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.

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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.

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.

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.

Women of Wrestling: Razor

Ever heard of a little chaos? How about A LOT of chaos?! That’s what awaits us and more when WOW Superheroes and Razor comes to AXS TV January 18th.

The past week of wrestling has been overwhelming, and it has filled my heart with joy seeing the wrestling universe celebrate as we witness more history being made. No matter how long you have been a wrestling fan, it is a universal truth that there is something that makes you fall in love with it all over again. For me, it is the women’s wrestling division in WWE and the independent circuit. Last year was historic with the first all-women’s pay-per-view in WWE history. We are approaching the second annual women’s royal rumble.

I truly love women’s wrestling, and my love for women’s wrestling truly expanded within the heart of the independent circuit many years ago. That leads us to where we are today. Women of Wrestling will be on television on AXS television nearly a week from now. This is exciting for me, especially since I used to watch LuFisto during my study hall period. The easier access to a variety of companies nowadays, truly makes me wish it happened during my high school days, I could have avoided many detentions.

dvjm7v5uyamz8p8There are some faces I am too familiar with like Abilene Maverick, who I have followed for a long time, and very happy to soon see on television. The Twitter world is certainly buzzing about it, and rightfully so, especially with the stacked roster that awaits us.

There is one competitor that stands out to me, who goes by the ring name of Razor. I tend to stay aware of the talent that I have seen before and the talent that I have stumbled on by luck.

Upon the announcement of WOW coming to AXS TV, I began to really pay attention to the talent, and Razor stood out to me. Everyone has that one competitor that gives you a sense of unpredictability and chaos. All the respective competitors on the roster for WOW are amazing, and it is deserving, but Razor is a competitor that stands out as the music maker of chaos. She is certainly the wildcard every night. Of course, every roster has someone like that, where would their roster be if they didn’t?

Normally, the competitor that causes the most chaos is eventually tamed. That’s where Razor is very different. She does not come across as a competitor that will simply give up. It doesn’t matter if you hold a victory over her, because the way Razor is as a competitor, she will keep coming back for more. This is something that will be every fan’s dream and her competitor’s worse nightmare. Witnessing Razor firsthand with her relentless chaos, her thirst for mayhem, her lust for pain will be the biggest part for fans who desire chaos.

When WOW Superheroes debut on AXS TV January 18th, you do not want to miss it, because Razor’s natural relentless nature will be a cycle that the other competitors simply can’t contain. How will other competitors contain Razor? I will save the trouble and answer that question now, they can’t!  Do not miss Razor and WOW Superheroes coming to AXS TV, and watch out for the chaos, because you will never know when Razor will strike next!

All images are used with permission from Razor of WOW.

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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Photo Credit: Wikipedia

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