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Best UK Womens Wrestlers on the Indies: Alex Windsor, Riho, Nina Samuels, Dani Luna and more

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The indie wrestling scene in the UK has always been a hotbed of talent, and in recent years, female wrestlers have taken the spotlight, showcasing their skills and charisma. Among these talented athletes and UK Womens wrestlers, a few stand out for their remarkable achievements and growing popularity. Let’s dive into the profiles of some of these exceptional wrestlers.

Best UK Womens Wrestlers: Alex Windsor – A Force to be Reckoned With in the Ring

Alex Windsor, born Alice Olivia Walker on 9 November 1993, has emerged as a formidable presence in the UK independent wrestling scene.

Currently working for Revolution Pro Wrestling as the Undisputed British Women’s Champion, Windsor has made an indelible mark in the industry.

Pro-Wrestling: EVE – A Storied Tenure

Windsor’s association with Pro-Wrestling: EVE dates back to 2010, marking her longest tenure with any company. She debuted at EVE/WAW Potentials, and over the years, has been a prominent fixture in their events.

Notably, at EVE Wrestle Queendom 4, she was a part of a 30-woman battle royal for the Pro-Wrestling: EVE Championship, and at EVE God Save The Wrestle Queens, she teamed up with Charlie Morgan for the Pro-Wrestling: EVE Tag Team Championship.

Her crowning moment came at Wrestle Queendom 5, where she won the EVE Championship, though she subsequently lost it to Miyu Yamashita​​.

Progress Wrestling: Rising Through the Ranks

Windsor’s foray into Progress Wrestling began in 2016 at PROGRESS Chapter 36, teaming with Dahlia Black and Jinny in a six-woman tag team match.

Her journey in Progress Wrestling saw her challenging for the Progress Wrestling World Women’s Championship, although she fell short in her pursuit​​.

Revolution Pro Wrestling: Champion’s Journey

Windsor’s debut in Revolution Pro Wrestling in 2021 was marked by victory over Gisele Shaw in a singles match.

Demonstrating her prowess, she won the Undisputed British Women’s Championship from Shaw in her second appearance and successfully defended the title against competitors like Kylie Rae at RevPro Epic Encounter 2022​​.

Japanese Independent Scene: International Success

Expanding her horizons, Windsor ventured into the Japanese independent scene in 2022, marking her debut with a win against Maki Itoh to capture the International Princess Championship at Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling’s event.

Although she later lost the title, her performance cemented her as a versatile and formidable wrestler on the international stage​​.

Nina Samuels: A Versatile Performer in Women’s Wrestling

Nina Samuels, born Samantha Allen on 17 October 1988 in Aldershot, England, is a notable name in the UK women’s wrestling scene.

Trained by the London School of Lucha Libre, she made her professional wrestling debut on 16 November 2014 and has since then become a significant figure in the industry.

Early Career and Achievements

Samuels’ wrestling career took off in British Empire Wrestling (BEW) in 2014, where she showcased her skills in various matches, including tag team and singles competitions.

She also competed in Pro-Wrestling: EVE, making her debut in February 2018 at EVE A Day at the Resistance. Samuels achieved notable success in Pro-Wrestling: EVE, winning the Pro-Wrestling: EVE Championship at the 1st Wrestle Queendom in 2018.

She has also held the Pro-Wrestling: EVE Tag Team Championship, partnering with Chantal Jordan​​.

NXT UK: A Platform for Greater Exposure

Samuels’ journey in NXT UK, the WWE’s UK brand, began in 2018. She participated in various high-profile matches, including the NXT UK Women’s Championship Tournament and battles against well-known wrestlers like Dakota Kai and Toni Storm.

Her time in NXT UK was marked by intense rivalries, notably with Xia Brookside, culminating in memorable matches and storylines.

Samuels’ tenure with NXT UK ended in August 2022 when the brand went into hiatus and was reportedly set to transition into NXT Europe​​.

Recognition and Rankings

Samuels’ talents have been recognized beyond the UK, as evidenced by her ranking in Pro Wrestling Illustrated.

In 2020, she was ranked No. 90 in the PWI Women’s 100, highlighting her status as one of the top female singles wrestlers globally​​.

Best UK Womens Wrestlers: Dani Luna – A Dynamic Presence in the Wrestling World

Dani Luna, born Chloe Smith on 2 March 1999 in Croydon, England, has rapidly made a name for herself in the world of professional wrestling.

