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.

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 #4: Jayel Cotto

The Indy circuit of wrestling has had success and could be a candidate for WWE or enhance AEW and their women’s division.

There are wrestlers who keep fans on their toes and have a degree of unpredictability. The best kind of wrestlers are ones who may not be the biggest or strongest but willing to go the extra mile to win. Even though they may lose, they compete and continue to compete until the final bell rings. That brings us to Jayel Cotto who brings all those qualities and more.

Jayel Cotto is tough as nails and a determined competitor. Whether she is the favorite to win or not, she never goes down without a fight. Her strong strikes with her educated feet could strike at any moment during the match, which makes her an entertaining competitor to watch.

Jayel may not be a dominator in the ring, but all it takes is one firm powerful strike to change the match completely in her favor.

First impressions of Jayel Cotto:

The first time seeing her, her swift strikes were what stood out. She has other pieces to her game, but the strikes make a difference between her being dominated in the ring or completely turning the match around. Her determination with her striking ability shows that even if she is dominated in the ring, no one can count her out of any match.

What Jayel Cotto brings every night:

Jayel is not exactly an underdog, nor is she a dominant force, she is someone who will do what it takes to win, she takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Any competitor in the ring with her is up for a long fight.

Her powerful strikes and her tendency to hit a lethal roundhouse kick at any angle is as sudden as an RKO from Randy Orton. She will always have those kicks as an equalizer in matches where she is outmatched.

Avoiding a sudden strike from Jayel may be easier said than done. She does not tire easily and has very high durability in the ring with a high threshold for taking punishment in the ring to keep the crowd and her opponent on their toes.

Matchup: Jayel Cotto Vs Masha Slamovich

Notable appearances:

Has had a WWE try-out and gone to Puerto Rico to compete.

The Future:

Jayel is a true competitor and wherever she goes no matter who is on the roster, she will compete. She doesn’t care if a person may outmatch her in some way, she will give her all even if it means just waiting for the right moment for a strike.

The intriguing aspect of her having a WWE tryout in the past is that some of the greatest had multiple tryouts with WWE or other major companies. Jayel is quickly becoming one of the best pure strikers in the circuit and has a strong case for displaying her skills to WWE, AEW, and impact.

That’s the kind of competitor that would be a great contender for the NXT women’s title or a Knockouts championship with Impact. Someone who knows how to win and is a great potential challenge for the champion and will work hard and keep fans on the edge of their seat with just being one strike away from victory no matter who she is going against.

All of us will be pulling for another tryout or signing with another company in the future because she is a fighter and this fighter delivers every single match, which fans will love with her unpredictability and competitive nature in the ring and will get the crowd fired up night after night.

Stay tuned via her Twitter @JayelCotto to show support and follow her journey as she fights her opponents. Without a doubt we will see her on television and that same feeling will be amplified on television on a weekly basis whether it’s WWE, Impact, or AEW.

Wrestler’s Spotlight #3: Masha Slamovich

After appearing on Impact Wrestling and going toe to toe with Jordynne Grace, Masha Slamovich has continued her rise.

It’s that time for yet another wrestler in the spotlight and this wrestler is special. This wrestler’s television debut left a lasting impression and she made an immediate impact. Even though it was a one-time appearance, there is a lot to her, and she gave fans a big taste the first chance she had.

This wrestler is known as Masha Slamovich. She is one of the most unexpected surprises. Coming across a wrestler with such a strategy to her ring presence is what made her special from the very beginning.

Only a handful of wrestlers have appeared on television in a one-off appearance and left a lasting impression. Masha has made it clear that she is on a mission and the whole wrestling world needs to take notice.

First impressions of Masha Slamovich:

The first time seeing her on television, her disciplined demeanor caught my attention. While Masha was in the ring with Jordynne Grace, it didn’t feel like someone only there for a one-time appearance. It felt like Masha was making a debut for a long-term mission with Impact Wrestling.

After the match, there were literally searches for answers to if she will make an appearance next week. Didn’t want that appearance from her on Impact to be her last and wanted more from her. When there is another confrontation with Jordynne Grace again, it will be must-see television or pay-per-view.

