Fight Like A Girl

Fight Like A Girl: Thunderkitty

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We’re fans of Thunderkitty here at Ringbelles, so it’s a real treat to finally get the chance to speak with her on a range of topics – the most pressing one being her return to Absolute Intense Wrestling on March 29 for her Girls Night Out 11 match against Marti Belle, which can be seen as a second chance to make a first impression. We discuss her GNO7 match during this 25 minute chat, along with her happiness at returning after a year and a half away.

We also cover the women’s wrestling scene in the Midwest with the likes of RESISTANCE and IWA Mid-South, and what she has coming up over the next month or so.

In addition, there is talk on the inspirations behind the Thunderkitty gimmick, whether it has cost her opportunities in the past, being a cult star, having a mere sleeper hold as a finisher and how she is very careful to not be seen as a novelty act. It’s an interesting chat and is certainly worth a listen.

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Fight Like A Girl: Bête Noire

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Former My Name Is guest Bête Noire has achieved quite a bit since she was busy introducing herself to the world in 2012 – not least of which was taking the time to go and live and train in Japan at the ICE Ribbon Dojo earlier this year. We’ve got that to talk about, but first… she’s just had laser eye surgery, and *newsflash* – apparently it kinda hurts. We talk about fun trips to A&E/ER rooms, including that time she had the imprint of a title belt basically TATTOOED across her forehead… whilst accompanied by BBC Documentary cameras. Speaking of the Beeb, we discuss last week’s Insane Fight Club documentary profiling Insane Championship Wrestling (BBC iPlayer link for UK residents), the reaction to the documentary and its stars, and naturally talk a bit about ICW’s spin-off female promotion Fierce Females, where Bête has gone to war with the likes of Viper and Crazy Mary Dobson. And of course, there’s Japan. How it happened, how it went, missing home, training differences between Scotland and Japan, and the feeling on whether she’ll be back there soon. Oh, and tea. Naturally. An intriguing 40+ minute chat. Enjoy.

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Fight Like A Girl: Jasmin

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Jasmin is doing pretty well for herself. A year into her career, the 19-year old from Toronto is getting regular bookings across Canada and is also making a dent in the US. She wrestled in Massachusetts last weekend – which caused a geographical problem which she talks about during the interview – and is set to return to Absolute Intense Wrestling in Cleveland, OH at the end of the month of Girls Night Out 11 & 12.

This 20 minute chat also covers the new wave of Canadian stars, getting her name and brand out there, her parents’ thoughts on her her photoshoots and training with former TNA Knockouts Champion Taylor Wilde. We also discuss being involved in the match which saw Courtney Rush break her collarbone and whether it has affected her mentally.

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Fight Like A Girl: Solo Darling

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We’ve sang the praises of Solo Darling here at Ringbelles on recent SHINE shows, and with good reason – she’s one to watch in 2014. Now firmly ensconced in Daffney‘s A.S.S. (indeed…) and tagging with Heidi Lovelace as The Buddy System, Solo’s really found her niche. So Stew finally caught up with the self-confessed Wrestler/Musician/Chemist/Baker/Insatiable Sponge to get the inside scoop.

We talk SHINE, her chemistry with Heidi and how far they can go, her *actual* chemistry experience, Ohio Valley Wrestling, Stew pines for Solo’s old “Bronx” accent, in-ring influences, the art of selling, and her eventual aims in the business. It’s about half an hour of an effervescent party for your ears – and you’re invited!

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Fight Like A Girl: Liberty

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The last time we spoke to Liberty, she said that she would like to become the RQW European Women’s Champion. 18 months on, not only has she accomplished that goal but she’s now going for the big one. The 20-year old challenges Courtney Rush for the Bellatrix World Championship at Bellatrix 8 on Sunday in Norwich, England, and there’s bad blood between the two.

In this 15-minute interview we discuss the background to this title match, her European Title run, the 30 woman Rumble also taking place on the card, and tomorrow’s NXT ArRIVAL show with Paige defending the Women’s Championship against Emma.

