With WWE bringing all their top stars to Cardiff for WWE Clash of the Castle, one of the best Welsh wrestlers in the world will be noticeably absent from the big show in the Welsh capital.
Whilst she may be missing out on the big show in her home country in September, the future does seem bright for Tegan Nox, should she work on her injuries and get back to fitness. In future, we could Nixon Newell in AEW and have her as a feature act in one of the biggest wrestling companies in the world
Tegan Nox Fired
Tegan Nox revealed that despite being drafted to the Monday Night Raw brand, she never actually made it to one of the shows, lest even made it backstage. She reveals that the only time she made the it to a Raw taping, she tested positive and was immediately made to drive home all alone.
After that, the Welsh star was never called back to the Raw set and was released just a few weeks later
Speaking with Chris Denker of Into the Danger Zone podcast, Tegan Nox (now Nixon Newell) opened up about her firing from WWE and how she never even got to experience an episode of WWE Monday Night Raw.
“I didn’t even make it to a Raw taping. I switched brands, technically went to a Raw taping in Texas, got COVID, was told I tested positive, and had to drive sixteen hours on my own, straight home, and after that never went to a Raw taping, ever.”
“Just had to sit at home. As soon as I got cleared from COVID, I got released pretty soon after. ‘Oh, you’re cleared from COVID, your blood tests came back fine.’ ‘Great, I can finally see if this actually goes somewhere,’ and then wasn’t taken on the road. Next call, wasn’t need. Next time, wasn’t need. Three or four weeks out, ‘you’re not needed anymore, budget cuts.’ ‘Okay, no worries’.”
Tegan Nox also talked to Denker about the reasons behind why she was fired. Whilst officially the reason was listed as “budget cuts”, the Welsh star knew the real reason why she was let go.
Nox claimed that it was because she was a “five-foot six blonde-brunette girl, covered in tattoos“, and onot the “diva-era” type wrestler WWE have started to move back towards.
“Everyone is walking on eggshells. With all the releases happening, you kind of feel, ‘it could be me next.’ I just had this feeling where I wasn’t…not welcome, but as such wanted; I don’t fit the demographic that they’re looking for.”
“I’m a five-foot six blonde-brunette girl, covered in tattoos. Watching the product now, it’s very much Diva era, going back to it, I feel. I always felt like I was on the chopping block, even if I could wrestle. I was not much of a personality or character enough for them to keep my job, which is weird.“
“If they give me a character, I take it and run with it. I was always kept as ‘the girl next door’ and I’m not the girl next door. Let me be me. I was me for six years before I got signed, let me do something like that. I always had the feeling that I’m not what they’re looking for.
“As soon as they split me and Shotzi up, I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m on the block next.’ We found out we switched brands as we were in the car going back to the hotel”
Tegan Nox’s accusation of her not being a typical WWE diva seem to have been corroborated in recent months by Athena, formerly Ember Moon in the WWE. Athena recalls being told to dress “more sexy” by WWE officials backstage and claim that her lack of “diva-style” presentation was the reason for her lack of push and eventual release.
Tegan Nox has not yet signed for any wrestling promotion, but is rumoured to be joining AEW in the near future. However, nothing has been announced as of yet.
Is Tegan Nox Retired?
Former WWE Star Tegan Nox (Nixon Newell) hasn’t wrestled since she was released by WWE in October 2021. The Welsh starlet has been absent from the wrestling world since then, not stepping foot in the ring outside of WWE.
This has led some to believe that Tegan Nox is retired – something she is asked about regularly – but she has recently revealed that retirement is not the reason why she hasn’t been wrestling.
It is not injuries either. She was plagued with injuries during her time in WWE, hurting both knees badly to cause her to miss over a year’s worth of wrestling. This was devastating to her push and without them she could have been a champion on the main roster right now.
“I’ve been trying to get my green card for the last eight months,” Nox told the “Sappenin‘” podcast. “So if I leave then I can’t come back … It’s just been a boring eight months, living in Orlando.”
“I can stay in America, I just can’t leave the States. Because I haven’t got the visa or the green card, I can’t wrestle. So I keep getting messages, ‘Have you retired?’ No I just can’t. Legally. I can’t.”
Hopefully the young Welsh wrestler gets her visa sorted soon, with AEW reportedly on the prowl for her signature. She would be a huge addition to the AEW roster and could help reinvigorate a poorly-booked women’s division in the promotion.
However, with Triple H back in charge of WWE, a return for Tegan Nox could be on the horizon, with The Game always being a big supporter of her during her time in NXT, despite the terrible injuries she was faced with
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Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
After playing countless hours of WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, he discovered Rey Mysterio getting his head crushed by The Great Khali, and thus a love for professional wrestling was born.
He is also a Media Graduate, as well as writing for multiple sites about Premier League football and the culture of Wales – his home country.