Wrestler Faye Palmer has missed out on making it to the final week of Big Brother UK after being evicted on tonight’s live show, being greeted by a mixture of boos and cheers from the fans – not that it’ll be anything new to her, especially as she wrestled primarily as a heel as Darcy Steele.
During her time in the house, Faye struck up a relationship with fellow housemate Aaron, spending the bulk of time with him and occasionally sneaking off for steamy kisses, and admitted in her eviction interview that she was in love with him, though fans and fellow contestants have been sceptical of his true intentions, and didn’t choose him as her favourite to win.
Where Faye goes from here is up for debate. Clearly, the opportunities for her to work the media circuit will be a lure away from wrestling. Given the right exposure, she could be in magazines and on TV for some time. However, should she wish to return to wrestling, she could provide some mainstream celebrity rub if the promoters actually promote her appearance in the right way (as we discussed here). If anything, it may be best to have her work as a heel and have her be the arrogant female version of Hollywood Rock from 2003, believing that she is too big for the grap game. She could be very easily be turned into a hate figure.
Either way, Faye has a world of options available to her right now. We wish her all the best.
After more than a week of indecision, UK wrestler Jemma Palmer has decided to leave the Big Brother house, just 19 days after entering as a replacement for another contestant who decided to walk.
Here are the details from the Big Brother official Facebook page:
After days of weighing up her options, and many talks with Big Brother in the diary room, Jem decided that her time was up and made the choice to leave the House. She admitted to her fellow housemates that telling Big Brother she wanted to leave was the hardest thing she’s ever had to do, but in the end she couldn’t cope with how her presence was affecting Faye’s Big Brother experience and the mood of the House in general.
As expected, Faye took the news particularly hard and was in floods of tears as Jem explained her reasons for leaving to her in the bedroom. Younger sister Faye sobbed that she couldn’t cope with all of this drama and said that she is seriously considering leaving the House herself.
The departure of the former Gladiator has repercussions for this week’s eviction, as she was one of the people being put up for the public vote, with the decision being announced on Friday. Obviously, that has now been scrapped, but click after the jump to see how this changes things. (more…)
Rookie wrestler Faye Palmer‘s survived her first Big Brother eviction, and her reward for surviving is the entry of her sister, former Women Of Wrestling Podcast guest Jemma, who was offered a WWE developmental contract before it was removed last year.
20-year old Faye entered the house on day one on September 10, promising to not fall in love – only to form a close relationship with Aaron. She, along with best friend Maisy faced the public vote this week, with Faye being described as “emotionally volatile“, with one of her housemates saying she is unable to handle alcohol – understandable, considering she usually watches her diet due to her intensive training regiment, so she is probably a bit of a lush.
However, she may be kept on track by older sister Jemma, who could act as stabilising post in what is probably a very mentally intensive environment. Having been in the public eye before as Inferno from the recent remake of Gladiators, she has had more time to deal with constant scrutiny. (more…)
Pro Wrestling Illustrated sent WWE and TNA and a message last week – sort out your women’s divisions.
They did so by crowning SHIMMER Champion Madison Eagles as its number one in the annual Female 50, which marked the first time in its four year history that someone from outside the national promotions had taken the honour – Awesome Kong, Mickie James and Michelle McCool had won previous years. Mickie was the highest-ranked Big Two employee at number three, with WSU Champion Mercedes Martinez taking the runner-up spot. In fact, the women on the independent circuit had a strong showing in the top ten, with Cheerleader Melissa, MsChif and Sara Del Rey making sure that the women who accept their own bookings took up half of the final countdown.
Understandably, the PWI list isn’t perfect – after all, it doesn’t take into account Europe, Asia or South America, and only ranks Australasian talent that has competed in the US. Therefore, it’s a pretty strangled list – had it been opened up further, Britani Knight, Hailey Hatred, Amapola and others would have likely been included – but it’s a vast improvement on previous years, though with the proviso that it still has a long way to go before it can be a comprehensive rundown.