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Fight Like A Girl: Barbi Hayden

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After speaking to Barbi Hayden just a few months ago, and tipping her for big things in 2014, we had little choice but to revisit Texas’ finest following a month where she added the ACW Televised Championship and the NWA World Women’s Championship to her growing trophy cabinet. You want to talk about starting the year strong? Here’s your perfect case study. We talk about winning the NWA World Women’s Championship from Kacee Carlisle this past weekend at NWA Houston, winning the ACW Televised Championship from Angel Blue at ACW’s Guilty By Association 8 (and how that came around as a last minute sub for the planned Barbi vs Su Yung match), and making her debut in Florida all in the last month. We look forward to her (non iPPV appearance) for WSU at their upcoming Mutiny show vs Santana Garrett, and Barbi lays out her ambitions of where she’d like to defend her NWA Title this year and where she eventually wants her career to take her. A motivated and fun conversation with the new Champ!

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Fight Like A Girl: Kirsty Love

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Kirsty Love is someone who’s looking to turn the corner in her wrestling career and leave 2013 behind her. While it had its moments, the 21-year old Scot admits that in a professional standpoint, the last 12 months have not fulfilled her expectations, despite a number of real high points. However, it’s another year, and that means the slate has been wiped clean.

As part of this near-20 minute chat, Kirsty discusses her affection for her new home promotion RAD:PRO Wrestling, its similar ethos to CHIKARA, her tag team partnership with Rubix Roach and taking on the likes of Fire Ant and Jigsaw. She also talks about her ongoing issues in ICW: Fierce Females with James R Kennedy, her desires for both the near and long-term future and cooking Christmas dinner.

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Fight Like A Girl: Team Recovery’s Sarah Robertson on wrestling and eating disorders

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Around a year ago, WWE developmental Divas Raquel Diaz and Skyler Moon hastily vanished from our screens – and while the reasons for Diaz’s departure were shrouded in mystery at the time, Moon revealed that she was getting help for an eating disorder. Just before her return to WWE, Diaz revealed that she had been going to Eating Disorder Anonymous meetings in Houston, TX, though did not outright say that she had a disorder.

In order to shed more light on the subject on eating disorders involving women in sporting environments, we got in touch with Sarah Robertson who campaigns for greater awareness for knowledge on eating disorders, and is recovering from one herself. She spends around half an hour discussing the stigma behind talking about it, the pressures on women in wrestling, health implications and what wrestlers, promoters and fans can do to help. It’s worth a listen to get a better understanding on the internal battle some women in sports and performance can go through.

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Fight Like A Girl: Angelus Layne on Post Concussion Syndrome

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It’s not even four months since we last spoke to Angelus Layne for an edition of Fight Like A Girl here at Ringbelles, but things are quite different now than they were in June. Just under a month ago, Angelus announced that she was going to be out of wrestling for the rest of the year, having been diagnosed as suffering from Post Concussion Syndrome. The (eventual) decision to listen to her Doctor and her body meant she had to withdraw from all her bookings for the rest of 2013, which would’ve included being part of last weekend’s AIW Girls Night Out 9 & 10 shows, amongst other things. Stew reconnected with Angelus to get the lowdown on her injury, and ended up getting a truly eye-opening and at times quite shocking account of concussions, seizures, blackouts and more. We talk wrestler stubbornness, the people who helped her see sense, her prognosis for recovery and her daily life during her ongoing recovery. An important educational listen for both wrestlers and fans.

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Fight Like A Guy: WSU’s Drew Cordeiro talks new ownership?

