Often referred to as the “Airport Test” professional wrestlers due to their larger-than-life looks and presence, usually stand out much more when out in the public sphere. However, one AEW star definitely stood out when they travelled with blood and thumbtacks in their hair.
Former AAA World Mixed Tag Team Champions, Tay Melo and her husband Sammy Guevara were guests on a recent episode of Elite POV. During the interview, Melo and Guevara retold a gruesome tale about pulling a thumbtack out of her head while on a flight.
“So we had to rush, after the Street Fight, straight to the airport because we had a red eye,” Sammy recalled. “On the flight, Tay’s like, ‘Oh, my braids are so tight, it feels like something is stabbing me.’ Then, she’s trying to take out her braids, and then she takes a thumbtack out of her head. On the plane, she took a thumbtack out of her head.”
Melo followed up, “It was hurting so much, and I thought it was my braid, and I was like, ‘Oh, no. I know what it was. It was all the way in, and I had such a bad headache, and I had blood in my hair because I had no time to wash my hair. I took a shower at the arena, but I had no time to wash my hair because it takes a long time, so I just did a little crazy thing and went to the airport with blood in my hair.”
The match that led to the blood and thumbtacks being embedded into her skull was a brutal street fight on the January 11th edition of AEW Rampage. The blood-soaked brawl saw Melo team with longtime friend Anna Jay against Ruby Soho and Willow Nightengale.
Tay Melo Wants To Have More Street Fights In AEW
Despite the blood, thumbtacks and pain, Melo revealed that she wants to be involved in more street fights.
“I love it. I feel like I didn’t know what to expect after the first [Street Fight]. I told Sammy, I feel like I found myself [by competing in Street Fights]. I don’t get as nervous for a Street Fight as I do for a normal match. It’s crazy. It’s like my blood’s going. I want to be there more than anything. I want to keep going. I want more time.
I want to do more crazy things. I don’t really think about what can go wrong. I come up with so many ideas for those types of matches. The finish [of the most recent Street Fight] was our idea. I was like, ‘Oh, I want to do this. Help me get there.’ I just love it. I really feel I found myself in those types of matches, and I’m telling you, I want to do one every month,” said Melo.