Former IMPACT Knockouts Tag Team Champion Tasha Steelz has said WWE offered her a job as a referee after a tryout.
During the latest edition of Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore podcast, Steelz spoke about her 2015 tryout, and explained that WWE contacted her to say the company was interested but didn’t have a position for her right away.
She then added:
“When they finally got back to me, they offered me a referee position. I immediately was like, ‘Does this mean that I shouldn’t be a wrestler?’. You get self-doubting at the time because I let WWE be my end all, be all.
“I was like, ‘No disrespect, but that’s not in my heart. That’s not something I want to do’. I had a couple of meetings with Mr William Regal. He saw me at an indie show right after my tryout and he knew what I could do. He really complimented me and said, ‘I know what you can do. You’re talented. If this is something you really want to do, you have to put your mind 100% into it, and being a wrestler is no longer. You have to be a referee’.
“He actually gave me some time to think about it. It took me a couple days, and then I realized, this doesn’t have to be my end all, be all. There are so many opportunities out there and so many places I can go. I respectfully declined, and I said, ‘If there is anything wrestler-wise in the future for me, I would love to be a part of the black and gold brand, but in the meantime, I have to turn down this position’. He understood. There was no bad blood, so that was good for me.”
Since then, Tasha Steelz has gone on to become one of the more prominent members of the IMPACT Knockouts division and is a two-time Knockouts Tag Team Champion alongside Kiera Hogan.
Now that Hogan has departed the promotion and is working with AEW, Steelz will team up with Savannah Evans to challenge current champions Decay for the title at Victory Road this Saturday.
Quote via WrestlingNews.co