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So I’m legitimately about to go to bed when I get a call from WSU co-owner Drew Cordeiro. You may well have seen Drew on social media today mulling over an “unexpected yet welcome” offer – and he wanted to talk about it. Fair enough, says I – so I hit record on the call for a quick impromptu Q&A about what this offer entails. We know it involves the addition of a new co-owner of the company… but what does that actually mean? Drew gives specific hints and talks about how the addition of this new partner will help WSU better achieve many of the same aims that Drew originally pledged when he took over the company last year. Apart from WSU going forward, we get some news on next month’s ‘Tournament for Tomorrow’ weekend, WSU’s place as part of Fight Season and a final reminder of the card for ‘Blood And Thunder’ this weekend (and you can read our preview for that right here)

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Fight Like A Girl: Kasey Owens

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There have been a lot of women doing the extended Japan trips recently. We spoke to Allysin Kay about it last week for the most recent Women Of Wrestling Podcast, and now another grappler has spoken to Ringbelles about her experience and how much she enjoyed it.

In August, we spoke to Leah Owens, who mentioned going to Japan – though at the time, her twin sister Kasey was already out there training with Ice Ribbon. Now that she has returned to Northern Ireland after three months of work, the more tattooed member of the team talks about how she ended up going there, her favourite matches, who she bonded with, wrestling in Korakuen Hall for both Ice Ribbon and JWP, and how she is not happy with it being just one solo trip.

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Fight Like A Girl: Barbi Hayden

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Texas standout Barbi Hayden caused quite a stir when she made her debut for Women Superstars Uncensored at their recent Uncensored Rumble 6 iPPV – people took to her immediately, and we discuss her thoughts working in front of that new crowd – and, indeed, the seemingly dying art of “working” the crowd. WSU wasn’t her only first time experience this year, and we also talk about working in Mexico earlier in the year, as well as the pressure of working for Ring of Honor, where she worked fellow Texan, Athena. Speaking of Athena, Barbi gives her first person perspective on being involved in the six woman match at WSU where she got injured. We also talk about the Texas scene, and naturally touch on the current circumstances at Anarchy Championship Wrestling, including working in an open-air venue when it starts to rain. A really fun chat from someone I get the feeling we’re going to see a lot more of in the coming months.

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Fight Like A Girl: Leah Owens

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The wilder half of the Owens Twins has a lot on her plate over the next month or so. This Sunday, Leah Owens takes on Nikki Storm in a Bra and Panties Match at Insane Championship Wrestling‘s sold out Dave’s Not Here Man show in Edinburgh, Scotland (you can see the build-up videos here, here and here) – and she is also part of the ICW: Fierce Females XX: It’s In Our DNA card in Glasgow on September 22. However, for the rest of the time inbetween those two shows, Leah is going to be joining her twin sister Kasey in Japan, where she has been since early July, which will create a new milestone.

As part of this Fight Like A Girl, Leah talks about all of the above as well as moving from Northern Ireland to Scotland to further her career and why she is the Hawk to Kasey’s Animal.

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Fight Like A Girl: Kacee Carlisle

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The NWA World Women’s Champion Kacee Carlisle joins us to talk about her Bruiser Wrestling Federation Women’s Title defence next Saturday against Sassy Stephie, and works her usual vocal magic to encourage as many listeners as possible to go to Victoria, VA to watch.

While we had her on the line, she also talked about talking fans into the building, using social media to your advantage and not being afraid to self publicise, whether the NWA World Women’s Title is overlooked or undervalued by fans and what she is doing to boost its profile and the importance of having a mature head on the shoulders on whoever holds a promotion’s top belt. It’s an engrossing chat with a great mind for wrestling, and is an interesting listen for both workers and fans.

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Fight Like A Girl: Melanie Cruise

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Melanie Cruise is a tough woman to pin down. After circumstances meant that our opportunity to talk to the statuesque 6 footer from Illinois fell through, it’s taken us a while to get the chance to speak to her. Why? She’s rushed off her feet with wrestling – something which she discusses in our latest Fight Like A Girl.

The 26-year old talks to us about being the sole woman in Blitz Pro Wrestling and what she has planned for this Saturday’s show in Joliet, IL, being overrun with bookings so close to her home, how she has changed over the last year and which former SHIMMER Champion has helped her with that, adjusting for working against men or women, as well as the concussion she suffered earlier this year. Melanie Cruise has a lot going on and is excited about the future. Listen to the interview and find out why.

