After a notable tenure as WWE’s “Naomi” and appearing on E!’s “Total Divas,” Trinity Fatu makes a surprise return to wrestling for the first time since May 2022.
Fatu, a former WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion and WWE Women’s Tag Team champion, is now back wrestling with IMPACT Wrestling in Chicago.
At IMPACT, Fatu’s new wrestling name will be “Trinity.”
Fatu is speaking out for the first time since he sent shockwaves through the wrestling world when he and fellow wrestler Sasha Banks walked out in the middle of a WWE Raw show in Norfolk, Va. in May last year.
The two wrestlers walked out of the taping due to a “creative dispute” surrounding the show being taped and the future of their partnership with WWE.
Trinity will debut on the May 4 episode of IMPACT on AXS TV, with her first in-ring action tonight against KiLynn King.
With speculation emerging following the walkout that Trinity might be committed to wrestling, making a surprise return made the occasion even more memorable.
“Being back in wrestling and being with my pack in a place where I feel so welcome and just for the opportunity and just receiving all the love, it was very, very overwhelming. And I really felt it in my heart like I really did. I can’t even hide the emotion,” Trinity said of her recent return to Chicago.
Trinity added that her nearly one-year hiatus gave her time to figure things out during a time of rapid change in her life.
“I’ve been wrestling 14 years now, and then one day everything, everything just changed. And I felt like my whole world was turned upside down and things were shuffled around. It took a little time to just process everything and really sort out what I want to do, where I want,” Trinity said.
She added that she chose IMPACT because of the organization’s history and status as one of the top women’s divisions.
While the walkout in May of last year started a period of rapid change in Trinity’s life, she told NBC 5 the experience was for the better.
“I feel like it’s a blessing in disguise. I feel like I’ve been allowed to grow and be better in every way, in every aspect. Show me how strong I really am. And now, I’m ahead of this new journey. me, with these new goals, and I’m excited and ready to enter this new chapter,” said Trinity.
The two-night “Spring Slugfest” continues tonight at Cicero Stadium, returning on July 28-29 for the “Chicago Heat” and again on October 21-22 for “Bound For Glory.”