Thursday, July 19, 2001 was a pretty humdrum day in world history. As a frame of reference, the most newsworthy thing was the Code Red virus taking hold of a massive number of computers after being released online 6 days previously.
In the world of wrestling, Steve Austin was on SmackDown, showing “the old Stone Cold” was back when he stunnered everyone in the ring ahead of the WWF Invasion pay-per-view, which was to take place in three days. It would intrigue wrestling fans who wondered what would happen if the WWF and WCW ever clashed on one show. As it turned out, it would be a decent – and high grossing – show which was followed by months of killing the WCW image to the point that it was worthless by November.
However, also on this very day ten years ago at Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro, MO, a young lady by the name of Christine was handed her first ever defeat in a mid-card contest at the hands of a debuting wrestler to Gateway Championship Wrestling. That wrestler was MsChif.
Rachel Collins had been asked by her colleague at her human genetics job – the role she had before going into microbiology – what she would love to do more than anything. Concluding that it would be to learn to wrestle, she decided to train at at GCW under the tutelage of Johnny Greenpeace (who was the tough trainer) and Jack Adonis (who was the comic relief), with the black-metal-banshee character naturally evolving while she was learning her craft. Even though she never believed that she would wrestle outside of St Louis, MsChif would go on to win a shedload of top championships including the SHIMMER title, the NWA World Women’s Title and the NWA Midwest/IWA Mid-South Women’s Title – which she held all at one time during 2008 and 2009 – as well as winning ChickFight IV and being ranked 4th in the PWI Female Fifty for 2009.
When asked for comment, MsChif told Ringbelles: “It’s crazy to think I’ve been wrestling for 10 years now. It doesn’t feel like it’s been so long. Wrestling has brought on some very amazing times, places and people. I couldn’t imagine life without wrestling.”
It’s especially remarkable that MsChif has enjoyed such success when you consider she holds down a high-pressure, full-time job as a microbiologist as well as pulling on the green and black gear at weekends to wrestle all over the country. Luckily, she has an understanding boss who is not only accepting of it, but also gets a kick out of knowing that he employs a successful professional wrestler.
Although we covered her career in detail during episode 23 of the Women of Wrestling Podcast last month, it’s worth noting the large body of work that MsChif has accrued over the last decade. As well as forging her way through GCW in her early years against Daizee Haze, she made her way to IWA:MS and tore up buildings with Mickie Knuckles and Haze, starting out as a heel but eventually having to turn babyface because fans got so much of a kick out of her loner, take-no-prisoners, mist-everyone attitude, which eventually led her to the NWA Midwest/IWA:MS Women’s Championship by beating Haze on May 7, 2005.
18 months later, MsChif won the NWA World Women’s Title for the first time by defeating Christie Ricci in January 2007, but lost it to Amazing Kong in May before regaining the belt in September. She held the title for 818 days before dropping it to Tasha Simone in July 2010.
In that time, she also became one of the original stars of SHIMMER: Women Athletes, defeating Cheerleader Melissa on volume one and proceeding to battle against her until volume 6, before teaming with her and being part of one of the greatest matches in the promotion’s history – MelissChif v the Dangerous Angels on volume 17 in 2008. That same night, MsChif won the SHIMMER Championship by pinning Sara Del Rey and kicking off a 715 day reign, ending when she was pinned by current champion Madison Eagles on volume 31.
Along the way, she’s had her fair share of injuries too. MsChif has no ACLs in her leg – which is why those massive knee braces are necessary – and suffered a torn labrum and torn rotator cuff in her shoulder just minutes before the SHIMMER tapings last October. It was very soon after her return from that ailment early this year that she went down with another injury during an AAW show in Berwyn in April – a lateral collateral ligament and her popliteal muscle, as well as experiencing a slight tear in her meniscus. Though it didn’t require surgery, it would keep her on the shelf until her 10 year anniversary in wrestling at the earliest. As it turned out, it just wouldn’t heal up in time.
MsChif has told Ringbelles that her leg is now at 90%, which indicates that it shouldn’t be too long until we see The Boss back in the ring, screaming at poor souls and misting the odd victim before dropping them on their heads with the Descecrator. In fact, she is booked to defend her NWA Midwest Women’s Championship on August 12 for Dynamo Pro Wrestling in Glen Garbon, IL against Stacey O’Brien.
We would encourage you to have a listen to the WOW Podcast, as it’s a frank and open discussion about all sorts of topics. It’s one of our best episodes, so download it and give it a shot. After all, it’s free, so what have you got to lose?
Meanwhile, we wish her a happy 10th anniversary and look forward to seeing her back in the ring.