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Fight Like A Guy: Kevin Harvey on the School of Everything Else

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SHIMMER Women Athletes‘ production assistant/lackey/Saraya Knight punching bag Kevin Harvey has a new project – as a wrestling manager, commentator, ring announcer and anything else required of him, he has identified a gap in the market for the School of Everything Else, launching shortly in Berwyn, IL.

As an independent wrestler, you already know how to do the moves, now learn the skills of the promo, how to develop your character and the “everything else” that will make you a more rounded (and more valuable) performer. We quiz Kevin on his vision for the school, what the SEE will actually cover, the set-up of the classes, his own personal influences and exactly what makes Kevin the man to teach these skills. We fully endorse what Kevin is trying to do with this, so if you’re in the wrestling business and are looking for that next step in your development, please have a listen and SEE your potential.

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Fight Like A Girl: Courtney Rush

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This weekend in Montreal, Quebec is NCW: Femmes Fatales XII – a show that promises to feature one of the biggest matches in the career of our own favourite Winnipegger – Courtney Rush. Re-arranged from the original planned match of Rush vs Kalamity, she now goes one-on-one with Cheerleader Melissa in a #1 Contender match for the Femmes Fatales International Title – a rematch of the main event of SHIMMER Vol 55 earlier in the year, and a match between the current Bellatrix Champion and the SHIMMER Champion. We talk about that match, her match with Allison Danger at Femmes Fatales XI earlier in the year and her thoughts on having one of Danger’s last matches. On the subject of Bellatrix, with the news that Bellatrix 7 in October will feature SHIMMER vs Bellatrix matches and feature the UK debut of Miss Rush herself, we get her thoughts on achieving another career dream. We also discuss Las Vegas and just where is that pesky fourth episode of Rush Hour?

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Fight Like A Girl: Leah Von Dutch

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We like Leah Von Dutch, and our admiration of her went up during her UK tour where she went to a slew of different promotions over the course of a month, performing in front of a range of audiences, taking on a number of different wrestlers and expanding her profile along the way. The talented Canadian joined us before the trip on the Women Of Wrestling Podcast where we discussed her career to date, and we wanted to invite her back to see how things went for her in Europe, which included shows for Pro Wrestling: EVE, ICW: Fierce Females, World Wide Wrestling League, Extreme American Wrestling and Alternative Wrestling World.

During this half-hour chat, Leah talks about walking into a locker room as an unknown; wrestling alongside (and against) Shanna and how it turned into a proper friendship which saw her spend a few days in France; visiting Scotland; which crowd made her feel the most apprehensive; what she has done since returning to North America, and the upcoming NCW: Femmes Fatales show next weekend.

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Fight Like A Girl: Angelus Layne

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This weekend, Angelus Layne is one of the entrants in the 2013 version of ACW‘s Queen of Queens tournament – a big opportunity for this Midwest grappler who has been having a very productive 2013 so far. With that in mind, Stew caught up with Angelus for what was *in theory* meant to be a quick chat – but soon turned into a near podcast length discussion.

We talked Queen of Queens (and who she’s got her eye on in that tournament), getting advice from former QoQ winner Rachel Summerlyn, representing St Louis Anarchy and the fun times she’s had there (including working against babyface Jessicka Havok earlier in the year). We discuss working for AIW in Ohio (debuting at the last minute at Girls Night Out 8 earlier this year), and wrestling Darkness Crabtree for Wrestling Is Intense. We also have an in-depth discussion of hairstyles (yes, really), WWE hiring practices, social media, dig out a couple of comic book references and Angelus tells the story of “The Curse of July” and how it killed her chance to appear at NCW: Femmes Fatales last year.

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Fight Like A Girl: Breathe It director Priya Sharma

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We have been hearing more and more about Breathe It, a documentary which is currently being filmed concerning female wrestlers in Europe. The team were at Pro Wrestling: EVE‘s No Man’s Land 2 and Queen of the Ring shows and have also travelled abroad to get more footage. The team is looking to highlight the wrestlers’ accomplishments, cover their struggles and give fans and non-fans an insight into their lives.

