Remember Gabi Castrovinci from the last season of Tough Enough? She is latest TNA’s latest talent acquisition.
During the January 12, 2016 episode Impact Wrestling on Pop TV, TNA began hyping her debut in this vignette. Her name is Raquel.
Castrovinci appeared at the January 9, 2016 Impact Wrestling tapings in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in two separate segments with Bobby Lashley.
While the former TNA World Heavyweight Champion was being interviewed by Christy Hemme for the January 26, 2016 show, Castrovinci approached him and began flirting. It led nowhere and the segment quickly ended.
Later in the night during the taping for the February 2, 2016 show, Castrovinci approached Lashley following his victory over Aiden O’Shea. Castrovinci grabbed a microphone and said the next time she sees him, she can bring pain or pleasure. She had to repeat herself because she didn’t hold the mic close enough to her mouth. She then leaves the ring before identifying herself.
After finishing in tenth place on Tough Enough over the summer, Castrovinci has been pursuing a career in professional wrestling. She is training at WWE Hall of Famer Afa’s wrestling school in Minneola, Florida and has said on social media that she will be making her in-ring debut soon.
January 20, 2016 – Viewers of Impact Wrestling last week saw a vignette promoting the debut of a mysterious woman named Raquel.
She is Gabi Castrovinci, who competed on the most recent season of WWE Tough Enough.
The Brazilian-born Castrovinci was voted off the show on the fourth episode.
While it was clear that she did not have a great understanding of the wrestling business (which is understandable), Castrovinci definitely has an “it factor” to her. Of last week’s highlights of Impact Wrestling on YouTube, her vignette was the most watched video.
After being eliminated from Tough Enough, Castrovinci began training at WWE Hall of Famer Afa Anoa’i’s pro wrestling training center in Florida and performing on his World Xtreme Wrestling events.
Castrovinci, or Raquel, made her debut on last night’s show in a backstage segment with Bobby Lashley. While the former TNA World Heavyweight Champion was being interviewed, he was interrupted by her. She flirted with him and told him that his pain is her pleasure.
February 12, 2016 – TNA Knockout Raquel claims she was assaulted during a match at an independent wrestling event in Miami, Florida over the weekend.
Speaking to TMZ Sports on Wednesday, the Brazil-born former model — whose real name is Gabi Castrovinci — described the incident that occurred at a World Xtreme Wrestling (WXW) event on Saturday involving a woman wrestler named Regina.
“I really got assaulted, I didn’t expect it,” Raquel said. “Although I was warned that it was going to happen, but I never thought that it would be at that level.”
She continued, “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.”
Raquel believes the reason for the attack was jealousy that she was signed by TNA early in her wrestling career. She also said that she does not plan on pursuing legal action out of respect for her trainer, WWE Hall of Famer Afa, who runs WXW.