March 9, 2013 is a night that will be remembered by WOW! fans as a history-making extravaganza that featured intense, heated competition and life-changing moments for some of the world’s most driven athletes. Injuries were had. Tears had fallen. Championships were placed in the balance. It was a night of unparalleled drama that left fans speechless and starving, begging for more. Las Vegas, Nevada and the Eastside Cannery Hotel and Casino were at the mercy of WOW’s gifted wrestlers, and the stunned crowd was impressed and dazzled as they hung on their every word and movement.
The night started with Sophia Lopez and Caged Heat strolling to the ring with the Tag Team Championship belts over their shoulders. Lopez tried to convince the crowd that she went through the proper channels to get the decision to Caged Heat’s defense against the All American Girls overturned, but no one was completely ready to buy in to her story. Just as Ms. Lopez’ claims got too farfetched, the All American Girls—Amber O’Neal and Santana Garrett—came down to the ring to get their belts back in their possession, and challenged Caged Heat to an official Tag-Team Title re-match.
Newcomers introduced the packed house at the Las Vegas Eastside Cannery Casino were Abilene Maverick, Candice LeRae, Selina Major’s introduction of Jessie Jones and the tag-team Tropical Storm.
In a match that split the crowd, fan-favorites Sunshine and Spike did battle in the ring. Showing that there were no hard feelings from the last time we saw them together, Spike and her aunt, Thug, showed solidarity as they picked up the win over the young upstart, Sunshine.
Another contest had the audience in a frenzy when the team that everyone loves: The Bully Busters, Stephanie La Maravillosa and Keta Rush went against the team of Paradise and La Niña—Tropical Storm. The match was especially sentimental to Paradise who was not only making her return to Women of Wrestling, but she was doing so in her hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. The Bully Busters did their best to make it a sour homecoming for Paradise, but their efforts were for naught, as the Tropic Storm tore through them and defeated them. Paradise, La Niña, and Paradise’s extra-large and extra loud cheering section celebrated well into the hot Las Vegas night.
The fans were treated to a match between Frost and Tatevik ‘The Gamer’, in which the winner would receive a championship match against the winner of Lana Star vs. Jungle Grrrl. With the stakes being so high, you knew both competitors were bringing their A-Game. Frost tried to use her nasty, smash-mouth, pound-and-ground style to her advantage. While, Tatevik did her best to let her lethal legs do the talking for her. In the end, though, a momentary distraction by Jungle Grrrl proved to be a difference maker as both competitors allowed the fight to spill outside. The problem was, they never returned to the ring, and both were counted out of the match.
Who will get the next title match? Who is the real number one contender? This match left many questions hanging in the balance, but answers are soon to come.
The main event of the evening proved to be worth the wait for every individual involved and everyone watching and eagerly anticipating in the arena. First, out came Jungle Grrrl with the confidence of a proud experienced warrior. She walked to the ring calm and collected and did not let the big fight atmosphere shake her.
Then, Lana Star came to the ring with her personal assistant, Kitty. The champion was poised to make another title defense of the prestigious championship she’d been wearing for years. The tension was palpable. Both competitors were ready. Both were ready to make history in that ring.
The moment Lana and Jungle Grrrl locked up, it was as though they were channeling something bigger than themselves. Lana—perhaps the most resourceful competitor in WOW history—seemed to be pulling everything out of her bag of tricks. The fans were left enamored and speechless with the cunning ring prowess the champion was putting on display.
Jungle Grrrl danced with what brought her. She overpowered the champion every chance she could get. She pulled out powerbombs, body slams, and powerslams. Each and every move Jungle Grrrl was able to execute on Lana Star was delivered with such impact that a lesser competitor would’ve thrown up their white flag and retreated from combat.
As the war waged on in the ring, Kitty sat on the outside waiting to attack her employer’s opponent. Finally, Kitty saw her opening when she snuck in the ring to hit Jungle Grrrl with the world famous mirror. Jungle Grrrl seemed unaffected by the shot with the mirror, and sought to take out the conniving personal assistant of the world champion.
Jungle Grrrl hoisted Kitty into the air and hit the Jungle Driver on her. With Kitty incapacitated, Jungle Grrrl ascended to the top rope and hit her signature Splash on Lana’s assistant. It was a moment that sent electric waves of elation throughout the audience.
With Kitty indisposed, Jungle Grrrl returned her attention to the champion. Finally, Jungle Grrrl had Lana down, and she could see it. The crowd could see it. Everyone in attendance held their breath with quiet anticipation of what was about to happen. Jungle Grrrl climbed to the top of the turnbuckle, rung by rung, rope by rope. She made her way to the top. As she stood there, she soaked it all in as much as she could. The fans cheering her. The bleachers pounding much like the hearts of the legions in attendance. This was what they’d all come to see. This is what everyone wanted. They could taste it.
Then, the arena went deathly silent, and she did it. Jungle Grrrl flew through the air, and came down with a thunderous roar. She covered Lana Star. One… Two… Three! It was over, Jungle Grrrl was the new champion of the world!
WOW! President, David McLane, entered the ring and personally placed the belt on Jungle Grrrl’s waist. It was a beautiful moment as the fans crowded the ring with wide eyes and large smiles. It was a truly epic moment that will live in wrestling history forever.
As if that moment itself wasn’t heartfelt enough, President McLane surprised Jungle Grrrl with a special message from home. On the screen in the arena, everyone saw Jungle Grrrl’s son. He was on live via Skype to congratulate his mother on achieving her destiny, living her dream, and finally winning the WOW! Championship of the World after a tumultuous thirteen year quest. Jungle Grrrl was speechless after the win and after the message from her son, and she capped off a glorious evening by celebrating with her people and her fans around her showing her all the love and support in the world.
Yes, fans, this is the drama, excitement, emotion, and pandemonium you can experience when you see WOW – Women of Wrestling live! It is not just an event. It is not just a show. It is an experience when you have these Superheroes in your face!