Thursday, June 30, 2011

Rosita, a.k.a. Divina Fly, Teenage Genius Doesn't Stay Indy For Long

  Rosita, a.k.a. Divina Fly, gets roughed up by Brittany Savage in a NYWC event last Novemeber
Photo by David Falcon

Before she was TNA's Rosita and one half of the Tag-team champions with partner Sarita, she was Divina Fly, teenage wunder-kind of the NY-NJ indy wrestling scene.  Her high flying cousin, Amazing Red, gave her an opportunity to be around the best and learn from the best at an early age, but Divina Fly gobbled up the lessons and added to them athleticism and fearlessness to become one of the most accomplished technical wrestlers in the region at the insanely young age of 18 years old.  She worked for WSU, NWS, PWS, FTW, and traveled to North Carolina and Puerto Rico to wrestle. 

I had the privilege of seeing Divina Fly take on fellow Long Islander and NY heel, Brittany Savage, on a raw November night at Centereach HS in Suffolk County, Long Island.  If you go watch indy promotions, you have all witnessed this scene:  a dark high school gym, cracky wooden bleechers pulled out, the event was poorly advertised, poorly scheduled, and the weather was iffy, a few die-hard fans were scattered in the stands -- but the wrestlers in the lockerroom must put out, regardless of the audience.  I sat down at ringside with no competition for my seat.  Divina Fly battled and lost to the more experienced, and more underhanded, Brittany, but she showed off some great heart and moves along the way.  Some of the photos that follow are mine, others are from other indy events on the East Coast where D-Fly (as I like to call her) earned her name and her wings -- ultimately catching the eye of TNA scouts.

Brittany with a near fall
Photo by David Falcon

D-Fly pulls herself together
Photo by David Falcon

Brittany getting the best of Divina Fly
Photo by David Falcon

D-Fly heads checks her throat after choke
Photos by David Falcon

D-Fly launches moonsault against Amber

Divina Fly brings the moonsault against a male opponent in NWS (below)

Divina Fly gets ready to take on Angel Orsini

D-Fly takes on Niya (left)
 . . . and flashes her million-dollar smile (right)

Rosita is one of the nicest, sweetest people you will ever meet.  She has kept her equalibrium and groundedness despite her mercurial fame on the TNA Impact Zone each week.  Tragically, she lost her father in the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center and she has made her family her top priority.  She stays connected with her extended family on Long Island and visits them frequently.  She still occasionally takes an indy date and makes an appearance in the local ring as she did this past March with PWS on Long Island.  If you ever have the opportunity to meet this remarkable person, you will be amazed at her clear-eyed, authentic connection to you and each of her fans.  This lady has all the skills personal and athletic to have a long career with the big TV promotions.  God bless you, D-Fly!

Rosita and Mia Yim at PWS on 3/6/11
Photo by David Falcon

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

David Falcon Interviews Luscious Latasha

Many of you may know that Boston-based indy wrestler Luscious Latasha is over in Japan now wrestling for the REINA promotion.  What you may not know is that Latasha, at age 23, is a veteran of the wrestling scene having worked for seven years already!  Here she gives fans a glimpse into her past and present and talks about some of her future goals in wrestling.  Fans can follow her on her Facebook and Twitter sites listed below or here on my blog.

Luscious Latasha goes for the pin on TWL Champion, Aki Kambayashi, in REINA 5

DF:  You started training when you were 16 – that’s pretty young – how was your drive
so strong at such a young age?  How did you get drawn to wrestling?

LL:  Well I started watching wrestling with my grandmother when I was about 5 yrs old,
didn't pay much attention back then, clearly I was young, but it caught my eye for sure. I attend a WWF PPV in 97 and that's when I realized I wanted to wrestle (age 10).  And now look!  

DF:  Who did you train with prior to your debut match?

LL:  I trained with local workers that have worked on the northeast for over 15 years:  Brickhouse Baker and Sweet Scott Ashworth.  

Latasha taking on fellow New Englander Taeler Hendrix
DF:  How did your family react to your decision to become a wrestler?  You mentioned that your grandma got to see your debut match – I take it she was supporting you and proud of you?

