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divya3By:  Rick McLean
©Photographs Provided By Aria Sapphire

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I recently had the opportunity to interview one of Canada’s newest wrestling stars Aria Sapphire. Sapphire is from Mississauga, Ontario and was trained at the Battle Arts Academy by owner Anthony Carelli who is better known as former WWE Superstar Santino Marella. She was also trained by Japanese Legend Yuki Ishikawa and International Superstar “Hornet”Sapphire has recently travelled to Japan where she will be completing even more extensive training and she will be wrestling for various promotions as well.
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aria2Sapphire is currently staying in east Tokyo and is training at the Ice Ribbon Dojo and is with the Japanese wrestling promotion called Reina. She is training at the Zero One Dojo as well. Aria is primarily working for Reina Joshi Puroresu, which is an all women’s wrestling company in Japan where Kana, now known as Asuka in the WWE has placed her.

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Aria Sapphire’s first match in Japan took place in the first ring on a Reina show in Tokyo. It was a one on one contest against Makoto. Sapphire had Makoto locked into an octopus submission hold (just one of her many different finishers) and had her clearly beaten however Makoto was saved by the bell because this was only a five minute time limit try out match and time had expired.

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When ask about what some of the most fun things she did when she first arrived in Japan Aria replied:
“The most fun I’ve had here is going out after shows with the fans as there is a restaurant with many tables. The one time that stood out most for me was when we ate Korean BBQ in Osaka and the wrestlers got to meet each and every fan. We switched tables every 5 minutes and this gave the fans a chance to get to know us and us the chance to know them because let’s be real who doesn’t bond over food?”

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Aria1Sapphire’s second match was a tag team match but unfortunately it was difficult for them. When asked about this Aria said “We didn’t have any shared tag team moves because of the language barrier, it was really hard to communicate with my partner but I know we killed it in the ring and I almost managed to land my Samoan drop finisher. Had I landed it, I’m sure we would have stole the victory!”

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Sapphire said that there was definite eye opening moments in this match “My favourite part in the match was when we were trading forearms, those were hard hitting impacts that I’ve never felt in Canada! These girls are tough cookies! It was very traditional Japanese women’s wrestling with the traded forearms! Tough chicks for sure! In the end my tag partner unfortunately lost the match up while I was held out of the ring by the opposing sides partner.”

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Aria4When I asked Sapphire about who some of her inspirations are and why she picked Japan she said:
I’ve always looked up to Chris Jericho, he was my favourite wrestler growing up and still pretty much is. I remember dreaming of coming to Japan primarily for this reason and because of my respect for all the wrestlers who’ve moved their lives here to pursue their dreams, my knowledge is much richer now. I realize how hard it is to move one’s life here, especially at first with the language barrier. It makes it hard to show your talent at times but slowly you understand how to communicate through wrestling alone, it has allowed me to communicate with my fans through my emotions and moves in the ring. It can also make training hard at times but learning through “monkey see, monkey do” I’ve been able to step out of my comfort zone and learn many new moves and styles such as my recent experiences with Lucha in Japan”

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Sapphire would go on to explain what life is like there and her current living conditions:
The life here is very different! It is at times very congested and the trains are always packed, as well the houses/apartments are quite small in comparison to what I’m used to! I sleep on the floor on a thin mattress here like all the other wrestlers and that makes us even tougher! I definitely have learned a lot being here just over a month now and I expect to learn much much more before I’m due to leave.”

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North Starz.ca would like to thank Aria Sapphire for taking the time out of her busy schedule to take part in this interview and wish her nothing but success during her time in Japan. Please make sure to be on the lookout for continuous updates about Aria Sapphire’s matches in Japan.

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Aliyah6If you want to get updates and find out what the progress and updates are of Canadian WWE NXT Star Aliyah in would be in your best interest to watch WWE’s new show called Breaking Ground which airs after Monday Night Raw at 11pm est on the WWE Network.

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Aliyah, who went by the name Jasmin during her independent wrestling career was given her new name and the opportunity to create and shape this new persona.

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Aliyah is training hard at the WWE Performance Center as well as wrestling at NXT events.  One of her main opponents is Eva Marie.  Below is just a few pictures of Aliyah in Breaking Ground, the WWE Performance Center and in her new gear wrestling for NXT.

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alexia31©Photographs By Skullmaster Photography

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On Friday December 4th, 2015, in Guelph, Ontario, PWA (Pure Wrestling Association) held “Spirit Of The Season” which feature a women’s triple threat match for the PWA Women’s Championship between the reigning champ Alexia Nicole and her challengers former champ Beautiful Beaa and Kaitlin Diemond.

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It was a very competitive and entertaining match between the three women with many high flying and brawling maneuvers.  With Alexia Nicole losing her champion’s advantage she had to wrestle smart and take advantage of every opportunity which she did.  When it looked as though Beautiful Beaa was going to pin Diemond to regain the championship it would Alexia who would pounce on the opportunity instead by tossing Beaa off and pinning Diemond to successfully defend her championship.

