by Shiai Mata
Many folks who live on the coasts tend to think of places like Ohio as little more than ďflyover statesĒÖnot necessarily a place theyíd care to stop and visit. And thatís a shame, because if they did drop in on the Buckeye State , then perhaps theyíd have the pleasure of watching
in action. Their loss, but for LadySports Online fans, who will now be introduced to this rowdy redhead, itís definitely our gain!
Ring Name: "Sexy" Lexi Lane
Weight: 115 lbs.
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
LADYSPORTS: When did you first get into the sport?
LEXI LANE: I've been wrestling for just under two years. So from a physical standpoint, not long ago. I've been in love with professional wrestling for years though.
LS: Who trained you?
LL: I was trained by "Big Guns" Jeff Cannon, who runs a school out of Coshocton , Ohio . He's an amazing trainer on both the physical and psychological levels of wrestling. I highly recommend his school to anyone looking to break into pro wrestling.
LS: What was your biggest influence to become a wrestler?
LL: Knowing that I could do it, even when everyone else said I wouldn't ever be able to. I have an athletic background from school and when I graduated I needed something to fill the gap. Little did I know that filling a gap would open up my eyes to a whole new world.
LS: What other sports do you have an interest in?
LL: I was a cheerleader all through school. I danced until about 10th grade, was captain of my track team, and even had a brief run on the powerlifting team!
LS: How would you describe yourself in terms of attitude, personality, likes, dislikes, and strengths?
LL: My personality shines very brightly in the ring. Both inside and out of the ring Iím a loud, crazy, energetic personality, but make no mistake that when it's time to get serious and handle business I do what I need to do. My likes are other people who reflect positive energy and getting the most out of life. My dislikes are definitely people who let their ego get in the way of everything else they live/stand for. The people who think they deserve to sit on the throne without working their way there.
LS: What is your most marked characteristic?
LL: My most marked characteristic is my personality. You can see/hear me coming from a mile away. I take pride in the fact that I can light up a room and "Wow!" an audience but at the same time, get the job done inside the ring.
LS: What are you favorite foods, music, clothes, cars?
LL: My FAVORITE food, hands down, is cheesecake. Not so great for my girlish figure, but it's most definitely my favorite cheat food! I listen to just about any kind of music you play for me. I'm a big fan of country, since I grew up on it. I can also get into the bubblegum pop stuff as well as alternative and rock. Lately, CD's that are mainstays in my CD player include Hinder, Skillet, Brit Spears, and Collin Raye (crazy mix, I know!) As far as my wardrobe goes.... to be completely honest, it's mostly jeans and hooded sweatshirts. I'm such the opposite of a girlie girl it's unreal. ...and I'd love to one day own a Beamer ;)
LS: Describe a typical day of training for you. What is most important in your workout?
LL: My in-ring training is usually twice a week for 3 hours. Being that I'm one of the only girls at my school, I usually go into it with intentions of taking a beating from the guys... which can be good or bad depending on how you look at it. Practices are always very intense and my trainer, Big Guns Jeff Cannon, make sure we get a workout in during those 3 hours.
Weight training is, and always has been a huge part of my life. I like to try to work out 5 days a week, one body part each day! My favorite is leg day! It really makes you work and feel the burn but a nice set of legs is always a good staple in being female ;)
LS: How would you best describe your ring style?
LL: My ring style is mainly technical, chain-type wrestling. Lately I've incorporated a lot of various kicks and lucha-type maneuvers into the mix as well.
LS: What moves are you best known for?
LL: I do a Hurracanrana from the top rope that I call the Lexi-canrana... also a Flatliner-type move that Iíve nicknamed "DisLEXIa," and my newest combo to finish off a tough opponent is a Yakuza Kick-DDT. It's pretty lethal ;)
LS: Have you ever been injured in the ring?
LL: *Knock on wood* no I have not been seriously injured. Iíve had the occasional bumps and bruises, a few pulled muscles, or a sprained ankle, and maybe a concussion one time but Iíve never had any career-rendering injuries thus far!
