New TNA Knockout and former WWE Tough Enough contestant Raquel revealed Wednesday night that she was assaulted during an independent wrestling match this past weekend.
As seen in this video courtesy of TMZ Sports, a bruised Raquel described the incident that occurred at a World Xtreme Wrestling event in Miami and involved another woman wrestler named Regina:
At one point during the interview with TMZ on Fox Sports 1, Raquel described the nature of her injuries, saying, "I cracked my tooth and I had to get a root canal and a crown on my tooth ... and I have a little hairline fracture on my jaw."
The Brazil-born former model—whose real name is Gabi Castrovinci—believes the reason for the attack was jealousy that she was signed by TNA early in her wrestling career. She also revealed that she does not plan on pursuing legal action.
Raquel posted video of her training at WXW as recently as Feb. 4, but does not intend to continue working for the promotion in any capacity:
WXW is run by Afa, who is a former WWE Tag Team champion as one half of the Wild Samoans and the uncle of current WWE Superstar Roman Reigns.
Raquel was the fifth person eliminated on the sixth season of WWE's Tough Enough reality show last summer, but she stuck with wrestling and managed to parlay it into a job with TNA.
As seen in this GIF tweeted by the newest TNA Knockout, she recently made her debut on Pop TV's Impact Wrestling and started an angle with former TNA World Heavyweight champion Lashley:
It isn't uncommon for newcomers to the business to generate bad blood with veterans if they are pushed to the top quickly.
There may be a perception that Raquel didn't pay her dues since she has already been signed by the No. 2 wrestling company in the United States in terms of television ratings just months after starting in the business.
Raquel believes that perception is out there, but every indication is that she is driven to prove that she belongs in the world of professional wrestling.
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