent the rest of July in a progression of tag team matches, getting done with a match on July 29, collaborating with Shayna Baszler in a crushing defeat to Candice LeRae and Kairi Sane. On the August 2 house show, Taynara got back to group with Adrian Jaoude in a mixed tag team match against Candice LeRae and Johnny Gargano. After two days at the August 4 house show Taynara collaborated with Adrian Jaoude and Cezar Bononi in a mixed tag team match loss to group Heavy Machinery and Jessie Elaban. In the wake of meeting all requirements for the Mae Young Classic, Taynara contended during the August 8 NXT Tapings of the competition. She progressed in the first round subsequent to killing Jessie Elaban. On the next day of NXT Tapings, Taynara was disposed of in the second round by ongoing NXT select Lacey Lane. During the August 25th house show, Taynara collaborated with Reina Gonzalez in a tag team match defeat to Kacy Catanzaro and Lacey Lane. Returning during the September 7 house show, Taynara dominated a singles match crushing her continuous label accomplice Reina Gonzalez. After fourteen days September 21, Taynara lost to Vanessa Borne. After seven days during the September 28 house show, Taynara contended in a Number One Contender Battle Royal for the WWE United Kingdom Women’s Championship. During the next night’s home show, Taynara collaborated with MJ Jenkins in a tag match loss to NXT novices Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir. Returning on October 12, Taynara cooperated with MJ Jenkins in overcoming Deonna Purrazzo and NXT rookie Kavita Devi. She made her broadcast return during the November 7 telecast of NXT, losing a singles match against Dakota Kai. She completed the year in house shows during the long stretch of November. 

Conti returned in 2019 for the February 13 telecast of NXT in a singles match loss against Aliyah. She showed up during the February 27 telecast of NXT, cooperating with Xia Li in a tag team match defeat against Aliyah and Vanessa Borne. After four months, Conti got back to TV on the June 19 telecast of NXT, losing a singles match against Xia Li. 

On April 17, 2020, Conti was one of the numerous performers cut from WWE as a result of spending cuts coming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

What did Taynara Conti say about being released from the WWE?

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of prominent names on the WWE main roster including former Champions Rusev, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, EC3, and Drake Maverick were all let go by WWE.

The layoff wasn’t limited to just the main roster as some NXT stars were also released, Among the departed ones was Brazilian sensation Taynara Conti, who was also released from her WWE contract.

Speaking in her recently released video on YouTube, Conti opened up on her WWE departure, as she started off by stating that she is feeling okay and healthy amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

“First of all, I wanted to say, I’m okay. I’m happy, I’m healthy, and most important I’m so excited for the future, for real. Honestly that was the most crazy and amazing opportunity of my whole life. I will always be grateful because WWE changed my life and for the better. I came here to the US and I [didn’t speak] English, I had no idea what wrestling was before, and after two years I was in a WrestleMania ring, you guys. Do you have any idea! I had just two years of experience and I was in WrestleMania.”

Taynara Conti also went on to add that she continuously felt like she wasn’t being fully utilized by the WWE in her role as a full time performer. She went on the add that she had requested a release three months in advance and WWE actually just honoured her requests instead of firing her. She said:

“In the last couple months I wasn’t feeling like that anymore, I was not happy. As you guys know, I have a background in judo, I mean, I was competing with myself and I need to feel that I’m growing, that I have space to grow and I’m useful. I was not feeling like that anymore. I talked to them, we tried to figure it out and I was just not happy. When I’m not happy, I try to change. If I can change, let’s go, move on! I asked for my release about three months ago and they were not able to give it to me then. I had no option but to try again. Then in the middle of the pandemic I was home, and I got a call, ‘Hey, Tay! Bye!’ They released me. Of course, it was a shock, I was upset, I was nervous. But now that I figured everything out, I’m happy, I want to have good feelings about WWE in my heart and I will always have it.”

All Elite Wrestling

On August 3, 2020, the official AEW twitter account announced that Taynara, Conti, under the name Tay Conti, would be participating in the AEW Women’s Tag Team Cup Tournament along with Anna Jay. She competed with Jay and won against Nyla Rose and sister WWE alumnus Ariane Andrew.

What is Taynara Conti’s finishing move?

These are the finishing moves used by Taynara Conti:

  • Step-up Rolling Cross Armbar (sometimes while jumping from the top rope)
  • Tayogoshi (Utsuri goshi to swinging side slam)
  • Brazilian Kick (Wristlock Bicycle Kick with the opponent seated)

What are some of Taynara Conti’s signature moves?

These are some of the signature moves of Taynara Conti:

  • Ipponzei (Over the shoulder arm drag)
  • Rolling Judo Throws
  • Mid-rope Diving Crossbody
  • Tomoe-nage (sometimes followed by high Double Knees and by a handstand to a seating pinfall)
  • Bicycle Kick
  • Jumping Knee
  • Gory Special twisted into a Knee Lift
  • Heel Hook (Kneebar)
  • Fujiwara Armbar

What are Taynara Conti’s entrance themes?

These are the theme songs used for Taynara Conti’s entrance so far:

  • “Show ‘Em Who I Am” by Extreme Music (NXT)
  • “No Rest For The Wicked” by CFO$ (NXT)
  • “Shake Shake” by All Elite Wrestling (AEW)

What is Taynara Conti going to do now?

Despite the pandemic, Taynara Conti plans to continue to stay in America and perform in the All Elite Wrestling (AEW) promotion as she continues building up her pro wrestling career.If her past record and performance is any indication, she is going to be just fine and perform very well throughout.

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