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Q & A: Nemesis

"I want people to understand I take my craft very seriously"

She shares a name with the Roman goddess of vengeance, but watching this powerful woman in action, you could be forgiven for thinking she's got more than a touch of Mars, the god of war in her as well! Outside of the ring, however, she's easygoing and soft spoken... clearly, a woman who lets her deeds speak for her. Until now, that is, as we allow her to talk about her life and career!


Name: Nemesis
Height: 5 ft 9 in    
Weight: 180 lbs
Hair: Dark brown with red streaks
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio


LADYSPORTS: Welcome to LadySports, Nemesis. Can you tell us when you first get into the sport?
NEMESIS: In July of 2006, I began my training as a professional wrestler.

LS: Who trained you?
N: I was trained at Bonekrushers National Pro Wrestling Training Center, and came under the notable tutelage of WWE alumni Roger Ruffen, TNA's Abyss, and TNA'a Wildcat Chris Harris.

LS: What was your biggest influence to become a wrestler?
N: I was always raised, growing up, being told that I could be anything I wanted to be. I wanted to be a strong, independent, and respected woman, and watching women in the ring like Lita (in her earlier days), Chyna, the Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, and Mildred Burke was evidence that women could be taken in just this light in pro wrestling.

LS: What other sports do you have an interest in?
N: I love getting together with my friends to play pretty much any contact sport; I love playing football, soccer, and baseball. Boxing in high school kept me occupied most of the time.

LS: How would you describe yourself in terms of attitude, personality, likes, dislikes, and strengths?
N: I am a very laid back, roll with the punches kind of girl. I'm easy to approach and love an engaging conversation on almost any topic. As far as my likes and dislikes are concerned, I pretty much have a basic rule: Be honest, be real, and love yourself for who you are. If you can follow these three things, you have respect for yourself and others around you, and will always be in good company.

LS: What is your most marked characteristic as a wrestler?
N: What people recognize most in my craft is my Old School style. I love a good session of mat wrestling, basic ring psychology, and hard-hitting moves.

LS: Describe a typical day of training for you. What is most important in your workout?
N: As soon as I wake up, I hit cardio for 40 to 60 minutes, whether this be running, kickboxing, or any other fast paced type of exercise. At least once a day, I get an additional 60 minute workout in (this can include pretty much anything-- boxing, tae-bo, yoga etc). Additionally, three times a week, I still attend two hour training sessions at my training school, Bonekrushers National Pro Wrestling Training Center. The most vital part of my workout is diet because no matter how hard one works out in the gym or anything else, if you eat unhealthy, one will not get the look one wants.

LS: How would you best describe your ring style?
N: I have a hard hitting, Old School style. I want people to understand I take my craft very seriously, and when I step into the squared circle I mean business. I use agility, wit, endurance, and strength to gain victory over my opponents.

LS: What moves are you best known for?
N: Widow's Peak, Fisherman Suplex, and the Bulldog are my key moves.

LS: Have you ever been injured in the ring?
N: I have had two major injuries early in my career. I had a torn rotator cuff, and a chipped coccyx...the tail bone. However, these injuries have only made me more aware of how I move my body in the ring, and taught me to simply move smarter.

LS: Who have been your toughest opponents?
N: Hellena Heavenly has been a very worthy opponent in the last year. She has a very experienced history, and I count myself lucky that I can go toe to toe with her on the same level.

LS: Who are your allies?
N: My ally is myself, when it comes to what happens in the ring. Many people can go either way to benefit themselves, so I have learned to make my destiny my own and utilize others strengths, if need be, to overcome any opponent I may meet with.

LS: What has been your most memorable win?
N: In Buchannon, Michigan, Sin-D and I gained the Women's Tag Team titles after a long, hard fought battle, for Bruiser Wrestling Federation.

LS: What was your worst loss?
N: The loss to Amanda Ruffin in Ft Wayne, Indiana, due to the fact that it cost me a contender spot. However, I take each of my losses in stride, for each loss teaches me what my weaknesses are and what I need to work on the most.

LS: Who is the one wrestler you would most like to face in the ring, but haven't yet?
N: I would absolutely love the oppurtunity to step into the ring with Beth Phoenix; she is the strong, very capable, and very able woman that I always wanted to be. While maintaining female grace, she can singlehandedly strong arm her opponents with ring presence, knowledge, and skill.

