I am extremely proud and excited to announce a brand new wrestling series that I will be bringing to The Scrap, called Ladies of the Indies. In this column, I will interview women that wrestle on the independent scene and write an article spotlighting them and their career as they continue their journey to pro wrestling stardom.
Meet Toronto native, Alexia Nicole.
Nicole grew up a wrestling fan and looked up to WWE Superstars like Trish Stratus, Molly Holly, Victoria, Mickie James, Beth Phoenix and admired Chris Jericho, and “Latino Heat” Eddie Guerrero. Alexia started training in 2011 under former TNA Knockout Taylor Wilde at Squared Circle Training in Toronto. “Training was tough, but a lot of fun,” said Nicole, as she went on to talk about her experience at Squared Circle. “Everyone wanted to help make everyone better and we all still push each other to get better today.”
Alexia had her first match at only 17 years old in a tag team match with Cody 45 against Marcus Marquez and Angelina Love. She says her first match was terrifying, “I was facing Love in front of 500 people. I was so star struck and nervous,” said Nicole. Her and Cody 45 lost that match, but it was certainly a learning experience, as she started her career on the independent scene.
I asked her if she had a favourite match thus far in her career and she had a hard time picking an answer. “It’s so hard to pick one. Some of them aren’t even good but they’re my favourite for sentimental reasons,” said Nicole. However, she was able to pick one match that she is most proud of. That match was a strap match with Allysin Kay (AKA Sienna) at Greektown Wrestling in 2018. “It was the first strap match I had ever been in and we just had fun with it,” said Nicole. “That’s also the match I get the most compliments on, so knowing many people liked it helps it stand out”.
In preparation for this spotlight that was one of the matches I watched and I can tell you it was fantastic. They fought all over the building, and it really had a street fight kind of vibe, especially at the beginning. It also displayed Alexia’s versatility as a wrestler, and truly made me a fan. I also asked her what made her want to be a wrestler and that reason was WWE, but not in the way that you would think. She said she decided she wanted to be a wrestler around the time of the Divas Championship, but not with aspirations of winning the butterfly belt.
“I didn’t like what I was seeing from most of the women on the WWE roster at the time,” said Nicole. She went on to reveal her motivation to become a wrestler came from the lack of quality in the Divas division within the WWE. “Matches were typically five minutes long and not very good,” said Nicole. “I wanted to be a wrestler because I thought I could be better than what I was seeing on TV.” She was definitely right about that. I asked her if WWE’s “Women’s Revolution” had an impact on the indies, but she see’s it as the other way around, “The indies, Impact Wrestling, and ROH led to the WWE Revolution,” said Nicole. She went on to talk about how the quality was there it just wasn’t being showcased on that level.
“Great women’s wrestling existed, it just wasn’t being broadcasted on such a mainstream platform.”
When Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, and Charlotte debuted on Raw in 2015 starting the WWE’s Women’s Revolution, Impact had already been showcasing women’s wrestling for years prior.
Alexia has been wrestling for Greektown Wrestling since 2015, and has a match coming up on March 24 against WWE legend Jazz. The match is 2/3 falls and it is for the NWA Women’s Championship. I asked her how she felt about getting in the ring with such a pioneer of women’s wrestling. Nicole shared, “It’s the second time I’m getting in the ring with her, so I’m very excited to do it again.” The two will face off at Greektown 13: Unholy.
Facing Jazz in December of 2018, Nicole said, “I was super nervous then, but she taught me a lot.” She went on to say she switched up her style a bit when they wrestled for the first time. “I’ve since become comfortable with it, so I can’t wait to do it again.” Nicole feels she has no real goals in wrestling and really just wants to have fun.
It was an honour for me to feature Alexia, she seems like an incredibly genuine person. As I mentioned earlier I have become a huge fan of hers these past few days while I did my research after she so kindly agreed to do this. Make sure you check out her match with Jazz on March 24 in Greektown Wrestling, and keep an eye on her in the coming weeks and months as she just keeps getting better.
You can follow Alexia on Instagram and Twitter: @AlexxiaaNicole!