What Masha Slamovich brings every night:

In the ring, Masha is very cunning and thrives on strategy in the ring. If she sees fit for being a brawler, submission artist, or grappler in the ring, she will use the strategy that will produce the best results in the ring. Her style varies with who she is facing, and sometimes she will mix it up with different styles each time.

She will use her strategy for that night for her goal to hit her devastating tiger bomb on her opponent for the victory.

Matchup: Masha Slamovich Vs Kasey

Notable appearances:

Impact Wrestling.

The Future:

Masha has brought something special that makes her a hot ticket for every promotion big and small. Whether she ends up on All Elite Wrestling, NXT, Impact, Women of Wrestling, or anywhere else. She will only raise the bar higher for whoever she goes against.

Masha’s presence with her strategy makes her a big gain or even a steal for any company. She has left a lasting impression and her sudden burst onto the scene makes her special. She has a lot of dream matches to be filled including Holidead, Tessa Blanchard, Jessie Jones, Jessicka Havok, and Shayna Baszler. These dream matches are just a few competitors signed with different companies.

Where will Masha go? We will see! No matter who signs her whether it’s Impact Wrestling realizing they need her after that strong match with Jordynne Grace a few months ago or a company realizing the endless dream matches for their respective brand, it will leave a lasting effect on the company.

Masha is here to stay, and she will continue to raise the bar higher each time she steps in the ring no matter where and no matter who it is. Her Twitter @mashaslamovich is filled with her matches and potential victims, you want to be on board for this journey because she will sign with a company and wherever she goes, she will conquer with this special story coming full circle.

Social Media Uncut!: “Wicked Witch” Shayla Hyde

Welcome to the first installment of Social Media Uncut! Where it’s a social media conversation like no other. For the first installment ever, we take a dive into Joan King aka The Wicked Witch Shayla Hyde and take a closer look at the inspirational journey and more.

Welcome to the first installment of Social Media Uncut. Where it is a social media conversation to beat all conversations. The first installment is a big one and is all about pursuing dreams. Many remember Joan King from RAW and many others know her as the “Wicked Witch” Shayla Hyde.

She has made her presence felt not just in the ring but on social media as well with a unique connection with her followers with her tagline #FlyWithTheWitch. Her genuine charisma and extraordinary heart in the ring along with a superior physical presence in the ring has made her one of a kind.

That has been said many times that there is no one like her, well there is truly no one like Shayla Hyde. No one even comes close, and no one will ever come close. I had the honor of taking time to talk to Shayla Hyde to dig deeper into the mind of the Wicked Witch of independent wrestling.

J.C: First thing is first, how do you feel about the women’s Pay-per-view? It’s got to feel amazing that months ago u went against Nia Jax and months later this big announcement happened.

Shayla: I feel that an ALL WOMENS PPV is beyond amazing. It actually feels past the point of amazing. It feels as though I have a small part in it also. Even though I got beat up for 47 seconds if that by Nia.

J.C: I was sitting at home when that all went down, of course, it was still a memorable pre-Wrestlemania warm up for Nia, what was your mindset heading into that match?

Shayla: “What if I mess up? What if a break something? No, I’m going to kill this. This isn’t for me this is for Josh and my supporters” that was going through my head like a loop.

J.C: It was a good match for sure, people don’t know but we have known each other for…..5 years!? (I’m a terrible person for not remembering ha).

Shayla: Pretty damn close. More like 3.5yrs to 4.

J.C: Still a long damn time ha, when tough enough came back I remember pushing for you to go was like a big thing ha.

Shayla: YES! I’m hoping the next time around that WWE #flywiththewitch enough to have me on Tough Enough.

J.C: Yeah, well you and many others including Brittany wonder were trying out it was a busy time for me as well as you because that time I remember your quest for championship gold was coming up at that time, and people don’t know how big it was during that time, walk us through that time.

Shayla: First official title was AMAZING! But the pressure was on to stay on top.

J.C: I know you been hunting for it for a while, I mean these were your first titles, it had to be a load off to reach such great milestones.

Shayla: Yes! Now a big goal for me is to get overseas.

J.C: Okay you are one of my best friends and I didn’t know that even, what gives? (Ha), Do you have anywhere specific in mind?

