Wrestler’s Spotlight #8: Kenny Steele

Kenny Steele is an indy wrestler that has a unique style that tells a deeper story when he performs in the ring.

The independent wrestling scene is filled with wrestlers that have unique skill sets that make them stand out. The action wrestlers bring on a nightly basis sends a high adrenaline rush to the fans watching. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s nonstop movements and spots, it’s all about what the wrestler brings that makes it high energy.

A wrestler can pace themselves but be fast because of their certain strengths in the ring. That’s what makes this wrestler Kenny Steele special. He brings energy wherever he goes.

First impressions of Kenny Steele:

He is not just a striker, but a quick striker. There is no wasted movement and his strikes are calculating to never miss their target. When he’s outmatched size and strength-wise most of the time, he must make every strike count and make it fast to swing momentum or keep momentum.

It’s not to say Kenny isn’t a high flyer or a strong grappler, but the real story in the ring is how his biggest strength in the ring tends to be his striking ability. When he relies on his strikes, it is the difference between him winning or losing a match.

What Kenny Steele brings every night:

This guy gives his best and never strays away from who he is as a competitor. If a fan is viewing him for the very first time, they will catch on fast.

Kenny is highly durable and in terrific shape with a ring style that has made him very comfortable to appear night after night. He is not going to go five hundred miles an hour every match, he tells a story with a mix of his charisma and athleticism to make every match special and unique.

Matchup: Kenny Steele Vs Big Sed

Notable appearances:

MPX wrestling, VIP wrestling, MWPW, EWA wrestling, NAWA, BCWA, DFW all pro wrestling

The Future:

When thinking about superstars with a lot of mileage on their bodies, immediately The Miz from WWE comes to mind. Kenny has that same energy and mileage, which is why his future is truly bright.

That’s an asset for any wrestling company that wants a superstar who will always be there and can always depend on. The company that Kenny would probably fit in best is with Impact Wrestling or even NXT because of his mileage.

Some companies will appreciate Kenny’s style more than other companies. No matter where he goes, he will always be the charismatic counter striker that can win his way out of tight jams.

Kenny is racking up wins and always looking to give fans something to remember. Fans can keep track of his matches on YouTube and his activity on Twitter which has a welcoming fun interaction while keeping track of what Kenny Steele will do next.

Wrestler’s Spotlight #7: Kacee Carlisle

Former NWA World Women’s champion Kacee Carlisle has led a revolution in the women’s division, she may have a powerful case to come back to NWA Power to reclaim her crown.

This is a very special Wrestler’s Spotlight segment. This segment is not like any other, because this wrestler is a pioneer for the women’s division in the independent circuit. This Wrestler’s Spotlight will focus on a driving force for the women’s division known as Kacee Carlisle.

The other Wrestler Spotlight segments focused on women wrestlers who have made an impact and are basically prospects for greatness. Kacee is a driving force behind the women’s division along with a few other big names such as April Hunter, Amber O’Neal, and LuFisto to name a few.

This wrestler that has been in the game for decades and it was well over a decade ago that Kacee first grabbed my attention. It’s all about appreciating those who have helped build something and Kacee took it brick by brick to build a solid foundation that has stood tall for decades.

First impressions of Kacee Carlisle:

It was the year 2007 and I first saw Kacee Carlisle in the ring while hanging out with friends during school. During a period where it was hard to imagine a women’s wrestler being at a certain level.

What makes Kacee special upon seeing her for the first time is her old school ring style. She focuses on what matters most in the ring, which is the technique. It was a refreshing change of pace from mainstream wrestling at the time that was at a slow stall with their women’s division.

What Kacee Carlisle brings every night:

One of the most underrated tactics with Kacee is the fact she is a master of mind games. Even in a loud arena, she can hurl insults at fan-favorite wrestlers to get the fans riled up and throw her opponent off their game. She has that connection with fans that adds to the emotion in all her matches.

Kacee is an old school technical wrestler. She has faced new school technical wrestlers, but Kacee takes them to the woodshed. She is always laser-focused on keeping her opponent grounded and isolated to give them no breathing room for momentum.

Matchup: Kacee Carlisle Vs Allie Recks

Notable appearances:

NWA (Where she won the NWA World women’s championship), TNA (dark match), Adrenaline Championship Wrestling (current AC, VALKYRIE Women’s Professional Wrestling.

The Future:

She has gone against some of the best already and will continue to go against the best the circuit has to offer. She is one of the best competitors to never compete in a WWE ring and has continued to reach new milestones year after year.

