A FORMER WWE wrestler has come out as a transgender woman – saying she took part in the sport with a “secret persona dwelling deep within”.
Gabbi Tuft, 42, who was known as Tyler Reks, shared the news in a press release on Thursday.
The release revealed the details Tuft’s “thrilling story of gender transitioning.”
It said: “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.
“She has been finally set free and ready to rule her world.
“Despite his successes during and after his WWE career, Gabe was still wrestling with a secret persona dwelling deep within him.”
“This is a persona he has been hiding in the loud silence of his soul since childhood,” the release continues.
“Finally, with the blessing of his loving wife Priscilla, Gabe is ready to reveal who he really is.
“He” is now known as “She”: A beautiful, wise, witty and wonderful woman called “Gabbi.””
The release adds: “This is a story that wrestling and other sports fans, friends and followers must not miss, especially many in the LGBTQ community dealing with challenging transgender issues, who Gabbi and [wife] Priscilla are willing to help.”
The San Francisco-born wrestler will open up on transitioning during an in-depth interview on Extra this Friday.
Teasing the announcement on Instagram earlier today, Gabbi wrote: “When you are ready to show all of your cards, there will be nothing left to fear.
“I am no longer afraid. Fear has been replaced with the highest vibrational state of gratitude.
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“I am grateful for my past, for who I started this life as, for who I was, for who I am now, and for who I am becoming.
“Tomorrow, I close this book of my life and begin a new one.
“My hope is that the last nine days of this countdown have helped you reflect on things not of material nature… but rather on the non-physical aspects of life that create what we call the human experience.”
Tuft’s professional wrestling career spanned from 2007 to 2014.
She made appearances at major WWE events, including Smackdown, Raw and Wrestlemania.