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Tony Khan Praises Tay Conti, Says She Always “Looked Like A Star”

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AEW owner Tony Khan has heaped praise on rising star Tay Conti and stated he thought she already “looked like a star” four years ago.

Appearing on the most recent edition of Wrestling Observer Live, Khan was asked about some of the stars AEW have provided opportunities to that have struggled to find success on a major platform in the past. One of the stars Khan singled out for particularly high praise was NXT alumna Tay Conti:

“Tay Conti is a great example of somebody who I’ve always thought looked like a star. I went to a house show, an NXT house show, like four years ago in Jacksonville and I thought that Tay Conti looked like she’d be a great star then. She had such charisma and personality. She was working as a manager, and as a manager she had that much charisma. And she’s developed so much in the past few years as a wrestler – I’m really excited about Tay Conti.”

Such high praise from the man behind AEW is undoubtedly a good sign for Conti. Still just 25 years old, both she and TayJay partner Anna Jay have started to factor into AEW title matches in recent months. Though Jay is unfortunately sidelined with a major injury, Conti recently competed in the AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament. Despite her loss in the opening round, Conti later made clear she is “hungry for gold”. With Khan clearly full of praise for her, perhaps Conti will not have to wait long to satisfy her hunger…

As AEW’s women’s division continues to grow, the excitement from Tony Khan toward Tay Conti echoes the thoughts of many; Fellow AEW star Dustin Rhodes has previously discussed how proud he is over Conti’s growth since joining the company. As a black belt in judo and a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the fiery young star’s background seems to lend itself well to a career in wrestling. Still a mere four years into her career, fans will hopefully enjoy Conti’s increasing success for years to come.

Tay Conti regularly competes on AEW Dark and is undefeated on the show. She is currently on a nine match undefeated streak on Dark.