The best of the rest
Jillian Hall has started writing her autobiography. I hope she covers her OVW days in huge detail… Sarah “Sarita” Stock wrestled on the Impact tapings wearing a mask. Clearly TNA cared about her facial paralysis that she suffered in Mexico… Diana wrestler Ayako Sato will be taking time off from ring action after announcing that she’s 3 months pregnant… Rima Fakih’s spoken out on her Twitter about fellow Tough Enough reject Ariane Andrew being signed to a WWE developmental deal, saying she doesn’t know wrestling and isn’t a fan. Andrew responded, calling it a “cheap shot”… Sweet Saraya’s World Association of Women’s Wrestling will hold its comeback show on November 19 in Norwich, UK… LuFisto had surgery to close a hole in her heart on Thursday and was discharged from hospital the following day. The hole in her heart was FOUR times bigger than doctors had expected – 20mm instead of 5mm. She’ll return to the ring in a month… Serena Deeb and Makoto have progressed to the semi finals of the SMASH Divas Title tournament. Kana and Syuri are already there. Looking at the matches for August 11 (Kana v Syuri and Serena v Makoto) it appears it’ll be a Serena v Kana final… Hiroyo Matsumoto celebrated 5 years since her debut on Saturday… Mickie James described Mari Apache as fat during her most recent visit to AAA. Considering she was personally hurt by WWE’s “Piggie James” storyline last year, I find it very ironic that she went along with this… April Davids broke her finger while training with Ice Ribbon. She had it strapped up and wrestled Hikaru Shida the next day. After the match, Shida and Davids agreed to become a tag team… Estrellita challenged Amapola for the CMLL Women’s Title, but the champ said she wasn’t on her level… The new agent for the WWE Divas is apparently Jamie Noble… New Zealand wrestler Just Plain Evil (JPE) joins fellow Kiwis Megan-Kate, Evie and Britenay for PWWA’s show on September 3… The Bella Twins attacked some fans on Twitter who criticised Brie’s match against Kelly Kelly at Money in the Bank… Courtney Rush’s new film Monster Brawl premieres at the Fanstasia Film Festival in Montreal on Saturday… Rachel Summerlyn’s really racking up the titles in Anarchy Championship Wrestling. As well as being the ACW Tag Team Champion and American Joshi Queen of Queens, she won the ACW Televised Championship on Sunday in a bloodbath… Former RQW Women’s Champion and two-time ChickFight finalist Eden Black gave birth to a boy on Sunday night. Mother and baby are said to be doing well. Congratulations to her and husband, fellow former wrestler JP Munroe… WWE developmental signee Tenille Tayla isn’t reporting to FCW just yet – she’s getting surgery on her shoulder because it keeps dislocating. It’s a similar injury that Mercedes Martinez had when she was offered a WWE deal and turned it down. Tenille should be cleared by the end of the year.
July 13: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Emi Sakura b Maki Narumiya; April Davids b Dorami Nagano; Chii Tomiya & Ribbon Takanashi b Mochi Miyagi & Shinobu; Neko Nitta b Tsukasa Fujimoto and Hikaru Shida in a 3-way
July 13: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Isabella Smothers b Solo Darling
July 14: WWE Superstars (Boston, MA) – Beth Phoenix b Maryse
July 14: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Tara b Madison Rayne
July 15: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola, Princess Sugei & Tiffany b Estrellita, Goya Kong & Marcela
July 15: Squared Circle Wrestling (Watertown, NY) – Sara Del Rey b Portia Perez
July 15: WWE SmackDown (Uncasville, CT) – Kelly Kelly b Rosa Mendes
July 15: Big Time Wrestling (Newark, CA) – Amber O’Neal b Davina Rose
July 15: SMASH (Tokyo, Japan) – Serena Deeb b Tomoka Nakagawa; Makoto b Chii Tomiya; Ultimo Drago, Kazu Hayashi & Ray b Hajime Ohara, Gamma & Io Shirai; Yoshiaki Fujiwara, FUNAKI & Kana b Genichiro Tenryu, TAJIRI & Syuri
