The last week has seen the continued downfall of two women who were among the most popular females in the wrestling in the mid-to-late 1990s.
Starting with wrestler-turned-porn star Chyna, who collapsed three times between Thursday and Saturday while in Miami Beach, FL for the 2012 Exxxotica Expo, where she was promoting her latest appearance in a skin flick, playing She Hulk in a porn parody of The Avengers. The first incident happened on Thursday when she passed out in the Catalina hotel’s pool at the Expo’s launch party and was asked to return to her hotel room to sleep it off. But all Chyna did was recover for another assault on the bar the following day.
The following morning, the former WWE Intercontinental and Women’s Champion passed out at the convention itself, right in front of the main stage. After being checked out by paramedics, the 41-year old was helped back to her hotel room for more rest and relaxation – and she needed that help, as video footage posted on TMZ showed that she was in no condition to walk unaided. One day later, she was back, and was seen slumped in the lobby. She was taken to Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach after the third incident, and did not return to the event.
Now, I’m not writing this to poke fun at or mock Chyna. On the contrary, this is a plea for her to reassess her life.
Before her one-off in-ring comeback at TNA Sacrifice a year ago, word had gone around that she was planning to move to Japan and teach English as a foreign language – something that I fully supported. It would be a good career for her to be part of, would make a positive difference in people’s lives and could see her slip away from the spotlight that was eating her alive. After all, she had taken part in a very public rehabilitation on Celebrity Rehab in 2008 which she took part in after admitting that drugs had seen her life spiral out of control – she claimed she was in the middle of her drug use when her sex tape, later released as One Night In Chyna was filmed. Before Celebrity Rehab, she had undergone private rehab after a revealing interview with Howard Stern where she said she didn’t want to do drugs anymore, but if a line of cocaine was put in front of her, she would have to have it.
Unfortunately, her appearance on the show was a failure, as she said she didn’t consider herself an addict, and in the limbo period between Christmas and New Year in 2008, she was admitted to hospital after her birthday party with cuts on her arms and legs.
However, Chyna’s TNA return came to an abrupt end when it was revealed that before the PPV, she had filmed a porn video for Vivid Entertainment – the same company which produced the Avengers spoof – which killed any interest by TNA in any repeat bookings. She had burned her wrestling bridge, and the only real spotlight she could stand under was the porn one – and if there is one place she should not be right now, it’s shooting porn films.
Now, this isn’t a piece where I go into a moral dialogue about the rights or wrongs of pornography. However, like wrestling, it can feature a lot of people who are insecure, and possibly in it for the wrong reasons – rebellion, seeking validation, a quick buck and then get sucked deeper into the black hole, there are a number of them. For someone who isn’t secure in who they are, the reasons for doing it and with a sound exit strategy, it can eat that person up. This appears to be what has happened to Chyna – she has found a people who she thinks will accept her, but seem to be more intent of getting what they can out her name and celebrity instead of looking out for her best interests. After all, passing out in the pool on the launch night could be put down to overdoing it, but after passing out the following morning at the convention is a massive warning beacon – nobody should be that wasted in the morning. It’s sad that at a time when she clearly can’t seem to help herself, others aren’t offering to help her out.
For Chyna, the spotlight of celebrity that she is so keen to bask in is burning and scarring her, and for her own good, it may be best to step away from it. She is not going to sort out any implied alcohol and/or substance abuse issues while in an industry where many women have been taken down by the same problems. It may mean that she has to stop being the Chyna that others may want her to be, and it may mean that she has to be strong to refuse large cash offers from wrestling promotions and porn companies, but that’s a small price to pay to live to a ripe old age. The sad thing is that Chyna looks like she is set to become another wrestling tragedy, and I hope she can avoid that happening.
Speaking of seemingly falling off the rails, Tammy Lynn Sytch no showed an in-studio radio appearance in Philadelphia last Wednesday. VOC Nation sent a car to her house to pick her up, but nobody answered the door.
According to Lords Of Pain, this is the seventh scheduled appearance that the former Sunny has missed since March. American Icon Autographs have stated that they have no intention of working with her again after she missed the WrestleReunion show in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in April, marking the third time that she had done the dip on them. Last month, she also missed three dates for an event in Maine. Both incidents cited “personal issues” or “personal demons” as the reason for her inability to attend.
The WWE Hall Of Famer announced her engagement to her boyfriend at the end of last year, not long after she allegedly asked former ECW star New Jack to kill her ex. At the time she announced her impending nuptials, she said she was looking to get out of wrestling. However, like Chyna, I imagine the pull of easy money for a night’s work is hard to turn down, especially when it allows you to grab a piece of past glory for another night under the lights with fans cheering your name.
