Trinity Fatu, formerly known as Naomi, is opening up about why she walked out on the WWE.
During an appearance on the wrestling podcast Busted Open, the former Smackdown Women’s Champion explained what led to her abrupt exit, how it impacted her mental health, and why she chose to join Impact Wrestling.
“The doors are open for me everywhere, literally everywhere, but I truly feel like Impact is the best choice for me at this point in my in my life right now with what I want to do,” Fatu shared. “Just to be able to work with the talent there, I feel that it’s where I’ll be happiest and most utilized and really get to grow in the ways that I feel that I need to right now on this wrestling journey.”
Fatu made her Impact Wrestling debut this past Saturday during a taping of Spring Slugfest, which is set to air on Thursday’s episode of IMPACT! at 8/7c on AXS TV. This marked her first time in the ring since walking out during a live taping of WWE’s Monday Night Raw last May. (Note: In March, Fatu confirmed via Instagram that she was no longer with the WWE.)
“Had all of this stuff never happened, there’s no way I would have taken that leap, but the situation kind of forced me to figure it out. That’s what I meant when I say everything was like a blessing in disguise, because I was really going through a lot and I just felt very stagnant and I wasn’t happy,” she said.
Fatu went on to share that she ultimately walked out on May 16, 2022, “because of the way I was talked to and handled, and everything kind of just broke me that day. [It] had nothing to do with anything else, anybody else. But that was it. I had to.”
“Just to go through all the backlash and the negativity and the lies and the rumors and then to also kind of just feel lost… It broke me,” she noted. “It was probably the lowest I’ve ever felt in my life. But going through that, it made me reset and face it head on and figure out how to learn from this experience, grow from it and find myself again in all of it. I’m extremely happy now and really thankful for this opportunity to show that you haven’t seen me at my best yet.”
As you’ll recall of the walkout last May, Fatu’s tag team partner Mercedes Varnado (known in the WWE as Sasha Banks) took issue with the outcome of a planned main event, which would have featured her and Fatu in a Six-Pack Challenge alongside Asuka, Becky Lynch, Doudrop and Nikki A.S.H. to determine who would face Bianca Belair at “Hell in a Cell.” Varnado reportedly met with then CEO Vince McMahon to express her concerns, and McMahon is said to have refused to change his plans for the team. She subsequently left the building with Fatu.
The pair was suspended indefinitely, and veteran announcer Michael Cole revealed that there would be a tournament to crown the new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions on Friday Night Smackdown. Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah defeated Damage CTRL (Dakota Kai and IYO SKY) on the Aug. 29 edition of Raw to become the new champs. Currently, Raquel Rodriguez and Liv Morgan are the reigning champions. Varnado, meanwhile, wrestles under the name Mercedes Moné with New Japan Pro-Wrestling.
She is a very super duper great wrestler so wherever she goes they’re be lucky
Miss you soo much appreciated you for being a great talent and especially with Jimmy USO both funny and #couplegoals
She is a horrible wrestler and was only featured in WWE because she is married to one of the Usos.
If she had not married into the Bloodline, she would have been fired years ago.
Being related to Roman Reigns and the Usos allowed her to continue to be employed.
She was there before the blood line … know your facts
She was there b4 she was married to her husband and way before the Bloodline faction was even a thing. Go do your research.
She was a bad wrestler, no personality or promo skills. She was good at jumping, she seemed like she could jump all day so she is probably in good shape but jumping isn’t wrestling and she was completely lost with any kind of grappling or wrestling move or hold. But she could repeatedly jump, jump, jump… good for her. She likes jumping.
I can understand. However, she needs to apologize to her fans, as many people don’t get that channel, & will be unable to see her now.
That’s not on her, nor a reason why she needs to “apologize.”
Why would she need to apologize because some cable providers chose not to include AXS TV as part of their package? IMPACT can be watched via subscription on Youtube (99cent USD), DAZN (in regions outside of the US), and IMPACT+.
Agree, not sure what channel impact wrestling comes on
Her real fans will follow her and make the effort to find Impact Wrestling.
Alsothey are not hard to find if you make thè effort to look
Available also on Youtube for $1 a monoth or $5 a month for specials and ppvs shown on Impact Plus.
Also, AxsTv is available and if you ask your cable provider to add the channel to your lineup it is possible.
Like I said, her loyal fans will make the effort to follow her and its not that hard to find Impact if an effort is made.🤷🏻♂️