What’s next for Melissa Anderson aka SHIMMER Cheerleader Melissa?

Slam! Wrestling had the privilige of a great interview with Future Legend Cheerleader Melissa at the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion. We get to read about Cheerleader Melissa’s reasoning for leaving TNA and what’s she’s been up to.

Slam! Wrestling reports that it was changes on the creative side, including the departures of Dutch Mantell and Scott D’Amore, that contributed significantly to the move.

“It was the changes behind the scenes, and nothing more. It was a very mutual split and it was time to move on. TNA is going forward with their direction as a whole, as a company, and I saw all the other opportunities.”

Cheerleader Melissa has set her sights on Lucha Libra.

“I’m in light talks with Mexico, and that’s something that I would really love just to add to my career. I spent a lot of time in Japan, the United States, Canada, a lot of time in Europe. I never really gave Mexico a shot, so that’s a personal goal for myself right now.”

Another project in the works is a working agreement between the various promotions worldwide that showcase women’s wrestling.

“The new project I’ve been working on is the Female Fight League, which the announcement was just made during the Cauliflower Alley convention, the Baloney Blowout. Basically, it’s going to be a female version of the NWA. The details are still being worked out. We really want to do something to boost female wrestling as a whole throughout the world, and, mainly, the United States.”

Slam! Wrestling asked Melissa if the Female Fight League perhaps a reaction to the state of women’s wrestling at the moment?

“There’s a lot of people that have been coming up to me that are a little bit frustrated with the state right now. Is it going up? Is it going down? I can’t really speak on that. But there’s a lot of frustration, and there are a lot of wrestling fans that are big fans of female wrestling.”

Slam! Wrestling lists off Femmes Fatales in Montreal, ChickFight in California, SHIMMER out of Chicago, WSU in New England, and Pro Wrestling EVE in England and says that not all of the companies are on board yet with the Female Fight League.

Melissa explains, “It’s very, very good that we have those companies out there, and we hope for, with the Female Fight League, that these companies are able to work together to make it bigger in the United States. Our companies, they’re so spread out, we’re not really in competition with each other, so we need to find a way to work together to put a lot more focus on it.”

You can read the whole article at Slam! Wrestling.

In our opinion, Cheerleader Melissa is in the right track in regards to women wrestling. Women’s wrestling is in a niche market within wrestling. The best company models for women wrestling are going to be small, lean and mean, and no one company is going to threaten the market share of another company. There’s only so much growth for women wrestling and that limits the threat of new promotions popping up to steal market share for any established company. An alliance, then, with each company taking a region and working together to promote all women wrestling makes sense.

We just posted up our thoughts on what Lisa Marie Varon should be doing next. In our opinion, Lisa Marie Varon could up her game and work more on the business side of wrestling. Lisa doesn’t have anything else to prove in-ring. Her rub and her connections in the industry, including ex-divas like Trish Stratus, Stacy Keibler and now Mickie James, could make a tremendous difference in getting a time slot for independent women wrestling on TV. A show where creative control isn’t in the hands of Jimmy Hart, or Vince McMahon, and there’s adequate funding for a quality product.

Dawn Marie and Wrestlers Rescue in Pro Wrestling illustrated

dawnmarie_small.jpgDawn Marie continues to promote awareness for the plight of aging wrestlers. Pro Wrestling illustrated ran an article recently on Wrestlers Rescue. The article gives more background into how Wrestlers Rescue came about. So, what can be done to help our childhood heroes live in comfort when their glory days are behind them? It seems poor treatment for those who inspired us to have to struggle to get by. Here’s an excerpt:

What are wrestlers to do after their athleticism fades and the spotlight dims? Some veterans – due to income mismanagement during their money-making prime or unforeseen circumstances – end up draining the last drop out of whatever’s left of their name recognition by making indy appearances, sometimes actually wrestling, long after they should have adopted an easier lifestyle.

