It has been seven amazing days for New Zealand’s Evie.
After becoming the first ever Impact Pro Wrestling Women’s Champion last Saturday by beating Britenay and Megan-Kate in a triple threat match, she has added another title to her cabinet by capturing the PWWA Interim Championship at today’s Call To Arms event in Casula, Australia, defeating Jessie McKay in the tournament final. The Auckland native made it to today’s main event by defeating her BFF Megan-Kate in the quarter-finals, then seeing off Kellie Skater in a rematch from last September’s PWWA event.
According to the running commentary being tweeted by our friends at NHB Girls, the match started with a technical display, but broke down into a fight when both women agreed to let everything fly – and fly they did, with Evie managing to score a big hit on McKay with a top rope dive to the outside. Back in the ring, the frenetic pace continued with Jessie looking for a submission victory but was frustrated when her opponent made it to the ropes. Fighting back, Evie scored with her TTYL finisher (Go To Sleep) but was shocked when McKay managed to kick out at two for a heart-stopping near-fall. McKay dug deep, applied her octopus stretch to try and get the tap out, but Evie broke free, and nailed a second TTYL for the pinfall to claim the title.
Earlier this month, we asked Evie which title win would mean more to her, and she was very diplomatic with the answer, saying that IPW is her home promotion, so to be the first Women’s Champion would be a great thrill – but the PWWA Title has a lineage of great titleholders like Skater, McKay (who’s won it twice) and Madison Eagles, and to hold that belt would also be a great boost for her profile. In the end, she managed to achieve all of her goals, winning two tournaments over back to back weekends, and thrusting her name well into the spotlight shone on great female wrestlers.
In the interview, we also posed the prospect of a possible PWWA unification match between the winner of the Interim Tournament and reigning champion Madison Eagles, who is still out with a knee injury but is looking to be back in the ring by the end of the year. That flustered and thrilled her in equal measures – should Evie be able to hold onto the belt, that prospect may become a reality for her.
Evie’s first big defence will likely be at the next PWWA event on October 6 back in Casula, and it should not be long until we get a chance to see it. Both the PWWA show and the entire Interim Title tournament are being put onto DVD, so we can see the Evie-lution of one of women’s wrestling’s newest stars.
– Lee Burton
UPDATE: Check out our gallery from the match below. Pictures 3-10 are courtesy of PWA and show photographer, Sarah from New Photography. Go check out their work.