Name: Rhia O’Reilly
Hometown: Belfast, Northern Ireland
1. When did you first become exposed to wrestling?
When I was about 12 years old a girl at school introduced me to pro wrestling. I saw WWE Superstars one week and I was hooked immediately!
2. How did you set about becoming a wrestler?
I researched training schools on the internet and looked at relocation and costs. Once I decided I wanted to train with Lance Storm, I ensured I had the money to train and off I went! I already had a degree from university and felt I was ready for the challenge.
3. Who were major influences in your decision to become a wrestler?
Trish Stratus was the reason I became a wrestler and it was before she was really a wrestler. I saw women in the business before but had been largely uninspired. When Trish came in as a a manager and was part of the feud with the Dudleys I HATED her. The point on PPV when she got put through a table was the first time a female had made me so emotionally invested in a storyline and it made me realise there was a place for women in the business. She went on to become my favourite female wrestler to watch in WWE.
4. When did you make your first appearance in a wrestling ring?
My first show was the inaugural Pro Wrestling EVE show in the UK. I am very proud to have been a part of every show the company has run.
5. Who have you enjoyed working with in the ring most of all?
Erin Angel is one of my favourite people to work with. She always challenges me and makes me think fast on my feet. I recently wrestled Addy Starr for the first time and am excited to work with her again as I think there are some great matches in our future.
6. Which promotions have you enjoyed being apart of?
I have been very lucky to work for amazing promotions on both sides of the Atlantic! In America I am always honoured to work at Shimmer and have learnt so much at Shine and ACW. I would love to one day return to Femmes Fatales in Canada. In the UK, I love wrestling for Fierce Females and Bellatrix. the on hiatus Pro Wrestling EVE has always been an experience and up and coming places such as LCW Roses are great to be a part of. I’m also really proud to be part of the Progress Wrestling ENDVR roster giving a platform for new trainees to work in front of a live audience!
7. Do you think women’s wrestling gets taken more seriously as apposed to be just “something good to look at” these days?
I think attitudes have changed as female wrestling has been forced to up its game as more and more committed and dedicated performers appear on the scene. I think there will always be a certain amount of the wrestling fan base that dismiss women as inferior performers however I think this is dwindling.
8. Who do you consider to be the greatest women’s wrestler of all time?
Wow that’s tough! I think there are so many aspects to consider but Sara Del Rey must be up there.
9. Who do you consider to be a hugely underrated women’s wrestler at this moment?
Erin Angel seems to be underrated on an international level however she is really valued right here in the UK.
10. Where would you like wrestling to take you?
Everywhere! I am really grateful for the experiences wrestling has given me and I want to go everywhere and anywhere that helps me to grow as a performer and a person!