Former wrestler Dawn Marie said that reality hit her “like a ton of bricks” when she watched former WWF champion The Iron Sheik being wheeled to a restroom during a fan convention in Chicago. She has also befriended ex-WWF champion Superstar Graham, who went bankrupt while undergoing a liver transplant. “This is absolutely insant that this is happening,” she told the Long Island Press. “And nobody’s speaking up. Nobody’s doing anything. Nothing’s changing.”

Dawn Marie, who is a real estate closer in her post-wrestling career, launched Wrestlers Rescue, a program designed to help wrestlers after their prime. She estimated it would take about five years before the program reached full effectiveness. First, the goal would be to raise awareness for ex-wrestlers still suffering from injuries. Second, active wrestlers would gain access to financial services that would help them plan for their futures. Third, active and retired wrestlers would be able to purchase health insurance for themselves and their families at a group rate.

The former SmackDown and ECW diva noted she would love to gain the cooperation of WWE chairman Vince McMahon and TNA president Dixie Carter in the effort. “Whether that means a lot of help or a little bit of help, everything is welcome,” she said. “I’m not here to create controversy; I’m not here to create bad press. I’m here to raise awareness for people who need help in the later season of life.”

“You fight like hell to get a career, if you’re fortunate enough to be one of the chosen few to have a career. And then, as you’re on your way down, you filter out and you go back to where you started on the indies to ride out your fame and name. And then, 10, 15, 20, 30 years down the road, your body starts feeling the damages that were done during your fame.” (Dawn Marie, diagnosing what she calls an “epidemic” in pro wrestling)

Brooke Hogan defends dad’s comments

brooke.jpgContactmusic.com wrote about Hulk Hogan’s recent comments in a Rolling Stone article that he ‘gets OJ’s double murder’ (OJ was aquitted of all charges) and his daughter Brooke Hogan’s defense of her father.

HULK HOGAN’s daughter BROOKE has come to her father’s defence after he was accused of likening his ongoing divorce battle to O.J. SIMPSON’s murder trial.
The former wrestler was forced to clarify comments he made in a new Rolling Stone magazine interview after causing a stir with his thoughts about the disgraced sports star.
Simpson, now in jail on an armed robbery conviction, was acquitted of killing his wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman in 1993, but, like many people, Hogan thinks the fallen sports hero got away with murder – and in the new article he admitted he can understand what drives a man to kill his wife after battling his ex Linda in the divorce courts.
But Hogan’s daughter, Brooke, is adamant her father’s words have been twisted by the press – insisting the star would never say anything so inflammatory.
She tells ETonline, “I cannot believe how blown out of proportion one small part of a seven-page article has become. It’s a classic case of a quote being taken out of context. I look up to my father in every way. He has been through so much and has taken the high road through it all. The idea that he would condone the O.J. situation is just outrageous.”

The Hogan’s family drama is truly larger than life and now has all the elements of a Greek Trajedy. Seriously, someone’s going to write this up in an epic-two part poem.

Maria Kanellis: The Greek WWE Diva

maria.jpegAnastasios Papapostolou, writing for the hollywood.greekreporter.com, did a nice fluff interview with Smackdown’s favorite babyface, Maria, the ‘Greek’ WWE Diva goddess of wrestling!

She’s bubbly, she’s beautiful and she’s an object of desire for many men. Of course, she is also Greek. She’s Maria, and she’s darn proud to call herself a WWE Diva. While many may think she’s ditzy or absent-minded, there’s one thing that’s well-known: she’s hot.

But hey, she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maria has won many beauty pageants in her time, but she’s not just all beauty. From kickboxing to sewing to dancing to working on cars, Maria’s areas of expertise make her one of the best-rounded Divas in WWE.

After years of entering beauty pageants and an education at Northern Illinois University, the Ottawa, Ill., native struck it big by nearly making it to the end of the 2004 Diva Search. While she didn’t win, our fans felt an immediate connection to her, and she quickly made her way to Raw as a backstage interviewer who wasn’t afraid to ask any question, from the hard-hitting to the quirkily obvious.

