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.

A Writer’s journey: True friends & writing community

The journey before joining the writing community on Twitter helped shape me to who I am today, the good friends and the not so good. Here is my story as a writer.

Before joining Twitter a few years back, I was primarily writing whatever was on my mind and only sharing it with a few people. I decided that I wanted to expand and reach people, and another writer who I knew for many years was saying the same thing. I thought this person felt the same way, but it turned out to be a dark period while trying to just gain the confidence to go above and beyond.

While talking to this person, I told him that we should really try Twitter. At the time, we both didn’t even know where to begin. He released a book and I was writing blogs for my first platform and wanted to get serious about screenwriting. I was mentally preparing myself to go on Twitter, since I also wanted to follow wrestlers, Walking Dead, actors, and other writers too.

The platform I was writing for didn’t work out. I was still determined to keep going and find other ways to write. I made the mistake of underestimating the stress with personal things, Shayla Hyde kept in contact with me, Barbi Hayden never hesitated to give a positive message even with her busy schedule, Brittany and Kikyo gave tough love when I didn’t want to do it anymore, and Nyla always gave genuine love and care. It made it easier to go through with Twitter and taking it day by day, and I felt great.

My Twitter profile was made, and I was ready for whatever was next. He left a message saying that it’s a “waste of time” and he “won’t do it”. I was not so angry that he pulled out, but angrier that it’s a writer telling another writer that something is a “waste of time”. It’s annoying to hear it from non-writers, but it’s worse hearing it from a fellow writer. It made it harder and I felt alone in it as I went through with it.

My friends Shayla, Kikyo, Brittany, Barbi, and Nyla all continued to be there to remind me that I wasn’t alone with the process. The stress and getting knocked a few steps back after taking three steps forward were the hardest. It was a process with the reoccurring personal hurdles as well as challenges presented by what that writer said to me. It was hanging over my head like a dark cloud.

Time went by, and eventually with love and support from them and discovering the writing community made all the difference in the world. From writing on my own website to becoming a finalist for the Hollywood Screenplay contest. I have done things that I have never imagined possible.

The support of the writing community on Twitter is best described as a never-ending energy field by other hardworking writers. Whether I am working on my scripts or sharing stories with the writing community like right now. I have been able to share stories and thoughts about writing. No matter what, no one can face the journey alone, because the writing field can be a long dark lonely road.

The people who support you become so much more than just friends. Brittany, Nyla, Shayla, Kikyo, and Barbi all became family. When I say family, I mean through the best times, and worse times they are there. So many times, people will only want to be around someone when they are winning, but the moment they lose even a little, the support disappears. The people who become family don’t care about it, they just want your happiness and to see you succeed.

Having the writing community helps, but the journey before finding the writing community is just as important. To never forget the struggles, your true friends, and finding yourself as a writer. At first, I wanted to just forget about the past, but now I don’t ever want to forget. The writing community is the energy that gives you more strength and positivity to build on.

Thinking about it keeps you hungry and while it may not be healthy to dwell on it. It is good to think about it occasionally to light a fire inside of you to power through your work. It can also be the worse thing to happen when overthinking it, and best to take a step back to take care of yourself when thinking about it becomes overwhelming.

If you haven’t joined Twitter or haven’t joined the writing community, take the chance and do it. Get to know people and build with the never-ending energy that shines with the writing community. It will be a great topper for the support you already have or give you that needed a boost to succeed.

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Social Media Uncut Q&A: Salina De La Renta

Salina De La Renta of MLW shares insight and shows why she is the social media sensation in the latest Q&A.

This year has started off with a blast for the wrestling community with no signs of slowing down. There has been debuts of new shows and young talent emerging. On Twitter, there has been an entertaining surge with a wrestler known as Salina De La Renta.

Salina’s connection with her fans shines as she shows maturity beyond her years with entertaining promos and segments that go above and beyond to entertain people on social media every day. Major League Wrestling has come under attention as a result of this very special young performer and gives us a look into what the future looks like for wrestling and social media.

For the Social Media Uncut Q&A, I had a chance to get some answers and a chance to pick the brain of the social media sensation known as Salina De La Renta.


J.C: How does it feel to have a following that has connected with you so well?

Salina: It really feels amazing that I can connect with my fans in such a way. They are the ones who give me feedback and help a lot when it comes to my next moves, Merch, even traveling plans. If it wasn’t for my fans, I wouldn’t be who I am, so I’m grateful.

