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Top 5: “Smiley” Kylie Rae

There’s something for everyone when it comes to wrestling; the stories, the epic matches, or the characters/gimmicks themselves. The industry has a plethora of different gimmicks, ranging from muscular ruffians, sexy badasses, and comedic characters. Then there’s ‘smiley Kylie Rae’, who somehow is a perfect mixture of a fun loveable badass.

During her time in the wrestling business, Kylie Rae has made a name for herself in larger promotions such as AEW and Impact. However, I’d understand if wrestling fans have forgotten this fun character. As lovely and amazing as she is, her run in these larger promotions was cut short per her wishes.

After taking a break to focus on herself and mental health, “Smiley Kylie Rae” has recently returned to the wrestling world. For those that haven’t kept her on their radar, or maybe don’t know of her at all, I’d like to highlight my personal top five Kylie Rae moments.

5. Kylie Rae vs. Jordynne Grace (Title Match Wrestling – Ladies Night Out 2)

I never expected Jordynne Grace to be a perfect opponent for the small Smiley Kylie Rae. Looking at these two women individually, you’d believe that Jordynne would absolutely destroy Kylie. However, this match was continuously neck and neck, with both women pulling out all the stops to get ahead.

Uncharacteristically, Kylie Rae even began taunting the crowd and her opponent once she started to lose momentum.

This match allowed both women to showcase their athletic power and ultimately ended with Jordynne powerbombing Kylie Rae to defeat.

4. AEW Debut

Early in 2019, at AEW’s Double or Nothing Pay-per-view, Kylie Rae made her Debut. Her debut match included Britt Baker, Awesome Kong, and Nyla Rose, unfortunately ending in a losing effort. Kylie’s first AEW match itself is not the reason that this moment made my list, however.

I have a personal connection to this particular event. My first introduction to the wrestling industry was my boyfriend showing me Rae’s Double or Nothing entrance. Not the match, not the media scrum, not even the highlights. Just her entrance. Her positivity and contagious smile filled me with excitement and anticipation. I wanted to see more.

Not to mention, Kylie Rae debuting at an event like Double or Nothing allowed more eyes to see her, and thus expanding her wrestling career.

3. Kylie Rae vs. Orange Cassidy (Beyond Wrestling)

A match between two comedic-style gimmicks might not always make the most entertaining fight. However, Kylie Rae and Orange Cassidy were able to make it work to their advantage. They started the match off with comedy while not overdoing it, then moved seamlessly into a more serious, competitive style to finish.

Both wrestlers were able to showcase their incredible athletic ability and comedic, fun characters. This match is definitely worth a watch.

2. Kylie Rae vs. Thunder Rosa (Warrior Wrestling 2021)

Anyone who has watched wrestling recently knows what an absolute monster Thunder Rosa is inside the ring. She’s driven, athletic, and very competitive. While Kylie is bubbly and sweet, she also has a competitive streak when it comes to wrestling. Booking these women against each other was a perfect decision.

Their chemistry was unmatched compared to other matches I have watched of Kylies. Their athleticism shined in a new light and allowed both women to go at it in the ring. Their match included perfectly executed maneuvers, moments of Thunder Rosa’s sass, Kylie Rae’s “Happy to be here” mentality, and a plethora of brutal chops. I can say with 100% certainty that this match delivered on all accounts and is a perfect example of how women’s matches can, and are, as entertaining as the men.

1. Kylie Rae retains her Warrior Wrestling Championship

On Saturday, June 5th in the Windy City of Chicago Illinois, Kylie Rae made her return to the ring after a 7-month hiatus from leaving Impact Wrestling. Her scheduled opponent was none other than Thunder Rosa. However, this perfect matchup would not come to fruition as Kylie Rae would instead face Holidead.

This change of competition did not lower the excitement for this match. The setup was perfect. Kylie Rae made her return to wrestling in the Windy City, her hometown. The moment her music started fans erupted with ear-piercing screams.

I was lucky enough to view this event in person. There’s no way I could even begin to describe how wholesome this moment was. Kylie had the biggest grin as her eyes filled with tears. The fans were screaming and smiling as they laid their eyes on one of their favorite women return to her passion.

Oftentimes, we forget that wrestlers aren’t just their characters. They are real human beings with feelings, emotions, and struggles. Kylie Rae has never hidden her struggles from the fans or media.

All too often, I see comments or posts saying that Rae should leave the industry for good and that her off-and-on behavior is unacceptable and unprofessional. As someone that also struggles with mental illness, I do not condone that mentality. Kylie Rae has done the difficult, but necessary task of taking care of her mental health.


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