We have spoken to its director Priya Sharma about Breathe It, how far the project has come, where she would like it go, and how they are looking for our help via an Indiegogo fundraiser to help the documentary come to fruition.

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Fight Like A Girl: Alpha Female

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Alpha Female is in demand. Having just completed an extended trip of Japan which saw her capture the World Of Stardom Championship, the mammoth German is getting right back on the cycle in Europe.

In this half-hour interview, Alpha compares her two matches with Nanae Takahashi, how angry fans were with her (teamed with how scared they were of her), and how her tattoos caused problems for her in Japan. She also discusses the friendships she struck up with the likes of Dark Angel, Jenny Rose and Kellie Skater (with the Rate Tank getting some serious love) and what it was like wrestling at Sumo Hall for the Ryogoku Cinderella show where she lost the title to Io Shirai. She also talks about her upcoming British dates – most notably Pro Wrestling: EVE‘s Queen of the Ring show next Saturday as well as her debut for Bellatrix next month. Check it out.

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Fight Like A Girl: Crazy Mary Dobson

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Crazy Mary Dobson may be known for deathmatches and spilling blood like in the picture you see above, but the 19-year old has wider ambitions. After her appearance at Insane Championship Wrestling‘s weekend at the start of this month, we felt we should grab some time with her to discuss everything that she has going on in her career at the moment.

So, we cover her Fierce Females match with Bete Noire, taking on Jack Jester and the “Suicidal, Suicidal, Suicidal” Jimmy Havoc the following night, her experiences of Scotland and its fans, deathmatches, what her family think of her hardcore antics, plans to return to Japan and debut in Mexico, the upcoming Girl Fight Wrestling show and her main event match against Jazz, and whether facing the “Female Fighting Phenom” is a scarier prospect that being hit in the head with a light tube.

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Fight Like A Girl/Bird/Lass: Nikki Storm

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Fresh off a trip to Japan and returning back to the UK with a lot of prospects over the next few months, it seemed like a good time to talk to Nikki Storm, who successfully defended the Pro Wrestling: EVE Championship while wrestling in JWP.

During this 25-minute interview, Nikki talks about her win-loss record in Japan, setting foot in Korakuen Hall for the first time, falling asleep backstage and having an embarrassing wake-up call, getting on the wrong side of the JWP Dojo cat, Mink, as well as defending the EVE title against Hanako Nakamori and spending some down time recording a lot of promo videos for YouTube. She also discusses the rise in European women’s wrestlers – a topic we’ve been covering over the last week – facing Rhia O’Reilly at the next EVE show in two weeks (as well as how it’s a throwback to her EVE debut), debuting at Bellatrix next month, and the rise of Scottish talent, including ICW: Fierce Females.

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Fight Like A Guy: ICW Fierce Females promoter Mikey Whiplash

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We were in Glasgow at the weekend for the second ICW: Fierce Females show, and we left calling it “the best women’s wrestling card we’ve seen this year” – so a few days after the show and with time to reflect, we thought we’d better get in touch with the promoter/booker of Fierce Females and get up to speed with what’s going on north of the border – so here’s Mikey Whiplash! Mikey’s a longtime veteran of the European wrestling scene as a performer, so we plot the road map which saw him get involved with Insane Championship Wrestling and eventually into promoting women’s wrestling. We talk about a lot of the talent in Scotland, including but not limited to the two main eventers from last weekend’s show, Kay Lee Ray and Viper, discuss possible TV deals in the pipeline, Mikey’s learning curve on international women’s wrestling, and the promoter problems in the last 24 hours before last weekend’s show. You all know about the last minute change of venue? Well, did you know they almost didn’t have a title belt to present to the winner? We also get an inside track on how regularly these shows are likely to be held, the possibility of future international talent and Mikey’s philosophy of what he wants Fierce Females to be. We’ve already told you that the world needs to pay attention to ICW:FF after last weekend – well, here’s the chance to get all the stories. Check it out.

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