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Female Wrestlers from America and Canada that have made it big in Mexico
Like I have stated before, pro wrestling here in the US is entertainment, in Mexico it is tradition.
And even though male pro wrestlers are treated like a joke here, the female pro wrestlers get it even worse in the major wrestling promotions.
Just look at how the WWE treats their Divas at times.
Gimmick matches abound and the female wrestlers are pretty much just treated like objects.
TNA is a little better, but give 'em time.
The Indies treat their female workers pretty well compared to their larger counterparts.
But sometimes, to get attention, training or just a different experience, women wrestlers will go south of the border to Mexico.
It's not a working vacation mind you, from all accounts; wrestling in Mexico is rougher than wrestling up here.
So here are some female wrestlers (or luchadoras) from up here that have made a name for themselves in Lucha Libre.
Rain (Bonnie Maxon)
Rain, Bonnie, Hope, Radiant Rain, Ms.Peyton Banks, Ms.Payton Banks, Felony, Sensual Rain, Bonnie Masón, no matter what you call her, Rain is one of the hottest women on the wrestling circuit today.
The WWE would be wise to have her and TNA had her but let her get away.
Rain started out working for Steel Domain Wrestling (SDW) in St. Paul, Minnesota back in 2000 and has worked for promotions like IWA Mid-South, Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), NWA Midwest, Ring of Honor, Shimmer Women Athletes, and Women Extreme Wrestling.
In 2009, she appeared at a show for Lucha Libre Extrema Aerea (EAW), and then she went to work for Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion (AAA) as part of Konnan's La Legión Extranjera (the Foreign Legion).
Actually, a lot of female wrestlers have been a part of La Legión Extranjera, including Angel Williams (TNA's Angelina Love), former WWE Diva and current TNA Knockout Christy Hemme, Indy wrestler and Wrestlicious' Tyler Texas, Lorelei Lee, Former TNA Knockout and Indy wrestler Roxxi, Indy wrestler Tiana Ringer and former TNA Knockout Traci Brooks.
Sarah Stock (Dark Angel - Sarita)
Of course the most famous "import" to Lucha Libre is TNA Knockout, Sarita.
Sarah Stock was born on March 4th, 1979 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
She was trained at Manitoba's Top Rope Championship Wrestling and made her pro wrestling debut in Canada in 2002.
After wrestling for several promotions in Canada and the US, she moved to Monterrey, Mexico in 2003.
She worked for Lucha Libre Femenil as the masked Dark Angel and after losing her mask in a match, tried to work for Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion (AAA), but all AAA wanted her to do was be a ring girl.
She then went to Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) where she found her greatest fame in Mexico.
Of course she has gotten even more fame here in the States as Sarita, working for TNA.
Sarah was released by TNA in early 2013 and has gone back to being a full time luchadora for CMLL.
She is also incredibly ripped as you can see from the pic.
In 2015, Sarah went to work for the WWE as a trainer.
Arianna (Ana Rocha, Ariel)
Ana Rocha was born on December 28th, 1984 in São Miguel, Azores, Portugal, but her parents immigrated to the United States in 1996, and settled in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Ana was trained by Top Rope Promotions, Brickhouse Baker, Scott Ashworth and Jose Perez, and made her pro wrestling debut on July 21, 2001.
In 2004, Ana started wrestling for Mexican wrestling promotion Lucha Libre Femenil (LLF) under a mask calling herself Arianna.
She lost her mask to Nikki Roxx (former TNA Knockout Roxxi) on October 28, 2004 in a hair vs. mask match.
In Mexico, Ana held the LLF Juvenil Championship for a while in 2007.
Talia (Jamie Szantyr, Velvet Sky)
She was born Jamie Szantyr on June 2nd, 1981 in New Britain, Connecticut and she wrestled in Mexico as Talia, but you may know her better as TNA Knockout Velvet Sky.
Jamie was trained by Jason Knight and Kevin Landry at the House of Pain Pro Wrestling Dojo and made her pro wrestling debut in 2003.
In 2005 she worked for a short time in LLF as Talia.
Persephone (Bobbie Silvia)
Persephone was born on September 10,1980 in Yorktown, Virginia.
She was trained by Shannon Moore and Marty Garner and made her pro wrestling debut in 1999.
Persephone wrestled for LLF in 2004.
Angel Williams (Lauren Williams, Angelina Love)
Lauren Williams was born on September 13th, 1981 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
You may know her better as TNA Knockout Angelina Love, but for at least a few shows in 2007 she wrestled as the Canadian Angel for Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA).
Yes she was part of Konnan's La Legión Extranjera.
Lorelei Lee was born on June 22nd, 1982 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
She has wrestled extensively on the Indy circuit, but you may know her as Tyler Texas from Wrestlicious.
