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AEW's Tay Conti Wants To Wrestle In Japan In 2022

Hit people in the face

Speaking with Elite POV, AEW's Tay Conti revealed Japanese wrestling has been a big influence on her own in-ring work and she is hoping to wrestle in Japan next year.

"I remember Kenny (Omega), funny because now I work with him, was one of my favorites to watch. If you watch my matches back in NXT, I do the v-trigger because I was such a fan. I was talking with Raul (Mendoza), he's one of my best friends, and we had this whole Latin group and they were like, 'these type of matches are more your style.' So, they sent it to me," Conti began.

"A couple of names that I never heard before because I never watched wrestling before and that's how I started watching it. I was like, 'Let's see what I like here' because I was trying to find my style back in NXT. I cannot do flips, that's not me. I started watching Japanese matches. Maybe because I do Judo too, I made the whole connection and I fell in love and love Japanese style. It's my favourite style ever," she continued.

"I really want to go to Japan, of course. I hope next year I can do it. It's one of my biggest goals for sure. I want to go there and learn and get hit in the face and hit people in the face. I know I will grow so much and get better for sure. I'm super excited to go there and work and do my best. I know it's going to be hard because even in Judo with Japanese, the training was insane. We would go to Germany or Portugal and the big training sections with every country, the Japanese was insane. I can't wait to go there and train wrestling. I know it's going to be so much fun. It's my favourite type of wrestling. In AEW, they have people there and I'm like, 'is it a dream?'"

Conti has been a member of the AEW roster since August 2020. She has been one of the breakout stars of 2021 and she unsuccessfully challenged Britt Baker for the AEW Women's World Championship at Full Gear in November. 

AEW have collaborated with several Joshi wrestling promotions and the Japanese half of the AEW Women's World Title Eliminator Tournament earlier this year was taped at the Ice Ribbon dojo. 

H/T to Fightful

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