Saraya-Jade Bevis- Famous Female Wrestler in the World (Part 3)

Saraya-Jade Bevis, known as Paige, is the finalist of the top five famous female wrestlers in the world, besides Charlotte Flair, Trish Stratus, Sasha Banks, and Chyna.

She was born in Norwich, Norfolk, England, on August 17, 1997, to Ricky Knight and Sweet Saraya. Both her father and mother were professional wrestlers. Her brothers, namely Zak Zodiac and Roy Bevis, are also professional wrestlers.

She learned at “The Hewett School” in Norwich and graduated in 2008. When she was a child, Paige did not pursue wrestling as a career and wanted to become a zoologist. However, she fought her debut at the age of 13 due to wrestling being an active part of her family.

By the age of 14, she participated in many wrestling promotional events in the United States and Europe. Paige entered singles championships without much success. She competed in the “World Wide Wrestling League” women’s title and lost in the finals to Sara.

During her wrestling career, she not only teamed up with her mother but also competed against her mother. In 2009, Paige defeated her mother in the “Herts and Essex (HEW) Women’s Championship, the Real Deal Wrestling (RDW) Women’s Championship, and the WAWW British Championship.

In 2010, she and her mother teamed up to defeat Amazon and Ananya in the PWF Ladies Tag Team Championship. She lost her HEW’ women’s title to her mother in 2011.

She was the only woman to hold the “WWE Divas Championship” title and the “NXT Women’s Champion” title at the same time.

She also held many titles such as the GSW Ladies Championship, the HEW Women’s Championship, the PWF Ladies Tag Championship, the Pro-Wrestling: EVE Championship, the RDW Woman’s Championship, the Swiss Championship Wrestling (SCW) Ladies Championship, and the RQW Women’s Championship.

How to get a wrestling scholarship

It isn’t easy but it isn’t impossible either to get a wrestling scholarship. There are about 10,500 men’s wrestling athletes of 536 programs from NCAA Division 1 to the NCWA. In this article, let’s discuss how to get a wrestling scholarship.

Student-athletes can improve their opportunities of being awarded an athletic scholarship by targeting schools that are a good fit for them, keeping their grades higher, and taking part in which weight class coaches will recruit. Remember these tips: 

  1. Research first. Know the major differences in the division levels. While NCAA Division 1, and Division 2, NAIA, NJCAA programs offer athletic scholarships, NCAA Division 3 programs offer scholarship packages that are made up of academic scholarships, merit-based and need-based aid scholarships. Division 3 and NAIA programs are typically provided by smaller, private schools.
  2. Know the athletic requirements. College coaches prioritize wrestling scholarships to recruits who can score points both at the state and national levels. For instance, a wrestler who can continuously score points against the elite competition will be ranked higher than a recruit who has won more total games but scored fewer overall points. Therefore besides being nationally ranked, try to maximize your point potential in high school to improve your opportunities of securing a roster spot.
  3. Excel academically. College coaches always want to find student-athletes and consider a recruit’s academic standing as seriously as their athletic ability. Moreover, a solid GPA and high test scores can land you additional academic aid. If you are interested in D1 or D2, ensure to sign up for the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  4. Keep your options open. Don’t overlook a division just since it isn’t Division 1. There are some competitive programs, from Division 2 to NJCAA, which can offer a better financial package than Division 1. For instance, you may find that a Division 3 package, which is made up of grants and academic aid, brings college costs down significantly. In addition, there are more wrestling scholarships available per team at junior colleges.

Former New Jersey wrestling stars affected by Stanford decision to cut the program

Two former New Jersey wrestling stars  may have to decide about their careers’ future since Stanford University announced on Wednesday that it will discontinue its wrestling program after this season.

Shane Griffith, a three-time NJSIAA champion from 2014-18, and Nick Addison, a state fourth-place finisher in 2018 and 2019, are two of those who will be affected if Stanford doesn’t change its decision.

After having won the 2018 NJSIAA 160-pound championship for his third state championship, Shane Griffith holds up three fingers in the air with both his hands.

Wrestling was one of 11 sports the Palo Alto school announced it was discontinuing. 

Griffith, a four-time state finalist, went 28-0 in 2019-20 and was the Pac-12 Conference 165-pound champion as a redshirt freshman.

He was the No. 3 seed at 165 in the NCAA Tournament after Alex Marinelli – Iowa’s Big Ten champion, and Vincenzo Joseph – Penn State’s two-time national champion and three-time national finalist – before the tournament was canceled.

