Since she made her AEWDark debut on December 14, 2021, Marina Shafir has technically been a member of the AEW Galaxy for almost a year. However, to many, her most notable contribution to the professional wrestling industry was during her tenure in NXT from 2018 to 2021, when she and fellow MMA fighter Jessamyn Duke
joined the organization to revive the “four horsewomen” of MMA alongside Shayna Baszler and Ronda Rousey, As soon as they were all back together, the group was meant to be it; they were expected to control the show like the generation before them, which included Bayley, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, and Becky Lynch, and start a new chapter in the WWE’s feminist revolution.
Unfortunately, it didn’t happen; despite the anticipation, the four women never engaged in any kind of match, and the rumored four-on-four match between the two “Four Horsewomen” factions never really took place in the ring in a full-scale conflict to determine factional supremacy.
Yet why? Fortunately, Shafir visited The Sessions with Renee Paquette to discuss that and many other topics, and it goes without saying that her response was divisive.
Shafir remarked, “Egos, egos, were at play. “There are often too many f*cking cooks in the kitchen, in more ways than one, you know. I don’t know why, but I get the impression that professional wrestling used to be a little more exclusive.
I mean, I never knew this. It wasn’t only about playing politics; it was also about demonstrating actual respect, refraining from kissing the a-, and not feeling that you had to compromise yourself in order to advance. While evolving, why strip oneself bare? Yes, I’m not sure.
Technically speaking, these remarks aren’t directed at anyone in particular and may, therefore, potentially, be about anyone, but for some reason, none other than “Four Horsewoman” Bayley noticed them and retweeted the post with a note to Paquette, Shafir, and her 1.8 million followers.
Did Bayley prevent the bout from taking place? Or is she just perplexed to see such a peculiar claim coming from an employee who was notoriously contentious during her time in NXT? Probably never will we find out?
— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) November 22, 2022
Marina Shafir details her unpopularity in the NXT locker room.
According to Post Wrestling’s transcription of Shafir’s interview with Paquette, she made additional comments about her divisive presence in the NXT locker room prior to her dismissal.
So, back when we used to have these locker room meetings [in NXT], I used to f*cking say this stuff all the time. Does anybody else have f*cking anything more to say? Shafir stated, “I had been in the company for six months. “They would have f*cking thrown that sh*t at me if they had tomatoes and eggs. But I could only feel it. I couldn’t care less. Ask anyone, I’ve always been the same person. Since they first met me until now, I haven’t changed. We are not in competition with one another, I declared. We are not attempting to murder one another.
Do you know who’s in that f*cking locker room—the one with which we are in competition? But, my spouse, what’s the matter? Screw him. Our sexual life is fantastic because I want to be in his place and I’m seeking his a-. Everyone just stared at me and said, “Shut the f*ck up,” so I guess that’s me. You never know, after all.
I was the new chick and focused solely on martial arts when I worked my f*cking ass off. Sorry, I didn’t attend a f*cking seminar on professional wrestling. I’m truly sorry. I will. Send me to one or fifty people.
I wish I could. But I apologize if my actions caused you to feel wounded because Ronda [Rousey] was loathed by everyone because I didn’t do what I was supposed to. Man, I can’t. She’s an absolute beast, dude. She is aware of what should just roll off her shoulder and what requires setting her a fire. I want to know myself as well as she knows herself.
Because of her past and lack of enduring passion for the industry, did the other NXT locker room members truly despise Rousey and Shafir? Or is there another explanation for their contempt? In any case, it appears like Shafir is content in AEW and NXT is content without her.