Tasha Steelz became one of the mainstays of Impact Wrestling’s women’s division thanks to working with Keira Hogan, who left the company after her contract expired. Hogan competed in a few matches for AEW but it isn’t known whether she signed a contract with the company or not.

Tasha Steelz also recently revealed that she still has around a year left in her Impact Wrestling contract. She also had a tryout with WWE back in 2015, but it seems the company didn’t see much in her.

While speaking to Tommy Dreamer on House of Hardcore, Tasha Steelz talked about her 2015 tryout and revealed that the company offered her a position as a referee, which Steelz naturally declined.

“When they finally got back to me, they offered me a referee position. I, immediately, was like, ‘does this mean I shouldn’t be a wrestler?’ You just get so self-doubting at the time. I just 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 and 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 gave me time to think about it and it took me a couple of days to realize 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 said, ‘if there is anything wrestler-wise in the future, I would love to be part of the black and gold brand. In the meantime, I have to turn down this position.’ He understood and there was no bad blood. That was good for me,”

Tasha Steelz eventually joined Impact Wrestling in 2020 and went on to become a two-time Knockouts Tag Team Champion alongside Kiera Hogan. It remains to be seen what is next in store for Tasha Steelz.

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h/t to Fightful for the quotes.

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet has been a massive fan of professional wrestling for over 22 years, since the early days of the Monday Night Wars. Aside from wrestling, he also is into TV shows, movies, Anime, novels and a lot of music.

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