During his scholastic career, Griffith was the state champion at 132 in 2015, 138 in 2016 and 160 in 2018. He was the runner-up at 152 in 2017. He defeated Rutgers’ Robert Kanniard in the 2018 state final and was defeated by Rutgers’ Stephan Glasgow in the 2017 state final.

Former Rumson-Fair Haven Regional wrestling star Nick Addison is also shown during the 2019 NJSAA 182-pound semifinal. Last season, he went 6-10, 5-8 in dual-meets at 184 pounds as a true freshman.

He was fourth in the state at 170 in 2018 after advancing to the semifinal, and fourth at 182 in 2019 after again advancing to the semifinal. Addison was defeated by Hasbrouck Heights’ state champion Michael O’Malley in 2018 and by Colonia’s John Poznanski, who will be a freshman this fall at Rutgers.

Addison is one of three multiple state medal winners in the history of Rumson-Fair Haven and is tied with 2003 graduate Patrick Berger for the highest state medal finish in the history of Rumson.

World’s Greatest Female Wrestlers (Part 2) – Sasha Banks, Chyna

In the first part of a series about the most famous female wrestlers in the world, we understand the profiles of Charlotte Flair and Trish Stratus.

Today, let’s name two of the greatest female wrestlers worldwide namely Sasha Banks and Chyna. They are both American professional wrestlers and win many titles during her careers. 

1/ Sasha Banks

Borne on January 26, 1992, Sasha Banks is one of the youngest professional wrestlers in the United States. During her growing-up period, she used to watch “All Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling,” about which she was very enthusiastic. 

When she was ten years old, Sasha Banks had a strong desire to train the wrestling. However, her mother did not want her to take up wrestling as a career.

In 2008, she started her training at an independent American wrestling promotion, “Chaotic Wrestling, which was based in Woburn in Massachusetts.

Despite a long-term wrestling career of WWE, Sasha Banks received several achievements. She has so far won the Chaotic Wrestling Women’s Championship, the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship, the NXT Women’s Championship, and the WWE Raw Women’s Championship.

In 2016, Sasha Banks ranked second in the list of top 50 female wrestlers in the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Female 50.

2/ Chyna

Born on December 27, 1969, Chyna is a WWF professional wrestler. She began the only female trainee at Wladek ‘Killer’ Kowalski’s professional wrestling school in Massachusetts. She participated in her first match in 1995. After her debut, she started appearing in various independent promotional events with the nickname “Joanie Lee.”

 During her career, Chyna won many competitions such as the Rookie of the Year in 1996 and 1998, the WWF Intercontinental Championships, the WWF Women’s Championship, and IWF Women’s Championship. Besides, she got the “Best Selling Title of the Year” in 2006, and the “Best Celebrity Tape” in 2012.

World’s Greatest Female Wrestlers (Part 1) – Charlotte Flair, Trish Stratus

Nowadays, wrestling is played by not only male but also female people. The following are some of the greatest female wrestlers in the world.

1/Charlotte Flair

Charlotte Flair, born on April 5, 1986, was an American professional wrestler, author, and actor. His father was a widely popular professional wrestler Ric Flair and his mother, Elizabeth. When she was young, Charlotte did not like being a part of her wrestling family. She is interested in fitness and sports and prepared to become a personal trainer.

She then graduated from Providence High School and became the school volleyball team’s captain from 2004 to 2005. In two years, she and her team won two ‘NCHSSA 4-A State Championships.’

Charlotte marked her first developmental contract with ‘WWE’ in May 2012. She had trained for one year and made the official in-ring debut in July 2013.

During her career, Charlotte Flair won multiple championships in the WWE. She was ranked first in PWI magazine’s top 50 female wrestlers list in 2016. In 2018, she ranked second in the list of top ten female wrestlers of the year released by ‘Sports Illustrated’ magazine.

2/Trish Stratus

Patricia Anne Stratigeas, known as Trish Stratus, was born in Flemingdon Park, Ontario, Canada, on December 18, 1975. Her father, Alice, was a real estate agent while her mother was an educator.

When she was young, Trish Stratus watched professional wrestling and admired many famous players such as Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage. When working as a fitness model, she landed a job of co-hosting Live Audio Wrestling with Big Daddy Donnie and Jeff Marek on Toronto Sports Radio, The FAN 590.

