Gabert first explained why she decided to create the ‘Alpha Female’ gimmick.
“I met Bret Hart on a tour, that was like my first real professional tour where a lot of professional wrestlers were there just like Sabu, Rob Van Dam, Sandman, and Bret Hart. And he [Hart] told me the only way to find a real good gimmick for yourself that works is A) you take your character and multiply it, like, 10-times, like, if you’re funny, then, you be like the most funny wrestler ever. Or, you take something you want to be in the ring and I chose this one because I wanted to see someone in the ring, like a real strong, confident woman, not shaking her ass like the Divas back in the day. I didn’t want to be something like that. That’s how ‘The Alpha Female’ came up.”
The former Mae Young Classic contestant provided the details on where the ‘Alpha Female’ nickname itself came from.
“Back in the day, I had no gimmick. So they booked me [and] I was Jazzy. But one day, my boyfriend at the time, as I said, he was a professional wrestler. He went on a show and then he said, but it was not true, he said to the other girls, ‘yeah, my girlfriend, she is at home and she’s jealous.’ And they said, ‘[gasp] Jazzy? Why is she jealous? She’s the alpha female.’ And that’s how my name came up.”
Gabert interrupted James Storm’s rehearsal during her tryout with TNA years back and that didn’t go over well.
“I went for a tryout at TNA and I was still Jazzy. I had no real gimmick. I had like long black hair. And I went to the tryout and the tryout was really bad. Like, I don’t know. Everything was not cool. Like, the wrestling in the ring was not good and I don’t know. A lot of little mistakes happened. And Bully Ray was responsible for the tryout people, so I went over to him and I remember that he and what’s his name, Storm? I think ‘Cowboy’ James Storm. Yeah. They were, like, arguing and had a big fight and I was like, ‘I am going to wait till they are over and then I will jump in.’ I waited and I thought they were over and they were not over, but I interrupted them by mistake and James Storm was yelling at me, and said I couldn’t be work and I’d get nowhere, and ‘[who] the hell do you think you are?’ Oh my gosh. It can’t get any worse.”
She would ask Bully Ray for advice on what she should do and he gave her some tough advice.
“I spoke to Bully Ray and I was like, ‘I know this was not my best. Can you give me some advice?’ And then, he said to me, ‘okay, Jazzy, do you really think you are as sexy as our Knockouts? Do you really think you have a chance?’ And that really hit me like, ‘wow’. Of course [it] was true. It was a little bit harsh, but in the end, I’m really happy that he said that to me because I went home crying, obviously because everything was so bad, and I shaved my head. I said, ‘okay, I can’t be a pretty as them, so let me be ugly.’ And that’s basically how ‘The Alpha Female’ started.”
Gabert contemplated retirement back in 2015. She explains why.
“In 2015, I had another tryout with WWE and, actually, it went really well. Like, I could do all the exercises and everything was cool. But again, I got a ‘no’ and then I wanted to retire, actually. Like, I was like, ‘okay, this is it. Like, I’m not getting any younger and I don’t know what to do anymore.’ And then, my promoter called me, my manager called me, and he asked me if I wanted to try MMA. And I was like, ‘okay, well, maybe this would give ‘The Alpha Female’, like, that next thing that’s needed.”
Finally, Gabert explained how she didn’t like the storylines she was involved in with Impact Wrestling during her brief time there in 2013.
“I went to TNA, when was it? Oh yeah, it was 2013! I remember they were in Europe and they had some TV tapings and they were asking me if I wanted to be part of it. And, of course, I wanted [to be a part of it]. And they gave me this gimmick that I’m the bodyguard of Chris Sabin and he just broke up with his girlfriend, Velvet Sky, so we had this little storyline that he’s attacking her, she’s attacking him, I come in and be like the bodyguard, which was all cool and all fun. But there were some things that really annoyed me. The commentary, for example, said all the time stuff like that I’m his girlfriend, ‘is this a man or is this a woman?’, stuff like that. And I was like, ‘I don’t like that.’ And so they were asking me. I had two offers on the table: I had Japan who asked me to stay for five years or they asked me if I want to go to TNA. So I [chose] Japan because, again, I was not really happy with the storyline.”
With H/T to WrestlingInc for the transcription.
For those who don’t recall, Gabert was a participant in the Mae Young Classic, where she faced Abbey Laith in the first round. You can find highlights of their WWE match below.
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