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WOW Podcast #62 with Allysin Kay

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Episode 62 with Allysin Kay

When we spoke to Allysin Kay last year for Episode 44 of the Podcast, she was the AIW Absolute Women’s Champion and was on the verge of defending her title in a big challenge at an upcoming Girls Night Out show. Fast forward to now, Kay’s *still* undefeated as champion and on the verge of *another* major title defence at Girls Night Out 9 & 10 this weekend. In the interim she’s been wrestling literally all over the place, including just returning Stateside from a three month tour of Japan. As well as looking forward to Girls Night Out this weekend, we talk the Japan excursion, how it came about, the culture and language issues of an extended stay in Japan (not to mention the humidity and constant fear of Earthquakes). We find out her favourite match from her trip, and her favourite match she saw as a fan, discuss this Instagram picture, and chow down on just where the best steak is in Tokyo. We talk her return to SHINE this past weekend, and the ongoing absence of Taylor Made at SHINE, the (presumably) upcoming reunion of Made In Sin at SHIMMER later in the month, her favourite SHIMMER moments to date, the apparently cursed tag team feud in WSU vs Annie Social & Kimber Lee, her mouthpiece assisted match with Cheerleader Melissa at NCW:Femmes Fatales and her upcoming return to Beyond Wrestling. Oh, and racist Japanese people… Oh Allysin

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WOW Podcast #61 with Mercedes Martinez

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Episode 61 with Mercedes Martinez

It’s been a long time since we chatted to Mercedes Martinez here on the Women of Wrestling Podcast, and given that she’s coming to the UK this weekend for the Bellatrix 7 iPPV which kickstarts Female Fight Season, we thought it was about damn time. Mercedes talks about looking forward to wrestling in the UK, and defending her NCW:Femmes Fatales Title over here against Miss Mina. Speaking of Femmes Fatales, she gives her views on where they’re going, whether there is a hole in that promotion now that Kalamity has stepped away, the importance of LuFisto and how well Sweet Cherrie did in her main event at Femmes Fatales XII earlier in the year. Speaking of LuFisto, we also address the feud Mercedes has had with her which spanned into WSU, her series with Jessicka Havok there, and try to clarify exactly what Mercedes’ position is with WSU going forward. We talk… yes… WRESTLICIOUS, present her with her own Wrestlicious Rap and investigate what exactly is going on with that programme. Mercedes was also announced today as being a part of the SHIMMER Vols 58-61 tapings in under three weeks. We talk about her thoughts on SHIMMER after all these years, whether a title reign there is still a major goal, and who’s likely to step up with names like Athena and Courtney Rush out through injury during these tapings. We talk SHINE, and her opponent at the last show, Solo Darling, along with her hopes for that promotion. We talk about Mercedes’ current role as the “veteran”, and touch on retirement and what that will mean for her when the day comes, while Lee gets embarrassed with talk of The Big O. Quite the show…!

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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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WOW Podcast #60 with Kay Lee Ray

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Episode 60 with Kay Lee Ray

We’re just over one week away from ICW: Fierce Females “It’s In Our DNA” in Glasgow, Scotland – the follow up to what we called the best show of the year earlier this year – and with that in mind, we’re talking today to the ICW:FF Scottish Women’s Champion, Kay Lee Ray. On that show, she will be defending her title against Viper and Amazing Kong in a three way match – so we get her thoughts on that, her daredevil style, and whether she still gets the jitters before her matches. We talk about how she got involved in wrestling despite never watching it, wrestling international talent for the first time through Pro-Wrestling EVE, and the story of her concussion during the No Man’s Land iPPV last year where she went to the finals of the Queen of the Ring tournament. We discuss injuries and her high pain threshold, spending Christmas and New Year in Japan, including tales of sickness, karaoke, drinking and wrestling (not necessarily in that order), and her experience so far of working big industry names. There’s also talk of her never-ending feud with her perfect opponent Carmel Jacob, which has involved televised death matches, Carmel’s promo from last weekend, and what that means going into Fierce Females. A really interesting chat with one of Europe’s most fearless competitors. We’ve also got predictions for WWE‘s Night of Champions this weekend, as well as a preview of Female Fight Season in October.

