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.

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.

Social Media Uncut!: “Wicked Witch” Shayla Hyde

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shayla: Yes. Your vote is for me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Spark of Independent Wrestling: Aria Blake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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