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- Spreading Smiles & Suplexes: AEW Star Willow Nightingale
Debuting in 2015, Willow Nightingale burst onto the scene with a smile that lights up the room and a powerbomb like none other. She is definitely someone to remember. Hailing from New York, Nightingale was trained by Mike Mondo at the New York Wrestling Connection (NYWC) school and became very popular on the indie scene. In 2019, Nightingale went by the name EyeCandy and became a WOW Superhero for a short period before signing to AEW and ROH in 2021. One of the matches you should definitely check out is her match with Athena. Nightingale also held the NJPW Strong Women's Championship for 45 days before dropping it to Giulia in 2023. Nightingale is one to watch as she gains momentum on AEW. You can also check out our interview with Williow before she signed with AEW.
- The Women Behind a Journalistic Revolution: Sojo Bolt
Former wrestler, notably in TNA, Shine and OVW, Sojo Bolt faced off against wrestling titans like Awesome Kong, during the founding of the Knockouts division. She also holds the record for the most reigns for the OVW women's title. With a whopping seven reigns. These were all amazing feats, but her work behind the camera, to create safe and professional platforms for female wrestlers is truly remarkable. In the 2010’s, Sojo put on her hosting hat and started up a brilliant series on Highspots.com entitled Diva Diaries. Which were in depth interviews with female wrestlers like Jazz, Jessicka Havok, Candice Lerae, Taeler Hendrix, and ODB. This allowed female wrestlers and personalities to have a comfortable space to be asked questions about the wrestling business that they’ve loved so much. Questions that were filled with integrity and admiration for what these women accomplished. This was momentum due its timing. Right before the wrestling podcast boom where we were spoiled with interviews from women, this wasn't always the norm years prior. There weren’t any Conrad Thompson’s at the time to really break down memorable career moments in wrestling. Sojo took this on and helped to fill the need for female wrestlers not getting this insight into this his career. There was also level of understanding, compassion and comradry that Sojo Bolt had to really make her guests open up about all of the highs, lows and twist and turns they endured in the industry. Sojo Bolt, we thank you for the care and effort you put into showcasing your fellow female wrestlers. We here at Women’s Wrestling Talk salute you and your contributions to women’s wrestling!
- The First Lady Of PROLIFIC : Ruthless LaLa
She goes by many names; the First Lady Of Prolific, MzWhatThatLariatDo, and Mz International, however, most people know her as Ruthless LaLa who hails from Beat A Hoe, NY. Lala has been in the game for over 20 years and has wrestled Jordynne Grace, Savannah Kiah Dream, Nicole Savoy, Tasha Steelz, Diamanté, Mercedes Martinez and so many more. Not just handing out beatings to women she also beats up on the men as well. Ruthless LaLa may have the most lethal lariat in wrestling and her brawling style has brought many to their knees. As the First Lady of PROLIFIC, she commands your respect. Make sure to check out our interview with Ruthless LaLa and check out her Twitch channel. Follow us on Twitter: @wwtalkpod If you enjoy WWT content, you can donate to the site here.
- The Metallic Voice of NXT: Alicia Taylor
The former drummer for Kelly Osbourne, Tracy Chapman and Selena Gomez, Alicia Taylor brings all of the rock ’n’ roll feels that you need when you tune into NXT. Her razor-sharp voice sends chills down our spines when she introduces the up-and-coming talent in WWE today. From a very young age, Alicia wanted to be either a musician or a wrestler. Memories of her taking her to wrestling matches when she was four years old still linger. Taylor signed with WWE in 2018 (after having a successful Youtube channel, where she interviewed wrestlers called Heavy Wrestle) and started working on NXT, as a post-show host. In 2019, Alicia replaced Kayla Braxton to become a ring announcer for the brand and the rest is history. When she’s not using her voice to to announce matches, Alicia has been known to pick up the drumsticks and open up a PPV with a kickass solo. Or compose drum covers of wrestlers' theme songs During the NXT 2.0 era, Alicia Taylor hosted the What’s Next WWE Youtube show, alongside McKenzie Mitchell. Further showing how she is truly a Jill of all trades!! Her gravity defying hairstyles and sparkly suit jackets, always makes the former goth teenager in me smile and remember why I fell in love with wrestling. It’s a place for the rebels, the rogues and badasses like Alicia Taylor. Keep rocking on and giving us some more of your metal style!!
- The Women with the Golden Voice: WWE's Samantha Irvin
As the voice of WWE’s red brand RAW, Samantha Irvin has captured the WWE audience. A singer, flutist, and avid Michael Jackson fan, this self-proclaimed longtime wrestling fan has been showing us how magical WWE can feel when the right voice is capturing the action. She signed with WWE in 2021 and moved up to the main roster in 2022. Samantha is a ring announcer for this generation who revs up the crowd with her distinct voice that gears us up for every match. She has built up a reputation for announcing some of the bid dawgs on the roster like the head of the table, Roman Reigns like no other. Recently, there was controversy over her distinct style for introducing Chelsea Green. It was taken away, but the fans demanded that this unique announcing of Chelsea be brought back. That truly goes to show how much influence Irvin has on bringing a certain energy to entrances of beloved WWE superstars. Her giant, bold voice has made such an impact on fans, that they look forward to seeing WWE release footage of her announcing wrestlers online. Or seeing her reaction to legends coming back like The Rock. Samantha Irvin has made an impact in WWE, and we will continue to look forward to hearing her get the crowd pumped for some of the best events in wrestling for 2024!