Lorelei appeared at Héroes Inmortales III on September 26th, 2009 in Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico along with Konnan and Girl Dynamite (Jennifer Blake, Jennifer Blade).
April Hunter was born on September 24th, 1974 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
This pro wrestler, model, figure competitor and photographer was trained by the legendary Killer Kowalski and made her wrestling debut in 1999.
She formed a tag team known as T & A with Talia Madison and worked for LLF in 2004.
TNA Knockout Traci Brooks was also a guest member of La Legión Extranjera in AAA.
She teamed up with Tiana Ringer (who replaced Christy Hemme) at the TNA Vs AAA event in 2006 and defeated luchadoras Estrellita and Tiffany.
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American Angel (Sara Del Rey)
Her name may be American Angel in Mexico, but Indy wrestling fans in the US know her as Sara Del Rey.
She was trained by Bryan Danielson, Donovan Morgan and Antonio Inoki and made her pro wrestling debut in 2001.
In Mexico, she wrestled masked as American Angel until she lost her mask to luchadora Tsunami on December 16th, 2005 at Arena Femenil in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon while wrestling for LLF.
Sara is now a trainer for the WWE.
Jennifer Blake (Girl Dynamite, Jennifer Blades)
Another Canadian female wrestler that has done very well in Mexico is Jennifer Blake.
In Canada, she was one half of a tag team with LuFisto called the Suicide Blondes back in 2007.
She started out in Mexico wrestling for Extreme Air Wrestling (Lucha Libre Extrema Aérea, EAW) in 2009, but then moved to Asistencia Asesoría y Administración.
Although down there she is known better as Girl Dynamite or Jennifer Blades.
And she dresses a bit like the Baroness from GI Joe.
This five foot ten, 160 pound powerhouse was born on November 11th, 1982 in Jackson, Mississippi.
Christie was trained by the legendary Leilani Kai and made her wrestling debut in June of 2002.
When Christie went to Mexico (2003-2004), she won the LLF Women's Title by defeating Miss Janeth.
In 2008 she returned to Mexico and defeated the very popular Princesa Sugey in four falls in a match for LLF.
You may know her as Alissa Flash (and Raisha Saeed) from TNA or Cheerleader Melissa from the Indies.
Melissa Marie Anderson was born on August 17th, 1982 in Los Angeles, California.
She has wrestled as Alissa Flash for Asistencia Asesoría y Administración.
Christina Von Eerie (Toxine)
Another American import to Mexico, then export again to the States is female wrestler Christina Von Eerie.
Christina was born in Sacramento, California and started her pro wrestling training there around 2006.
She worked for Pro Wrestling Revolution (PWR), Insane Wrestling League (IWL), Xtreme Pro Wrestling (XPW), Alternative Wrestling Show (AWS) and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla before going down to Mexico and working for Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA), as part of La Legión Extranjera like Angelina Love, Christy Hemme, Lorelei Lee, Roxxi, Tiana Ringer and Traci Brooks before her.
Oddly enough, it was because of her work with AAA that she got a try out with TNA and went on to become TNA Knockout Toxine.
Former WWE Diva and current TNA Knockout Mickie James has showed up several times in Mexico working for Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA).
Well not actually working FOR them, it's part of a deal TNA and AAA have where they exchange stars.
Mickie is part of La Legión Extranjera when she's down there and she gets to be a heel.
I like Mickie better as a psychotic heel so that's great.
Mickie has gotten to take part in AAA's biggest show of the year, TripleManía (AAA's equivalent of the WWE's Wrestlemania).
Hailey Hatred (Dark Unicorn)
Hailey Hatred has wrestled all over the US, Canada and Japan.
But when she's in Mexico, she usually dons a lucha libre mask and becomes Dark Unicorn in LLF.
Though she has wrestled for AAA as Hailey.
Hailey was born on November 4th, 1983 in Columbus, Ohio and was trained by Cody Hawk, Matt Stryker, Race Steele and Jimmy Yang.
At five foot ten, 160 pounds, she's a formidable force in any ring.
Taya Valkyrie (Kira Forster)
After I heard that the WWE had signed Canadian female wrestler Taya Valkyrie (Kira Forster), I kept expecting to see her show up in FCW (NXT).
But she didn't.
But she has shown up in Mexico working for International Wrestling Revolution Group (IWRG) and Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA) as a member of the wrestling stable, Perros del Mal (The Dogs of Evil).
Taya was trained by former WWE Superstar Lance Storm at his Storm Wrestling Academy and is not only a wrestler but a fitness model and fitness competitor.
Of course now Taya is a major player in Lucha Underground on the El Ray network.
Indy pro wrestler Christi Jaynes from Texas has been doing some wrestling in Mexico.
She has been working for Lucha Libre Femenil and tag teaming with Angelica.
Here in the States she wrestles with Aapw American Academy Of Pro Wrestling.