During her wrestling career, Stratus won WWF/E Championships for seven years in 2001; 2002; 2002; 2003; 2004; 2005; and 2006. She also was a WWE Hardcore Champion in 2002. (to be continued)

Top Five Best Tournaments In Wrestling History (part 2)

Battle Of Los Angeles

This is the ultimate independent wrestling tournament. Starting in 2005, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla started holding the Battle of Los Angeles. It brought wrestlers from all around the world and you’re almost always guaranteed to see dream matches that blow your mind.

Past winners include Adam Cole, Ricochet, and Kenny Omega. However, the list of competitors goes even deeper. AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Alex Shelley, Shingo Takagi, Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne, Drew McIntyre, and more have all taken part. Pick any year and discover some insane pairings.

Mae Young Classic

There have been only 2 iterations so far but the Mae Young Classic has been a blast. This WWE competition brings together some of the top female athletes from around the planet for an epic series of games. Taped behind a raucous crowd at Full Sail University and aired on the WWE Network, it was a highlight of the past few years.

This tournament has helped launch the careers of Shayna Baszler, Dakota Kai, Tegan Nox, Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley, Mia Yim, Xia Brookside, and Io Shirai. It also brought in returns such as Serena Deeb and Kaitlyn, as well as top stars such as Mercedes Martinez and Meiko Satomura. And you can’t help but praise the two winners, including Kairi Sane and Toni Storm, who have found a lot of success since their victories.

G1 Climax

Remember how we said New Japan tournaments do so well? Their best is the annual G1 Climax. This is a round-robin tournament that features around 20 of the company’s top wrestlers, split across two blocks. It takes place throughout the summer and the winner gets an IWGP Heavyweight Title shot at Wrestle Kingdom.

Every year, fans look forward to the G1 season. There is an abundance of stellar games, and stories develop through this month-long affair. Winners such as Shinsuke Nakamura, Tetsuya Naito, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Kazuchika Okada. Any list counting the best matches of any given year is bound to include several from this prestigious event.

Best Professional Wrestlers of All Time (Part 1)

Wrestling is a unique performance art and entertainment form which combined athletics with theatrical performance. There are many great wrestlers in the world, of which Edge, Kurt Angle, and Brock Lesnar are the best professional wrestlers of all time.

When Edge was a child, he was a dream to be one of the most decorated wrestlers of all time. The Rated-R superstar first joined a wrestling training at the age of 17 by winning an essay contest. 

After working in an independent circuit, Edge debuted in the World Wrestling Entertainment in 1997. During his career, he has won multiple world championships, including 31 championships in the WWE and 14 tag team championships.

In 2011, he retired from wrestling and became an actor on shows such as Haven and Vikings.

Kurt Angle is the only wrestler to be both a WWE champion and an Olympic Gold Medalist. After having won a gold medal in the 1996 Olympics, Angle was trained as a professional wrestler. He has his WWF debut in 1999 and won the first world championship one year later. 

In 2006, Angle became a star of the Total Nonstop Action Promotion after winning the multiple championships in the WWE and the WWF. 

After having won many championships in the NJPW and the TNA, he returned to the WWE in an on-screen role in 2017. He officially retired from the wrestling at Wrestlemania 35, after being defeated by Baron Corbin.

U.S wrestling champion Brock Lesnar was victorious in both UFC and WWE thank to his athletic prowess. He made his WWE debuted in 2002 and won the first of his seven WWE championships a year later.

After having parted ways with the WWE in 2005, Lesnar wrestled in Japan and won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. He made his UFC debut in 2008 and won the UFC Heavyweight Championship in November of that year.

In 2012, he returned to the WWE and had been a dominant force. 

Top Five Best Tournaments In Wrestling History (part 1)

Fans love a good wrestling tournament. Tournaments in wrestling are something that usually gets fans excited. More often than not, it means we are about to get a barrage of entertaining matches and they all have something on the line. These tournaments can be to crown a king, to earn a title shot, a new champion, or simply for bragging rights.

Here we list the best tournaments in wrestling, based on their consistent quality and prestige.

Super Strong Style 16

PROGRESS Wrestling has been known for some innovative ideas. Their original top title was a giant staff and they introduced the Atlas division for wrestlers over 205 pounds. But their annual Super Strong Style 16 is a pretty straightforward concept. 16 wrestlers compete in a traditional tournament with the winner earning a PROGRESS Title shot.

