On Thursday, former WWE wrestler Gabbi Tuft came out as transgender, saying her personal journey was a “thrilling story of gender transitioning.” Tuft, who wrestled professionally under the name Tyler Reks from 2007 to 2014, shared the news in a press release.
“Gabbi is about to share her thrilling story of gender transitioning from a former WWE Superstar, Body Builder, Fitness Guru, Motivational Speaker and Motorcycle Racer to a fun-loving and fabulous female,” the release reads. “She has been finally set free and is ready to rule her world.”
On Wednesday, Tuft posted a recent photo of herself sitting next to an old photo from her wrestling days. “This is me. Unashamed, unabashedly me. This is the side of me that has hidden in the shadows, afraid and fearful of what the world would think; afraid of what my family, friends, and followers would say or do,” the post read.
Born in San Francisco in 1978, Tuft graduated from the California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo in 2000 with a degree in civil engineering with a major in hydrology and structural engineering. Trained by Mike Bell, she made her professional debut in February 2007 for Ultimate Pro Wrestling.
In January 2008, she was signed to a developmental contract with WWE and was assigned to the Florida Championship Wrestling territory as Tyler Reks. She made her FCW debut on February 5, 2008, with Johnny Curtis, in a losing effort against Eric Pérez and Eddie Colón.
Since retiring from wrestling, the 42-year-old has started a fitness company called Body Spartan with her wife, Priscilla, with whom she shares a 9-year-old daughter, Mia. Tuft wrote that the last eight months have been incredibly hard but thanked her family for helping her get through it.
“However, the day I stopped caring about what other people thought, was the day I truly became limitless and allowed my authentic self to come into the light,” she wrote. “My loving wife, family, and closest friends have accepted me for who I am. To them, I am forever grateful. Your support along the way means more than you will ever know.”