Tamyra Mensah-Stock at the 2020 Olympic Games (photo courtesy of Tony Rotundo; WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Earlier this afternoon, ESPN reported that 2020 Olympic Gold Medalist Tamyra Mensah-Stock has officially signed with the WWE. This decision seemed imminent after Mensah-Stock did not accept an invitation to compete at 68 kg in Final X. She was given that option after winning a gold medal at the 2022 World Championships.
If this is indeed the end of Mensah-Stock’s wrestling career, she’ll finish as one of the all-time great American women. She was only the second American woman to win gold at the Olympics and the first black woman to do so. In addition, Mensah-Stock won a pair of world titles (2019 and 2022) to go along with a pair of world bronze medals (2018 and 2021).
Mensah-Stock won every World/Olympic Team Trial event at 68/69kg since 2016. In 2019, Mensah-Stock became the first American (man or woman) to win the prestigious Ivan Yarygin on three occasions. She also claimed three gold medals at the Pan-American Championships.
Collegiately, she was a two-time WCWA national champion (2014 and 2017) for Wayland Baptist University.
Shortly after winning the 2020 Olympic gold medal (in 2021), Mensah-Stock and fellow gold medalist, Gable Steveson, were guests of the WWE at a pay-per-view event. At the time, she expressed her desire to become a part of the WWE.
According to the ESPN article, Mensah-Stock reported to the WWE Performance Center on Monday to officially start her tenure.