J.C: Did you imagine getting over with fans in such a big way?

Salina: I had imagined that it was going to work but this certainly happened a lot faster than I imagine, seeing my social media grow in such a small amount of time makes me want to keep doing what I’m doing and challenges me in a way. It’s a lot of pressure being this loved. I know I can’t mess up now without it being a big deal.

J.C: What’s your reaction to fans on Twitter who only connect with a wrestling promotion because of you?

Salina: That is probably my favorite part, especially when they say it. It shows the company my value, and value always leads to success.

J.C: We all know with the good, there will be the negative, have you experienced some backlash from fans/trolls?

Salina: Ehh. I try to focus on the positives but of course, there are haters everywhere. It’s something I can’t control, nor I want to. I’m not scared of hate. Hate and love are both feelings and it’s my job as a performer to make you feel some type of way. A reaction, any reaction is better than no reaction and to hate me, you got to love me first. Nobody hates someone they don’t know ;).

J.C: What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when a fan on Twitter advocates for you to be part of WWE/AEW/Impact (honestly)?

Salina: I feel like people are ungrateful. MLW has put out an amazing product and seeing people begging for me to leave them is kind of a backstab. I am loyal to MLW so to be clear, I am not in this to use them a stepping stool to get to a higher promotion. I am here to grow with them. With that being said, I won’t leave them but if I get the chance of working with them along with another promotion at the same time then I’d be 100% down.

J.C: This year has been a big year for wrestling, including Women of Wrestling, do you feel like this is the best year to be a wrestling fan with variety?

Salina: I think the best years are still to come.

J.C: Final question, what’s your advice to wrestlers who use Twitter the same way you do, who are trying to get over, but seem to get lost in the shuffle, what’s your message to them?

Salina: I can’t give advice on how to get over, you need grace for that and, love what you are doing. Everything in life is a cycle, give love to your career and love comes back.


 

Salina has become a very recognizable face of MLW and has continued to shine as Major League Wrestling continues to grow with her. She will certainly be looking to raise the bar higher than she has already set. The future of wrestling is looking great as the social media sensation makes her presence felt and will certainly set a new standard for all wrestlers on social media.

Be sure to follow Salina on Twitter @Salinadelarenta on Twitter to keep up with the latest matches and latest entertaining segments that she has in store for fans. Also, follow Major League Wrestling to keep up with all the latest shows with Salina and more wrestlers.

Featured image and interview were shared with permission from Salina De La Renta.

Social Media Uncut: Cris Cyborg

As Cris Cyborg prepares for an eventful fight in a few months, Cris takes time to address the direction for women athletes,MMA, the future, WWE Evolution, and a special message.

We are on the road to WWE Evolution, and the card is looking stacked. There are lots of returns and some debuts on the main roster for the first time ever. WWE Evolution is prominent for having the RAW Women’s Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey who dominated and led a revolution in the MMA World, as well as making her big debut in WWE earlier this year. Ronda’s rise came and helped revolutionize mixed martial arts forever.

Ronda’s time in the MMA World to now is only a little of what has happened with women in sports. We have seen many big personalities and dominate athletes, including the one that I have done a small Q&A with the dominate knockout artist of UFC, the reigning and defending UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg.

Cris Cyborg took the MMA World by storm from the very beginning and has shown pure domination that is beyond anything we have ever seen in any sport. She holds a notable victory over the Queen of Spades Shayna Baszler who is scheduled to face Kairi Sane at WWE Evolution for the NXT Women’s Championship. Cris Cyborg has kept the ball rolling to new heights and a strong advocate for equality for women in sports.

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It was truly an honor, and I was nervous giving these questions to her since she is one of my favorites besides Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke, but I wanted to get her input before WWE Evolution, and before her scheduled fight with Amanda Nunes at UFC 232. We cut right to the chase with what is seen in the present day for women athletes.


 

J.C: Do you feel it is amazing when you sit back and look at the past years of what women athletes including yourself have done to get to where we are today?

Cris Cyborg: There have been so many pioneers in the sport of WMMA that have helped grow opportunities for all of us.  I think it is amazing to see how far the sport has grown in such a little time, and I know female fighters are only going to continue getting more skilled and gaining more interest from fans.

J.C: Do you personally see more room for growth in terms of the women’s revolution in sports? (This includes WNBA etc).

