Name: Nixon Newell
Weight: 8st 10lbs
Hometown: Bargoed, Wales
1. How did you become involved in wrestling?
I used to watch wrestling with my grandfather who would record the WWF programmes back in the good old days of VHS. I’d watch them with him after school and he’d tell me stories about people like Mick McManus, Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks, Kendo Nagasaki and his all time favourite Les Kellet. Every time we’d watch it he’d always say “Steff you could do that when you’re older” I had always thought about becoming a wrestler but when he passed away in 2005 watching it wasn’t the same without him but after a few weeks I realised my love for it wasn’t going to fade and as soon as I turned 16 I researched the internet and found Welsh Wrestling existed in Port Talbot and I haven’t stopped since.
2. Have you found it hard to be taken seriously due to being a female?
It definitely has it’s hardships being a woman in a male dominated business but it’s not an easy ride for anyone. You’re always going to get the people who don’t want you to succeed. Being a female wrestler is like being a spectacle as there are obviously not as many women as there are men but the reaction of the crowds, and people who hear about what I do, is very positive and encouraging. It’s great to see the calibre of female wrestlers, not only in the UK but globally, increasing.
3. What do you think of the modern day women’s wrestling scene?
Obviously I’m a big fan of the women’s scene, and always will be, but things aren’t like they used to be where you’d see women in a proper hard hitting match. On the independent scene, women’s wrestling is booming with some fantastic ladies putting on amazing matches which I’m so happy to see. Like I said before the talent and commitment of most of the women is just unbelievable.
4. Who has been a great supporter of your quest in wrestling?
My entire family has been great. My parent’s would drop their plans to take me to shows and training. Also, the support from the people at Welsh Wrestling is just phenomenal. We’re like a giant family who try to help each other as much, and in any way, we can. My trainers Mike Hitchman and Dave Stewart really cater for everyone’s needs and will teach things to make you unique and stand out. I couldn’t be more thankful for the support my family and friends have given me.
5. Where has wrestling allowed you to travel so far?
I’ve wrestled in Wales and England but during a recent trip to the US I was privileged to wrestle for NWA-SAW in Tennessee for TV. The crowds were unbelievable and created such an amazing atmosphere. The show itself is fantastic and I would love the opportunity to work with them again. I’m hoping that I will be lucky enough to wrestle worldwide and show my abilities to the masses.
6. Who have you enjoyed working with in the ring so far?
I’ve had a few matches that were against men bit it was a lot of fun because I got to do things I wouldn’t normally do and I learned a lot more from this. I had my first women’s match against Lana Austin and Porsche in a triple threat at Britannia Wrestling Promotion. The match was really fun and the crowd seemed really into it. I’ve wrestled Lana a few times and we always pull off a good match. We have great in-ring chemistry and she’s really easy to work with, Lana is definitely someone to look out for. When I wrestled at NWA-SAW I worked with Heidi Lovelace who is an amazing wrestler and such a lovely person. She really made me feel at ease with the whole thing. We had a great match and it is amongst my favourite ones yet. She will definitely go far in the business and hopefully I’ll get to work her again in the future but next time my hand will be raised.
7. How much wrestling to you watch in your spare time and who impresses you most?
I try to watch as much as I can after work and the gym etc. I’ll get home and watch a few matches to try and pick up a new move or routine that I can put my own spin on and make it unique. My nephew is a huge wrestling fan so when he’s over on the weekend it’s like an entire day of watching wrestling. Before I work for a show I try and watch a few of my opponents matches on You-Tube to study their move set so they’ll be no surprises when I face them.
8. Is there any women’s wrestler from past or present that you modeled yourself against in any way?
I’m a huge fan of Mickie James she’s great on the mic and her in ring ability is a real inspiration. I tend to watch her matches to study her psychology etc. Without a doubt she is one of if not the best female wrestlers out there now and I’d be happy to be as half as good as she is. I’ve met her twice and both times she was a really lovely lady and had time to speak to people in general whether it was general chit chat or to give advice. She’s a great person to look up to but I’m not trying to be the next Mickie James, I want to be the first Steffanie Newell and start my own legacy!
9. Who would you love to work with on the independent scene at the moment?
There’s a lot of great women out there and I’m excited to be part of the British Bombshells roster so I’m looking forward to working with the ladies on the roster. There’s a few ladies I’ve seen such as Kay Lee Ray, Leah Von Dutch, Jezabeth, Violet Vendetta and more which I’d love to have matches with in the future. I’m just really psyched to meet and work with a lot of new people on future shows.
10. What upcoming bookings do you have that you would like to let people know about?
I’ve got a few bookings that I’m excited about. I have Leicester Championship (Roses) and Ironfist Wrestling in March, Tidal Wrestling in April and a few others. I’m hoping 2014 will be a big year for me so I’m going to show people what I’m made of and put my stamp on Women’s Wrestling.
Thank you to Nixon
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