Since her debut in WWE, however, Maria’s role has expanded by leaps and bounds. At first, she was tentative to step into the ring, but to this day she continues to learn the ropes and develop into an exciting and skilled performer. She also can be seen (or read, as it may be) lending her auto expertise to our fans in her very own WWE Magazine column every month. In the April 2008 issue of Playboy, Maria was on the cover.

What is your Greek background?
“I am half Greek which comes from my father’s side. Both of my grandparents are originally from Sparta, so I have a good fighting background.”

Have you ever been in Greece? Which parts do you like the most?“I was in Greece a couple years ago. I took my parents for their 25th wedding anniversary. We were able to see most of the country, including Athens, and I cannot wait to go back.”

How did your family react to your decision to start modeling and later wrestle?
“My family has always been very supportive of me and Greeks are very a proud people. I’m very proud to be a Greek and I love all of my Greek fans!”

Do you agree with the idea that beautiful people such as yourself should show their bodies without being embarrassed in magazines?
“I think all women should be proud of who they are. My message to women would be to look at yourself in the mirror and realize that there is no one else exactly like you.”

How was your “Playboy” experience?
“Playboy was a great experience. The shoot really helped me with my confidence level; I felt much more empowered after that shoot it.”

Describe yourself using 5 adjectives.
“Motivated, Dedicated, Passionate, Underdog, and Sister (I’m the big sister type)”

What do you usually do in your free time?
“I visit “Couch Island” which is in the middle of my living room. It’s where I relax and watch movies when I’m home. I also design my own clothes, sew, and spend time with my family.”

Would you like to start doing more modeling work, or acting? Would you consider coming to work in Hollywood?
“Definitely, I think it’ll be a great opportunity to be in a movie and show everyone what the WWE Divas are all about.”

What is your biggest dream (future plans)? (personal life and career)
“I’m living my dream right now by just being in the WWE. I still want to be Divas Champion and then move back to RAW to become Women’s Champion. I also recently recorded a song and I would like to do more of that, and finally I would like to launch my own clothing line.”

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“This is SPARTA!”

RingDivas Shoot with Baby Doll

babydollshoot_small.jpgBaby Doll talks about her getting into the business in the 80’s and what it was like growing up in the business with a wrestling family. Speaking of family, she talks a lot about Jake Roberts and Grizzly Smith. Interesting stories are then told about when she emerged in World Class as Nickla “The Lady Giant”. Tons of Von Erich stories are told, plus find out about her feud with Sunshine. The interview moves to the NWA days where she was Baby Doll:” Tully Blanchard’s Perfect 10″. Baby Doll then talks about the rise and success of the NWA, with awesome stories about Flair & The Horsemen, Dusty, Magnum TA, and all of the other Crockett superstars. Also discussed was her marriage with Sam Houston and how that affected her job with Crockett Promotions. This is a unique shoot interview because it gives a women’s perspective on the wrestling business, especially in a time where there wasn’t too many women there. Other wrestlers that are talked about are Gino Hernandez & Chris Adams, Larry Zybzsco & Jim Cornette with the infamous tennis racquet angle. A great shoot with awesome topics that have never been heard before.

You can view the whole shoot by following the link!

DOWNLOAD – Shoot with Baby Doll (Complete Interview)

RingDivas Shoot with Blue Meanie & Jasmin St. Claire

jasminebluemeanie_small.jpgBlue Meanie talks about his training at Al Snow’s gym and life on the independent scene. Meanie then discusses life in ECW, including the forming of the BWO, life with Stevie Richards, and the problems back then between Stevie and Raven. Find out why he left ECW, and great stories when he was in the WWF. Jasmin on the other hand talks about her past career as an adult video star. Find out all the stuff you wanted to know about her past profession, including the famous World’s Greatest Gang Bang Video. Find out the darker side of the adult film business, including the drug use and prostitution of some of the girls, and just the horrors that are associated with that business. Find out what adult video superstars are cool, and who are not as Jasmin talks about all. Also what was it like to do the Howard Stern show frequently, and how was Howard off the camera? Jasmine also talks about how she met The Meanie, and her days in the wrestling business with XPW. Both of them talk about their careers now in ECW and their futures. This is a truly unique interview with great ECW stories, plus get all the dirt on the adult video business!