Trained by Justin Sysum, Luke Savory, and Mike Hitchman, Luna debuted in the wrestling world on 3 December 2016.

Early Career and Independent Circuit

Luna’s early career saw her competing under her real name in the English promotion Evolution, where she faced challenges but quickly gained experience.

She expanded her presence to various other promotions like British Empire Wrestling, Preston City Wrestling, Dragon Pro Wrestling, and Pro Wrestling Chaos. During this period, Luna clinched three titles, marking her growing influence in the industry​​.

NXT UK and WWE

Luna’s WWE debut came on 3 July 2019 in NXT UK, where she initially faced tough competition. Despite initial setbacks, she signed a contract with WWE in January 2020.

Luna’s time in WWE NXT UK was marked by significant matches, including a challenge for the NXT UK Women’s Championship.

She also formed a group called Subculture in 2021 with Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andrews. However, in August 2022, Luna was released from her WWE contract, marking the end of her stint in NXT UK​​.

Revolution Pro Wrestling and Impact Wrestling

In Revolution Pro Wrestling, Luna achieved notable success by winning the Southside Women’s Championship. Although she eventually lost the title, her performance cemented her reputation as a formidable wrestler.

In May 2023, Luna made her first appearance in Impact Wrestling, marking a new chapter in her wrestling career​​​​.

Championships and Accomplishments

Luna’s skills and determination have led her to win several championships, including the Celtic Crown Women’s Championship, the All Wales Championship, the Maiden of Chaos Championship, and the Soul Women’s Championship. Her prowess was recognized in 2020 when she was ranked No. 87 in the PWI Women’s 100 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated, a testament to her growing prominence in women’s wrestling​​.

Best UK Womens Wrestlers: Lizzy Evo: A Rising Star in PROGRESS Wrestling

Lizzy Evo made a notable entrance into PROGRESS Wrestling in 2021, participating in the Revelations of Divine Love Tournament. Despite facing an early defeat against Alexxis Falcon, Evo quickly garnered attention for her charismatic presence, especially for her verbal prowess both in the ring and towards the audience.

Evo’s early career in PROGRESS Wrestling was characterized by initial struggles to secure victories, yet she never failed to captivate the crowd. Her ability to engage in both serious and comedic situations, particularly her quick-witted interactions with PROGRESS Wrestling fans, became a highlight of her performances.

Pivotal Moment in PROGRESS

A pivotal moment in her career was her participation in a groundbreaking match in Dubai, where she competed against Session Moth Martina at the PROGRESS/WrestleFest DXB Sons & Daughters Of The Desert event. This international exposure was a significant step in breaking barriers and showcasing her talent on a larger stage.

Following her international stint, Evo achieved her first major win at the Unboxing event in a triple-threat match over Alexxis Falcon and Nina Samuels.

However, subsequent challenges, including her participation in the Thunderbastard match and matches against Millie McKenzie, led to a series of defeats.

Hiatus from PROGRESS

These setbacks prompted a brief hiatus from PROGRESS, during which Evo refocused and reevaluated her approach. Upon her return, she displayed a renewed vigour and a more formidable in-ring persona.

This transformation was evident in her convincing victories over notable opponents such as Session Moth and Kanji.

Lizzy Evo’s journey in PROGRESS Wrestling is marked by her resilience, adaptability, and growth as a wrestler. Her early struggles, followed by a period of introspection and subsequent comeback, highlight her determination and evolving skill set.

As she continues to build her career, her trajectory in PROGRESS Wrestling suggests a promising future filled with potential and further accomplishments​​.

Best UK Womens Wrestlers: Rhio – PROGRESS Wrestling Champion

Rhio, a standout performer in PROGRESS Wrestling, has carved a notable path in the world of professional wrestling. Her journey began with humble origins at the Peckham Theatre, where she honed her craft and displayed a natural athleticism and passion for wrestling. This dedication quickly translated into success and recognition within PROGRESS Wrestling.

Debut in PROGRESS

Rhio made a significant impact in PROGRESS Wrestling, debuting in 2021. She swiftly established herself as a formidable competitor by winning the Divine Love tournament, a feat that underscored her skill and determination.

