Speaking on her ‘50 Shades Of Green’ Podcast, Chelsea detailed her experience with ‘TrashbagGate’, and how WWE managed to make things right in the end.
“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.”
Green started by saying how upon receiving her trash bag-enclosed belongings, she contacted several other former WWE employees and realized that she wasn’t the only one affected. Despite initially not wanting to reveal her disappointment on social media, her fiancé Matt Cardona was ‘pissed off’, wanting her to take to social media.
Unlike her former employees, Chelsea had been sent the wrong belongings. Instead of receiving the stuff she had left behind with WWE, she opened the bag to find ring gear belonging to Natalya, and some other items owned by several other women’s wrestlers.
“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.”
Green then explained how when she contacted WWE to inform them of the mishap, she was told to leave the bag at another person’s house to be collected by the company.
“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.”
— 50 shades of Green podcast (@50shadesPod) May 3, 2021
Green then revealed how WWE sent her some flowers and a phone call to apologize for the incident, mentioning that it was handled ‘perfectly’.
“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.”
Chelsea Green, along with the other Superstars released last month, were handed 90-day no-compete clauses, which expire on July 14th.