The future could hold anything for Kacee and there is still hope that Kacee comes back to NWA to reclaim her crown as NWA World Women’s champion six years later after losing her crown to Barbi Hayden.

Even if she doesn’t make an appearance for NWA Power, she has an order of dream matches to fill with talent and to remind people why she is the best old school technician of the modern era.

Kacee is still holding titles and defending her other crowns such as the ACW Women’s championship and any other piece of gold she will surely add to her Carlisle collection.

The hope for her to appear on NWA again is truly strong, but fans should be prepared to witness more history being made by Kacee Carlisle as 2020 rolls on. Stay tuned via her Twitter @KaceeCarlisle and her Instagram KaceeCarlisle to see if the Carlisle collection will continue to grow or if she makes her way back home to NWA to reclaim the ultimate gold.

Special thanks to Title Match Wrestling the owner of the video.

Wrestler’s Spotlight #6: Vanity

Vanity is a wrestler of the indy circuit who likes the finest things. Any major promotion from WOW to WWE is a fit for the superstar.

Certain wrestlers really push the bounds and have no limits for what they can do in the ring. Confidence in the business of wrestling is everything and some may have higher confidence than others. There is one superstar that has such high confidence that it shines in everything she does in the ring and beyond. This superstar who has the spotlight on her for this segment is known as Vanity.

She is one of the hungriest stars to have ever stepped in the ring. Even when she gains a little success, she is always looking for ways to step it up more. She has that combination of confidence and a high work ethic. She will never settle because she knows how good she is in the ring. She keeps going hard with something to prove on a nightly basis.

First impressions of Vanity:

The first thing that stood out the first time ever seeing Vanity was the fact she always held her head up high. She is not any ordinary wrestler; she is one that likes to make a strong and lasting impression for those who may be viewing her for the first time and for those who have been faithfully watching her.

It became clear that she is a leader in and out of the ring and she can bring out the best in anyone.

What Vanity brings every night:

She brings a whole lot of power in the ring, not just power with her attitude, but physical power. She has crazy leg strength that gives her an advantage with every strike and move she makes. She may be one of the strongest to step in the ring today.

There is no wasted movement from Vanity, and she uses that leg strength to the fullest to dominate her opponent or create an advantage. The leg strength comes full circle to knock her opponent for a loop with one of her notable moves called the Cookie Cutter, which is a very strong kick that could make a forty-yard field goal.

Matchup: Vanity Vs Corrine Mink

Notable appearances:

Evolve, Queens of Combat, WSU, SHINE.

The Future:

She has a unique attitude that reflects who she is and that is a gold mine for promotions. She is a competitor with a solid identity and stays true to it with a strong ring presence.

Vanity likes a new challenge and thrives on pushing herself to the very limit in the face adversity. She ends up stronger than she was before as she takes on the challenge. She always carries that chip on her shoulder with something to prove to someone and she will carry that same hunger and drive anywhere.

She is a large diamond that shines brighter than any other diamond in the circuit today. The question is where could this diamond end up? Women of Wrestling? NWA? Impact? AEW? WWE and NXT? She has such natural and fluid ability in the wrestling ring that she is someone who will fit comfortably with ANY major promotion and shine no matter where she goes.

Most wrestlers are polished and destined for greatness for certain promotions, but Vanity is just an all-around superstar who will have that shock factor follow her no matter where she goes.

Whether a fan knows her already or is new to her career, her driven attitude will lead to bigger things no matter where and no matter who she goes against. Follow her journey on Instagram and see where the charismatic cookie-cutter continues to set a blaze of glory all around the world.

Special thanks to Title Match Wrestling the owners of the match video.

Writer’s Life: Being a Shayna Baszler fan

All writers have influential figures they follow, sometimes it’s other writers. For me, it’s Shayna Baszler and people may not understand why a wrestler influences a writer.

The past few weeks have been interesting, to say the least, and unfortunately, my mind has not been focused on writing due to personal reasons. I haven’t even started on other projects that I have planned for the rest of 2019. I need to get a little personal for a moment and focus on an influential person known as Shayna Baszler and how she has helped me personally and as a writer.

I love everything about wrestling and mixed martial arts. Some people have influential people who are singers, actors, or just general public figures. The main influences can be your parents or any friends who are basically family.

Being a Shayna Baszler fan is a part of my identity openly and if someday I became a millionaire, you will still catch me in a Shayna Baszler shirt in public. I am sure people have seen the tweets and seen the memes on Instagram and I wouldn’t be surprised if I have driven some people crazy. They probably wish I would just shut up.

If you have felt that way, no hard feelings and I have been there many times. Hopefully, this will all help people understand why and understand the great feeling of having an influential figure.

