Professional wrestling career
World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE
Carvalho joined the WWE and was assigned to its developmental program NXT. She debuted as Taynara Melo, on May 13, in a battle royal to determine the Number 1 Contender to the NXT Women's Championship. She wrestled her first singles match on July 6, where she was defeated by Lacey Evans. On July 13, she took part in the WWE Mae Young Classic where she was eliminated in the first round by Lacey Evans. Afterwards, Taynara wrestled in several tag matches throughout the remainder of 2017.
On January 5, 2018, Taynara returned to NXT to team with Abbey Laith in defeating Reina Gonzalez & Sage Beckett in a tag match. During the remainder of January, Taynara wrestled in a string of singles matches, won by her opponents Vanessa Borne and Nikki Cross. Missing the entire month of February, Taynara returned on March 24, teaming with Aliyah and Vanessa Borne in a tag match won by Dakota Kai, Jessie Elaban & Rhea Ripley. Five days later on March 29, she defeated Jessie Elaban in a singles match. She finished the month with a loss to Kairi Sane on March 30. Taynara returned on April 8, entering the Women's Battle Royal at WrestleMania 34, that was won by Naomi. She returned to NXT on April 14, teaming with Adrian Jaoude & Cezar Bononi in a mixed tag match lost to Jessie Elaban & The Authors Of Pain. Five days later on April 19, Taynara teamed with Adrian Jaoude, Cezar Bononi in a second mixed tag match, defeating Chinese recruits Big Boa, Rocky & Xia Li. On April 20, Taynara lost to Dakota Kai in singles competition. She finished the month with a match eight days later on April 28, losing to Kairi Sane.
Returning the following month, Taynara wrestled during the May 10th NXT tapings, teaming with Reina Gonzalez & Vanessa Borne losing to Dakota Kai, Kacy Catanzaro & Steffanie Newell. Seven days later Taynara lost to Dakota Kai in singles competition. During her last three matches of the month, Taynara teamed with Reina Gonzalez and Shayna Baszler in a different tag matches lost to Kairi Sane & Nikki Cross. On June 1, Taynara teamed with Reina Gonzalez in a tag match lost to Dakota Kai & Steffanie Newell.
Carvalho is a multi-level martial artist holding a Black Belt in Judo and a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
- Finishing moves
- Cross armbar, sometimes while jumping from the top rope
- Signature moves
- Over the shoulder arm drag
- Swinging side slam
- Entrance themes
- "Show 'Em Who I Am" by Extreme Music (NXT)
|WWE Mae Young Classic 2017 contestants|
Abbey Laith • Ayesha Ray • Bianca Belair • Candice LeRae • Dakota Kai • Jazzy Gabert • Kairi Sane • Kavita Devi • Kay Lee Ray • Lacey Evans • Marti Belle • Mercedes Martinez • Mia Yim • Miranda Salinas • Nicole Savoy • Piper Niven • Princesa Sugehit • Rachel Evers • Reina Gonzales • Renee Michelle • Rhea Ripley • Sage Beckett • Santana Garrett • Sarah Logan • Serena Deeb • Shayna Baszler • Taynara Conti • Tessa Blanchard • Toni Storm • Vanessa Borne • Xia Li • Zeda