LL:  My grandmother brought me to my first live event (97 pay-per-view) and I told her then I wanted to wrestle, and she said if that’s what I wanna do, then she was behind it. She was very easy going with me even when I would travel to shows at 16 yrs old because she knew I wanted this badly.  

Latasha appears unphased by Sakura's antics

DF:   Do you have brothers and sisters?  Are you close to them or parents?

LL:  I have two brothers, one is 29, other is 12 . . . that's a big difference . . . I'm not that close with my mom, but after the past year or so we talk more frequently.  Since I been here in Japan we Skype at least once a day.     

DF:  Were you a church-going family growing up?  Is faith important to you?

LL:  When I was younger my grandfather was into church; I went because I needed to at the time.  I don't go so much now . . . even though faith is important to me, weird huh?  

Latasha putting the hurt on Sakura Hirota

DF:  What was the most important lesson you learned during your first year of wrestling?

LL: I learned to listen to people's advice . . . and weigh it carefully.   

DF:  What promotion has given you the biggest opportunities and the most exposure?

LL:  Top Rope Promotions. I have been there since day 1! WSU - I have been with them since day 1 also, and they have DVDs and Internet pay-per-views with the best women wrestlers today!  

DF:  What has been your biggest (most important) match to date? And why?  ( Japan not

LL:  It would have to be in 05 when I got to wrestle Luna. I remember being so scared for my life, and she is one of the greatest women I have ever met. Such an honor to get to work with her, I will never forget it!  

DF:  Who do you look up to in wrestling as a mentor?

LL:   I watch wrestling as a whole for the most part. I like to watch women’s wrestling, even though a lot of others crap all over it. But I appreciate what others have done to pave the way for us up-and-coming females now!  I still love to watch Trish Stratus and Jacqueline wrestle.

Texas-based WWE wrestler, Jacqueline

DF:  What are your goals for the future?  Do you have ambitions of making the WWE or TNA?
LL:  Goals for the future . . . umm no children!! And my ambitions -- definitely to make it to WWE or TNA.   

Fellow REINA gaijin and roommate, Simply Luscious from Texas

DF:  What USA indy wrestler would you most like to have a match with?  What indy promotion would you most like to work with?

LL:  Simply Luscious, because she is standing right next to me, ha! . . . Northeast Wrestling and Shimmer.  

DF:  How did the Japan invitation come about?  Is this your first opportunity to wrestle

LL:  This is my first opportunity to wrestle internationally.  I actually contacted them and they were interested in me coming!!  

DF:  How would you describe the training in the REINA dojo?
LL:  It’s different from American style wrestling. The names of the moves, they way they do them, it’s so different!!  

DF:  How would you describe the match atmosphere?  Are the Japanese fans different from American fans?

 LL:  Oh so different!  They respect wrestlers so much. They are so loyal and friendly; it’s an amazing feeling!

Latasha delivering a missle drop kick to Sakura Hirota at REINA 6

 DF:   If you could make three wrestling-related wishes that would come true during the next year, what would they be?

LL:      1. Travel as much as possible!
            2. Wrestle for Shimmer
            3. To learn from some of the best wrestlers out there

DF:  What is your training and diet schedule like when you are at home?
LL:  I was doing p90x at home, but since I been here I have stopped. I will probably start back up again in a week. I actually miss it!! My diet is not the greatest. I have a problem with self control when it comes to foods, but I’m slowly working on it . . . I’ll get it down!  

Latasha taking on fellow New Englander Mercedes KV

DF:  Briefly comment on each of the following people:
     LL:   Mistress Belmont - Sweetheart, Love working her.

            Taeler Hendrix - She has come a long way, I see big things ahead for her

            Mercedes KV - She is getting better and better every time I see her, she’s got

            Roxie Cotton - Amazing , love her to pieces.. such a great girl/wrestler

            Simply Luscious - Great, It's been a blast to have her in Japan with me, without

                         her I would be lost! Such a nice woman and so good in the ring.

            Aki Kambayashi - So, so nice. I had a great time working her. She is a really

                        good trainer here in Japan.  

