Jessicka Havok made 2012 her bitch

As we build up to the 2012 Ringbelles Awards, we’re having a look back at last year’s winners and how they fared in 2012. Yesterday, we recapped Kay Lee Ray‘s 2012 after winning Discovery of the Year – now it’s the turn of the Breakout Star of the Year for 2011, Jessicka Havok

At the time of us awarding her the Breakout moniker, Havok was the Women Superstars Uncensored Spirit Champion and on course to challenge Mercedes Martinez for the WSU World Title at the promotion’s 5th Anniversary card in March. Needless to say she won that match, holding both singles championships at the same time and establishing herself as the top woman in WSU. This was followed by her successfully defending the Spirit Title against Marti Belle not once, but twice – but also lost the WSU crown on her first defence against former champ Martinez, though regained it the same night in a 3 way also involving Brittney Savage.

Havok’s year suffered another setback when Belle defeated her for the Spirit Title in an impromptu match at the Uncensored Rumble in June, but the 26-year old rallied back to retain the World Title over Martinez in a Casket Match, and also held onto the belt at Full Steam Ahead in October by beating Alicia and Lexxus in another triple threat.

Away from her home promotion, Havok has also made an impact in Florida for SHINE, defeating Reby Sky in her debut at SHINE 2 in August – starting a heated programme with her which is still going – but has also taken down Mia Yim, Leva Bates and brawled to a double count out with Nikki Roxx. It looks like another clash with Sky is inevitable, and it also seems likely that a rematch with Roxx is on the cards too, so Jessicka will be busy in upcoming SHINEs.

Speaking of Havok v Sky, the pair have also clashed over the year at Crossfire Entertainment in Nashville, TN, and has also seen her get under the skin of boss lady Maria Kanellis along the way.

Elsewhere, Havok debuted in Canada alongside her Midwest Militia buddies Allysin Kay and Sassy Stephie at nCw Femmes Fatales IX – defeating Courtney Rush, Xandra Bale and Cat Power – and reached the final of two tournaments, falling at the last hurdle in both. The first was at Anarchy Championship Wrestling’s American Joshi Queen of Queens in June – beating Lady Poison and Rachel Summerlyn before being beaten by Athena – and at the Independent Women’s Internet Wrestling show in her home ton of Massillon, OH, where she beat Leah Von Dutch and Rayo Princesa, but lost to Cherry Bomb in the final.

Havok has gone from being another promising name to being the woman to beat in many North American promotions. A win over her is considered a big deal, which is why some places book her to be defeated by the plucky underdog. However, this does not make her a high-profile jobber to the stars in any way. As WSU World Champion, she is arguably the focal point of women’s wrestling in the North East of the US, and with her unbeaten streak in SHINE still intact, she is also one to watch as those shows rumble on in 2013. Couple her accomplishments with the superstar aura which she has created and certainly profits from, and it seems likely that the woman we at Ringbelles refer to as a “Magnificent Beast” will enjoy another successful 12 months.

You can hear more from Havok in our interview with her on episode 36 of the Women Of Wrestling Podcast.

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The announcement for the 2012 Breakout Star of the Year will take place on Wednesday, and will be discussed – along with the Discovery and Wrestler of the Year winners – in the next edition of the Women Of Wrestling Podcast which lands on Saturday, which features a roundtable discussion with SHIMMER, Femmes Fatales and WSU promoters Dave Prazak, Stephane Bruyere and Drew Cordiero respectively. It’s a frank discussion, and it’s coming soon.

- Lee Burton