DOWNLOAD – Shoot with Jasmin St. Claire (Copmlete Interview)

RingDivas Shoot with Ryan Shamrock

ryanshamrock_small.jpgDon’t miss this forty-five minute shoot with Ryan Shamrock in hi-def, wich includes:

-How she got involved in WWF.
-Getting booked with Val Venis.
-How her deal was only for one show.
-Why she continued to work in WWF after that.
-How she met Ken Shamrock.
-Talks about being the character of Kens sister.
-How their personal relationship took off.
-Going into the wrestling business and not being a wrestling fan.
-Her opinion on WWFs product.
-How she didnt know how lucky she was to get the WWF job.
-How her opinion changed about WWF.
-She gives the scoop on how WWF treated women.
-Thoughts on the other divas like Sunny, Sable, etc….
-Her opinion of Vince McMahon.
-How the other talent treated her and the rest of the divas.
-Who taught her the business and how to wrestle?
-What was that like?
-Why she left WWF.
-Going to WCW.
-How WCW compared to WWF.
-Training at the Power Plant with Madusa and the other girls.
-Why she didnt like training there.
-Leaving WCW.
-Her opinion of wrestling now.
-Life on the indies.
-Her relationship with Ken Shamrock.
-Opinion of his shootfighting career.
-Their future in wrestling.

DOWNLOAD – Shoot with Ryan Shamrock (Copmlete Interview)

RingDivas Shoot with Missy Hyatt & Tammy Sytch

tammymissy_small.jpg-Missy reveals all the details on her relationships with various wrestlers.
-Who is good in bed? Who is not? Missy isnt afraid to tell.
-Who was the first person she was with in the business?
-Hear her honest words about Eric Bischoff. You wont believe this!!!
-Talks about all her exs like John Tatum, Eddie Gilbert and Jason Hervey.
-What are her thoughts on Jim Ross? -The details of her 2001 ECW PPV appearance.
-Too much controversial sex talk to type here!!!

This interview is over two hours, shot in hi-definition.

You can watch this interview now by clicking on the link:

DOWNLOAD – Shoot with Missy & Tammy (Complete Interview)

November’s Issue of RingDivas Xposed

behindthescenes-03-102908.jpgDestiny Dumon the multitime grappling champ looks to re-invent herself on saturday.

Anyone that has had the pleasure of seeing Destiny in action during a match or during a lingerie shoot knows that Destiny quite possibly has the most sculpted and the most beautiful body on the roster.

Reminiscent of a Victoria Secrets runway model and the personality of a sweetheart one can’t help but to get drawn in by her beauty and charmed by her presence. But, things have not quite been picture perfect for Destiny and this saturday she looks to re-write history when she faces Abbey Rhodes at Capital Punishment.

Making a First Impression
Destiny: When I came to this company I will admit that I didn’t have the slightest idea how to make the transition from my mma grappling background to wrestling. So much of me wanted to do the best that I could and I tried so hard to make sure that I didnt f*ck up and I f*cked up!!! Big Time!!! In the process I forgot about the things that were important which I needed to succeed. More then anything, I let myself down.

