Friday, September 18, 2020

Spotlight/Q&A with Gia Scott

As a teenager, Gia Scott sat in the crowd as a fan at MCW cheering on her favorite wrestler Amber Rodiguez. Finally, at the age of 18, she started her training to become a professional wrestler at MCW. Now almost four years later she is a 3-time/current MCW Women's Champion. At such a young age she has already accomplished a lot, and she is nowhere near done to adding more accomplishments to her resume.

1. What inspired you to become a professional wrestler?

When I was young, I would always watch WWE whether it be on Mondays or Fridays, but my mother only really allowed me to watch it on Fridays. I would always watch the latest Raw or Smackdown with my uncle. I eventually ended up seeing bra & pantie matches, pillows fights, bikini fights, etc.… and as a little girl you probably don’t want them to watch that but I was more interested not what the women were wearing but what they were doing, they were wrestling like the men and I thought that was so cool! After watching it for so long I knew I either wanted to become a model or a professional wrestler.

2. How did you feel when you became the MCW Women’s Champion for the first time?

I was overall happy. I felt like everything I was working towards finally paid off and I was trusted with stamping my name with other women who had held the championship, though it was bittersweet… I was not able to share that moment with my mother because she passed away before I started my wrestling journey.

3. Amber Rodriguez being your top dream match, if you could pick a stipulation for the match what would it be?

A last standing man match. I want to go toe-to-toe and have an all-out war with her to see who is standing tall at the end while bringing their full A-game.

4. Outside of Amber Rodriguez, who is your second top dream match on the indies?

Sumie Sakai (again), Kimber Lee, Jessicka Havok, Angelina Love (again) and Taya Valkyrie… I could go on for days! I fought both Angelina and Sumie before and I had a blast which I would love to do again but for the rest of the other ladies, I have never fought before. Kimber Lee is someone I want to face since I first saw her at an MCW show and I have not given up on that dream. Jessicka Havok… I do not know, something in my body is saying “You have to face her” to go up against someone like her just screams fun. Taya Valkyrie, I mean how could I not want to face the former Women’s Knockout Champion? I’ve been watching her matches since last year and she isn’t one to mess with, but I hope to one day face off against them. There are definitely more I would love to face that I’m forgetting about but the sky is the limit and I would love to face anyone. 

5. You are a 3-time MCW Women’s Champion, Renee Michelle is a 4-time. Is it a goal of yours to surpass her record?

It has been a goal of mine since I first won the women’s championship and if I could not surpass her, I would love to be the one who has the longest reign surpassing Melina. 

6. What is your opinion on intergender wrestling?

I find it interesting. How can I get the crowd into it? How can I make the match more than just it being your typical “big strong man vs helpless woman”? I’ve literally in my 3 years on training have fought men countless of times and honestly some of the things I did not think I could do I learned from practicing or wrestling with them. I do not have much of an opportunity to train with the women at the MCW school which is why the majority of the time I wrestled with the guys. I can understand why some people do not like it, but I feel as though if you tell a story with it, you cannot go wrong.

7. What about yourself that you would want your fans to know about you that is non-wrestling related?

I love to play video games and I love to roller skate and I am also creative (it can be towards a lot of things) I just have a really creative mind. Before this pandemic hit I would roller skate whenever I could because besides going to the gym to get a workout, I would go skating to keep me in shape. You would be surprised how much it wore me out once I finished skating 4 hours straight. It really helps to keep your mind clear, burn a lot of calories, and it was fast pace but the only thing I did not like was bobbing and weaving through kids, adults, and slow skaters.

8. What are your plans for life after wrestling?

I honestly do not know. I’ve asked myself this question many times before and I did say I want to still be involved with wrestling, whether it be me being a coach or anything more after that I still want to be involved but I do want to wrestle until my body says I can’t. Wrestling has been a big part of my life and I cannot see myself completely forgetting about it.

9. What have you been doing during the pandemic to get ready for wrestling?

I roller skate to pass the time, you would be surprised how much of a body work out it is. I was not able to do it as much because wrestling was happening left and right plus on my training days, but it feels good to at least do it once again.

10. What is one thing that you want to be remembered for when your career as a wrestler is finished?

I want to be remembered for how great I was and what I brought to the table as a black women’s wrestler. You barely see or hear about people like me who try and prove someone with their in-ring work and that shouldn’t be the case, I also want to prove that women can also go toe-to-toe and survive in this wrestling business.  