The problem is that stability does not seem to be Tammy’s strong point either. At the tail end of last year, the 39-year old tweeted pictures of a number of injuries to her nose, forehead, wrist and foot when she fell down an escalator. She had to go to the hospital to get stitches. She claimed the fall was down to her taking antibiotics for a viral infection. She has mentioned on her Facebook on a number of occasions that she had been hospitalised, and last month said that she suffered a concussion and a black eye after “taking a bad fall a week ago in the rain.” This seems to be a lot of medical issues for someone to deal with.
Clearly, there is no hard or fast proof that Sytch is suffering from any drug or alcohol issues, but the term “personal demons” is one which wrestling fans will have seen plenty of time before and can have an educated guess as to what it means. As with Chyna, I hope that Tammy can reach some level of peace in her life, though I think the magnetic attraction of easy money will make things hard. I’d love to see both of them negotiate themselves off the road down which they are travelling.
There is a SHIMMER affiliate promotion on the cards, emanating from Florida, and being guided by two SHIMMER alumni.
Lexie Fyfe and Daffney are part of an as-yet unnamed promotion, joined by and former FIP promoter (and longtime SHIMMER DVD editor) Sal Hamaoui, and will produce monthly iPPVs on Hamaoui’s WWN website from July 20, featuring women from the SHIMMER roster as well as other talent who are in the state to shoot for Fyfe’s Slammin’ Ladies website, giving women more opportunities to wrestle.
It’s not strictly linked with SHIMMER, but will follow the same storylines, which should break up the wait between tapings, considering they only happen twice a year. It may also give less experienced names a chance to be noticed with the pull of the SHIMMER name, and may see them ascend to the main roster for the Berwyn shows. We will be interested to see how it develops.
On a SHIMMER related note, all the front row seats for both days of the next weekend of DVD tapings at the end of September sold out in five hours – and on a Daffney related note, her worker’s compensation lawsuit against TNA is still ongoing. It’s been about 15 months now.
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May 12: Vendetta Pro Wrestling (Santa Maria, CA) – Mario Banks, Mike Menace, Jeremy Jaeger & Terra Calaway b Bo Cooper, Sledge, J.D. Horror & Crystal Michelle
May 15: CMLL (Guadelajara, Mexico) – Estrellita b Amapola
May 15: Florida Underground Wrestling (Largo, FL) – Mercedes Justine b Jessie Belle Smothers
May 16: Pro Wrestling WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Yumi Ohka & Yuu Yamagata b Ryo Mizunami & Aya Yuki; Sakura Hirota b Sawako Shimono; Hanako Nakamori b Cherry; Ayako Hamada b Hamuko Hoshi; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Misaki Ohata; Ayumi Kurihara b Shuu Shibutani
May 16: Zero1 (Tokyo, Japan) – Hiroyo Matsumoto b Yuhi
May 16: Gatoh Move (Bangkok, Thailand) – Emi Sakura b Kaori Yoneyama
May 16: WWE NXT (Hershey, PA) – Kaitlyn b Maxine
May 17: TNA (Hattiesburg, MS) – Velvet Sky b Angelina Love
May 17: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Gail Kim b Brooke Tessmacher & Velvet Sky in a 3-way
May 17: Fight Club Finland (Mantta-Vilppula, Finland) – Aurora Flame & Dr No b Sara Elektra & Vili Luupaa; Jessica Love b Ricky Vendetta & Oselotti in a 3-way
May 18: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukushi & Maki Narumiya b Hikaru Shida & Dorami Nagano; Tsukasa Fujimoto b Hamuko Hoshi
May 18: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Estrellita & Goya Kong b La Seductora, Princesa Sugheit & Tiffany via DQ
May 18: World Wide Wrestling League & Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Stirling, Scotland) – Nikki Storm b Sara Marie Taylor