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Supplemental Viewing:
Kay Lee’s powerbomb from the ring into a wall
Kay Lee’s balcony dive from ICW:Fierce Females – Luke, Who’s Yer Da
Carmel Jacob’s promo from ICW
Is the Kay Lee/Carmel rivalry over?


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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My Name Is… Ruthless Lala

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Our latest My Name Is interview sees us return to Texas to speak to 11-year pro Ruthless Lala, who is looking to spread her wings further afield. As part of this 20 minute interview, she talks about how she got into wrestling; which women wrestlers she admired and which former WWE Women’s Champion took her under her wing; why she wrestles more men than women; why she doesn’t like female grapplers who aren’t willing to get stuck in, and how she ended up on an episode of The Jerry Springer Show, which you can see by clicking here.

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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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WOW Podcast #59 with Ivelisse Velez

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Episode 59 with Ivelisse Velez

This Friday, SHINE Wrestling crowns its first ever champion on iPPV – and if you ask our guest on this show, she’ll be the one holding up the title belt at the end of the night. It’s Ivelisse Velez, everybody! We talk SHINE, and her standout matches with the likes of LuFisto & Athena, experiences in SHINE so far, rule confusion in Mexico for PdM, starting her career as “Sexy Juliette” in Puerto Rico, alternate life plans, moving to Chicago and eventually entering the WWE Tough Enough process. We talk auditioning, the editing process, struggling with injury, the Steve Austin elimination speeches and working with Trish Stratus on the show. Post Tough Enough, we discuss how Ivelisse worked hard at getting her shot in FCW/NXT and her experiences when she got there, an aborted name idea before she was re-christened Sofia Cortez, working with Paige, promo classes, seemingly conflicting advice and some interesting circumstances surrounding her WWE release. We also talk her TNA Gutcheck experiences, her mentality coming in, her on-camera reaction when it was decided she wasn’t going through to the final assessment, and coming back for a couple of taped PPVs that are still to air. We also talk her twice aborted MMA debut and whether that’s still coming. A refreshingly fun and interesting interview. Check it out. (Plus we’ve changed up our Podcast theme for the first time ever!!)

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WOW Podcast #58 with Allison Danger

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Episode 58 with Allison Danger

Our first ever podcast guest Allison Danger returns for the latest edition of the Podcast, and it’s in the wake of her retirement earlier this year – a retirement that was punctuated by the news that she’d suffered a stroke in January and subsequently had discovered lesions on her brain. About three months after her emotional sendoff, we caught up with Danger to find out the full story on her health issues, how it all went down, when she found out about it and how it’s affecting her everyday life. Some pretty heavy stuff. We discuss whether the stroke was caused by wrestling, discuss her matches on that last weekend and why young wrestlers need to work smarter to avoid the problems she’s facing. Speaking of young wrestlers, we discuss several of Danger’s tips for the future, and how she’s most happy when she can help mould a young talent. We discuss family matters, Danger explains why all talent can’t (and shouldn’t) be booked everywhere and how the age of instant gratification means that some fans just can’t see the big picture. Quite the show – simultaneously some the most serious topics we’ve ever talked about mixed with trademark Danger wit. A must listen.

