Chelsea Green Says WWE Mailed Her Natalya’s Belongings, They Sent Flowers And Called To Apologize For TrashbagGate
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Chelsea Green says WWE accidentally mailed her someone else’s belongings during the incident now known as “TrashbagGate”, but they made things right in the end.
Green spoke about the incident in detail on her “50 Shades Of Green” podcast and talked about the aftermath of her WWE release, which included her stuff being mailed in a trash bag. On April 15, many WWE Superstars were released and Mickie James had publicly revealed how WWE had sent her belongings in a trash bag, and it was later confirmed by other wrestlers that the practice had been going on for many years.
Green prefaced the conversation by saying she spoke with a number of talents released and saw this as a longstanding practice and she was annoyed, but tried to laugh it off and let it slide. Green then explained how she received the box of belongings in the mail (similar to how James and others had detailed their own experiences) and said she initially didn’t want to say anything. She said that her fiancé, Matt Cardona, was pissed off and wanted her to put it on social media, but she was uncomfortable with it at first. Chelsea said she’s making the effort to not trash talk anyone, especially the company that helped pay her mortgage and the place she wanted to be at for so long.
“Upon further inspection of the trash bag, I start to realize I’m not really sure what’s in this trash bag. I first pull out some black boots, beautiful black boots, but not my black boots. I then pull out a second pair of black boots, again, beautiful boots—not my boots. Here, we get to the third item, the third item was ugh—the most gorgeous little leather shrug with studs and diamonds and flappy things, pink jewels, all sorts of things. Now, if you know women’s wrestling, you know that the person who wears black leather with pink is always the same person,” Green said. “That is always going to be Nattie.”
“So I knew right away that the contents of my box were actually Nattie’s box. I continued to pull things out, a lot of it was Nattie’s, but I did run into some questionable items. Some cute little skirts, cute little dresses and things that kinda looked like maybe Lana’s or Liv’s, so I don’t know if there was other things in that box,” she explained, “but there was also a basketball. I don’t know who the fuck is playing basketball at WWE backstage, but someone’s getting their hoops in. So the contents of my box was in fact, not mine, and [it belonged to] many other females.”
“I let [WWE] know that and the person—he who shall not be named— because he was let go from WWE, he told me to drop the box off at someone’s house, send the box on its way. I was shook, shooketh people, shook. Here’s the thing—the contents of this box are expensive. Wrestling boots are expensive, gear is expensive, clothing, it’s all expensive! I’m not just going to drop it off at somebody’s house and hope it gets to Tampa.”
Green explained that with everything that happened to that point, she still thinks WWE handled it in the best way possible. She pointed out that Johnny Ace, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H all addressed the matter publicly, and it sure if they could have done anything else besides the course of action they did take.
“I think that was a perfect way to handle it. I will also say that they didn’t stop there, they actually did individually call each of us to apologize, and they sent us flowers. So, I thought that was really nice, and what else could they do? If they didn’t know this was being done, the only thing you could do is damage control and Lord knows, I know how to do damage control. Damn. But with the flowers, I got a little note, and the flowers ended by saying ‘from your WWE family’. As if I didn’t just have an open wound from being fired, from fucking being canned,” Green exclaimed, “they called me their family? Ugh! Oh man… honestly, the flowers are very beautiful, I’m sitting here staring at the flowers. I really can’t talk shit, the flowers are amazing, probably very expensive too, so I think the way they handled it was proper, perfect.”
“Trashbag Gate 2021, hopefully, it will never happen again and I feel really shitty that legends like Mickie [James] and Gail [Kim], even Maria Kanellis, they all got trash bags, man! It’s one thing to give the ‘Hot Mess’ a trash bag,” Green said, “but you don’t give a legend a trash bag.”
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