Seeing as we are halfway through the year, it’s worth a look at the movers and shakers of the last six months. We have sat down over some Coke Slurpees and come up with a list of wrestlers whose stock his increased in that time – essentially, who is more valuable now than they were one January 1? And with that, we start with one who is a bit of a no-brainer…
Rolling into 2012, Jessicka Havok was on a tear – one of the reasons why Ringbelles named her as the Breakout Star of 2011 last December. Leader of the Midwest Militia, in possession of the Women Superstars Uncensored Spirit Championship and sporting an enviable undefeated steak in singles competition in the promotion, the then 25-year old from Massillon, OH had everything going her way.
Things continued along that path with the first WSU show of the year on January 21 when she retained the belt against Becky Bayless but then lost in the six-woman main event alongside Militia team-mates Sassy Stephie and Allysin Kay to Alicia, Brittney Savage and Traci Brooks, though she was not the one who was pinned.
From there came Havok’s shining moment of her career on March 3 when she defeated rival Mercedes Martinez to take the WSU Championship, ending Mercedes’ reign of close to three years and making herself a double champion in the process. At that moment, no female wrestler in North America was worth more than her. Nobody.
A couple of demolitions of Marti Belle to retain her Spirit Title followed in April, but her run of form hit a speed bump when she was defeated by Martinez in their WSU Championship rematch on the first of April 28′s double DVD taping, but regained the belt less than three hours later in the second taping when she turned the Martinez/Brittney Savage title match into a triple threat and pinned Mercedes to make herself a two time titleholder, after Savage had done the damage. The feud between Havok and Martinez was finally laid to rest (so to speak) last month at the Uncensored Rumble V iPPV, when Havok – after losing the Spirit Championship to Belle in the opening match of the show following a Fisherman Buster from Martinez – retained the WSU title in a casket match in the main event, following unexpected interference from Martinez’s rival in nCw Femmes Fatales, LuFisto – which now puts Jessicka firmly at the top of the heap in the promotion.
Havok’s run as WSU Champion hasn’t been as steady and unaffected as her rise to the top, but on paper, she has vanquished the threat of Martinez, which is the biggest bragging right that she can lay claim to, considering so many others tried and failed over a period of 35 months. She has pinned Mercedes twice, defeated her three times and also given her the dubious moniker of being the shortest reigning WSU titleholder, as well as the longest. From here, Havok faces a somewhat uncertain future as champion. There is the challenge of Lexxus to her title, considering she won the Uncensored Rumble match, and Marti Belle may be granted a shot at the big one, considering she defeated Jessicka for the Spirit Title – though Havok had things well in hand before the interference of Martinez.
The perception of Havok in 2012 is that she is the woman to beat, no matter whether she is a regular to the promotion, or is the newcomer. For example, at last week’s Anarchy Championship Wrestling American Joshi Queen Of Queens tournament, she made her way to the final by putting away ACW regulars Lady Poison and the face of the division Rachel Summerlyn along the way. That’s a lot of respect to give to someone who has never been in ACW before, and was immediately built up to be a monster before falling to Athena, but it took two O-Face diving stunners from the eventual Queen Of Queens to get the win – the decisive one coming with the use of a steel chair. Meanwhile, Havok’s relationship with Maria Kanellis has seen her procure regular bookings in Crossfire Entertainment in Tennessee, seeing her defeat her partner Kay, as well as Angel Dust and Reby Sky, while raising the ire of boss lady Kanellis in the process, who isn’t enamoured by Jessicka’s lack of sportsmanship and an aversion to adhere to the rules.
That rebellious attitude carries over onto the social media platforms, as Havok (now 26) has established herself as someone to follow on Twitter, because you are never far away from someone or something being in the path of her fireball of rage. Fiercely loyal to her friends, she will defend them to the end, and woe betide anyone who gets in her way, as they face the full force of her anger – and much like the title she holds, it is uncensored. Some may argue that her online outbursts make her a handful, divisive or problematic, but on the flip side, you could also argue that she is a quintessential worker, keeping the Havok character and brand going 24 hours a day. Moreover, she is valuable, as promoters know that she is a talking point and is a draw which can sell tickets. For that reason, Jessicka Havok is in a much more marketable position now than she was six months ago – and for the wrestling business, where it can be difficult to stand out from the pack, that is a good thing.
- Lee Burton