Latasha reacting to an unwelcome kiss from Sakura Hirota (not pictured)

DF:  Do you have any educational or career goals after wrestling?

 LL:  As sad as it is, no. I haven’t really decided what I wanna do yet. A few years ago I thought I knew, but I'll figure something out in due time.  

DF:  Is there anything you would like to say to your fans back in the States who are
following your tour with REINA? 

LL:  Thanks for following me!! Without the fans, there would be no me! You can follow me on!/lusciouslatasha 
      or my Facebook -

Luscious Latasha at REINA

Monday, June 27, 2011

REINA 7 Card: Takako + Epic Tag Match!

HOTTA does it again! Another strong card, and they keep bringing in new talent!
No wonder Mia Yim can't wait to get back to REINA!

    REINA 7 will be held on July 1 (Friday) @ Shinkiba, bell time 19:00

Ray and Toyota v Matsumoto and Zeuxis
60-minute time limit

Takako v Kuroki

Nakagawa/Kambayashi v Iida/Silueta

Hailey Hatred v Luscious Latasha

Sakura Hirota v Simply Luscious

    Sunday, June 26, 2011

    JWP Results: Hailey Hatred's Big Moment

    Hailey Hatred with her Triple Crown of chamionship belts!  Congratulations!

    JWP "Osaka Carnival" June 26, 2011
    Osaka IMP Hall
    421 Fans
    1. Kaori Yoneyama Return: Kaori Yoneyama, Manami Katsu, & Ebessan III defeated GAMI, Kyusei Ninja Ranmaru, & Kanjuro Matsuyama (12:29) when Yoneyama used a Cradle on GAMI.
    2. JWP Jr./P.O.P. Championship: Kagetsu defeated masu-me (7:17) with a Brainbuster. Kagetsu succeeds in the 3rd defense.
    3. Sawako Shimono Ten Match Series, Match #9: Command Bolshoi defeated Sawako Shimono (10:55) with a Palm Strike.
    4. Hanako Nakamori, Jaguar Yokota, & Misaki Ohata defeated Sachie Abe, KAZUKI, & Tomoko Morii (11:39) when Nakamori used the Shining Wizard on KAZUKI.
    5. JWP/Daily Sports Tag Team Championship: Kayoko Haruyama & Tsubasa Kuragaki defeated DASH Chisako & Sendai Sachiko (19:54) when Kuragaki used a Lariat on Chisako. Haruyama & Kuragaki succeed in the 2nd defense of the JWP and 3rd defense of the Daily Sports Championship.

    6. J-1 Grand Prix Final & JWP Openweight/TLW World Women's/IMW Hybrid Fighting Championships: Hailey Hatred defeated Leon (21:30) with a Running Power Bomb. Leon fails in the 2nd defense and Hatred becomes the 17th JWP Champion. Hatred succeeds in the 14th defense of the TLW and 1st defense of the IMW Championships.

    Hailey shows off her bump

    REINA 6 Results: Lots of Luscious

    Simply Luscious joined Luscious Latasha as the two visiting American wrestlers at this show.  Hailey Hatred, of course, is American but not exactly a visitor.  Luscious Latasha had a match with the Clown Princess of Joshi Puroresu, Sakura Hirota.  Anytime she is in the ring, some wild comic moments will ensue.  The other Luscious, Simply Luscious, had a TLW title shot against Aki Kambayashi.  It was an exciting match, but Kambayashi retained her belt.

    Photos by Takehisa Kashima

    Luscious Latasha gets some aggressions out against Sakura Hirota

    Luscious Latasha gets surprised by Hirota's affections

    Luscious Latasha seems traumatized by the gesture

    REINA 6 June 25, 2011
    Tokyo Edogawa Friendship Hall
    153 Fans
    1. Sakura Hirota defeated "Luscious Latasha" (9:12) with the Heart Throb.
    2. Hiroyo Matsumoto defeated Mika Iida (9:58) with a Tokkaido Drop.
    3. Ray defeated Silueta (9:30) with the Super Ray.
    4. Manami Toyota & Hailey Hatred defeated Senri Kuroki & Zeuxis (17:01) when Toyota used a Japanese Ocean Queen Bee Bomb on Kuroki.
    5. TLW Women's International Championship: Aki Kanbayashi defeated Simply Luscious (12:40) with the STM. Kanbayashi succeeds in the 1st defense.

