Sometimes you have to fall on your face to become as good as you can be.
That’s what happened to Katarina Waters. Before her days as Winter in TNA or Katie Lea in WWE, Waters was Nikita in the Frontier Wrestling Alliance based in the south of the UK. Back in May, we featured Nikita in another Retro from 2003 leaping from the balcony at York Hall in London as part of an intergender tag team match. However, the year before, Nikita had been part of the biggest British show of the young millennium – a big-time show on British satellite and cable TV, the first televised wrestling programme in the country for 14 years. Nikita would take on Lexie Fyfe – one half of former SHIMMER tag team The Experience with Malia Hosaka and the boss of Florida-based customs promotion SLAMmin Ladies.
Nikita had been put on the card despite some reservations about whether she was ready for the biggest stage that British wrestling had seen for half a generation, but the dice were rolled, and after the jump, you can see what happened. (more…)
If you haven’t listened to our latest Women Of Wrestling Podcast with Nicole Matthews yet, do – not only is it a great, no-holds-barred listen, but she talks about her only babyface run, which is what inspired this week’s Retro.
Nicole discussed watching her boyfriend performing a Superman dive off a balcony as part of a TLC match, and joked that she would do the same in her TLC match the following year. Well, the actually went through with it, but she’s not the first woman to do the big dive in an intergender hardcore affair.
Back in 2003, a collective called the Family was causing havoc in the British-based Frontier Wrestling Alliance, with one member – Paul Travell – being a particular thorn in the side of Nikita, the only female wrestler on the roster – you know her better as former WWE Diva Katie Lea Burchill or TNA’s current resident weirdo Winter. In October 2002, the pair fought against each other at the original British Uprising show in Bethnal Green, London, with Travell taking the win. The following May, Nikita would team up with “The Showstealer” Alex Shane and Ulf Hermann against Travell’s four other Family members for a handicap brawl at FWA Frontiers Of Honor – a show which teamed up with the still-new Ring Of Honor to boost the profile of both companies.
The match is remembered for Nikita following in the footsteps of Jody Fleisch in throwing herself from the top level of York Hall. Watch it after the “jump”, if you pardon the pun. (more…)