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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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WOW Podcast #57 with Erin Angel

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Episode 57 with Erin Angel

The Women of Wrestling Podcast returns as we welcome 10 year pro and one of Europe’s finest, Erin Angel, to the show. Erin has just returned from a 22 day tour (no days off) with Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling over in Canada’s Maritime provinces and this weekend will be in one of the major matches at Bellatrix VI on iPPV, where she challenges Rhia O’Reilly for the Bellatrix British Ladies Championship. We talk about both of those things, of course – but given that much of Erin’s career has taken place under the internet radar, we take the chance to dig into her career so far – from starting on the British camp circuit and training on the job, to who is most responsible for training her, right up through to extensive touring with All Star Wrestling and international travel (including an ambulance ride during her first ever booking in France) and right up to date. Erin talks about her experiences in Pro-Wrestling EVE (including getting to wrestle Japanese stars), previews her Bellatrix match, discusses working on over 18s shows like ICW:Fierce Females and lays out her future goals. We even hear how she effectively saves children’s lives during her other job. Truly an Angel. Enjoy!

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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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My Name Is… Katey Harvey

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Say hello to the first My Name Is guest from the Republic of Ireland. Katey Harvey got in touch to get a spotlight on herself as she goes for world domination. After having made a number of trips to the UK last year – including a feud with Portugal’s Perfect Athlete Shanna – the karate instructor and pole dancer wants to create more ties with Britain to see more talent going to Ireland, and Irish wrestlers crossing the Irish Sea.

Katey discusses how a documentary got her into training, whether her karate and kickboxing background helped or hindered her development, her biggest achievements in her two year career, the possibility of relocating to get more bookings, and how Rebecca Knox‘s signing with WWE may have helped to highlight Irish wrestlers.

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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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My Name Is… Jordynne Grace

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Jordynne Grace is full of surprises. In preparing for Ringbelles‘ latest My Name Is interview, I came up with a number of topics of discussion – and quite a few of them had to be thrown out of the window because of new revelations.

Therefore, in this enlightening interview with the Nevadan, we discuss how she is a second generation wrestler – but isn’t doing it to honour her father – and has been economical with the truth when it comes to her date of birth. She also talks about the wrestling scene in Texas – where she currently resides – her impending move across the country, how training came quite easily to her, and how she has serious ambitions for her career.

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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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My Name Is… Lady Lory

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She’s the only female wrestler who lives in Belgium, she was accused by fans of being on drugs and there is precious little about who she is on the Internet – so we were happy when Germany’s Lady Lory approached us to request some time on My Name Is.

As part of this quarter-hour interview, we discuss how she doesn’t consider the first five years of her career as official, why she got those accusations about drugs and whether they affected her, thoughts on the European women’s wrestling scene, which fans she enjoys the most, how much of the character is really her, which wrestler she dreams of stepping in the ring with, and Roxette.

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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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WOW Podcast #56 with LuFisto

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Episode 56 with LuFisto

On April 6th at the iPPV broadcast of SHIMMER Vol 53, Montreal’s “Super Hardcore Anime” LuFisto crashed out on a moonsault to the floor during her match – a landing which caused what is medically referred to as an “exploded kneecap”. Now, a month (and a surgery) later, LuFisto talks exclusively to the Women of Wrestling Podcast, and updates us on her current status. LuFi takes us back to that fateful afternoon and gives us a blow by blow account what happened in the ring, the immediate aftermath in the back and the days following. She’s also got an update on the injury status of her pupil Kalamity, who feared she had broken her foot in training in the last week. We talk about some of the things that she missed out on because of her injury, including SHIMMER the following weekend, her WSU World Title shot at Jessicka Havok and her being stripped of the NSPW Title. We talk rehab – including the part BonRoxx Fitness is playing in helping her get back to her best – and estimate her return date. We talk her experiences in AAA, her admiration for Konnan and her future in that company; her feud with Mercedes Martinez in WSU & NCW:FF; facing Saraya Knight and Jazz; taking on Ivelisse in SHINE and ambitions to face Tara some day. We also revisit the comments made by Al Snow following her Gut Check for TNA and her current feelings on the Gut Check Challenge voting, and there’s quite a deep discussion on LuFisto’s ever-changing relationship with the business, what it means to have “succeeded” in wrestling, and bring up the prospect of retirement. It’s a pretty exhaustive hour and a half with an awesome lady. Download, spread the word and enjoy.

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