Still, it’s a massive pat on the back to Eagles, who doesn’t even live in the US – though she was residing there for a portion of the year – and has never even had a tryout in WWE or TNA, yet is still recognised by a world-reknowned magazine for being the best female wrestler in the world. When you take into account the fact that PWI still portrays wrestling as being a legitimate, competitive sport and judges the list by wins and losses, it would be hard to deny the 6’1” Australian the top spot, or Mercedes runner-up place either. After all, both had been champion of their respective promotions for the entire year; both had racked up win after win, and had put on incredible matches to justify their desire and will to be the champion. When you consider that the only real competitor for the top spot from WWE was Kelly Kelly or Layla, you can see why they only ranked at 15 and 13 respectively. Pretty much every Diva was booked badly over the last 12 months – and seeing as that is how PWI assesses who goes where, we have to look at the writing over the performances – and nobody has gotten over to the point where you would want to spend money to see them. (more…)
Faye Palmer is two days into her Big Brother experience, and the good news is that she is not standing out from the pack. In the early days and weeks, that is undoubtedly a good thing; stay under the radar while the loud and obnoxious arses are made to look stupid by the producers putting the show together, are nominated for eviction and eventually kicked out, and then you can come out from the shadows and make a run for the win. Very seldom does someone come in like a ball of fire and make it to the end, as they burn themselves out too quickly.
She has already attracted the attention of celebrity housemate Pamela Anderson, who invited her and four other of the 14 housemates to join her for some VIP one on one time to impress her, with the winner being given special privileges, though we don’t know what perks they will be yet. Each housemate also had the chance to “speed-date” with Pamela, with Faye managing to make it to the 15 minute allotted time without being dismissed by the former Baywatch star.
I got a brief minute to catch up with Faye’s older sister Jemma after her appearance at New Scene Wrestling, where she discussed what she knew about Faye going into the house. The answer; not much.
So, thumbs-up for first impressions INSIDE the house – but what about the impression that she can create OUTSIDE of it? After all, here is a beautiful, driven, athletic professional wrestler on an established TV show that pulls in millions of viewers every day. If there was ever a chance for a representative to show wrestling in a positive and somewhat glamourous light, this is surely it. (more…)
Moments ago, rookie UK female wrestler Faye Palmer became the twelfth person to walk through the doors of the Big Brother house to become a housemate on Channel 5′s first series of the long-running TV franchise. Palmer is the sister of the former Gladiator “Inferno”, Jemma Palmer, who is also an active pro-wrestler in the UK – and a former guest on our Women of Wrestling Podcast.
20-year old Faye (not 19 as it has been mentioned in the tabloids), who wrestles as Darcy Steele on the UK indy circuit, debuted professionally on May 27th of this year in Wolverhampton on an event promoted by New Scene Wrestling in a match against her sister Jemma. Ringbelles‘ Lee Burton had a chance to catch up with Jemma (and have a quick natter with Faye) after the event for our Fight Like A Girl audio strand.
Although her career to date may only be a few months old, there’s already YouTube footage of Faye performing. Click after the page break for footage of Faye taking on her sister from UKW Mayhem. (more…)
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Older fans of the Women of Wrestling Podcast will remember us producing a show straight after the first Pro Wrestling: EVE event where we spoke to Dann Read and former Gladiator Jemma Palmer. As part of that show, we got an update on Jemma’s agonising wait for a visa so she could report to Florida Championship Wrestling as part of her WWE Development deal. However over the last year, Jemma remained on British soil, wrestling more and more shows.
So, a year after our first meeting, Lee Burton dropped by a show 5 minutes walk from his house to speak to Jemma about what her first year of wrestling has been like, as well as her current status with WWE. As a bonus, Lee also got to talk to Jemma’s younger sister Faye, who’s also made the decision to step into the ring.
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