Throughout her career in PROGRESS Wrestling, Rhio has demonstrated a relentless pursuit of excellence, consistently challenging and often defeating some of the most formidable opponents in the women’s division. Her matches, characterized by fierce determination and an unwavering desire for victory, have included notable performances against wrestlers like Trish Adora, Mercedes Blaze, Laura Di Matteo, and Kanji.

PROGRESS Women’s Champion

2023 marked a pivotal year for Rhio as she achieved a major milestone by winning the PROGRESS Wrestling Women’s Championship.

This historic achievement was the result of her relentless pursuit and a testament to her hard work and dedication. Her victory came after securing a Thunderbastard win in January, which she later capitalised on in October to defeat the then-champion Lana Austin.

Rhio’s career in PROGRESS Wrestling stands as a testament to the power of passion, dedication, and hard work. Her journey from a novice wrestler to a champion and beloved figure in the industry is both inspirational and a testament to her perseverance.

As she continues to dominate in PROGRESS Wrestling, her commitment to facing any challenger head-on underscores her determination to remain at the top. Rhio’s legacy in wrestling serves as a shining example of what can be achieved with a strong mentality and unwavering dedication to the sport​​.

Best UK Womens Wrestlers: Other notable names

Kanji – Former PROGRESS Champion

Kanji is a former PROGRESS Women’s Champion, as well as a former Southside Champion. Known for her absolutely indomitable spirit (and for just being an absolutely lovely person), she was a massive part of the PROGRESS roster during the Peckham era.

Coming back from two horrendous arm injuries, Kanji is set to break out in 2024 and beyond with her being on the level of peers such as Gisele Shaw from TNA Wrestling, who she had an INCREDIBLE feud with during the aforementioned PROGRESS era in Peckham (I’m biased because I helped promote that!).

Do not miss out on Kanji, she will be a big star before you know it.

Rhia O’Reilly: A Trailblazer in the Ring

Rhia O’Reilly, an Irish wrestler best known by her ring name, has made significant waves in the indie wrestling scene. Training under notable names like Justin Richards, the Knight Family, and Lance Storm, O’Reilly debuted professionally in 2010. Since then, she has worked in several countries across Europe and Canada, earning respect and admiration for her in-ring prowess and dedication​​.

Millie McKenzie: The Prodigy of Progress Wrestling

Millie McKenzie, known for her participation in PROGRESS Wrestling and WWE: NXT UK, has become a prominent figure in the indie wrestling scene. Her performances in PROGRESS Wrestling PROGRESS Chapter 68: Super Strong Style 16 Tournament Edition 2018, Progress Wrestling Live at The Dome 2017, and WWE: NXT UK 2018 have established her as a formidable competitor and a fan favourite​​.

Lana Austin: The Dynamic Performer

Lana Austin, another standout wrestler, is known for her appearances in WWE: NXT UK, Progress Chapter 78: 24 Hour People, and Fierce Females 2018. Austin’s dynamic style and charismatic presence in the ring have earned her a dedicated following and a reputation as a must-watch talent in the UK indie scene​​.

Charlie Morgan: The Fearless Competitor

Charlie Morgan has made a name for herself in the indie wrestling world with her performances in PROGRESS Wrestling PROGRESS Chapter 68: Super Strong Style 16 Tournament Edition 2018, Progress Wrestling Live at The Dome 2017, and WWE: NXT UK 2018. Known for her fearless style and ability to captivate audiences, Morgan is a rising star in the wrestling world​​.

The Future of Women’s Wrestling

These wrestlers represent just a slice of the immense talent in the UK indie wrestling scene. Their dedication, skill, and passion are paving the way for a new era in women’s wrestling, where athletes are recognized for their abilities and charisma.

FAQ

  • Who are some of the best UK women’s wrestlers on the indie scene?
    • Rhia O’Reilly, Millie McKenzie, Lana Austin, Charlie Morgan, and others are making significant impacts.
  • What makes these wrestlers stand out?
    • Their exceptional skills, unique in-ring styles, and charisma set them apart.
  • Where can fans watch these wrestlers perform?
    • They often perform in various indie wrestling events across the UK and sometimes internationally.
  • How have these wrestlers contributed to women’s wrestling?
    • They have raised the profile of women’s wrestling, showcasing talent and athleticism on par with their male counterparts.
  • Are these wrestlers involved in major wrestling promotions?
    • Some have appeared in larger promotions like WWE: NXT UK, but they primarily compete in indie circuits.
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