Women’s wrestling has never been better. With promotions like STARDOM, TJPW, Triple W, and Wrestle Rampage, we’ve seen the next generation of women showcase tremendous skill and character work as they debut in the big promotions.
As the sport continues to open doors for little girls to train at a young age, the talent has continued to improve and we are now living in a time where those women are starting to make a name for themselves in the Indies. With so many talented names out there, Juan Reneo and Katie Vega decided to team up and name 10 promising female wrestling prospects fans should keep an eye on in the coming years.
Some will go on to become world champions in a year or two, while others will be getting their first call-up with WWE or AEW. Here is a list of the badasses doing big things.
Though she may not be the most known name on our list, she certainly is one too watch on the come-up. When you talk about a female wrestler in Australia who is next up, everyone will unanimous say Lily Blaze’s name. She’s young. gritty, and exciting to watch in the ring.
Before getting signed to NXT, fellow Aussie Persia Pirotta said the following about Blaze: “In my opinion across Australia, there is a select group of women who in a few years will truly be leading the charge of the next generation of female professional wrestlers in the country. Lily Blaze sits near the top of that list.”
We couldn’t have said it any better. Keep an eye on this one.
After turning down a WWE contract in 2019 following her tryout, Jade Cargill has been making her presence known under the All Elite Wrestling banner. In her first AEW appearance, Carigill debuted as the spokesperson for Shaquille O’Neal. She also teamed up with Shaq in her debut match to take on Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet on Dynamite.
This match happened in March and it means that Jade made her wrestling debut only six months ago. She’s a homegrown wrestler and it’s likely that AEW will feature her in big matches in the future. Inspired by Chyna and the Attitude Era, the 5″10′ badass dominates her opponents in the ring with only 6 months under her belt. Her physique is second to none and her skills speak for themselves.
There’s no doubt Cargill is on her way to become the AEW Women’s World Champion in the very near future.
AEW missed signing one of the hottest free agents on the market, Gigi Dolin, before her eventual WWE signing at the beginning of the year. The original plans were to have her join her husband, but Dolin was not fond of the idea. Always seeing herself as an equal to her partner, she decided to not debut ass Darby Allin’s wife, and instead carve her own lane in the WWE.
Gigi debuted on the Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic with fellow new signee Cora Jade. Though she lost, it was only the start of her now blossoming carer. Often compared to Paige in her comeuppance, Dolin is a great wrestler and one of the finest young female talents in the industry. Currently in a faction with Jacey Jane and Mandy Rose, only time will tell what her NXT run will have win store.
But one thing is for sure, Gigi Dolin has the potential to go on and become a true top tier talent for years to come.
Skye Blue may be 5’2″ but she grew up wrestling men for the first few years of her career. And she sure does pack a punch. The Chicago wrestler grew up a pro wrestling nerd, wrestling as a junior in high school. Always rocking the signature snapback, Skye has been making some buzz in the pro wrestling world as of late.
Blue has worked as an enhancement talent for AEW in the past. She returned to the company recently, losing to Riho at a Dark: Elevation taping where she impressed so much, the AEW crowd fell in love with her. This lead to her name being announced as an addition to the All Out Women’s Casino Battle Royale. Having mentors like Thunder Rosa, and studying women like Deonna Purrazzo and Kylie Rae along the way will pay off in the long run.
She’s young, super talented, and beautiful—The Skye is the limit for Blue.
A wrestling prodigy, Starlight Kid started her wrestling career back in 2015 at the age of 14. She is one of those wrestling prodigies you rarely see these days. Since day one, you could tell she was natural for pro-wrestling. Anything you can think of, she can do it in the ring. Starlight Kid has wrestled for the biggest Joshi promotion STARDOM since her debut.
Kid’s talent is unparallel and there’s no doubt that one day, she’ll be the ace of STARDOM when the right time comes. Starlight Kid is only 20 years old, and her potential is insane if you think of how experienced she already is for such a young age.
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One of the newest additions to NXT UK, Aleah James is living out a childhood dream only two years after she made her pro wrestling debut. Training at the age of 18, James was influenced by by the women wrestlers she grew up watching and never thought she would sign to the promotion so quickly. But, she brings that much needed edge to the NXT UK women’s division.
A high-flying graduate from the London School of Lucha Libre, James currently has less than forty matches to her name. She possesses a natural, athletic talent which has allowed her to develop into a fine prospect early on. Her exciting move-set and high-flying abilities are just a few things WWE fans will gravitate towards for years to come.
Watch out for Aleah James as she continues to build her name under the NXT UK promotion.
The idol turned pro wrestler is one of wrestling’s most interesting prospects. The cutest in the world officially started her wrestling career back in 2016. The popularity of Maki Itoh has grown these last few years and we even seen her on the Buy-In of Revolution.
Itoh had an all-time great moment when she sang her entire theme song on AEW Dynamite earlier this year. She mostly works at the Joshi promotion, TJPW. Maki has tons of charisma, and her character work has been fantastic since day one. She has improved tremendously in the ring since her debut.
2021 has been Itoh’s best year as a wrestler and the future of the cutest in the world looks very bright.
The Spanish wrestling scene shutdown completely due to COVID these last two years. But before the pandemic happened, one of the most interesting prospects in women’s wrestling in Europe was Sara León. A great technical wrestler, Sara has shown a lot of potential in her matches these last few years, especially back in 2019.
León’s most notable work has been for the biggest promotion in Spain, Triple W. Wrestling in Spain has a long way to go, but with prospects with her, it will grow in no time.
In a few years all the big promotions will want to sign Sara León.
Better known as Sareee, Sarrray was trained by the legendary joshi Kyoko Inoue. Just like other joshis, she made her debut at the young age of 15 in 2011 for Diana. One of the best attributes of her wrestling is her striking, and in particular her dropkicks.
Sarray made her name in promotions like the previously mentioned Diana, Seadlinng, Sendai Girls, Wave and now WWE in the developmental brand NXT. She has a long way to go in WWE, but her talent is undeniable.
It’ll be interesting to see how her NXT run continues, so keep an eye on this one.
Leyla Hirsch made her wrestling debut just 4 years ago and like many of the cases here, she has been a natural. Her potential is quite big that a promotion like AEW offered her a contract in the third year of her short career. Hirsch grappling and technical wrestling are best things of her wrestling repertoire. She’s also a fast worker in her
Hirsch still needs to polish some aspects of her wrestling, but once she does, she’ll be world champion in AEW and any promotion she works in the future. And she’s in the perfect place to do so.
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