Shayla: Ireland. Scotland. Germany. England. JAPAN! Anywhere I can go, to be honest. I have a passport and just itching to use it

J.C: Anywhere you end up it’ll be great. I do dream matches with you all over Twitter and now I got to ask, what dream matches do you personally have in mind?

Shayla: O that’s a HUGE list. Jazzy Gabert. Amber O’Neal. Mickie James. Natalya. It is seriously endless.

J.C: I can’t help but notice you left out my favorite of all time Shayna Baszler (ha) I’m sure that would be a great match even though I am extremely biased in that subject.

Shayla: Yes. Your vote is for me.

J.C: Yes, of course, I hope Shayna Baszler never finds this ever, if so Shayna is awesome and the best, Queens Army since 2010, ANYWAYS… One more big question that I’m sure will come up many times down the road, what do you want people to get out of seeing you or hearing your name? What do you want people to see through your career?

Shayla: That through all the heartache I still kept pushing through. That the beginning of my career will not define the end.

J.C: Thank you for being an inspiration for everyone including me, I know people will love the message you have, and as usual, fans will be watching and hopefully gain a lot through watching you.

As you can see there is a lot to look forward to with Shayla Hyde, and things that I didn’t even know about. It is a testament to how big this journey truly is. You can find her matches via YouTube and see her full journey and more via Twitter @Likablemshyde. Be sure to join the conversation with #FlyWithTheWitch.

Her journey is just beginning, and every single day her journey on Twitter is something new every single day. Be sure to follow her, watch her matches, tweet her and enjoy the crazy ride as we continue to see where the Wicked Witch of the independent circuit continues to fly.

Photo credit to World Wrestling Entertainment©. All Content within used with permission from Shayla Hyde.

The Spark of Independent Wrestling: Aria Blake

We are familiar with names like Amber O’Neal,Kacee Carlisle, LuFisto who are well known Women Wrestlers. Then there is Aria Blake who has taken things to the next level for the next generation.

The Independent wrestling circuit has seen the women stepping up in the past fifteen years. We have current WWE superstars who were part of that spark such as Sasha Banks, Bayley, Shayna Baszler, and Ember Moon. These women came from a spark in independent wrestling that started nearly fifteen years ago.

WWE went through a period of sub-par women wrestlers around that time, and a shortage of performers during the Divas title era. Names like Amber O’Neal, Kacee Carlisle, LuFisto, and Mickie Knuckles popped up as pioneers for raising the bar in the independent circuit.

You probably enjoy them on YouTube or even go to their shows. Today we have seen no slow down of the women’s division that shows us what it truly means to be a wrestler. Aria Blake is a woman who has been nothing short of spectacular, and for her young age of 23 has a skill set and maturity that is rare.

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Aria Blake with her tag team partner as the iconic duo The Spoiled Brats

What makes Aria so special is what a spark she is in the ring. Every part of the ring used to her advantage, and she is truly a ring general. She can work every part of the wrestling ring to ensure her victory. She is wise beyond her years and has a similar ring presence as to former NWA Women’s champion Kacee Carlisle with being a ring general.

That kind of maturity and drive is exactly why she is an automatic prospect to be in NXT someday. So many wrestlers at her age are still trying to find themselves, but Aria has found herself and is only going to keep improving at a terrifying rate that should be deemed very unusual for someone as young as herself.

Aria improving gracefully will only lead to trouble for whoever she steps in the ring with. As Aria puts the pieces together fans of the independent circuit, and fans of NXT should keep a strong eye out for the name Aria Blake is a spark that is proving herself to be a force in the ring. One thing is clear, this young talented competitor carries the torch of the rise of fifteen years ago.

Aria Blake represents the new generation and is the leading ring general for a new generation. We will without a shadow of doubt see her in an NXT ring in the future, it is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when. Keep a lookout, you never know when Aria Blake will show up on NXT to show the world, but until that time comes to look out for her now as she continues to be a strong presence in the ring.

Be sure to follow Aria Blake on Twitter @TheAriaBlake for all her latest matches, merchandise and more. Also, be sure to keep a lookout on YouTube for matches and enjoy.