The wrestler is Gabbi Tuft who performed for years under the ring name, Tyler Reks. Reks first appeared on “Smackdown” in 2010 and went on to wrestle with some of the top names in the biz, including John Cena, CM Punk and Ryback.
Now, Tuft who previously used the name, Gabe Tuft, in her personal life says she’s going public as a proud transgender woman.
“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,” Tuft said in an emotional IG post.
“I am no longer afraid and I am no longer fearful. I can now say with confidence, that I love myself for WHO I am.”
Tuft says she’s been struggling over the past 8 months “The emotional turmoil of being transgender and having to face the world has almost ended me on multiple occasions.”
But, Gabbi says she stopped caring about what other people think which has allowed her “authentic self to come into the light.”
Gabbi has been married to her wife, Priscilla, since 2002 and they have a 9-year-old daughter together. Tuft says her family is supporting her through the transition.
“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.”
Gabbi says she promises to be “transparent and truthful” with her journey and clearly intends to be a role model for younger transitioning people who might be struggling, too.