Former NXT UK star Jazzy Gabert recently spoke to Wrestling Inc. Daily regarding her departure from WWE after one year. The 37-year old German power lifter admitted that WWE was her dream job, but that the NXT UK brand was not on the same level as her goal to be on Raw or SmackDown. Gabert mentions pushing to be on the main roster, but was told there was nothing for her creatively.
It was difficult because WWE was always my dream since I was a little kid. But to be honest, NXT UK was so different from SmackDown or Raw which is what I was dreaming of. I asked if there was a chance to move up and their typical answer was that creative had nothing for you," stated Gabert. I had just one month with NXT UK so we had the Performance Center for 10 days and then tapings. But for me that was not enough. I want to do it full time and be on the road all the time. So I was searching for other projects doing TV stuff and acting. It was successful and they were like, 'Wow! You're awesome and we really want to work with you.' It was all or nothing so I had to make the decision and it was hard.
Gabert was offered a contract back in 2017 following her performance in the Mae Young Classic tournament. However, her previous neck injuries caught up with her and she was required to have surgery. She later reveals that after signing in 2019, the pain she was fighting against had returned.
I just came off an injury. Before my injury I was in so much pain and walking around with a bad neck. But I didn't know it because I thought, 'Hey I'm a wrestler – of course I'm in pain.' Then I signed a contract in 2017 and [testing] found out that I had a bad neck and I had surgery. Right after surgery the next day there was zero pain. In 2018 the whole year I was not in pain. Then in 2019 I sign with WWE and I'm in the ring and going to the gym and I'm hurting again. I'm like, 'Wow! I miss not being in pain.' I love this business so much but I love being pain-free too and it wasn't worth it.
Gabert was paired in NXT UK as the heavy muscle for Jinny. She only competed in a handful of matches, including against Scottish star Piper Niven. You can listen to her full interview below. (H/T and transcribed by Wrestling Inc.)