Over the last week, we have given you our rundown on the seven wrestlers who have raised their stock in the last six months, all of whom have done so in various ways (and you can read about them all right here). However, as with all lists, there is always some discussion about whether the right choices were made. Believe us when we tell you that there was quite a bit of conversation on who should get the article treatment, as there were a number of names who were considered. With that, we bring you the ones who were on the list because of their achievements, but didn’t make the final cut…
• Miss Tessmacher should be very happy with her standing at the moment. Knockouts Champion, defeating longest-reigning titleholder Gail Kim to do it, and has a knack for wrestling. Needs more ring time, but she’s doing well for herself.
• Taeler Hendrix has gone from a vanilla babyface OVW Women’s Champion who wasn’t getting much TV time, to being an oppressive, heel girlfriend and also securing a contract with TNA. Fine work for the 23-year old redhead.
• With debuts at Femmes Fatales and SHIMMER, Rhia O’Reilly has gone intercontinental. Oh really…?
• Veda Scott‘s rookie year saw her form a fun team with Shazza McKenzie in SHIMMER, make her mark on AIW’s Girls Night Out shows and work as the backstage interviewer for Ring Of Honor, all while securing a law degree. Kudos.
• Hikaru Shida has had a solid run as Ice Ribbon‘s ICEx60 Champion, and is also half of the REINA x WORLD Tag Champions with Tsukasa Fujimoto. She has also held the International Ribbon Tag Team Title in that time, and main evented Bull Nakano‘s retirement show against Yuzuki Aikawa. Expect more success from the 24-year old in 2012.
• Thrilling matches in SHIMMER, debuting in Women Superstars Uncensored and defending the nCw Femmes Fatales International Championship against the likes of Mercedes Martinez and Portia Perez? Yep, Kalamity‘s reputation is spreading.
• Nikki Storm‘s unbeaten run in Pro Wrestling: EVE continues after winning a one-night tournament to earn a shot at the promotion’s Championship, and has had big opinions in her articles on this very site. Lots more people know who she is these days…
• Considering Emi Sakura had no fixed plans for her next move after leaving Ice Ribbon in January, she must be happy with her life right now. One half of the JWP Tag Team Champions and training up men and women in Thailand under her new Gatoh Move promotion, this is a woman who keeps busy.
• She won the hearts of fans at SHIMMER with her antics, won the Tag Team Championship and secured her return to NEO Spirit Pro Wrestling as part of her ongoing feud with Cherry Bomb. Courtney Rush is a fine addition to any roster.
• Aleida Ortiz debuted in OVW after moving to Louisville to train, won the UWF Vixens Championship and is wrestling on a weekly basis. She’s progressing rather nicely.
• After packing up to move to America to train with CHIKARA and CZW, Shazza McKenzie found herself booked for IndyGurlz and SHIMMER, won over a wealth of new fans and impressed many with her attitude, demeanour, work ethic and skill.
• Penelope is a hot prospect for 2012. Her confidence and repertoire is growing with each WAWW, and had a great match with Destiny at the promotion’s most recent show.
• Kimber Lee has burst onto the scene this year, thrilling audiences in WSU and AIW, and has made her Japanese debut already, wrestling on the original REINA‘s final show in May. She has also formed a tandem with Annie Social in WSU with a very crude acronym.
• Finally, Mia Yim, who is desperately unlucky to have not made the list. She has completed more tours in Japan for REINA and REINA x WORLD, made it to the top of the card in AIW’s Girls Night Out shows, raised her profile in SHIMMER and completed her battle of the sexes with Greg Excellent in CZW by beating him in a TLC match. However, many of her achievements (especially the Japan and SHIMMER aspects) were surpassed by Kellie Skater, which is why she didn’t make the final cut, though that should not take away from her accomplishments, which are very impressive.
– Lee Burton