Shayna Baszler is a special case and someone who has influenced me greatly over the years. She has had multiple passions and she did it all. She didn’t ask for approval by anyone and she went out there and did what she had to do.

Shayna Baszler recently hit a new milestone in her career and has continued to inspire people who have been a loyal fan all these years. Whatever is next in her journey, we are all here for it as she continues to set a blaze of glory wherever she goes.

The biggest thing with Shayna is that she has taught me as a writer and as a person that there will be people in life who jump on a bandwagon while you are winning, but some may drop off once you lose even a little. This was true from the first time seeing her during her mixed martial art days.

There were some fights where she won and other fights she lost and the people I was around were not consistent. Why would they turn their back while she lost one match but turn around with open arms after she wins? That’s the very definition of fickle.

That’s true as a writer from the days as an undergraduate student to branching out on my own. People wanted to be there when things were going well but turned their backs when things went bad even a little. That’s not just a professional guide but also a life guide.

As a writer, there are ups and downs and sometimes it helps to have someone so successful who understands on such a deep level. Loyalty is everything when it comes to writing and sometimes the loyalty is only there when they want to, but the moment they feel like you aren’t at a certain level, they will likely turn their backs.

That’s where the influence of Shayna Baszler has truly changed everything for me. Being able to distinguish different types of people and know who will be there consistently.

Maybe there is a public figure whether it’s a wrestler, an actor, a fellow writer, or just a general public figure that influences you and has a general message that fits into your professional and personal life to guide you.

Hopefully, now people will understand if they follow me on Twitter and wonder why a writer tweets so much about Shayna Baszler will understand. If that doesn’t drive you crazy, then that’s good. It’s who I am and I am not changing and I would hope other writers who have their own public figures who influence them will not change either.

Wrestler’s Spotlight #5: Phoebe

The hula hoop wonder known as Phoebe is a load of fun and is bound to travel the world and could make her debut on AEW, Impact Wrestling, or NXT.

Despite what certain people may say about the wrestling industry, wrestling is all about having fun. If the wrestler is having fun, then the fans are likely to have fun. If I could take a line out of the Dark Knight and ask these certain people: Why so serious?

Why must there be a certain mold for what makes a wrestler stand out? Why can’t there be a healthy variety to please everyone? Well, guess what? For fans who just like to have fun, there is a very special wrestler by the name of Phoebe.

The hula hoop wonder known as Phoebe has captured the hearts of many around the world. Whether it’s her genuine spirit or her unique ring presence. Phoebe is a very unique talent that fans won’t find every day.

First impressions of Phoebe:

There have been talents in the past that made their entrance with something special. Al Snow had a head, Shayna Baszler during her mixed martial arts days entered with a guitar, and Erick Rowan recently enters the ring with a mysterious cage. Phoebe enters with a hula hoop and energizes the crowd before the match even begins.

What Phoebe brings every night:

Phoebe has very unorthodox movements in the ring and constantly uses her hula movements to escape and create offense. Her slippery offense with her constant taunting and mind games causes the match to turn up from 0 to 100 in an instant. The most entertaining aspect is the frustration her opponent feels with a very physically gifted Phoebe having fun in the ring.

The fun and games quickly end when she plants her opponent’s face in the mat and it’s nothing to smile at with her lethal faceplant to seal the deal for a victory.

Matchup: Phoebe Vs Vanity

Notable appearances:

RISE, Shimmer, Title Match Network: Ladies Night Out, Sabotage Wrestling, Hurricane Pro, New Texas Pro, Anarchy Championship Wrestling (ACW), British Empire Wrestling (London, England), Canada Elite Wrestling (CWE), and FML- Fédération Montérégienne de Lutte (she is everywhere!).

The Future:

She is highly ambitious and is a person who will always make a show no matter where and no matter when. Even if the weather is brutal and the travel may unbearable, you bet she can be there and will be ready to perform.

The hula hoop wonder has her eyes everywhere from Denver to God knows where else! It’s possible that most fans even ones reading this blog as we speak may have at least one chance to actually see Phoebe perform in person!

It’s clear she is on a mission to entertain and made it a goal to hula hoop all around the world and become the first to ever hula hoop in every state and country at least once. If that’s not a thing yet, it should be!

You don’t want to miss this special superstar’s journey and keep tabs where she will go next. Whether a fan is having a hard day or a hard time, they are for sure going to be cheered up by Phoebe. Keep up with Phoebe on Twitter and Instagram to see where the Hula hooping superstar will land next, and who knows, you may be able to experience it all live!

 

Photo credit to Chad Cooper.