Tiffany Stratton has become a quick fixture in NXT 2.0 and has caught the eye of many. She has been on the programming weekly and has performed tremendously well in such a short time thanks to her gymnastic background.
Stratton had her first match in November against Amari Miller on 205 Live where she would pick up the victory. She would appear for the first time on NXT in December in another victory against Fallon Henley.
While speaking with El Brunch de WWE she shared that she did not expect to debut so quickly on television.
“So I didn’t really — so I had my tryout for WWE back in May, last May and I didn’t really hear anything for a couple of weeks and then I got the email about a month after my tryout and it was over Zoom and I was very happy and it was a very good moment.
I feel very good [being in NXT 2.0]. I did not expect for me to be put on to TV so quickly. I started at the P.C. and at the end of August, like the beginning of September and I debuted at the middle of December and I did not expect that to happen so I am very blessed and I feel very fortunate that I was able to debut so quickly with only being at the P.C. for a couple of months.” (Transcription – POSTWrestling)
She participated as a fill-in for the recent first Women’s Breakout Tournament. She took the spot of Nikkita Lyons who went out with an injury. Stratton faced Fallon Henley in the semifinals before falling to the winner, Roxanne Perez in the finals.
NXT’s resident Buff Barbie credits that specific match as a breakout for her career.
“That match, I feel like with Fallon [Henley in the NXT Women’s Breakout tournament], I really feel like it was one of my breakout matches. I feel like I showcased a lot of my talent and a lot of what I can bring to the table in that match and I really feel like that match was something that really helped my career. So I feel very, very good about that match. One of my favorites.”
Stratton talks about watching WWE together with her father when she was younger which helped her get into gymnastics. She credits Rey Mysterio as an inspiration. She would then go into training with Greg Gagne as well as going to Ken Anderson’s gym.
“So back when I was little, my dad and I, we would watch WWE together and I actually got into gymnastics because I saw people — I saw Rey Mysterio doing all the flips and stuff and I wanted to learn how to flip so that’s how I actually got into gymnastics, so that kind of catapulted my gymnastics career and I didn’t really think of getting into wrestling until I got a little bit older and I didn’t really know how to really get into wrestling myself.
I would always watch it on TV, but I didn’t know if there was a wrestling school around or if there was someone who could coach me and teach me and I finally — my mom got in contact with Greg Gagne and he’s an old wrestler and he agreed to kind of look at me and see if I could do a bump, if I could run the ropes and stuff and we actually went to Mr. Kennedy, Ken Anderson’s gym up in — or wrestling school up in Minnesota and he looked at me there and he agreed to take me on and train me and ever since then, I have been in wrestling.”
Stratton’s most recent in-ring appearance was against Wendy Choo at The Great American Bash. She came out with the victory.
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