Gabriela "Gabi" Castrovinci (January 17, 1986) is a Brasilian professional wrestler known for her time with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the ring name Raquel. She was a contestant on Season 6 of WWE Tough Enough VI, where she was eliminated fourth. Since Tough Enough, Castrovinci went on to continue her career in pro wrestling.
Early life & career
Castrovinci was born and raised in Brazil. She grew up practicing Jiu-Jitsu and is a professional athlete for World Beauty Fitness & Fashion. She is also an avid surfer and snowboarder. As a self-employed entrepreneur, Castrovinci runs an online business selling Brazilian leggings.
Pro wrestling career
WWE Tough Enough Season 6 (2015)
Castrovinci competed in the sixth season of WWE's Tough Enough contest. After her elimination, according to a conversation with journalist Brian Fritz of Sporting News, Castrovinci expressed her intentions to continue pursuing a career in professional wrestling, specifically in the WWE. Castrovinci went on to state she intends to "get some immediate in-ring training" so she will be eligible for another tryout with the WWE. She stated her focus is to join the next Diva search, and cites there are many different ways to return to the company after her Tough Enough contest elimination. She also closed with stating she would remain in contact with the WWE.
Independent circuit (2015–2016)
On December 19, 2015, Castrovinci made her wrestling debut, in a match for World Xtreme Wrestling, defeating indy wrestlers Raquel & Regina by disqualification in a Two On One Handicap match.
On January 30, 2016, Castrovinci wrestled for I Believe In Wrestling, having her first title match at BELIEVE 116, losing to defending Wonder Of Stardom Champion Santana Garrett. Later on that same date, she wrestled a four way match in World Xtreme Wrestling won by Jamie D for the vacant WXW Women's Championship. Other promotions Castrovinci worked for as she gained further in-ring experience included Championship Wrestling Entertainment, where she won the 2016 Rise Of A Queen Tournament; Conquer Pro Wrestling where she became the first-ever CPW Leading Ladies Champion on June 4, 2016; Orlando Pro Wrestling and Women's Wrestling Revolution. Raquel also wrestled in Booker T's Reality Of Wrestling on September 11 in a match won by Taya Valkyrie. She also wrestled for Orlando Pro Wrestling for several months during 2016.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2016)
Castrovinci debuted on TNA January 2016, under the ring name Raquel. On March 17, she had her first match at TNA One Night Only: Knockouts Knockdown, won by Barbi Hayden. She went on to wrestle in an April 22 TNA Taping, in a match won by Madison Rayne. On a June 13 TNA Taping, Raquel lost a dark match against Marti Belle. Raquel wrestled her last TNA match on the October 9th edition of TNA Xplosion, won by Jade.
On January 6, 2017, Castrovinci revealed she was no longer with TNA.
Return to the independent circuit (2016–present)
On November 1, Raquel appeared at Pro Wrestling 2.0's PW2.0 GOBBLE Squabble event, teaming with Mila Naniki in a tag match won by Jayme Jameson & Su Yung. Three days later, Raquel debuted in SHINE 38 where she scored a victory against Tessa Blanchard. Raquel's return to Orlando Pro Wrestling during the latter months of 2016 was marked with her victory in a Five Way Match against Amber Nova and Kaci Lennox and Mila Naniki to win the vacant OPW Women's Championship on December 21. Raquel returned to SHINE at SHINE 39 where she and Santana defeated team BTY (Jayme Jameson & Marti Belle) to win the SHINE Tag Team Championship. She is currently scheduled to appear in the next SHINE event to be held sometime in 2017.
Castrovinci is a fitness model, self-employed entrepreneur and martial artist. She is also married and stated that her husband helped her in preparing to enter WWE Tough Enough.
Championships and accomplishments
- Championship Wrestling Entertainment
- Rise of a Queen Tournament (2016)
- CPW Leading Ladies Championship (1 time, current)
- OPW Women's Championship (1 time, current)
- Facebook Fan Page
- Gabi Castrovinci's Profile at USA Network
- Sporting News article on Gabi Castrovinci's elimination from Tough Enough