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divamania presents: 100 women we’d love to see compete in the Mae Young Classic - #004: kiera hogan. 

notes: Kiera Hogan is one of the most exciting and upcoming female independent wrestlers of today. At only twenty three years of age, Kiera has already found immense success in the wrestling industry, something we’re sure that will continue for many years to come. Nicknamed The First Lady of Atlanta, Kiera currently holds the WSU Spirit Championship and is one of the most impressive ladies on the independent scene. A woman of Kiera’s talent would be nothing less than amazing to see as a part of the Mae Young Classic and even if she isn’t selected to compete, we’re already putting in our predictions that it won’t be long before Kiera is offered a contract by WWE, especially since WWE already have her on their radar and invited her for a tryout back in June 2016.

Rollins takes pride in indie origin, eyes Lesnar, Styles bouts (Inquirer.Net)

Looking back, Seth Rollins could only laugh seeing how far he and his fellow independent wrestlers have gone in their careers.

Selling out smaller venues in the past, this batch from the indies have solidified themselves as surefire crowd drawers and emerged as the cornerstones in today’s WWE programming.

“I think it took the WWE a while to recognize that the indies produce a better talent. It’s the experience, knowing that you have to make things on your own, going to places, and wrestling all over the world, which makes us stand out,” the Architect told INQUIRER.net.

“Obviously, the WWE developmental circuit produces its own set of talent, but the thing is you just learn one style there. Nothing compares to the experience you gain from the indies, knowing the different styles around the world, and you see that with the current talent, with AJ Styles, Finn Balor, Dean Ambrose, Samoa Joe. The landscape has really changed and it’s good to see guys who have been grinding for 10 to 12 years in the indies to where they are right now.”

Rollins also admitted that this shift in mentality has made him appreciate his current program with Samoa Joe more, knowing that guys like them who made their names in numerous independent promotions somehow find themselves at a crossroads anew, this time with the WWE.

“Joe is incredible and it’s always good to have a program with someone you’ve known for a long time,” he said. “To be honest, I took a wrestling camp with Joe when I was still 17 years old. It’s a time before I even started having things to do with wrestling and it’s nice to know that after a long time, we’re in a position where we are right now. It’s a good feather in the cap recounting that we had that bond even before we started in the business.”

However, despite their deep connection with their backgrounds, Rollins made it clear that there’s a reason why he is “The Man,” and he wants to prove it, expressing his desire to get his shot at the Universal Champion Brock Lesnar soon.

“Truth be told, we’re all biding time. Me, Joe, Roman (Reigns), Braun (Strowman), Dean,” he said, rattling off names of possible challengers to Raw’s flagship title.

Rollins will have a chance to get closer in getting that crack as he was named as a part of the number one contender’s fatal-5-way match at Extreme Rules, where he will face off against Joe, Balor, Reigns, and Bray Wyatt.

The Kingslayer also didn’t shy away from calling out the Beast Incarnate, saying, “With Brock, it’s a double-edged sword. Obviously, Brock brings prestige to the title, but he’s not here often. Brock is a selfish individual and he works in his own realm, in his own schedule. He shows up when he wants to, so we all work in Brock’s schedule.

”Exuding confidence, there’s no doubt in Rollins’ mind who will come out on top once he gets his chance at Lesnar.

“I think I’ll be able to handle him and come out on top, as otherworldly as that sounds. Yeah, I think I’ll definitely come out on top,” he said.

But if that opportunity doesn’t come sooner or later, Rollins has one opponent in mind that he wants to face off against.

“AJ Styles,” he quipped. “We haven’t had a match in 10 years and it will be very interesting to have a match with him, hopefully, that happens soon. The brand split has kind of threw a wrench on us, but hopefully, soon.”

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WCPW forced to cancel Loaded tapings
[May 22nd, 2017]

Long story short, YouTube had some not-so-friendly users who were uploading videos that featured hate speech, and those users were monetizing said videos. This caused YouTube to greatly analyze what videos they would be monetizing (adding consumer ads to, so that the uploaders could make money). One of the greatest casualties of that has been professional wrestling, which has led to the unfortunate downfall of several business, from independent contractors (wrestlers, managers, etc.) to entire companies.

WhatCulture Pro Wrestling has been actively producing exciting and groundbreaking content on a very regular basis. Some shows would put a spotlight on homegrown British talent where others were simply dream matches or events where rising stars could take on established names. Unfortunately, due to YouTube’s new “wrestling ain’t worth our money” nonsense, WCPW has been forced to cancel upcoming Loaded tapings. The video above shows examples as to how companies will be affected by the new YouTube policies, which is devastating for a company like WCPW who had a decent revenue going… but imagine how it’s going to affect smaller companies and independent talents.

Really not stoked about this. At all.

Tenille Tayla
[May 2nd, 2009]

Long before fans of the WWE were introduced to Emma, Tenille Dashwood began wrestling in Australia in 2003 at the age of 15, but was sidelined with a shoulder injury that prevented her from wrestling. In 2007, Dashwood moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada to train with Lance Storm, honing her skills before becoming an independent wrestler in Canada’s ECCW. In 2009, Dashwood debuted in Shimmer, wrestling as Tenille Tayla and suffering a loss in her debut against Amber O’Neal at Shimmer 23. In 2011, Tenille returned to Storm Wrestling Academy, furthering her training before signing with the WWE in March of 2011.

