We called Kay Lee Ray the Ringbelles Discovery of the Year last December for a reason – after her performances at Pro Wrestling: EVE v Ice Ribbon in October last year, we were confident that she was going to start getting noticed, and we were right.
Since winning that moniker, the 20 year old from Glasgow, Scotland has accomplished a number of milestones and created some notable moments – for example, she has face current and former TNA Knockouts in Mickie James and Angelina Love respectively. She also main evented the first ever Insane Championship Wrestling: Fierce Females show back in September against Carmel Jacob in a brutal Last Woman Standing match, and has also taken on Jacob in similarly nutty matches across Scotland and England. Most recently, she had what Stew described as the Match of the Night at EVE’s Wrestle Fever show against Emi Sakurafor the JWP Openweight Title – and that match may have been enough to see an invitation to Japan come her way.
Later this month, the 3-year pro will make her way to the Far East to wrestle for Sakura’s rapidly maturing Gatoh Move promotion. On December 20, she will team with Riho against Kaori Yoneyama and Hailey Hatred on their card at Itabashi.
This is a great opportunity for the high-flying redhead, and with the first impressions that her appearance should elicit, she should stand in good stead even before she busts out her aerial repertoire – and this will not be a solitary booking, as she will wrestle again during the trip.
“Looks like I’ll be spending Christmas in Japan”, is the message that KLR has posted on her Twitter – and Christmas is usually a busy time for wrestling over there. On Christmas Eve, she will also compete for JWP at Korukuen Hall, and there is a chance she could pick up other bookings while she is there too. After all, if she’s there and has her gear with her, it’s less of an expense for any company which wishes to book her. Even if she doesn’t wrestle any extra dates, it is a great opportunity to network, meet people, shake hands, make a good impression and build for the future. Should she grasp the chance with both hands – and we have no doubt that she will – Kay Lee Ray could be on the verge of taking a giant leap forward in her wrestling career.
- Lee Burton