LS: Who have been your toughest opponents?
LL: My toughest opponents have probably been Shantelle Taylor, Hailey Hatred and Jessicka Havok. Each one brought something different to the ring and definitely rung my bell a little bit in their own way, but Iíd like to think I more than returned the favor.
LS: Who are your allies?
LL: Tracy Brooks, Lones Oaks, Big Guns Jeff Cannon
LS: What has been your most memorable win?
LL: My very first match of my career vs. Jayme Braxton. It was at my old high school with my friends and family watching, and we had Ivory in as our special guest referee.
LS: What was your worst loss?
LL: All of my loses are bad. Especially when it ends dirty, which most of them do.
LS: Who is the one wrestler you would most like to face in the ring, but havenít yet?
LL: I would like to have a match with Krissy Vaine. She just had gotten signed by WWE when our paths began looking as though they may cross someday. I'm just now getting my name and my face out there and she's been doing so for years now. I've seen her work and she's awesome! Hopefully someday we can step inside the same ring together.
LS: What type of match do you enjoy the most?
LL: I like singles matches. They let you shine the entire 8, 10, 12 minutes you're out there. Mixed tag matches are fun too though. They let you change things up a little bit.
LS: What sort of reactions do you get from people when they learn you are a wrestler?
LL: Usually, I either get "ARE YOU SERIOUS? LIKE THE STUFF ON TV?" or "NO WAY! YOU'RE SO TINY!"... Dynamite comes in small packages, that's usually my response to that one! People are always shocked. Especially people I've known forever. I was a cheerleader and homecoming queen in high school...now I get thrown and punched in the face for a living.
LS: What is so special about this sport to you?
LL: Everything. Absolutely everything. The rush I get right before I go out to the ring, the experience Iím gaining by meeting the amazing people Iíve met in this business. Shawn Michaels said that when he started in this business someone told him that the important thing is to be the one who makes them cheer the loudest for the longest time.... and that's the person I want to be.
LS: What are your fans like?
LL: Extremely loyal! They cheer me on even when Iím getting my butt kicked, and they cheer even harder when it's time to celebrate. I really truly love my fans. Wherever the road takes me in this business, Iíll owe a huge part of it to them!
LS: What is the one thing you would most like to change about the sport?
LL: I would like to see women's wrestling be taken more seriously... and Iíd love to be a part of the reason why!
LS: If you had the power, what one thing would you do to improve the sport?
LL: I'd like to put the focus more on the athleticism and the talent angle (the actual in-ring wrestling) and less on the ..."other stuff"
LS: Where have you wrestled, and what titles have you held?
LL: I've wrestled all over Ohio , into parts of West Virginia and in Pennsylvania . I'm hoping to expand my horizons both to the east coast and mid west! Shimmer is my next goal! ...thus far I have not held any titles... but Iíve got a lot of years left in me to hold a lot of titles!
LS: What are your thoughts on women participating in the sport?
LL: I think it's awesome! I think women are 110% capable of being show-stealers not only by their looks, but by what they bring to the ring. I love women's wrestling, when that's really what it is...wrestling.
LS: What was your most unforgettable moment in the sport?
LL: The locker room praise I got after my match with Tracy Brooks. Every single person in the back shook my hand and told me they were really impressed and proud of me. It felt really good!
LS: Any regrets?
LL: Not at all!
LS: What would you do if you couldnít be in wrestling?
LL: Fitness/Figure competitions or fitness modeling
LS: What is your personal motto?
LL: Carpe Diem... you can never rewind and go back to tomorrow, you've ALWAYS gotta live today for all it's worth.
LS: What would make you most happy in life?
LL: Doing what I do now and making a living at it...being able to support my family and give them everything they need, and going to bed every night satisfied with what I did that day.
LS: Anything else youíd like to add?
LL: LadySports rocks
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