Vanessa Borne has revealed she was sent back to WWE NXT after expressing concerns about RETRIBUTION mimicking real-life violence in America.
Borne had been called up to the main roster last year and there was a pitch for her to join the faction, which is when she expressed those concerns.
Speaking with PWInsider, she said:
“After that, I was called in and they had a pitch where I was part of RETRIBUTION. I was excited about being on TV for something, but I had a lot of questions. I wanted to know what the group was about and how I fit in. I had some concerns because, during this time, there was stuff around the country with violence and we’re watching this unfold and it’s not pretty. I wanted to know if the group was mimicking that. I expressed those concerns, but ultimately, I wanted to do what I was told and tried to figure out how I could help. Within the week, I got a call from Mark Carrano saying, ‘We’re not going to have you as part of RETRIBUTION and we’re going to pull your contract. You’re getting sent back to NXT’.
“It felt like I got kicked in the gut. I would never want them to think that I didn’t think an idea wasn’t good or that I didn’t want to participate. I would do anything and had done everything to that point. After we talked, I sent him a text that said, ‘I’m so sorry if I came across not wanting to be part of anything. I’m here to work. I’m willing to do whatever’. He just said, ‘This is where we’re at’. I still think back and kick myself and think I should have sat there, nodded, and been happy. I was happy, I might have just given the wrong impression. Lesson learned. Sometimes I tend to be blunt and I don’t know if that’s what came across when it came to asking questions or having concerns. Maybe that isn’t the reason and it’s something totally different, it just happened to fall in line with how everything went down. I put those two things together.”
Vanessa Borne also spoke about her short time back with NXT, and how she caught COVID-19 just a couple of weeks after returning to training. She said:
“After I was back in NXT and had time to digest that, I was still happy to have a job. I spoke to Canyon and said, ‘I’m still in the game and willing to move back to Florida’. We chatted and wanted to get me back at the Performance Center because I hadn’t been in the ring for nine or 10 months. I eventually went to the Performance Center for two weeks to train, which was great. I was in the gym constantly and was in great shape. I felt like I was flying in the ring and didn’t miss a beat. During my second week when I was back in the ring, I ended up getting COVID. That was the last time I was at the PC because it rolled right into the holidays.”
She then spoke about trying to get back into the picture in NXT and making some pitches, adding:
“This year rolled around and I hadn’t heard anything, so I needed to figure things out. I texted Triple H because I hadn’t spoken to anyone and no one had spoken to me. He connected me with a writer at NXT and we were going back and forth with ideas to get me involved. We had ideas that would work, but when you have other characters and storylines, it’s a giant puzzle. We never came to a final plan or anything. The last message I had sent over, I didn’t get a reply, and a week later I was released.”
Vanessa Borne was released by WWE in May along with several other NXT talents as part of the ongoing WWE cost cutting measures.
She also recapped the original plan that we’ve already heard a few times now which was that Borne, Chelsea Green and Santana Garrett would debut on the main roster as a trio. They’ve all since been released from their contracts.
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