LS: What type of match do you enjoy the most?
N: My favorite match would be a Last Woman Standing match. This type of match allows the competitors to showcase all of their abilities, pure strength, stamina, wit, and their arsenal of moves. In the end, the people truly know that the victor is the strongest opponent.

LS: What sort of reactions do you get from people when they learn you are a wrestler?
N: Most people, when they discover that I am a professional wrestler, actually are not terribly surprised. They know my personality and how I wish to be seen as a female; therefore, they can see me competing in the squared circle. Yet, they typically have many questions concerning just how I got into the sport and information about it.

LS: What is so special about this sport to you?
N: This is a tough question, for its hard to put into words just what it means to me. It means respect. It means loyalty. It means honesty. It means perseverence. It stands for everything that I admire in people. Simply put, professional wrestling has provided me an oppurtunity to show my fans that I am to be taken seriously, in words and actions.

LS: What are your fans like?
N: My fans are amazing. They have stood behind me between every win, every loss, every battle. They are a key reason I strive to be a good wrestler, for, when I provide them with a good match, for those few minutes in time, despite what is going on outside of that ring in their lives and mine, they are viewing an entertaining, stigma changing, hard hitting story, that they can look back on time and again.

LS: If you had the power, what one thing would you do to improve the sport?
N: I would like to see female pro wrestlers on the national level (WWE, TNA etc) be represented in a different light. I would want to see the more highly trained and experienced workers be brought up from the independent federations and offered national exposure. While there are many skilled workers on that level, the women that look more like models and have significantly less training are being given significantly more television time. I would rather the females in this business be remembered for their arsenal of moves and abilities than what outfits they were or were not wearing.

LS: Where have you wrestled, and what titles have you held?
N: I have wrestled all over the tri-state of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana and also in West Virginia and Michigan. The companies I have worked for include the Northern Wrestling Federation (Cincinnati, Ohio), Bruiser Wrestling Federation (Ft Wayne, Indiana), Mountaineer Wrestling Association (Parkersburg, West Virginia), World Wrestling Coalition (Aberdeen, Ohio), and Generation of Destination (Fairfield, Ohio). I have held the Women's tag team title with Sin-D at Bruiser Wrestling Federation for a little over a year.

LS: What are your thoughts on women participating in the sport?
N: Women in professional wrestling are to be taken seriously. There are a great number of women who have started from the bottom of the stack (independent federations) by working as security, sales tables, and concession stands, and moved their way up to referee, to wrestler, with each step eagerly anticipated but taken in stride. I would like to see more women with this experience be noticed and given the same oppurtunities as women on the national scale.

LS: What was your most unforgettable moment in the sport?
N: My first professional match on April 5th, 2008, the moment I stepped through the curtain and into the squared circle and the natural adrenaline rush hit, I knew that what I had been working for those years was exactly what I was meant to do. I had the fans right where they wanted to be and everything felt perfect.

LS: Any regrets?
N: My only regret is that I did not pursue my dream sooner.

LS: What would you do if you couldn't be in wrestling?
N: Although, I don't believe having been involved in this business that I can ever step out of it for the rest of my life, if there was a circumstance that prevented me from doing so, I would like to be a social worker or aide for MR/DD clients. These people are simply misunderstood and need only more time to be interacted with and loved for exactly who they are. They often have insights that many of us can sadly miss because of our misconceptions. They all have a voice, you just have to take the time to listen.

LS: What is your personal motto?
N: Respect everyone, work hard for what you want, and never let anyone tell you that you cant do what you want to do in life. This has gotten me far in life and hopefully even further in my professional career.

LS: What would make you most happy in life?
N: What would make me most happy in life would to be able to perform as a pro wrestler and make a difference, no matter what the size of the crowd, till the day I leave this earth, and to spend time with my family who made me who I am today. Just to know that one little girl, who had seen me in the ring one random night, will look up at her mother and say, "Mommy, I wanna be a professional wrestler." That that statement will begin to form that young girl into a strong, independent, intelligent young woman.

LS: Anything else you'd like to add?
N: Keep your eye out for Nemesis who will be spreading her reign as a strong, able, agile, and skilled female wrestler further into the United Stated and, eventually, internationally.

photos courtesy of Nemesis