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.

A Writer’s Journey: Why blogging about Wrestling means everything

This week will be a new wave of Wrestler’s Spotlight segments, but this is why blogging Wrestler’s Spotlight means everything to me as a writer.

The wrestling world has changed in so many ways, and it’s only going to keep changing as time goes by. The wrestling world has so much talent that it is almost impossible to keep up. Even if a person was to watch wrestling every day of the week, they will still likely miss some talent that has performed.

That’s why I have started doing segments called the Wrestler’s Spotlight. It is a segment that I take great pride in writing 2-3 times a week. Before I was ever a writer, I wanted to be a wrestler, had it all planned and did my homework to train right after I graduated high school.

Life had other plans after I hurt my knee. Even though my dreams changed, I turned to my other passion of writing. My love for wrestling continued to grow. That love turned into wishing that I was more involved with wrestling in some way.

After seeing negative posts by fellow writers and major outlets that were focused on news for the sake of clicks and in some cases, tried to tear down a wrestler with nasty rumors. The positive was a few and far in between.

That’s the thing about wrestling that I have observed, writing can build someone up, and it can tear someone down. It even hit home with a few that I even interact with daily. The number of journalists who take it upon themselves to spread something just for a wrestler to retweet and shoot down a rumor should be enough to show a lack of credibility.

It has been years since I went to school for journalism and to be honest, I don’t have credentials as a degree-holding journalist, but I became a writer. Working on scripts, blogs, and anything creative while gaining my bachelor’s degree in creative writing. I decided to use that to my advantage with blogs.

There are many routes to take creatively and it all started with an actress by the name of Stephanie Andujar who caught my eye with her entertaining YouTube channel StephA: One Woman Show. After the interview with Stephanie, I moved on to interviewing wrestlers.

A wrestler by the name of Shayla Hyde also known to some as Joan King has a way of presenting ideas without even realizing it. As a friend and top support during the earliest days freelancing, she showed support and her support continued when I wanted to branch out on my own.

As time went by, things only got worse with so-called journalists and rumor mills by larger websites. It was time for something to change and it broke my heart seeing it. People read a headlined and determined they had enough of the websites and journalists.

There are so many talented wrestlers who are out in the industry who may not be given the spotlight, because websites opt for juicy gossip, as opposed to focusing on the best part of wrestling that people may or may not know.

That’s where the idea of Wrestler’s Spotlight was taken. It’s a small platform made by me with the hope of showing people five simple questions from the perspective of a fan. These five simple questions and sections are all it takes to get to know them as a competitor in the ring and what makes this individual special as a wrestler.

All the answers will always vary from wrestler to wrestler and it will capture their individual in-ring personalities and how they perform in the ring.

My hope is to spread the messages and display their work so fans may be able to keep up with the best competitors that the independent circuit has to offer. if one fan who may not know them suddenly finds something else positive to watch out for, then it is a success in my eyes.

The goal is to have at least 100 Wrestler Spotlight segments to share wrestlers and display their talent in full glory. Stay tuned only on SocialMediaUncut.com for the next Wrestler’s Spotlight segments to see who is next to have the spotlight shine bright on them.

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.

AEW Vs WWE: Enough is Enough

If you are on social media, odds are you keep hearing fans declare their loyalty and declaring war….but….consider this before you do….

If you are a Twitter user, you have probably seen tweets about AEW Versus WWE. If you are a Twitter user like me, you probably are growing sick of it. We have had a historic announcement of AEW having its first wrestling show in a few short months. What should have been a great occasion celebrated by wrestling fans, is slowly turning into anger from fans around the world. Not for the fact that it is happening, but how bad it has gotten on social media alone.

I kept giving my statements, but it has fallen on deaf ears, but enough is enough with AEW versus WWE. We are stuck in the 90s with the competition mindset. It gets to a point that a wrestling company can’t even get a television deal without the fans blowing their war horns and looking for another Monday Night war to begin again. Let it go! The reason why some of these wrestling companies that came and went over the years have struggled or didn’t reach full potential is that fans are so eager to pick sides for something that may not even happen!

Many companies including TNA now known as Impact, Global Force Wrestling, and even companies like Lucha Underground has had pressure from fans. Some may say it doesn’t matter and that it is just fans talking, but it does matter. Companies that had television deals and will get television deals in the future may suffer, because of the negative interaction with fans. The “war” that seems to be easy to ignite on social media.

That brings us to where we are today. AEW made an announcement, and not surprisingly, fans are treating this like it’s the 90s. Growing up watching WWE, WCW, and ECW, those were the main shows that were on television. Eventually, TNA started showing up on television, but the choices for what to watch on television were very limited. Most of the shows if we wanted to watch certain wrestlers, we had to search on YouTube. It is at an all-time high for wrestlers being on television, and that is a beautiful thing as a wrestling fan. We can see our favorite wrestlers of the independent circuit perform on television.

Leave the Monday Night war mentality behind, and enjoy the new era of wrestling for everyone, where we can get lots of wrestling on television more than ever before and enjoy ourselves as fans. It should be an opportunity to enjoy more wrestling every week more than ever before, as opposed to a war of survival. Do us all a favor, leave that mentality in the 90s, where it belongs, and just enjoy the biggest time for television and pro wrestling in general.

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: 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.

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.