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Spotlight/Q&A with Camron Bra'Nae

Camron Bra'Nae is a young upcoming wrestler who started wrestling in 2018 at the age of 20. Camron has wrestled for Evolve, WWN, Rise, Respect Women's Wrestling, as well as WWE when she competed versus Lacey Evans, on Smackdown Live in October of 2019. She has also competed against some great talents such as Blair Onyx, Sierra, Mickie Knuckles, Marti Belle, and Tootie Lynn Ramsey.

1. What inspired you to become a professional wrestler?

The thing that truly inspired me to be a professional wrestler would have to be seeing the feud between Randy Orton and Triple H. As a kid and still to this day I talk to my cousin about when we went to the Sprint Center in Kansas City when Randy had handcuffed Triple H to the ropes and kissed Steph after hitting her with an RKO. How invested I was and how the crowd was booing so hard, in the inside I was telling my young self like wow!!! This is crazy, the man has everyone in the palm of his hand and I just knew that was the reaction, and the feeling I wanted to get. To have people invested in a story I was telling someone else!

2. How did it feel to have an opportunity to face Lacey Evens on Smackdown Live?

Having the opportunity to face Lacey was such a crazy and I mean crazy feeling!!! That whole day was honestly a big blur to me other than being inside the ring with Jason (the ref) and hearing her music hit. I legit was smiling so hard and I think it was before the camera had cut to my face. Once after that, I do not remember it was like a blackout moment for me in a sense, then after having Lacey sit next to me in catering and us both watching the segment/match together. I could not believe it was truly happening.

3. As a professional wrestler, you are looked at by many as an idol, what is it like to have so many fans look up to you, as well as wanting to meet you?

It's more of a shocker when I think of people looking up to me. I see it a decent amount of times and I’m like who? Camron who? Haha. And seeing little girls make fan pages of me or make their profile picture me, it’s insane, like to me I'm just a little nobody from Missouri. Did I really make a full connection with someone? Because as fans they don’t just connect with you on a wrestling level, they connect with you on a personal level, that’s why a lot of people have athletes that they love and that they hate because in some way or not they connect with that person if it's positive or negative.

4. Name one wrestler on the independent circuit that you are most looking forward to facing?

I WANT TO FACE KYLIE RAE!!!!... haha I will forever say it.

5. How did you come up with the name “Team Babe”?

So I'll make this kind of a straight to the point answer.

I was in Texas with a promotion and I had met the best ring announcer named Mitch Mccoy. We were joking around backstage about this jersey that I had bought from JCPenny because I was thrown into matches so fast, I didn’t know who I was or what I wanted to become. So I quickly took my work shorts because at that time I was working at Hooters. Took the white print off and went to the store and found the jersey that said team babe on it. It was mesh, I was like cool let’s buy it, it's cheap. Back to the show, Mitch had said so what is team babe I shrugged and said I do not know and told him my story. He then says it would be funny to call you the captain of team babe. We all laughed said sure and he did it one day at a show in Texas, Next thing I know I was getting gear, merch, and signs with team babe posted on it. From there I thought to myself who am I, how do I relate to the word babe that my fans came as well because in my eyes everyone is


Has Attitude


And Educated

Soooooooo... Team BABE was born.

 HOT QUESTION! Gummy Bears or Wrestling???

*crying* sadly gummy bears lol no wrestling…yeah panic…wrestling but can I still have gummy bears on the side??.. Let's talk about this...

6. What about you that is non-wrestling related would you want fans to know about you?

Umm, nothing really, I truly feel like I am a very open person when it comes to my fans, they see just about every crazy thing that I do. I normally have no problem telling people embarrassing moments. For example, me falling down the stairs into catering at WWE RAW in STL.

7. During this pandemic what have you been doing to get yourself ready to get back in the ring?

Eating right, hitting workouts at kickboxing and lots of cardio, inside and outside of the ring.

8. After your wrestling career, do you have any wrestling related plans? Such as commentary, owning a promotion, in-ring manger, etc.

To be honest anything that has to do with sports if that’s manager, commentating, talent relations, creative, announcer, medic, anything to keep me involved and that also goes for other sports as well.

9. What is your favorite and least favorite thing about being a professional wrestler?

The most favorite and ill keep it simple, the connections we have and get to make with the fans.

Least Favorite will have to be for sure the creepy old men asking if I want a sugar daddy or trying to kiss me at shows, hugging for a long-time, stuff like that. I’m super friendly and love everyone but when you make me uncalmly then it's like wow we are hitting a whole new level haha.

10. What are your thoughts on intergender wrestling?

Love it 100%. Its equality between both genders I feel. Equal opportunities and also a lot of things men can do that woman can't and also vis versa which is why those matches are key to talent and to fans. In my opinion.