    Hiroyo Matsumoto roughing up Mika Iida

    Simply Luscious in control over Aki Kambayashi, for the moment

    Aki Kambayashi comes back to rock Simply Luscious' world

    ACW Joshi Queen of Queens Tournament -- First Round Matches

    Animation by Michael Liao

    I was pulling for Athena v Mia Yim at today's ACW Queen of Queens Tournament in Texas.  They have not drawn one another for the first round, so I can only hope that the match will happen later in the day, providing they both win their first round matches.  That will be easier for Athena to do than Mia.  Mia has drawn Portia Perez, the "mystery" No. 8 competitor.  The only ring contact they have has is a match on a cold January night last year in Bayonne, NJ, for JAPW-WD.  Mia and Portia taggged vs Angel Dust and Brittany Force.  Brittany and Angel Dust pretty much crucified Mia in the ring with little help from Portia.  After the match, Mia went ballistic on Portia and ambushed her in the ring.  Later that evening she joined the stable of Johnny D and the SSPC.  That's too little heat too long ago to have any bearing on today's match.  Portia is a veteran -- experienced, resourceful, and devious.  It will be a tough match for Mia to win.  Good luck, Ms. Fujita "Jr." Hayato!

    Mia and Portia in JAPW ring 1/9/10: 
    the match did not go well
    Photo by David Falcon

    1st Round Matches @ ACW Queen of Queens Tournament:

    Tuesday, June 21, 2011

    REINA 6: Wrestling Card

    New arrival Simply Luscious will take on Aki Kambayashi for the TLW belt (currently held by Aki).  Latasha will be up against the great costume specialist Sakura Hirota.  Hailey Hatred teams again with Manami Toyota and Hiroyo Matsumoto will be in singles action again this week.  Ray will take on Mexican sensation Silueta.

    ☆ メインイベント TLWインターナショナル女子選手権試合 60分1本勝負
    <王者> 上林 愛貴 VS シンプリー ルーシャス <挑戦者>

    ☆ セミファイナル 特別試合タッグマッチ 30分1本勝負
    豊田 真奈美,ヘイリー ヘイトレッド VS 黒木 千里,セウシス

    ☆ 第三試合 シングルマッチ 30分1本勝負
    Ray VS シルエタ

    ☆ 第二試合 シングルマッチ 20分1本勝負
    松本 浩代 VS 飯田 美花

    ☆ 第一試合 シングルマッチ 20分1本勝負
    広田 さくら VS ルーシャス ラターシャ

      "REINA 6" 2011年6月 25日 (土 )19:00 東部フレンドホール(瑞江 駅)
    • 【前売 券】 ステージリングサイド席=6,000円 指定席= 5,000円 一般席= 3,000円
    • 高校生以下は無料(学生証提示のこと)
    • 前売 券 はREINAネットショップで発売中 。
      REINAネットショップは コチラ

    Monday, June 20, 2011

    Luscious Latasha v Aki Kambayashi (REINA 5): Story of Match

    Aki Kambayashi                                                        Luscious Latasha

    Zeuxis stretches Ray
    Photos by Takehisa Kashima

    REINA 5 Report

    Gaijins had a big day at REINA 5.  Hailey Hatred (USA) and Silueta (Mexico) faced the Japanese team of Kyoko Kimura and Megumi Yabushita .  After a brawl of nearly 20 minutes, the gaijins got the victory.  In the main event, two masked wrestlers tangled for laurels of victory – Zeuxis (Mexico) and Ray (Japan).  Here again, the gaijin won after a high-flying hard-hitting match.  Not surprisingly, however, young Luscious Latasha did not fare so well.  She had barely been in the country for 48 hours (and was suffering from jetlag) when the bell rang and she was called on to tackle one of the stable wrestlers in the new REINA promotion, Aki Kambayashi.  Though Kambayashi was wearing a knee support on her left knee, she did not seem slowed by injury.