What makes this one of the better entries on the list is the high quality of matches as well as the up-and-coming talent involved. For example, 2017’s finals saw Tyler Bate and Travis Banks compete in one of the best matches of that year. Other past competitors include Darby Allin, Kyle O’Reilly, Zack Sabre Jr., and Matt Riddle. Moreover, be sure to check out the creative ways they figure out the brackets, which is usually uploaded to YouTube.

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic

After the heartbreaking passing of Dusty Rhodes in 2015, NXT started running this tag team tournament in his honor. Since then, each edition of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic has managed to bring us some of the most exciting wrestling anywhere. It is a perfect blend of good wrestling and quality story development.

It was in this tournament that Bobby Roode start his feud with Tye Dillinger and a big part of the lengthy Finn Balor/Samoa Joe rivalry came when they won this tournament. It also gave us great matches like the Authors of Pain vs. TM61 or #DIY vs. The Undisputed Era. Plus, the list of winners is incredible — Aleister Black and Ricochet, Balor and Joe, Undisputed Era, and AOP.

Iowa wrestling championships: History, stats, and records

Iowa Hawkeye wrestling is unique. Few teams sell out an arena so often, garner a fan base quite passionate, and have the cult following as intense as this legendary wrestling program does year by year.

The Hawkeyes are presently led by Head Coach Tom Brands who won both Olympic and NCAA titles for the program and recently coached one of the most dominant college teams in the history of NCAA. He started competing for the Hawkeyes in 1988 and has been at the school almost every year since.

Under Tom Brands, the Hawks have won NCAA titles for three times, trained 20 World Team and Olympic members, and produced the NCAA champions for 12 times.  Brands also coached two of the three Hawkeyes who have also won the Hodge Trophy, wrestling’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy. The team has won five Big Ten Championships and produced 82 All-Americans, too. Along with his assistant coach Ryan Morningstar and his brother Terry, Iowa has continued the excellence that began even before their time.

The first team championship came in 1975 under Head Coach Gary Kurdelmeier, who was an NCAA champion for the Hawkeyes himself in 1958. While Kurdelmeier would continue to be inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, his biggest contribution was creating a winning culture and a dominant program that continued to win 22 more team titles.

Iowa wrestling’s most remarkable stats, records

The Hawkeyes have led the nation in attendance for each of Tom Brands’ 14 years as head coach. The program broke a new attendance record in 2020 with 12,568.4 fans.

Iowa hasn’t lost a dual to in-state rival Iowa State since Tom Brands took over the program. The Hawkeyes are 15-0 against the Cyclones.

In NCAA wrestling history, Iowa has the second-longest winning streak with 69 wins.

Iowa has also won the most consecutive national titles of any wrestling team in NCAA history, and the streak of nine titles, is the second among the streaks for any Division I men’s sports team in the NCAA.

Three Famous Wrestling Competitions Worldwide, G1 Climax Ranks First

Wrestling tournaments usually attract many audiences and get fans excited. These competitions can be held to find a king of the sport or only for bragging rights. The most well-known wrestling tournaments in the world are G1 Climax, World Tag League, and Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.

The G1 Climax (Grade One Climax) is one of the most professional wrestling tournament organized by the New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) promotion in Japan each August. According to the current format, the tournament prolongs four weeks. The round-robin tournament features about 20 competitors from the company’s top wrestlers, dividing into two blocks. The final winner will receive an IWGP Heavyweight Title shot at the Wrestle Kingdom.

However, the opening night of the G1 Climax 2019 was held in Texas, the United States, remarking the first time this event to take place outside Japan. This year, the finals of the G1 Climax will take place in October because Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics when the tournament is usually held, marking the first time to take place in the Winter.

Battle of Los Angeles tournament is an independent wrestling tournament, promoted by Pro Wrestling Guerrilla in North America from 2005. The annual competition attracts a lot of wrestlers from around the world, and the audiences have chances to see dream matching that blow their mind.

Over the past years, the competitions have featured many famous wrestlers such as Ricochet, Adam Cole, and Kenny Omega.

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic is a professional wrestling tournament annually organized by an American integrated media and entertainment company World Wrestling Entertainment. This tag team tournament is named to honor the field’s hero WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Dusty Rhodes, who passed away in 2015.

Since that edition, the NXT started running the tournament and bringing the most exciting wrestling anywhere. The competition is a perfect combination of good wrestling and quality story development.