Later this month, the third annual Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen of Queens tournament takes place, so as part of this week’s retro, we show the beginnings of ACW’s American Joshi division. Before there was a title, before there was a tournament, there was Rachel Summerlyn (with red hair) taking on Mickie Knuckles.
This contest from January 14, 2007 is essentially a rematch from Summerlyn’s debut match from two months earlier on November 3, 2006 at the IWA: Mid South Queen of the Deathmatches tournament under the name of Rachel Putski – that’s right; Summerlyn’s first wrestling match for money was a Thumbtack Death Match, which she lost after being planted into pins.
Knuckles was the main woman in IWA: MS and was known at the time primarily as a brawler, though this contest shows flashes of the technical prowess which she showed before this point, and since, both under her Knuckles character as also as Isabella Smothers, who along with Jessie Belle Smothers make up the Smothers Twisted Daughters tag team which is currently gaining a name in Ohio Valley Wrestling.
This isn’t a long match, but it’s Genesis as far as ACW’s women’s division is concerned. So ahead of one of the most celebrated tournaments for women in America, enjoy its beginnings.