        Kyoko Kimura toys with Silueta
                                                  Below Yabushita takes a turn on Silueta

    . . . then she goes after Hailey

    Luscious Latasha v Aki Kambayashi

    Kambayashi pounds Latasha

    Latasha and Kambayashi wear similar themed gear – pink with black corseting, black kneepads, and black boots.  Fans who did not know Latasha’s colors gave her some turquoise, white, and black streamers – very nice gesture for an American’s first appearance.

    The match begins with Latasha ducking lockups from the Joshi veteran. On the second duck, when Aki’s back is turned, Latasha taps her on the shoulder; Aki turns around and Latasha screams in her face then kicks her in the stomach.  The Boston girl is now on the offensive and quickly throws a couple of forearms.  Aki backs into the turnbuckle; Latasha begins to whip her across the ring, but she reverses and whips Latasha into the corner instead.  Aki then charges toward the buckle, but Latasha side-steps her and quickly rolls her up for a schoolboy.  Aki saw it coming and sat down on Latasha; she got a two-count, but the surprised American kicks out and scrambles outside the ring. Aki comes after her attacking her; they brawl on the outside, into the chairs, etc.  Eventually Aki throws Latasha back into the ring and gives her two bodyslams followed by a running senton, and ten lightening quick punches in the corner.  
    Samoan Drop

    Aki decides to open things up.  She whips Latasha off the ropes, but the American gives her cross body block, and covers her for the pin – the joshi vet kicks out.  Latasha then unloads a couple of knees to the head.  The Boston beauty then whips Kambayashi into the corner, setting her up for her trademark running cartwheel/round-off/back elbow.  The stunned Kambayashi is then unceremoniously collared into a running bulldog – BANG! She goes face-first into the mat.  Luscious Latasha rolls her over and covers for the pin “1…2…” but the tough, experienced Kambayashi kicks out.  Latasha is frustrated and infuriated; she begins choking Aki on mat, then delivers a cartwheel splash.  Again she gets a 2-count before Aki kicks out.  The American stays on the offensive, despite her exhaustion from jetlag – she is rocking on adrenaline now!  She gives her Japanese opponent a bodyslam and then clambers to the top rope for a big missle dropkick.  But Kambayashi rolls out of the way – nobody home!  Ouch!  Latasha is slow to get up.
    "One . . Two . . ."  Only Two!

    Latasha with a bulldog

    Kambayashi has wrestled so many gaijin in recent weeks that she is getting to know their tendencies and preferences.  She recovers first, grabs Latasha and makes ready to execute a devastating Samoan drop, but Latasha wiggled down, foiling the move.  Aki then throws a clothesline that Latasha ducks and unveils her flying elbow in reply.  Once more she gets a two-count on the Japanese star, but she rolls her shoulder up off the mat before the count of three.  Latasha now picks her up carries her to the turnbuckle and climbs to the second rope (showing her strength) intending to execute a tornado DDT, but Aki throws her off and Latasha lands face first on the mat.  Latasha gets up but Aki is waiting for her and delivers a neck-breaker: “1 … 2 …” the American kicks out.  Aki brings another neck-breaker, but a different variation this time – again only a two-count.  Kambayashi is getting fired up – why won’t this pesky gaijin quit?  She now brings that big Samoan drop and rolls over to cover Latasha – but she kicks out at “two!”  Aki now picks Latasha up, but the Boston beauty breaks her hands off her head to gain separation.  As Latasha moves in to attack, Aki leg trips her straight into an Oklahoma roll for the pin “1 … 2 …” she kicks out again!  There is no quit in Luscious Latasha!   She scrambles to her feet, tries to get her bearings and throws a clothesline at Kambayashi, but the Joshi veteran saw it coming and blocked the strike only to set up her own massive roundhouse clothesline for the finish!  Finally the ref counted “three” and slapped the mat at 8:55 ending Latasha’s agony.  But the fiery American showed she was full of “pepper and vinegar” (as Shakespeare once said) and the REINA girls will have their hands full with Latasha from now until July 17.

    Aki with the victory