Ringbelles Retro: History of Hatred

Everybody has to start somewhere.

Hailey Hatred may right now have an absolute shitload of championships and accolades – as we have covered thoroughly during in the June 28 edition of the Ringbelles Roundup and our latest episode of the Women Of Wrestling Podcast – the most prestigious of which is the JWP Openweight Championship, but she didn’t start out as a superstar. She had to toil for years in small buildings for few people to learn her craft and gain the skills needed to become the first non-Japanese woman to win the oldest active joshi championship. Luckily, a few of these matches are on YouTube, so we can see how Hatred had to pay her dues – and it should also offer hope to women stepping through a curtain to be greeted by fewer people that are getting ready in the locker room she just left…

The first match we have for you is Hatred taking on Lorelei Lee from NWA Mountain State Wrestling in West Virginia in 2006 (by the way, take real care if you Google Lorelei Lee, as there’s now a porn star using that name). Featuring Buddly Landell on commentary, it’s hardly the most empowering speech content that you will ever hear, though that’s not uncommon in wrestling. The telling thing is the background, which featured hundred of people disguised as empty chairs. Hatred’s second looks like a bit of geek and blocked the hardcam, so hopefully he’s worked on his positioning, but the match itself is fine – no point killing yourself on a show with 60 people in the audience…

Luckily, persistence and passion pays off. Below is a match from JWP Mania X from April 3 this year featuring Hailey and Aja Kong challenging Kayoko Haruyama & Tsubasa Kuragaki for the JWP Tag Team Title & Daily Sports Women’s Tag Team Title in the penultimate match of the show.

The moral of the story is: keep your chins up, girls – things can get better, and you can make sure you never have to put up with Buddy Landell commentating on your match ever again.