May 18: New York Wrestling Connection (Deer Park, NY) – Nikki Syxx v Sara Del Rey went to a time limit draw
May 18: Acid City Championship Wrestling (Blackburn, England) – Kay Lee Ray b Jenny Sjodin
May 18: In Your Face Wrestling (Amsterdam, NY) – Mistress Belmont b Barbie
May 18: TNA (Jackson, MS) – Velvet Sky b Angelina Love
May 18: NWA Premier Ascension (Chapmanville, WV) – Nevaeh b Lil Naughty
May 18: Florida Championship Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Sofia Cortez b Audrey Marie & Paige in a 3-way
May 19: WWE (Florence, SC) – Layla b Beth Phoenix
May 19: CLASH Wrestling (Taylor, MI) – Mena Libra b Tyler Elkins
May 19: Kaientai Dojo (Chiba, Japan) – La Commandante, Princesa Blanca & Sujei b Aki Kanbayashi, Bambi & Dallys la Caribena
May 19: Impact Pro Wrestling (Hamilton, New Zealand) – Britenay b Megan-Kate
May 19: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) -Tsukushi b Meari Naito; Hikari Minami b Miyako Matsumoto; Dorami Nagano b Kurumi & Hamuko Hoshi; Maki Narumiya & Aki Shizuku b Hikaru Shida & Tsukasa Fujimoto
May 19: Crossfire Entertainment (Nashville, TN) – Jessicka Havok b Reby Sky
May 19: Remix Pro Wrestling (Marietta, OH) – Velvet Sky b Sassy Stephie
May 19: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – MsChif b Jordan McEntyre
May 19: Victory Pro Wrestling (Centereach, NY) – Rosita b Jillian Hall
May 19: Vendetta Pro Wrestling (King City, CA) – Davina Rose b NY Knockout Nikki
May 19: Squared Circle Wrestling (Ithaca, NY) – Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks b Dick Justice & Pete D. Order
May 19: AAA (Chilpancingo, Mexico) – Sexy Star b Mari Apache, Fabi Apache & Lolita
May 19: Chaotic Wrestling (Fitchburg, MA) – Alexxis Nevaeh b Nikki Roxx
May 19: Lucha Fan Fest (Mexico City, Mexico) – Io Shirai & Keira b Chika Tormenta & Vaquerita
May 19: CHIKARA (Easton, PA) – Meiko Satomura & Kagetsu b DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko; Jigsaw, Shane Matthews, Green Ant & Sara Del Rey b Eddie Kingston, Scott Parker, Soldier Ant & Saturyne
May 20: JWP (Yokohama, Japan) – Arisa Nakajima & Manami Katsu b Leon & Rabbit Mito; Nakajima b Mito; Ryuji Ito & Kankuro Hoshino b Abdullah Kobayashi & Tsubasa Kuragaki; Command Bolshoi b Emi Sakura; Kayoko Haruyama & KAZUKI b Hanako Nakamori & Morley
May 20: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Mayu Iwatani b Natsumi Showzuki; Natsuki*Taiyo b Saki Kashima; Yoshiko & Act Yasukawa b Hiroyo Matsumoto & Yuuri Haruka; Nanae Takahashi, Miho Wakizawa & Eri Susa b Yuzuki Aikawa, Yoko Bito & Kairi Hojo; Arisa Hoshiki v Yuusaku went to a time limit draw
May 20: OZ Academy (Tokyo, Japan) – Nao Komatsu b Sareee; Carlos Amano v Manami Toyota went to a time limit draw; Aja Kong & Tsubasa Kuragaki b Ran Yu Yu & Ryo Mizunami; Yumi Ohka b Sonoko Kato; AKINO & Tomoka Nakagawa & Ayumi Kurihara b Chikayo Nagashima & Mayumi Ozaki & Hiroyo Matsumoto
May 20: OSAKA Women’s Pro Wrestling (Osaka, Japan) – Sakura Hirota b Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru; Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru b Sakura Hirota; Sakura Hirota v Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru ended in a draw; Policewoman & Ray b Benten-Musume & Nyamber; Misaki Guriko b Mika Iida; Kana & Shuu Shibutani b Yuu Yamagata & Aya Yuki; GAMI b Sawako Shimono
May 20: CHIKARA (Manhattan, NY) – Sara Del Rey b Meiko Satomura; Kagetsu b Saturyne; DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko b Bravado Brothers
May 20: WWE Over The Limit (Raleigh, NC) – Layla b Beth Phoenix
May 20: International Wrestling Cartel (Newell, WV) – Marti Belle b Sassy Stephie
May 20: QWEST (Kissimmee, FL) – Angelina Love b Leva Bates
May 20: United Wrestling Federation (Georgetown, KY) – Amazing Maria b Aleida Ortiz
May 20: Rebellious Wrestling Federation (Sterling, IL) – Melanie Cruise b Nikki St John; Ryan Howe & Melanie Cruise b Trevor Blanchard & Ruff Crossing