Re-Inventing Destiny
Destiny: Its hard to get past a first impression but after what I felt were several unsuccessful outtings I pulled the owner aside, swallowed my pride and asked, “What the heck am I doing wrong here.” After a long conversation we both made the decision that I needed to take time and step away to practice and learn more so that I could perform at a higher level when I returned. Capital Punishment Re-Birth
Destiny: In someways it is like a re-birth. I’ve been away for sometime. Practicing, training and I feel its my time to show off what I’ve learned. Your going to see a brand new Destiny at Capital Punishment. I’m faster, I’m stronger, and I’m going to give it 100% against Abbey Rhodes. Up until this point I have not won a single match. I don’t want to be known as the girl that has a big goose egg in the win column. I know that I am much better then that.

Sculpting and Training Regimen
Destiny: Well I’m a huge gym freak, as you can tell. 🙂 Along with my gym training I’ve also been training at the RingDivas Womens Wrestling School. Along with a lot of unknowns that are trying to make it into RingDivas I might add. Its so strange to train with girls that have never debuted always asking if it is as fun as it looks and if its worth the wait. My response? If it wasn’t worth the wait do you think I’d be sitting here talking to you now???

Sexual PhotoShoot Tension
Destiny: Lol. Me and the current Undisputed World Champion Suicide had a hot spread. Unfortunately 90% of the fans never got to see it because they cut out most of the tandem features. WassupWitDat???
Sites set on the World Title?
Destiny: Yeah.. um more like sites set on winning my first match. You have to crawl before you walk. My cocky days are over. Its one-step at a time, one match at a time. Your never going to get far looking past your opponent. A valuable lesson that I learned from my first few horrifically failed outtings. I will give Abbey credit as she deserves it. Abbey spent 6 months at the RingDivas Womens Wrestling School before getting this opportunity and I applaud her for that.

Trick or Treat and Costumes.
Destiny: I actually do have a costume for this saturday. Although Kyle didnt specifically ask me to bring one I definitely will be dressed up. But get this, my costume is going to be my new wrestling outfit that I most likely plan on keeping. I would give you a hint as to what the costume is but then I would have to kill you. Aaaaaaaaaaand we both wouldnt want that now would we?

Final moment of Truth
Destiny: This saturday is infact the moment of truth. I will definitely be nervous but I will feel good about it once its over. Win or lose I will give 100% and to the fans I promise it will be entertaining!!!

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(source: ringdivas.com)

TNA Knockout Traci Brooks Interview

traci1.jpegChicago suntimes.com interviewed Traci Brooks recently. During the interview, Traci opens up about challanges she had growing up and how she overcame them to become a wrestling star. We give a nod to Traci, one of the Knockouts strongest, and hottest assets.

She will be part of the program Thursday when TNA Wrestling’s ”TNA iMPACT” leaves its home in Orlando, Fla., for a live show in Las Vegas.

Even in high definition (which the show will be for the first time at 8 p.m. on Spike TV), viewers might have trouble realizing Brooks lacks muscle definition in her right arm.

Quick Hits had the chance to chat with her backstage at the recent ”Bound for Glory IV” show in Hoffman Estates and was surprised to find out as an infant Brooks had Erb’s palsy, which affects the nerves in the arm.

”My mom exercised my arm every day till I was 2 and I was also in a sling that was attached over my head in my buggy,” she said. ”I was one out of six kids with this condition at the time, and the only one to benefit in a positive manner due to mom’s persistence, dedication and the fact that she exercised me every day.”

Brooks plays sports left-handed and writes right-handed.

”I’ve been wrestling for nine years now, and if you are wondering, yes, it does affect me in the ring, both physically and mentally.

”We are in a very cosmetic business in which the focus is on looks, body and physicality. For someone such as myself, that is portrayed as a superstar, this is difficult. In my mind, I am just a girl with a disability and not perfect like we are perceived.

”Just like everyone else, I have overcome many obstacles in my life and career. This was my most challenging. However, I am now a pro wrestler living my dream.”

Not bad for someone who cannot throw a right-handed punch or perform some other wrestling moves.

”I worked around these obstacles and now do things a bit unconventionally, yet still effectively. To this day I think about how lucky I am.”

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