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WOW Podcast #63 with Kimber Lee

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Episode 63 with Kimber Lee

Halfway through Fight Season, and with appearances at AIW Girls Night Out and WSU Blood and Thunder already under her belt, we catch up with a distinctly raspy-voiced Kimber Lee to see how she’s doing ahead of SHIMMER and NCW:Femmes Fatales on the next two weekends. We talk about how her dance background helps her wrestling (and find out that wrestling *is* ballet sometimes). We find out how a chance meeting with DJ Hyde resulted in her becoming the first female graduate of the CZW Academy, and the pressure that brought. We talk about going through tables in CZW to dressing up as a Princess for Wrestling Is Fun!, name confusion, foul-mouthed promos, flying trips to Japan, wrestling LuFisto in Montreal, her favourite match to date and future plans internationally. Catch Kimber this weekend at SHIMMER and next weekend at Femmes Fatales!

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Ringbelles Retro: REINA, past and present

Earlier this year, REINA fell on its arse. It dissolved in May on what was billed as its first anniversary show. Instead, manager and Champion Yumiko Hotta announced that it was finishing, to the surprise of many people on the roster. It quickly emerged that REINA’s other top brass were backpedalling from what Hotta said, and things would continue in some form.

What followed at the end of May was the announcement of REINA x World, with Aki Kambayashi stating that she, Aoi Ishibashi and Mia Yim would be part of it. What followed in June was Hikaru Shida and Tsukasa Fujimoto winning the REINA x World Tag Team Championship, and things continuing on as before, with imports from the US like Crazy Mary Dobson and from Australia like Alex Lee, but fewer from Mexico.

Now things are expanding. Mia Yim’s blossoming relationship with REINA x World leading to a US offshoot with Real Championship Wrestling based in Baltimore, MD. Called REINA World Joshi Puroresu, its debut show will be on October 6 (yes, October’s going to be a busy month for women’s wrestling), and has already announced Kanbayashi, Ishibashi, Yim and Dobson, under her real name of Sarah Bridges. (more…)