Cris Cyborg: Yes, women in sports is only going to get bigger.  When men attending sporting events, they bring other men…guy friends.  When women attend sporting events they bring the entire family.  The more women are involved in sports the more families will be participating.

J.C: Since you are directly a big part of the revolution including Shayna Baszler, and Rowdy Ronda Rousey and so many others, the third question is: Who currently whether it is in the MMA World or wrestling world do you see as the next big star to just continue to rise?

Cris Cyborg: There are many women who excel in pushing the sport. Brazil, we have some of the best female fighters in Jessica Andrade, Ketlyn Viera, and Bethe Coreria they have helped grow the sport’s popularity in our country.

J.C: What message do you have to send to the ones all over social media who are trying to trash what WWE is doing?

Cris Cyborg: The WWE is sports entertainment.  Watch the athleticism and skills displayed inside the WWE ring and you will have a greater appreciation for the athletes competing in between the ropes!


We have seen so many great athletes in WWE, and all sports in general. It truly shows what WWE Evolution truly represents, and that’s evolving, appreciation, and admiration. This is more than just another WWE Pay-per-view event, it is a sign of hard work that many like Ronda Rousey in UFC, Serena and Venus Williams, WNBA Legend Lisa Leslie who all have paved the way in sports and have ultimately led to a big moment that is a glorious landmark for not just WWE superstars, but women athletes all around the world.

I would like to thank Cris Cyborg for taking time out of her busy schedule, I know she is in the process of facing another great talent at UFC 232. We have a lot to look forward to for the rest of 2018. WWE Evolution October 28th, and later to end 2018 to keep the ball rolling, we got Cris Cyborg against Amanda Nunes basically to end the year with a bang! So much to look forward to, and hope you join us for WWE Evolution, which starts a month from now as of today! Be sure to tune in! We know Cris Cyborg will be keeping a close eye on the event!

All Content and information from the interview was used with permission from Cris Cyborg

How Twitter Made me a Better Writer

Social Media is generally frowned upon, and can be seen as a negative thing. To me, it was positive. Here is my story.

I was a sporadic Twitter user in the past. I came back in November, and since then it has helped me as a writer. I have been able to see experiences from close friends, and new friends. Networking is a powerful thing when gathering around like-minded individuals, and being able to see writers, independent actors, and workers of the entertainment field succeed. Some people may see it as a small deal, but it is a big deal and has helped me in a major way since coming back on Twitter. Twitter can help you propel to the next level when gathering with people who motivate and bring out the best in you.

There are so many names that come to mind. Stephanie Andujar who you probably remember from the movie Precious or as the Young Miss Rosa from the hit Netflix show Orange is the New Black. She is an actress who is down to Earth and her knowledge, kindness, friendship has meant more than anything. The journey and seeing projects that she is involved in is always nothing short of awesome and inspirational.

The same case for Nadine Marissa who is part of the hit show Walking Dead who has helped in ways that have only made me better, from tips to just general life advice. AdELA who is a hip-hop artist has proven what love and compassion can do. Nadine and AdELA both since connecting with them on Twitter have been the ones to help and be a support. They all have been an example of the two H’s, hard work, and humility. They have helped develop who I am, and what it truly means to do what you love to do.

There are many people who I already knew prior to Twitter such as Barbi Hayden, Kacee Carlisle, Brittany Wonder, and Kikyo who have been amazing support as always, and if it wasn’t for them, none of what I do today would be possible. Their continuous love and support are what kept me going even during the worse times. On Twitter, they have continued to be a support, and amazing friends despite their busy schedule, and been the greatest friends a person can ask for.

That brings me to a person prior to Twitter who is my best friend Shayla Hyde. Who is also a wrestler just like Barbi, Kacee, Brittany, and Kikyo. She has done everything to emotionally prepare me for every step in my life. For that, I am truly grateful. She has been there prior to college, and like the ones mentioned, way before I ever came back to Twitter. The support kept going, and everything that she accomplished up to this point has motivated me to do better.

There are many Twitter followers and people I have come across on Twitter from Brooke Hogan to Tamara Torres from Orange is the New Black. All of them that have been part of this journey, I am grateful for. Every one of them, and all the future ones that will join the journey later. Twitter has negativity and some bad news that people may like to avoid, but the truth is it can also bring out the best in people when they network. Let Twitter bring out the best in you, instead of letting the worse bring you down.