- King Bees in Your City: King Bees
Charity King and Danni Bee are dynamic on their own, but together, they are a force to be reckoned with. Sometimes vicious opponents of one another, many times supportive partners who will go to the ends of the earth for one another. Their shared history is already something to draw you into the world of this tag team. King Bees have been together for two years and have had some awesome matches on the indie scene with teams like Bougie Reality (Madi Wrenkowski and Rache Chanel) and Men’s Revolution, in Mission Pro Wrestling. The synergy, and chemistry that these women have together is must see and something that can make them one of the stronger tag teams going into 2024 and beyond. Charity King Known as both the beauty and the beast, hailing from Houston, Texas. A state that has been going back to their roots over the past three years and producing outstanding wrestlers. Charity King is certainly in that category. King has been trained by some of the best wrestlers from the great state of Texas. Legends like Jazz and Booker T. Even former ROH world women’s champion, Athena has given Charity a few tricks of the trade. So, it’s no surprise that she would have that gritty, hard-nosed style in the ring. With just three years under her belt, Charity is showing that she is a prime candidate for one of the most promising stars in wrestling right now. She’s also using that insane strength and agility to compete in intergender matches that are putting the men on notice. Danni Bee Hailing from Oklahoma and making her wrestling debut in 2020, Danni has that Midwest charm and warm smile but will hit a switch and take her opponent limit in the ring. She made her AEW debut, against the megastar Jade Cargill, during her TBS championship run in 2023. Danni's hard work has paid off as she is currently, the New Texas Pro women’s champion. A solid wrestler, that I believe can have a great run as a babyface in the future. King Bees NWA Debut At the request of NWA producer Jazz, King Bees were handpicked to take on Pretty Empowered. Pretty Empowered thought that it was a joke. Until they stepped foot in the ring with these ladies. Immediately the crowd was taken with the Killer Bees and erupted in a way that even the commentators had never seen for a debuting team. The cohesion that both women have is unmatched. The differences that they bring are refreshing, because it allows us to see what both women bring to the table. I see a bright future for King Bees as a tag team and it’s great for two reasons. One, it allows us to have a strong female tag team to draw from, which is not always easy to find. Especially on the indie scene. Two, this level of representation is not always easy to find in modern tag teams. Or to be honest, never for black female wrestlers. They’re not carbon copies of one another. Both women can and ARE thriving with their solo ambitions. However, when they choose to join forces, they move mountains. Be sure to look out, because the King Bess will be coming to your city!! Check out this recent WWT interview with one-half of King Bees, Charity King.
- Looks That Can Kill: Kaci Lennox
Model and wrestler, Kaci Lennox has been on the wrestling scene since 2016. Born in Baltimore at the age of 18, she started training and then moved to Florida to take her skills to the next level. She trains out of Team Vision Dojo and she had matches at NXT, AEW and Impact (TNA Wrestling). Lennox has also held several championships including the most recent RPW women's championship. Not only is Lennox an amazing single competitor she is also part of a tag team called Vicious Vixxens with tag team partner Sahara Se7en. For any booking inquiries, please email Lennox at KaciLennoxBookings@gmail.com Check out our latest interview with Kaci Lennox: If you enjoy WWT content, you can donate to the site here.
- A Jill of All Trades : Ariane Andrew
Multi-hyphenate Ariane Andrew fka Cameron is a former WWE superstar, writer, director, actress and the creator of the wrestling promotion Pound Town Wrestling. She started on the 2011 season of Tough Enough and later partnered with fellow WWE superstar Naomi to form the tag team Funkadactyls. Andrew was also a cast member on the hit show Total Divas from 2013 to 2015. She was later released from WWE in 2016 after she made a move down to NXT. During her stint away from wrestling, Andrew started acting and directing. To a lot of people's excitement in 2020, we saw her return to the ring at AEW but that was only a one-time thing. We then saw her pop up again at the 2022 WWE Royal Rumble as well. Her latest business venture is Pound Town Wrestling (PTW) which debuted its first show in October of 2023. Check out our latest interview with Ariane If you enjoy WWT content, you can donate to the site here.
- Kick First, Ask Questions Later: MLW's Featherweight Champ Janai Kai
Pro wrestler and martial artist, Janai Kai aka The Kick Demon started her wrestling career in 2017. She has wrestled for several wrestling promotions such as Game Changer Wrestling and Tokyo Joshi Pro-Wrestling. Kai’s debut on MLW in 2023 put everyone on notice when she dethroned Delmi Exo to become the new MLW Women’s Featherweight Champion. Being managed by the “Empresaria of Lucha,” Salina de la Renta has proven to be a great choice for Kai. There are a few things for sure, Kai's kicks are deadly and this is only the beginning for her. Make sure you tap in and show her some love. Check out our latest interview with Janai Kai: If you enjoy WWT content, you can donate to the site here.
- Daphanie LaShaunn: WWE's Trailblazing Referee
Daphanie LaShaunn fka known as Aja Smith made history by becoming the first Black female referee to work a WrestleMania match. She also held the 24/7 title for a very brief time. Recently she was featured in the WWE 2K24 Video Game. LaShaunn started as a wrestler in 2013 and began her career at WWE in 2020. She became a ref and go her start at NXT. You can now see her on the main roaster breaking up fights, coming correct with the 3 counts and breaking barriers. Check out our interview with Daphanie before she become a WWE referee. Follow us on Twitter: @wwtalkpod If you enjoy WWT content, you can donate to the site here. You can listen to all of our podcasts by following us on Spotify and subscribing to our YouTube Channel, or any of your favourite podcast platforms. Listen to the podcast on… Apple & Spotify