Wrestler’s Spotlight #2: Luscious Latasha

This Wrestler Spotlight focuses on a former SHINE wrestling tag team champion and is the party of the indy circuit.

The greatest thing about the wrestling community on social media is that it can introduce you to wrestlers from all around the world. It’s easier to come on board with amazing talent on their journey that may be new or talent that has been around for years being viewed for the first time as a fan.

While looking out for talent, there was a mysterious wrestler that was the first time and gives a new meaning to having a style in the ring. That’s why this wrestler’s spotlight is focused and shining bright on Luscious Latasha.

First impressions of Luscious Latasha:

Luscious Latasha is a superstar on social media who truly knows how to leave a lasting impression with her shining bright personality that is complemented by her genuine love for the business and people and having that reflected in the ring.

What Luscious Latasha brings every night:

The natural positive energy that draws fans in, win or lose, you feel good that you had a chance to see someone so special. The way she performs in the ring shines just like her personality with a great mix of showmanship complemented by a highly unpredictable ring presence.

She does a little bit of everything in the ring and you never know what will happen at that very moment, and it’s not uncommon for her to pull out multiple parts of her arsenal.

Matchup: Luscious Latasha Vs Kyoko Kimura

Notable appearances:

She was part of SHINE Wrestling and was tag team champion for that organization with Gabby Gilbert and made appearances with Women Superstars Uncensored.

The Future:

She is something special and one of the most unselfish wrestlers that have ever been encountered on social media or anywhere. Whether it is her smile that lights up a room or her just having fun in the ring, she is someone that once you know her, you will never forget her. She is all about making others happy while she performs in the ring.

She is never shy about sharing her journey on social media and is a positive light in the wrestling industry. She is a veteran of the game and shows us the fun side of wrestling that’s enjoyable for everyone.

It’s one of those rare occasions where it can truthfully be said: “I wish I knew her longer”. With her being around so long, being introduced to her so late feels like that joy has been robbed, especially if you are just now getting to know her.

If you don’t know her yet, you can now on her social media on Twitter. Follow her on @Lusciouslatasha and stay tuned for updates, appearances, and share the joy and have some fun for the moment while keeping up with Luscious Latasha.

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

Social Media Uncut: LuFisto

In this installment of Social Media Uncut, we hold a Q&A session with LuFisto to discuss the Women’s evolution,fans and more.

Welcome to the second installment of Social Media Uncut, the place of the most real Q&A’s. When I was thirteen years old, women’s wrestling was rising in some ways. Anyone who knows me knows that I am big on women’s wrestling. Having a strong mother who basically took on corporate America to provide, I see that in all the women when they wrestle. They go out there and prove themselves night after night.

So many people are under the notion that the women’s revolution was started in a period when it was the diva era. As we will see in this Q&A, it started way before that, and it’s insulting if you can’t see that. When I was a kid, I only saw Trish Stratus, Lita, Dawn Marie, Molly Holly etc. That was the period where the women were having some good moments of showing why they should be the main event and some not so good moments where it seemed like they were stuck being just the sex symbol.

It all started with a friend who is a few years older than me saw me sitting near a computer, and he nudged me on the shoulder bringing up a name “LuFisto”. I had no idea who he was talking about at the time at all. He began to type through a system to override the blockage to watch videos. That moment changed everything, and I saw a different side of women’s wrestling, from that point was the first time seeing LuFisto, along with Kacee Carlisle, Amber O’Neal and so many more through the years.

This segment is truly special because I got chills just being able to write questions to LuFisto. I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel like that thirteen-year-old kid all over again. For Social Media Uncut, we have a Q&A with LuFisto!

As all of you know WWE Evolution is over the horizon.  I noticed the negative friction on Twitter pertaining to the overall show and attitude towards competitors. With the announcement of certain matches and certain stars making appearances, it has gotten worse. I thought I would confide in LuFisto with these issues.

J.C: What’s your opinion of the worry of fans potentially trying to dump on or hijack WWE Evolution like they have done for past pay-per-views?

LuFisto: I think it is a way for fans to say “you can’t shove what YOU want us to like down our throats”… However, I’ve always believed in “if you don’t like it, don’t watch it”. So, I don’t really get why people would give their hard-earned money to a product they don’t support. If you don’t like WWE (or any other promotions) and that you are watching and paying to attend their events, they are winning.

J.C: Do fans get under your skin sometimes when they cross the line with trolling?

