Talia Madison with a sleeper on Mercedes Martinez. Photo: WEWWhen you’re starting out, you’re working everywhere you can to get experience and build a reputation for yourself. While you may not be so keen on the ethos of the show, if you can square it with yourself, then that’s all that matters.

Women’s Extreme Wrestling may not have the best of reputations – and we’re not keen on the sexual overtones on their shows – but in its defence, it was holding regular all-women’s shows in front of enthusiastic crowds and were shown on pay-per-view and released on video and DVD. As a result, it was a great place for aspiring female grapplers to get some more exposure – the good kind.

The video we have for you as part of today’s Retro is the full WEW Return of the PWO show from May 7, 2005, featuring a number of names who have gone on to bigger and better things. As well as established names like WEW Champion Jazz and Tammy Lynn Sytch, you can see women like Mercedes Martinez, ODB, Lacey, Amber O’Neal, Krissy Vaine and Simply Luscious. In addition, there are a couple who found fortune under different names such as Talia Madison (who is now Velvet Sky) and Cle-Ho-Patra (AKA Shelly Martinez, Ariel or Salinas). As mentioned – you may not agree with the ethos of the promotion, but it gave aspiring wrestlers the chance to do their thing, and for that, it may be worth giving it a chance and watching the video after the jump.

Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk says:

It’s so weird to see Mercedes as a happy-go-lucky, fun-loving babyface, when my only previous exposure to her has been as either 1) no-nonsense, ass-kicking babyface, 2) no-nonsense, ass-kicking tweener, or 3)no-nonsense, ass-kicking heel.

Also, Sunny appears to be stoned out of her fucking head.

vonVile says:

No mention of the biggest female wrestling star to have worked in WEW Mickie James (Alexis Laree)? :(