(My Lack Of) Free Wrestling…
Joining the main class was overwhelming to say the least. I was training with people who had been doing this for one year, two years, three years, even more, and here I was with about three or four months training underneath my belt. I didn’t want to slow them down by being behind on the wrestling skills and techniques, but most importantly, I didn’t want to hurt anyone with my inexperience. The people I train with are good people. I also worry a lot.
Enter my first free wrestling drill. I wasn’t expecting to do this so soon, but here it was. There were about ten of us, so two people were on the mats free wrestling with each other, and the rest of us were sitting around the mats, waiting to tag in and get our few licks in. I was hesitant to tag in, but Diego was sure that I would be fine… and also gave me no choice.
I tagged in. And pushed the other guy. And then felt my body and blew him a kiss. Total wrestling moves performed = 0. Then I picked him up and dropped him with a body slam, and followed that vicious wrestling move by standing over him and dancing. Total wrestling moves performed = 1.
My ineptitude to come up with wrestling on the fly can only be cured with time and more training, so I shouldn’t be too hard on myself.
That’s the beautiful thing about wrestling. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been doing it – two months, five years, 15 years – there is always something new to learn, so you have all the time in the world to learn new things about this amazing craft.
THE BITCH GROUP
What would a man be without his
Army of Skanks friends.
These girls have been my ride-or-die day ones, and I have been friends with majority of them ever since I was 12. 13 years later, and we are as close as ever. Sure, we may drive each other nuts, and have small issues with each other, but at the end of the day, we love each other, but most importantly, support each other.
When I decided I was going to start my training to become a professional wrestler, I wanted to get the opinion of my girl friends. For some reason, I was feeling insecure and thought that the reaction would be negative from some, if not, all of them. But I was overwhelmed with positive feedback and opinions; a couple especially were along the lines of “Well it’s about time you started wrestling. I’ve always thought you were going to do that.”
I don’t know where I’d be without such a great support network, and these girls have pushed me from day one to become the best version of myself I can be.
To Amanda, Cara, Emilie, Leearna, Nikki-jayne, Rachel and Sian. Thank you for everything you have ever done for me, because every little small action or gesture you have given me has to led to this moment.
The big news…
At this point, I had been training consistently for about four or five months. It was drilled into us from day one that we wouldn’t get in the ring to perform until we were crisp and ready to go, and I was in total agreement with it. I didn’t want to wrestle a match until I was completely sure in myself, along with the approval of my trainers, that I was ready to go.
It was early June 2017 when Leigh and Diego pulled Dylan and I aside to chat. I went into this conversation thinking they would say something along the lines of “We’re proud of how much effort you are putting into training and we just wanted to let you know it’s gone unnoticed.” That part of the conversation did happen; however, there was more to come.
They wanted to put Dylan and I in the first ever APWG Rumble match.
I was shook. I never thought I’d get in the ring and participate in any match so early on in my training, and at first, I was hesitant and a bit worried that they were chucking me in too early. Granted, they did say we’d have small spots and would be performing as glorified rookies, but it was still a big task.
I was excited. I was nervous. I was EXCITED. I was damn nervous.
Nikki would be making his official in-ring debut on 1 July 2017. It was happening. All my years of watching wrestling and hoping that one day I would be able to do that was coming.
– by Nikki