Gail Kim talks about Lei’D Tapa leaving TNA, the Knockouts division, and much more

Gail KimGail Kim talks about Lei’D Tapa leaving TNA, the Knockouts division, and much more during her recent appearance on Smartasses Radio.

Below are highlights, courtesy of TNA Asylum:

Her thoughts on the TNA product:
“Impact Wrestling has really shaken things up. You see a lot of new young talent that they’re trying like Ethan Carter and The Wolves who are really great additions. Ethan, I’ve worked with in WWE when he was in NXT and I remember thinking, ‘Wow, this guy has a lot of charisma.’ I was shocked to see him be released, but that was a blessing in disguise for us because we got a hell of a talent. I think people are going to see us invest in younger talent and new faces and really just try things and see what works.”

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Smart Mark Radio lists the Top 25 Sexiest Female Wrestlers of All Time

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Smart Mark Radio lists the Top 25 Sexiest Female Wrestlers of All Time

World Wrestling Federation, World Wrestling Entertainment, Total Nonstop Action, Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling and more. This is the definitive Smart Mark Radio list of  the Top 25 Sexiest Female Wrestlers of All Time. This article was created as an addendum to the on-air broadcast where we discussed the Top 10 Sexiest Female Wrestlers of All Time, on March 13th, 2011.

25 – Melina

Melina Perez

Melina Perez - (Melina Nava Perez) born March 9, 1979, better known simply as Melina, is an American professional wrestler best known from World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling. Melina joined the independent professional wrestling circuit before joining WWE in 2004. Initially, she was a manager for the tag team of MNM. She managed them to three reigns as WWE Tag Team Champions, as well as former boyfriend and MNM member Johnny Nitro, to two reigns as WWE Intercontinental Champion. Melina made her WWE singles debut in 2005. Melina was also the first woman in WWE history to become a multiple-time champion with both the WWE Women’s Championship and the WWE Divas Championship. Pérez began her career as a model. She won a Miss California beauty contest and also modeled athletic wear for Nike. She decided to become a professional wrestler after talking to Empire Wrestling Federation (EWF) superstar Mike Henderson in 2000. Many EWF officials stated that she had the most natural ability of any woman who came through their school. In late 2002 Pérez auditioned for World Wrestling Entertainment’s reality show Tough Enough III, making it through to the final twenty-one before being eliminated from the competition in the final cut of the first episode. After she was eliminated from the contest, trainer Al Snow pulled Pérez aside and encouraged her to keep trying to pursue her dream as a wrestler. Melina has been named to the Smartasses Top 100 Sexiest Women List three times, being ranked 86th in 2008, 24th in2009, and 89th in 2010.

24 – (Tie) Ashley Cartier

Ashley Cartier

Ashley Cartier- (Natalie Will) born August 7th, 1962, auditioned for the Nevada-based Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (G.L.O.W.)in 1986. Successful in her audition, she went on to train under Mando Guerrero for six weeks, before beginning to wrestle in GLOW under the ring name Ashley. Ashley also formed a tag team with Tina Ferrari (Ivory), known as T & A , with whom she won the GLOW Tag Team Championship. They later changed their names to the Beverly Hills Knockouts to help promote her Ask Ashley segment. Ask Ashley was a segment on GLOW where Ashley would read letters from fans asking for advice, and give them zany and off the wall answers in return. Natalie also wrestled from 1987-1990 in POWW (Powerful Women of Wrestling)  under the name Tiffany Crystal. Natalie is also a former cheerleader for both the NFL’s Raiders and the L.A. Express of the USFL. After getting married, she retired from wrestling to start a family.

24 – (Tie) Angelina Love

Angelina Love

Angelina Love - (Lauren Williams) born September 13, 1981, is a Canadian professional wrestler. She is best known for her stint at Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where she was a Knockout Champion. She works outside of TNA under the ring name Angel Williams. Williams debuted in wrestling in 2000, working independent promotions around Canada. Her all-time favorite wrestler, Shawn Michaels, was her inspiration to get into wrestling. She was first a valet for various wrestlers such as Chris Sabin and Eric Young and then began to train under Rob Fuego to become a wrestler as well. She was working for promotions around America when World Wrestling Entertainment spotted her and invited her to a tryout in June 2004. After being let go from her WWE developmental contract in May 2007, Williams resurfaced in Mexico’s Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) promotion under the name Canadian Angel. She also appeared for independent promotions such as NWA: Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling and Full Throttle Wrestling. In September 2007, she was contacted again by TNA to appear at their annual pay-per-view Bound for Glory. Williams soon began competing under the ring name Angelina Love and formed a partnership with Velvet Sky, calling themselves Velvet-Love Entertainment, later changed to The Beautiful People. Angelina Love has made three straight appearances on the Smartasses Top 100 Sexiest Women List, being ranked 48 in 2010, 58 in 2011, and 89 in 2012.