LuFisto: Sometimes. I would say that I’m more disappointed, and sad than angry when it happens.



As a follow up to this question, I noticed even more friction with fans when it comes to attacking wrestler’s appearances. This has made me think about a few shows that hit the mainstream, and almost normalized the toxic behavior. We shift gears to one of the lines that fans tend to cross when attacking a performer they don’t like or to assert their own point for the state of the product in such a toxic manner.

J.C: New shows and certain people have body shamed people including wrestlers, what message do you have for people who body shame?

LuFisto: The world is made of people of different colors, shapes, sexual preferences, sizes, age… This is 2018. We as human beings shouldn’t be pass judging others on such things. Again, you don’t like it, don’t watch it.
We shift gears to a happier subject of what matches LuFisto hasn’t had yet that she wants to have. I made the mistake of asking for one when as seen there are many! LuFisto has always been the one to break grounds and go for the extra mile, that is just who she is, and that’s how I have always viewed her through the years.

J.C: Who is one match that you want to have that you haven’t had yet?

LuFisto: I made a bucket list a while ago and here are the women I would love to face one-one-one: Taya Valkyrie, Faby Apache, Viper (Piper Liven), Brandi Rhodes, Priscilla Kelly, Sumie Sakai, Kelly Klein, Madison Eagles, Chelsea Green, Kellyanne and Kikyo… There is also Kris Wolf which is a match that just got announced for wXw in October. I’m so excited to be facing her!

For men, I would say Joey Janela, David Starr, Cody Rhodes, Jay Lethal, Crazzy Steve…


As you can see, there are lots of matches, and still so much to look forward to in the future, including her match against Kris Wolf! That will be very interesting when October comes, and I don’t know about you, but I am certainly keeping an eye out for that match. Speaking of the future, what would the future be without the past?

Speaking as a fan, I do take things personally on Twitter when fans name off who they believe revolutionized women’s wrestling (not just WWE, we are talking about women’s wrestling now!), such as AJ Lee, Paige, Gail Kim…. All I can say to that is…BULL S***! It started way before there was ever a Knockout division, way before an AJ Lee, and way before fans saw a dark-haired wonder name, Paige. These are all great women, but to say they started it, that’s like saying Michael Jordan was the start of the NBA while ignoring those who came many years before him such as Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, George Yardley etc.

It is the same thing with LuFisto and so many others who seem to be on very few fans list anymore, while AJ Lee, Paige, and so many others are great competitors today and raise it to a new level, they just add to what was already happening for women’s wrestling. The final question was pertaining to this, and I wanted to see what LuFisto thought about this.

J.C: The Last question does you as a competitor feel a little bummed for not getting credit for stuff because fans carry the belief of tv or else it didn’t happen?

LuFisto: It can be very disappointing. Wrestling is more than what you see on TV. There are so many stories on the independent circuit. Lots of what you see on TV today was first done on the independents… And you can find information in books and online.

A lot of information is one Google search away… So before talking about something like it never happened, research a little bit.

Women wrestlers had their own full shows way before… Iron-Woman matches… Tournaments… Intergender matches… So many things.

The lack of research to provide people with real facts is what is most disappointing. To me, it is just lazy.


Like I said, where would we be without the past? Everything LuFisto did was a direct response to the great Alundra Blayze who basically prophesied that women’s wrestling would rise to a new level one way or another. Looking back at that at the time may have seemed like something to make Alundra aka Madusa strong, but Alundra set the groundwork, and everything LuFisto did at that point, even though it wasn’t televised, were the big moments that Alundra prepared us for in the 90s.

Alundra spoke life for the women’s division, and we saw all of that happen before we ever saw it all on television. Luckily, with the advancement in technology, we can see so many matches. If you are one of those people who give praise to the Knockout division, Gail Kim, The Bella Twins, or even AJ Lee for the surge and believe women’s wrestling changed because of it, I challenge you to watch LuFisto and others such as Kacee Carlisle.

Thank you LuFisto for your time, it has truly made me feel like a kid again to give you those questions, and it has been an honor talking to you. If you aren’t watching her past matches to now, what are you waiting for? Get to it and enjoy and watch as LuFisto continues to raise the bar higher than before.

Be sure to keep up to see her on Twitter @LuFisto with the latest shows and bookings to watch as she continues to dominate the scene.

 

All content and conversation within were used with permission from LuFisto.

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.