Starting in the 80s, we started to see the importance of phenomenal talent competing for the European and intercontinental titles.
This was a benchmark for athletes in WWE, to predict the next big stars in the company.
However, it also showcased legendary European and Canadian wrestlers such as Pat Paterson, Bret Hart, British Bulldog, Owen Hart, Willian Regal, and Edge to name a few.
As a kid, I often wondered if there could be an African or African American Championship that could’ve ushered in a crop of talented black wrestlers from around the world who would be pushed to become superstars.
Then I grew up, and I saw that that wouldn’t be a possibility in major promotions.
My fandom after that soon turned to indie wrestling, where I would get a glimpse of what I wanted to see.
Outside of wrestling, my love for researching the vast cultures of the African diaspora around the world grew in my twenties.
Including being enamoured with the Afropunk musical and artistic culture in New Jersey and New York. I hoped that this black subculture could be reflected in wrestling.
Then Trish Adora came along. Trish Adora was a beacon, a light in my vision to see the pro wrestling world reflect what I felt was missing.
To hear that Trish Adora’s historic, three-and-a-half-year Pan Afrikan World Diaspora title run came to a close two weeks ago, was a bit shocking, yet understandable.
She accomplished so much. 1,388 days as a champion is no small feat.
Adora has adorned that title with style and grace and with a constant Pan-African mindset.
Which is to build up and uplift other phenomenal black wrestlers as you rise. It only makes sense to take a look at her unmatched title reign.
What pride Trish Adora brought to DC during her title reign:
When Trish Adora really found her voice in wrestling, she returned to her hometown of DC after cutting her teeth in Florida and California, with a mission to bring great wrestling to a city with a rich African-American history and show what black wrestlers have to offer in this generation. Trish Adora’s friend from the army started F1ght Club Pro Wrestling in 2019 and Trish Adora became the inaugural Pan Afrikan World Diaspora Champion after she won a tournament in February. 15, 2020. A month later, the pandemic started. This could’ve broken another champion, but it didn’t break her. She worked on showcasing herself in the best possible way within the COVID restrictions at the time and even got to the point during her reign, that the Pan Afrikan World Diaspora title was recognized as a world championship by PWI and Adora was placed 44th on PWI’s top 500 wrestlers list in 2021.
The input that Trish Adora had in developing this title:
In the Southplex mini-documentary (which is available on YouTube) Adora talks about the great detail that went into the development of the Pan Afrikan World Diaspora Championship belt and her involvement with the look of it. It is the most impressive belt that I have ever seen and tugs at my heartstrings every time that I see it because of the beautiful African patterns on the edges, the five plates on it and the map of Africa smack dap in the middle of it. Trish held this belt with pride and always made me feel that it was not just a title, but a part of her. Only similar to the pride that I saw Nick Aldis have for the Ten Pounds of Gold.
Memorable title defenses that Trish Adora had:
The matches that a champ has, determine how strong their title reign was and Trish certainly has some bangers over the past three and a half years. If I tried to list them all, then we would be here forever, so here are just a few of Trish Adora’s title defences.
Trish Adora vs Queen Aminata : GCW
This was a dream match for me because Trish Adora and Queen Aminata happen to be some of the best women’s wrestlers on the planet right now and truly embody the representation that I love seeing with black female wrestlers. This was a perfect challenge that I wanted to see competing for this Pan Afrikan World Diaspora Championship. Chocolate City DC and Guinea are being represented in this matchup.
Trish Adora vs Lee Moriarty: Battle Club Pro
The chemistry between Trish Adora and Lee Moriarty is unmatched and great for the viewers. They stay on each other and have done their homework on one another so is hard for either to get a leg up on one another. It’s truly two wrestling intellects playing chess.
Trish Adora vs Darius Carter :F1ght Club Pro Wrestling
This last fighter standing match showed off the endurance and wealth of wrestling styles that both Trish and Darius possess.
A recent title defence that I recommend.
Trish Adora vs Jazz Black Girl Magik PPV
I think it's safe to say that every black woman that laces up a pair of boots list Jazz as a hero, and also someone that they would want to face off against. Well, Trish got that opportunity when she was able to face off against Jazz at a Black Girl Magik PPV that is made to showcase dream matches for black women in wrestling. How could this not be perfect?
Trish Adora defending her title in the UK
A year ago, Trish Adora was able to prove that her Pan African World Diaspora Championship was a world title when she went across the pond to defend her championship against Mercedes Blaze. A black female British wrestler is on the rise.
Trish Adora vs Darius Lockhart
I would be remiss to not bring up one of the best challengers for the Pan Afrikan championship against Darius Lockhart. Outside of Trish Adora, the pan afrikan mentality of having something for us, by us, runs through the veins of Lockhart. Not only is he one the best talkers in the business, a modern renaissance man, and a revolutionary, but he is also a whiz in the ring. It was a no-brainer to have these two collide during Trish’s reign.
Trish Adora’s Washington Post article:
A superhero for a new generation. The headline read. Trish Adora, an independent wrestler was getting a feature story on her impact on wrestling fans for this generation.
This article posted in 2021 declared that Adora was the woman to watch in wrestling moving forward. But most importantly, her impact on young wrestling fans is felt right now. She is so uniquely made that she captures the youth in a way that a Marvel superhero would. Talk about making an impact.
How wrestling fans started to see more African pride displayed among other wrestlers after Trish Adora:
Currently, in AEW we see The Embassy proudly showcasing Prince Nana and Kaun as real-life royalty from Ghana and Cameroon. We see Kofi Kingston being more public about his Ghanaian roots. I believe that a lot of that newfound pride and push by major wrestling companies to highlight the African lineage of a lot of African American and Caribbean wrestlers is due to Trish Adora helping to set that tone in 2019. Also, the respect that fans and other promotions like ROH had for the Pan Afrikan World Diaspora title.
What is your favourite Trisha Adora match?