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“I’m not good with that self-analysis sort of thing. I just try to tell stories, and I guess I push them in that direction, but I don’t think about why that is. I’m usually in the character’s head, trying to follow some form of their psychology.“ -Darren Aronofsky

Happy Birthday Darren Aronofsky! Feb. 12, 1969.

anonymous asked:

I saw someone mention Candice LeRae, and let me say that there is so much difference between Candice and RY. Candice is successful. She's one of the top independent female wrestlers in the world. She would have been successful even if she didn't marry Johnny, because of her work ethic and talent alone. Not to mention, she's pretty. RY can't even hold a candle when compared to Candice. Candice is bad-ass, RY is fake-ass.

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Triple Threat Match:
Will Ospreay (w/ Bea Priestley) Vs. Matt Riddle Vs. Marty Scurll
WCPW Pro Wrestling World Cup
[March 23rd, 2017]

Despite being known for his light-hearted demeanor, Matt Riddle is a wrestler that has gained adulation for his abilities in the ring against a variation of wrestlers with different backgrounds. In this match, Riddle takes on two fellow popular independent wrestlers, Will Ospreay and “The Villain” Marty Scurll. Despite Scurll taking the nickname, Ospreay makes it clear that he’s not in WCPW’s Pro Wrestling World Cup to make friends, showing off his lovely girlfriend Bea Priestly and making his intentions to reign clear. Riddle kicks the match off by taking control of both opponents, but when Scurll gains momentum, he’s difficult to stop, as he wears both Ospreay and Riddle down with a series of kicks and quick maneuvers

My favourite match I ever had in the WWE system was a 30 minute iron man match with Dean Ambrose, down in FCW. That was… THAT may be my favourite match that I’ve ever had. Ambrose and I, we had never worked before. We had both got to developmental, but we had never… we worked in separate circles but kind of came up at the same time. He was doing his thing on the East coast and I was in the mid-West and we’d never really crossed paths, aside from an Honor show or two, here and there. Then we got to developmental and they were like, oh they’re both independent wrestlers, let’s put them together. And we were head and shoulders really, our in-ring work was considered above everybody else and we had an instant chemistry right away. You said earlier, you just get in there and it’s so easy, you just felt like you had a thousand matches with this guy.
—  Seth Rollins, on his favourite match with the WWE.

Stephanie McMahon Q&A: ‘I love to play the bad guy’

The most powerful family in wrestling will always and forever be the McMahons.

World Wrestling Entertainment has come a long way from the days of Vince McMahon Sr. starting and running the company up until passing the reigns to the Vince McMahon wrestling fans learned to despise during the “Attitude Era.”

And one day the most powerful person in wrestling might be Stephanie McMahon — Vince McMahon’s daughter. When Stephanie isn’t playing one half of “The Authority” on WWE programming alongside her husband Paul “Triple H” Levesque, she’s the chief brand officer for the company.

Stephanie recently chatted exclusively with Yahoo Sports about making her return to a WWE ring as a competitor following an 11-year layoff, the WWE’s policy on domestic violence and a rumor regarding the stars of “Total Divas.”

YS: Is there any truth to the report that the wrestlers on Totals Divas aren’t allowed to win the Divas championship?

SM: Absolutely not. I honestly don’t even know how that rumor got started.

YS: Last I checked, one of the talents addressed it, so I wanted to check with you.

SM: There is no policy. I think it would be awesome to have one of the Total Divas as our champion. I think it would drive interest in the storyline. I would never say never.

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it’s just mind boggling that the wwe can’t recognize when their talent isn’t happy, or if they do recognize it, the people that care are people who don’t have power over someone like vince mcmahon’s right hand man in kevin dunn

how many more former divas talking about their unfair time constraints and over sexualization will it take before someone actually does something? how many more times do female independent wrestlers, the wwe’s potential prospects, have to admit to interviewers that the thing keeping them from even trying out for the wwe is the fact that they KNOW they won’t be respected before something changes?

i know brie bella’s comments on nxt at a q&a panel are getting some spotlight now but do not ever forget about michelle mccool revealing that the wwe told her and melina to “not outshine the guys”, don’t forget that kevin dunn’s solution to getting kelly kelly over was to suggest having her get breast implants, don’t forget about dawn marie getting fired because she got pregnant, don’t forget the fact that there are strong claims indicating that audrey marie was sexually assaulted by developmental trainer bill demott and that the wwe has taken no action against him, don’t forget that rita chatterton, the first female referee in wwe history, filed charges against vince mcmahon for RAPE, don’t forget that sable filed charges against the company for sexual harassment as well

and most importantly do not forget to keep #givedivasachance alive

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“My favourite match I ever had in the WWE system was a 30 minute iron man match with Dean Ambrose, down in FCW. That was… THAT may be my favourite match that I’ve ever had. Ambrose and I, we had never worked before. We had both got to developmental, but we had never… we worked in separate circles but kind of came up at the same time. He was doing his thing on the East coast and I was in the mid-West and we’d never really crossed paths, aside from an Honor show or two, here and there. Then we got to developmental and they were like, oh they’re both independent wrestlers, let’s put them together. And we were head and shoulders really, our in-ring work was considered above everybody else and we had an instant chemistry right away. You said earlier, you just get in there and it’s so easy, you just felt like you had a thousand matches with this guy.” - Seth Rollins on Talk is Jericho.