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.

‘Future Legend’ Cheerleader Melissa poll

cheerleadermelissa.jpgWe close up our poll on Cheerleader Melissa. Our question was, “Should TNA let Cheerleader Melissa wrestle as herself and drop Raisha Saeed?” Women wrestling fans overwhelmingly voted in favour of seeing Cheerleader Melissa on TNA in favour of Raisha Saeed.

Well, we like Cheerleader Melissa but TNA likes ownership over the name and image of their wrestlers. There’s really no way to repackage Cheerleader Melissa- can you imagine TNA calling her Cheerleader Melanie? It’s just not the same…not even right! Not even ‘Amazing’ Kong got to keep her name.

Still, TNA would benefit from ‘leasing’ Melissa’s image, don’t you think? Business can be flexable, you know…

We just want to finish this by quoting some of Christi Lott’s article on Cheerleader Melissa on the bleacherreport.com. We think Christi summed up Cheerleader Melissa’s appeal perfectly.

‘I’ve been able to watch alot of matches and I can say this: the answer to TNA’s Knockout problems is Cheerleader Melissa aka Raisha Saeed.

‘A second generation wrestler, Melissa has an amateur wrestling background from high school and started training to professionally wrestle at a young age. She was invited to come wrestle at the now defunct ARSION Japanese Women’s Wrestling promotion where she put on a stellar match against Mariko Yoshida, one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, male or female.

‘She’s been recognized at least three times by two different clubs as a “future Legend”, something I agree with. Thanks to the cheerleader gimmick, coming out in a cheerleader inspired gimmick (pom-poms included), Melissa is quite recognizable and has a successful record as a part of SHIMMER and for me, she has one of the best finishers of all time, the Kudo Driver.

‘Only recently in TNA as Raisha Saeed has she started wrestling. I enjoy this gimmick as Kong should not be the type of monster heel that needs to speak. She has competed in her cheerleader gimmick once on Impact back in May. I am completely dumbfounded as to why TNA has not capitalized on having her as a part of their roster. The gimmick is quite recognizable to those who know the indy scene and those who don’t.

‘I’ve said before that if TNA wants to be truly different from the WWE, they need to push someone the WWE never would, which is why Kong has been and is champion, and now thankfully, ODB is the next contender and hopefully the next champion as it’s been a long time coming.

‘I say that Melissa is their secret weapon for many reasons. One, she’s an independent wrestler with little but good ties to the WWE (she participated in WWE workouts with Molly Holly, Ivory, and Jazz, and even wrestled Victoria in 2006 on WWE Heat), but has a solid natural wrestling background with bragging rights of wrestling in Japan.

‘She’s stunningly beautiful which, let’s face it, is a big deal in getting causal wrestling fans or non women’s wrestling fans to pay attention to your match. She’s got a great gimmick-who doesn’t love a woman who wrestles in a cheerleading costume?! She’s got everything TNA craves in making themselves different from their competition.

‘Thanks to her I’ve been exposed and interested in this Indy scene. TNA would be wise to either unmask her or let her do doubly duty in TNA and making that a conflict of interest for herself and Awesome Kong, which could be an interesting storyline. I for one look forward to her being fully exposed to the rest of the wrestling audience because this woman is a talent that shouldn’t be ignored…or hidden under a burkha’

’nuff said.


Women’s Wrestling Xposed poll results for where Gail Kim should debute

8352200.jpgIt’s not a well kept secret that eventually Gail Kim will debute on Smackdown, where she will have a shot at earning the Diva Championship and becoming the first Diva and woman wrestler to hold the Woman Championship, the Knockout Championship and the Diva Championship.

You better believe there will be a Gail Kim versus Beth Phoenix feud coming down the line as well. Beth has her eyes set on becoming the first Diva to hold both the Woman Title Belt and the Diva Championship simultaneously. If Gail gets the Diva title, the WWE universe won’t be big enough for the both of them.

That doesn’t change the fact that 69% of you think Gail should be on RAW (out of 132 votes).

Thank you everyone for participating in our poll.

Our next poll asks the question, “Should TNA let Cheerleader Melissa wrestle as herself and drop Raisha Saeed?”

shimmer1.jpgHere’s the latest pictures of the cheerleader with an attitude, Cheerleader Melissa!


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