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The February 2014 edition of Ring Sirens Magazine is now available

Ring Sirens FEBThe Ring Sirens Magazine, dedicated to women’s professional wrestling has released it’s ninth (9th) issue for February 2014. Below is what you’ll find in the current issue of the Ring Sirens Magazine. Including an exclusive interview with, Hania “The Howling Huntress” (formerly Saturyne), an article on Mae Young, Siren Of The Month: Miami, Joshi news & pictures, and a whole lot more!

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MensHealth.com presents: “Women Wrestlers Who Can Kick Your Ass”

mens healthEditor’s note: This column originally appeared on www.menshealth.com and was written by Rachael Schultz.

Women Wrestlers Who Can Kick Your Ass

Smokin’ bodies, tiny outfits, and the ability to knock a full-grown man on his back with one kick—what’s not to love about female wrestlers?
The women of WWE and TNA prove brawn is more powerful than beauty, but thankfully don’t make you choose between the two. And, this month—when WWE launches 24/7 streaming—you’ll no longer have to pay per mouth-dropping view.

We’ve come up with a list of the eight hottest names in women’s professional wrestling right now: fierce ladies who could kick your ass with their brute force. And, thanks to their smiling faces, you probably wouldn’t even mind.

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Diva-Dirt.com reports that Santana Garrett is joining TNA

SantanaDiva-Dirt.com reports that Santana Garrett is joining TNA!

The news of the SHINE Wrestling standout’s new career move was broken by SHINE Promoter Sal Hamaoui.

Sal made the announcement on the official SHINE Wrestling Facebook group, saying:

“Everyone in SHINE would like to wish Santana the best of luck with TNA. You’ll always be a SHINE Original.”

This wouldn’t be Santana’s first stint with TNA. She briefly appeared for the company in 2010 as a valet for Orlando Jordan and wrestled at TNA’s Knockout Knockdown PPV. Since then, she’s impressed in SHINE and SHIMMER and also appeared on an episode of NXT last year in a losing effort against Charlotte.

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M.V.D. – Most Valuable Diva – Week of October 20, 2013: Brooke

MVDOWW Women’s Wrestling Columnist Eric Holt chooses his M.V.D.- Most Valuable Diva(s) of the week, based on television matches, promos, and/ or segments.

At TNA’s Bound For Glory Pay Per View, Brooke had the opportunity to become a three-time Knockouts Champion in a triple threat match against Gail Kim and ODB. The match came to an end after Lei’D Tapa took out ODB and nailed Brooke with a sick powerbomb. Gail Kim took advantage and pinned Brooke to become the new Knockouts Champion, revealing her and Lei’D Tapa’s alliance in the process. Although Brooke, ODB, and Gail Kim put on a great match at Bound For Glory, Brooke was the standout competitor in the match. Everything about Brooke in the match was spot on. She displayed a lot of her heel character throughout the match, teasing and toying with ODB. I also felt that her wrestling was on point as well, and she has really adapted to the heel style of wrestling quite well.

I honestly would not have been surprised if she had walked away with the Knockouts Championship at Bound For Glory. The spot where she was powerbombed by Lei’D Tapa was one of the best spots during the match, and I have to commend her for taking that powerbomb like a champ. She sold it to perfection. I have been impressed with Brooke as a heel thus far, and her match at Bound For Glory is one of the reasons why I love her as a heel. She was the Most Valuable Player in the match, and this week, she is Most Valuable Diva of the Week!

Come back next week to see who will be the Most Valuable Diva of the week.

Did you agree/disagree with my pick for M.V.D.? Who do you think should have been this week’s M.V.D.? Give me your thoughts in the comments section below, or tweet me your thoughts @_ericholt_ .

- Eric Holt

One Night Only: “Knockouts Knockdown” – Now available on pay-per-view

TNA KOJoin TNA WRESTLING for one special event, spotlighting the most athletic and beautiful women in professional wrestling. MICKIE JAMES, GAIL KIM, VELVET SKY, MS. TESSMACHER, ODB, TARYN TERRELL, TARA, TAELER HENDRIX, SANTANA GARRETT, ALISSA FLASH, IVELISSE, LEI’D TAPA, JACKIE MOORE, HANNAH BLOSSOM, SOJO BOLT, TRINITY, JILLIAN HALL, MIA YIM and SERENA DEEB. The winner of each individual match will advance on to one final match of the evening!  A gauntlet match where the last two women standing will battle to see who is truly “The Queen of the Knockouts”.

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