Who is Tay Conti?
Tay Conti (full Taynara Melo de Carvalho) is a famous Brazilian professional wrestler currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) under the ring name Tay Conti.
Tay Conti was previously signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in its developmental brand NXT as Taynara Conti. In July 2017, Conti participated in the first annual WWE Mae Young Classic.
She is better known by the ring name Tay Conti. Carvalho is a multi-level martial artist holding a Black Belt in Judo and a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She got recognized for her appearance in WWE and All Elite Wrestling Company. She is the face of multiple brands including Bang Energy.
Early Life of Tay Conti
Tay Conti was born on June 9, 1995, in the southern Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, the country’s second-largest city. She has a brother and 2 sisters, one of whom is adopted.
Melo grew up in Rio’s notorious poverty-stricken and crime-infested favelas. Melo holds a black belt in judo and a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Melo briefly went to law school in Brazil and she participated in trials for the Brazilian Olympic team at the 2016 Summer Olympics before joining WWE.
Melo began in artistic gymnastics in CR Vasco da Gama but soon migrated to martial arts. First, Melo fought for the project “Brasil vale ouro” (Brazil is worth gold) and later went to “Instituto Reação”, by judoka Flávio Canto. Melo was a regional champion and four-time state champion.
In addition, she was a four-time Brazilian runner-up. She joined the Brazilian team and participated in the European circuit in Portugal and Germany.
Tay Conti Wrestling Career (2016 to 2020)
Melo was announced as having signed with WWE and reported to the WWE Performance Center in October 2016. She made her professional wrestling debut as Taynara Conti at WrestleMania Axxess in Orlando, Florida on April 1, 2017, competing against Sarah Bridges in a losing effort.
She took part in the inaugural Mae Young Classic, during which she lost to Lacey Evans during the first round of the tournament.
Tay Conti appeared on television on the October 11 episode of NXT, interfering in a triple threat match between Nikki Cross, Peyton Royce, and Liv Morgan on behalf of The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, and Kyle O’Reilly) to prevent Cross from winning the match. This led to a match between Conti and Cross on the November 1 episode of NXT, where Conti lost.
Rise to Fame
On April 8, 2018, Tay Conti performed during the pre-show of WrestleMania 34, competing in the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal, becoming the first female Brazilian to compete on the evening of WrestleMania.
Later in the year, Conti qualified for the 2018 Mae Young Classic tournament after she defeated Vanessa Borne. She defeated Jessie Elaban in the first round but lost to Lacey Lane in the second round.
On April 20, 2020, Conti was released from her WWE contract as a result of budget cuts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Like all other talent released, she remained under the 90-day no-compete for clause, which expired on July 23, 2020.
Conti later revealed in an interview that she had been unhappy for months at WWE and wanted to be released, but the company initially would not grant her a release out of fear she would go to All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
All Elite Wrestling (2020–present)
On August 4, 2020, Tay Conti appeared on AEW as Tay Conti, participating in the AEW Women’s Tag Team Cup Tournament: The Deadly Draw and teaming with Anna Jay.
The team, known officially as TayJay defeated Nyla Rose and Ariane Andrew in the quarterfinals but lost to Ivelisse and Diamante during the semi-finals.
On the August 26 episode of Dynamite, she received a contract from the stable The Dark Order to join them. On September 9, AEW announced that Conti had signed with the company.
On the January 13, 2021 episode of Dynamite, Tay Conti competed for the NWA World Women’s Championship for the first time and was defeated by Serena Deeb. In the following weeks, Conti earned a title match for the AEW Women’s World Championship, but she was not successful in beating the champion, Hikaru Shida, on the April 21 episode of Dynamite.
In September, Conti and Anna Jay began a feud with Penelope Ford and The Bunny in a series of singles and tag matches on Dynamite and Rampage.
On November 13, Conti fought again for the AEW Women’s World Championship, this time facing defending champion Britt Baker at Full Gear but came up unsuccessful. The TayJay/Bunny & Ford feud came to a head when the team of Jay and Conti defeated the team of The Bunny and Ford in a Street Fight on December 31 on Rampage.
- Finishing moves
- 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)
- Signature moves
- 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
- Entrance Themes
- “Show ‘Em Who I Am” by Extreme Music (NXT)
- “No Rest For The Wicked” by CFO$ (NXT)
- “Shake Shake” by All Elite Wrestling (AEW)
Championships and Accomplishments
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Ranked No. 49 of the top 150 female wrestlers in the PWI Women’s 150 in 2021
- Inside the Ropes
- Most Improved Wrestler (2021)
Tay Conti Personal Life
Tay Conti is in a relationship. The fans of Conti are seeking to know about her professional life as well as her personal life. In 2017, Conti tied her knot with fellow judoka Jorge Conti. But after 4-5 years of marriage, the couple got divorced.
Soon after separation from Jorge, in January 2022, she started dating fellow AEW professional wrestler Sammy Guevara. The duo often appears on each other’s social media accounts. Even the pair have fought a few wrestling matches together.
Tay Conti Net Worth
Tay Conti has a net worth of $1 million USD. Wrestling, Modeling, brand endorsement, and other forms of income are among her sources of income. All of her accomplishments have helped her to reach star status. Undoubtedly, she will successfully continue her career and having said that, her wealth will also continue to climb up.
She has no doubt amassed a huge fortune with the bulk of his wealth coming from his professional entertainment career. Conti leads a lavish lifestyle.
However, the specifics about her assets and liabilities are still under review making it difficult to establish actual net worth.
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Social Media Presence
Other than wrestling, Conti is active on social media platforms as well and has gathered a massive fan base on Instagram and other social media platforms. She is extremely popular on Instagram for sharing her bold and glamorous pictures and modeling content.
She has garnered thousands of followers on Instagram. Similarly, she has gathered thousands of followers on Tik Tok for posting lip-sync, dancing, and other content. She promotes different brands like Bang Energy on her social media accounts.
She has more than 580 thousand followers on her Instagram handle. Besides this, she has million of fans in real life. At all, she is enough famous everywhere to have a good and reputed life.
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