This week I’m pulling some audio from the Impact Wrestling media call. I’ve sat in on these calls a few times but have yet to figure out how to get in a question. However, I am using some of the audio from the most recent call with Taya Valkyrie. She has been going toe to toe with Knockouts Champion Tessa Blanchard in recent weeks.
Also on the show this week, a preview of Stride Pro Wrestling’s upcoming show. The company has a new home at 1130 N. Division Street in Carterville, Illinois. On Saturday, Nov. 10 you can see the action as Heath Hatton defends the Stride Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Title against Chris Hargas. Bell time is 6:30 p.m. Click here for more details.
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When the book of women’s wrestling is written, there will no doubt be a chapter on our guest this week, Lisa Marie Varon. Fans remember her best as Victoria in WWE. The former two-time Women’s Champion helped pave the way for what we see in 2017 from the women in the ring.
Victoria has the distinction of being the first woman to win a steel cage match on Monday Night Raw. She beat Lita (with some help from Matt Hardy). She went on to have success in TNA as Tara, winning the Knockouts Championship five times. Lisa Marie Varon now wrestles on the independents and has a show coming up against ODB in Nashville on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Nashville Fairgrounds. Learn more here.
Lisa Marie shares her experiences in the WWE and how she ended up getting into the ring. Fun fact, she was once a ho for the Godfather.
As you can see in the photos, I met Victoria at WrestleMania 22 in Chicago and again at WrestleMania 24 in Orlando. It was one of those quick meet and greet sessions, but she was very nice to the fans coming through. Nowadays, she’s active on social media and interacts with fans there was well.
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This week’s show is something I’ve wanted to try before, but never had a chance to do. After the most recent CMA Stride Pro Wrestling show in Marion, Illinois, I joined some of the wrestlers for dinner at Applebee’s. I put my recorder on the table and captured some of the conversation.
You’ll hear the server checking on our table and the sounds of other customers, but I like how it turned out. “Farmer” Billy Hills, Sarah Summers, Tony & Alexa Flood and Heath Hatton weigh in on women’s wrestling, intergender matches and Roman Reigns among other things.
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Chikara Pro has a new Grand Champion. In December 2015 at the season 15 finale, Princess Kimber Lee won the championship from Hallowicked. Kevin and the Princess discuss her victory and what lead up to that moment. The two also talk about what the future holds for the new champ as season 16 of Chikara begins January 30.
The two also discuss the role of women in wrestling and how it’s evolving as well as the development of inter-gender matches in the business. Find out who influenced Kimber Lee during childhood and who she’d like to defend the Grand Championship against. We do know her first opponent will be Oleg the Usurper on January 30 at the season 16 premiere 5 Senses. That show is happening at the Wrestle Factory in Philadelphia. Best of luck to the Princess in her first title defense.