WWE Superstar Nikki Cross Sends a Message to AEW’s Tay Conti on Her Birthday

Published 06/10/2021, 8:15 AM EDT


In this time and age, whenever a WWE superstar posts a picture with an AEW star, rumors of them jumping ship float around. What we rarely consider is the friendships forged amidst a harrowing war between both companies. We now see Nikki Cross sending a sweet birthday message to Tag Conti.

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Nikki Cross wishes AEW’s Tay Conti a happy birthday

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Tay Conti is a phenomenal performer. She went from being a disposable talent in WWE to the hallmark of AEW’s rising women’s division. Her match against Hikaru Shida was one of the best matches in Dynamite history. On June 9th, she turned 24, and received wishes from various superstars.

One of those superstars was Nikki Cross. Cross wrote a heartfelt message for her former colleague saying, “She has been the most incredible friend to me. Such a beautiful soul! So happy for her and all her success. Thank you so much, Tay, for always being there. Have an amazing day, love, you deserve it.”

Conti herself posted a photograph on Instagram for her birthday with a caption showcasing her gratefulness. “Thank God for your love and compassion, I’m nobody without your blessings father.” To top it off, a day before her birthday she wrestled on AEW Dark, beating Natalia Markova.

Killing it at 24, the future is promising for Conti, especially if she continues to develop throughout her career. One wouldn’t be surprised if she holds the AEW Women’s Championship multiple times before she turns 30.

Is Nikki getting a push?

Nikki Cross has gone from being Alexa Bliss‘ underling to beating the likes of Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair on Raw. Her current run involves wins over the Raw Women’s Champion, the #1 contender, and a win over both of them simultaneously in a tag team match.

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It’s one thing that Ripley and Flair’s rivalry gave Cross a fluke win, but three wins over Raw’s alpha females deserve a future title shot. Cross doesn’t have a deep history with Flair or Ripley, and she’s never faced the latter in NXT either. This means not only is she a fresh challenger but an exciting one.

Cross is one of WWE’s most exciting characters and she’s even held tag team gold. There was a time the likes of Asuka and Nia Jax feared her in NXT, but her momentum has cooled off by quite a margin. If WWE is thinking of putting Cross in a championship program, she’d be a great filler feud till SummerSlam.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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