May 21: WWE (Richmond, VA) – Beth Phoenix b Kelly Kelly
May 24: Wrestling New Classic (Tokyo, Japan) – Yoshiaki Yago, Tomoka Nakagawa & Josh O’Brien v Ultimo Dragon, Lin Byron & Yusuke Kodama; Kana & Syuri v Riho & Makoto
May 25: Brew City Wrestling (West Allis, WI) – Stacy Shadows v Melissa Coates
May 26: Riot City Wrestling (North Adelaide, FL) – Miami v Savannah Summers
May 26: Fighting Spirit Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Kimber Lee v Saturyne
May 26: All-Star Wrestling (Hope, BC, Canada) – Raven Lake v Kc Spinelli
May 26: United States Wrestling Alliance (Mansfield, OH) – Nevaeh v Sassy Stephie
May 26: Wrestling New Classic (Osaka, Japan) – Kana v Makoto ; AKIRA, Syuri & Kouji Doi v The Bodyguard, Tomoka Nakagawa & Josh O’Brien; Takuya Kito & Lin Byron v HAYATA & Mio Shirai
May 26: Showtime Wrestling Alliance (Cardiff, Australia) – Aurora v Cobey Starr
May 26: New Horizons Pro Wrestling (Freemantle, Australia) – Kellie Skater v Shazza McKenzie
May 27: Wrestling New Classic (Hiroshima, Japan) – Lin Byron & TBA vs. Makoto & SEIKI
May 27: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Live Oak, TX) – Su Yung v Angel Blue; Su Yung v Rachel Summerlyn
May 27: FutureShock 59 (Stockport, England) – Jenny Sjodin v The Artiste Formerly Known As Becky James; Holly Blossom v Hannah Blossom
May 27: Wrestling New Classic (Hiroshima, Japan) – Tajiri, Mikey Whipwreck & Kana v Dave Finlay, AKIRA & Syuri
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June 2: NWA Hammerlock (Tonbridge, England) – Jenny Sjodin v Rhia O’Reilly
June 2: Pro Wrestling Syndicate (Rahway, NJ) – Brittney Savage v Alexxis Nevaeh
June 2: PROWL Wrestling (Cleveland, Australia) – Storm & Alex Lee v Michelle Hasluck & Baby Devine
June 2: CHIKARA (Philadelphia, PA) – Sara Del Rey & Saturyne v Obariyon, Kodama & Kobald
June 2: East Coast Wrestling Association (Newark, DE) – Tina San Antonio v Jessie Kaye
June 2: Northern Championship Wrestling (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Kalamity v Portia Perez
June 9: Neo Spirit Pro Wrestling (Niagara Falls, ONT, Canada) – Cherry Bomb & Leah Von Dutch v Courtney Rush & Jennifer Blake
June 9: Newcastle Pro Wrestling (New Lambton, Australia) – Shazza McKenzie v Jessie McKay
June 9: Family Wrestling Entertainment (New York, NY) – Maria Kanellis v Jillian Hall
June 9: Mega Championship Wrestling (Elyria, OH) – Angeldust v Thunderkitty
June 15: Pro Wrestling Alliance (Camden, Australia) – Evie v Kellie Skater; Jessie McKay v Shazza McKenzie
June 16: Women Superstars Uncensored “Uncensored Rumble V” (Deer Park, NY) – Jessicka Havok v Mercedes Martinez; Sassy Stephie v Brittney Savage; Alicia v Lexxus; Kalamity v Sweet Cherrie; Tina San Antonio v Annie Social
June 17: World Association of Women’s Wrestling (Costessey, England)
June 17: Union (Kitazawa, Japan) – Cherry v Yuko Miyamoto
June 17: JWP (Tokyo, Japan) – Kaori Yoneyama & Emi Sakura v Arisa Nakajima & Manami Katsu
June 24: Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen of Queens (Live Oak, TX)
June 30: World Wrestling Council (Bayamon, Puerto Rico) – Melina v Mickie James
July 1: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Allysin Kay v Mia Yim
July 7: nCw Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Portia Perez & Nicole Matthews v Sweet Cherrie & Cherry Bomb; Kalamity v Sara Del Rey; Jessicka Havok, Allysin Kay & Sassy Stephie v Courtney Rush, TBA & TBA
July 13: Squared Circle Wrestling (Watertown, NY) – Mickie James v Rachel Summerlyn
July 14: Pro Wrestling: EVE (Sudbury, England) – Alpha Female v Nikki Storm
September 16: World Association of Women’s Wrestling (Norwich, England)
September 29-30: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
November 3: nCw Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
– Lee Burton