July 16: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Chii Tomiya b Mochi Miyagi; Dorami Nagano & Neko Nitta b Emi Sakura & Maki Narumiya; Hikaru Shida b April Davids; Makoto b Tsukushi
July 16: Southern Illinois Championship Wrestling (East Carondolet, IL) – Lucy Mendez b Stacy O’Brien
July 16: Vendetta Pro Wrestling (Atascadero, CA) – Amber O’Neal b Buggy
July 16: Indygurlz (Perth, Australia) – Kellie Skater b Bombshell Bo to win the Indygurlz Australia title
July 16: Diana (Iwaki, Japan) – Keiko Aono b Ryo Mizunami; Cherry b Jenny Rose; Kagetu b DASH Chisako; Aja Kong b Sendai Sachiko; Kaoru Ito & Aya Yuki b Kyoko Inoue & Keiko Aono
July 16: Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews b Taya Valkyrie
July 16: AAA (Veracruz, Mexico) – Argos, Fabi Apache & Pimpinela Escarlata b Sexy Star, Súper Fly & Yuriko
July 17: UK Wrestling (Wakefield, England) – Jemma Palmer b Kandy Leigh to win the UKW Women’s Championship
June 17: Futureshock Wrestling (Stockport, England) – TAFKA becky James b Charlotte Quinn
June 17: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Rachel Summerlyn b Scot Summers to win the Anarchy Televised Championship; Lillie Mae b Amanda Fox, Athena & Angel Blue in a 4-way
July 17: WWE Money in the Bank (Chicago, IL) – Kelly Kelly b Brie Bella
July 18: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Manami Katsu b Mika Iida; Kayoko Haruyama & masu-me b Command Bolshoi & Yagami Aoi; Leon & Hanako Nakamori b Tomoko Morii & Jaguar Yokota; Sachie Abe b Misaki Ohata; Kaori Yoneyama & Tsubasa Kuragaki b Hailey Hatred & KAZUKI
July 19: WWE Raw (Green Bay, WI) – AJ, Beth Phoenix, Eve Torres, Gail Kim, Kaitlyn, Kelly Kelly & Natalya b Alicia Fox, Maryse, Melina, Rosa Mendes, Tamina & the Bella Twins
July 23: PROWL Wrestling (Brisbane, Australia) – Niki Nitro v Baby Devine
July 24: STARDOM (Chiba Blue Field, Japan) – Saki Kashima & Eri Susa v Mayu Iwatani & Arisa Hoshiki; Haruka v Kenny Omega; Yoko Bito v TBA; Nanae Takahashi vs. Mercedes Martinez; Yuzuki Aikawa v Yoshiko; Leon v Natsuki*Taiyo; Bito-TBA winner v Takahashi-Martinez winner.
July 24: AAA (Tulancingo, Mexico) – Argos & Lolita v Sexy Star & Tito Santana
July 24: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Hiroyo Matsumoto & Tomoka Makagawa v Meiko Satomura & Sonoko Kato
July 24: Indygurlz (Newark, NJ) – Sumie Sakai v Sara Del Rey; Annie Social v Jana
July 29: AIW Girls Night Out (Lakewood, OH) – Jessicka Havok v Angel Dust; Roxie Cotton v Portia Perez; Mickie Knuckles v Allysin Kay; Super Oprah v Sara Del Rey
July 30: CHIKARA (Reading, PA) – Mima Shimoda, Portia Perez & Tsukasa Fujimoto v Sara Del Rey, Daizee Haze & Makoto
July 31: CHIKARA (Philadelphia, PA) – Sara Del Rey v Claudio Castagnoli; Tsukasa Fujimoto v Makoto
August 4: Freak Show Wrestling (Las Vegas, NV) – Tab Jackson v Shelly Martinez
August 6: Women Superstars Uncensored (Union City, NJ) – Mercedes Martinez v Lexxus; Amy Lee v Brittney Savage; Annie Social v Serena Deeb; Jessicka Havok v Alicia; Sassy Stephie v Amber; Niya v Allisyn Kay v Marti Belle v Tina San Antonio; The Soul Sisters v Monique & Jennifer Cruz; Rain v Roxie Cotton; Barbie v Nikki Styx
August 7: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Live Oak, TX) – ACH v Rachel Summerlyn
August 11: SMASH (Tokyo, Japan) – Makoto v Serena; Syuri v Kana
August 12: Dynamo Pro Wrestling (Glen Garbon, IL) – MsChif v Stacy O’Brien
August 13: SWS Pro Wrestling (Malmo, Sweden) – Jenny Sjodin v Aurora Flame
September 3: Pro Wrestling Women’s Alliance (Sydney, Australia) – Madison Eagles v Jessie McKay v Nicole Matthews
September 17: IndyGurlz (Boonton, NJ) – Mercedes Martinez v (Portia Perez selection)
September 24: IndyGurlz (Shrewsbury, MA) – Sara Del Rey v Mercedes Martinez
October 1 & 2: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
October 8 and 9: Pro Wrestling: EVE v Ice Ribbon (Doncaster, UK)
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– Lee Burton