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Diemond16©Photographs By Ubel Photography

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On Saturday December 5th, 2015, from St. Catharines, Ontario, Crossfire Wrestling held “Jingle Bell Brawl IV”.  On this card the Crossfire Women’s Champion Kaitlin Diemond squared off against the Hardcore Princess Jewells Malone.  This was a very even match between both ladies as they were able to incorporate a mixture of technical wrestling, power moves and some rule breaking.  Diemond was able to escape Malone’s deadly Crown Jewells finisher and was able to reverse things by getting the challenger into a brutal crossface and Malone had no choice but to submit to this vicious hold.

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12248631_10206871670168748_898467704_nNorth Starz.ca has named Gisele Shaw the Wrestler Of The Month for December 2015.  Shaw is a Storm Wrestling Academy graduate who burst onto the wrestling scene early this year.  She has taken on all challenges in the Prairies but is more than willing to travel east to Ontario of Quebec or south to the US to show the women there just who is number one.  Shaw has recently had a feud with Rachael Ellering and there is definitely a lot of unfinished business between them.

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Shaw’s athleticism, strength and in ring abilities is something that all of her opponents should be aware of as she is definitely a force to be reckoned with.  So wrestling fans keep your eyes open for Gisele Shaw going into 2016.

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Height:  5’2″

Weight:  142lbs

Hometown: Saguenay, Québec

Debut:  2001 (2001 to 2008) & Returned In 2015

Trained by : Pierre Vezina (JCW), Sebastien Savard (JCW), Lufisto, IWS Dojo

Championships:
Association de Lutte Féminine (ALF) Champion

Jonquiere Championship Wrestling (JCW) Champion (X2)

Finishers: Meta Submission & Death Valley Driver

Promotions Worked For:
JCW, NCW, NSPW, Femmes Fatales, IWS, MWF, PWA, ALF, FLC, CPW, GCW

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/Stefany-Sinclair-1156516584377029/timeline

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Green2Pictures Are From Chelsea Green’s Facebook Page

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On Saturday November 29th, 2015, at the Queens Of Combat 7 event WWE Tough Enough Competitor Chelsea Green squared off against Crazy Mary Dobson in a one fall match up.  It was a crowd pleasing give and take match up as both women pulled out all the stops however in the end it would be Dobson who would come out the victor over Green in impressive fashion.

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bale13©Photographs By Robb Vanderstoel

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On Sunday November 29th, 2015, the Holiday Havoc Wrestling promotion held “Holiday Havoc in Greektown”.  On this show two of the best high flyers in the women’s division Alexia Nicole and Xandra Bale squared off.  As expected it was a back and forth, high paced, action packed match up but in the end it was Alexia Nicole who was able to hit a wheelbarrow stunner On Bale which did enough to keep her down for the three count.  This was definitely a statement victory for Alexia Nicole as she has emerged as one of the top wrestlers in Ontario.

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chelsea_chokeslam©Article By Jake of Diva Dirt

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WWE Tough Enough competitor Chelsea Green will be appearing in a new independent Canadian film described as a “romantic wrestling comedy”.

The movie, titled Chokeslam, will also feature Chelsea’s trainer Lance Storm and WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley.

The movie’s synopsis tells of a butcher who reunites with his ex-girlfriend – now a world famous wrestler – at his high school reunion. Conflict comes about when she is offered a job in Japan to wrestle for a new organization. Read More

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CherryBomb2-BlizPhotography___GalleryBy:  Whitney South Of Our London

©Photograph By Bliz Photography

Wednesday November 25th, 2015

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It’s been over a decade since Laura Dennis was nothing more than a wide-eyed teenager, stepping into the squared circle for the first time.

Now, known throughout the pro wrestling world as Cherry Bomb, the former Londoner has come a long way.

“When I think back to when I first started, I was just 17,” she remembered. “I had never even played sports growing up and it was the most physically demanding thing that I’d ever experienced. At the beginning I had a lot of self-doubt and a lot of confidence issues. But when I started to get it, I fell in love with being able to do those things . . . eventually there I was, jumping off the top rope and flipping. Once I started doing it I just became sort of obsessed.”  Read More

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Cherry22©Photographs By Robb Vanderstoel

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On Sunday November 22nd, 2015 in London, Ontario, SMASH Wrestling held “London Calling” which saw a Triple Threat match between Candice LeRae, Jennifer Blake & Courtney Rush.  This was a much anticipated match because all three ladies want to stake their claim as being the best woman in SMASH Wrestling. It was a back and forth match between all three competitors both inside and outside of the ring however the injured Cherry Bomb stuck her nose into the match by distracting the deranged Courtney Rush virtually taking her out of the match which gave the chance for LeRae to roll up Blake in a school girl pin to pick up the hard fought win.

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On Saturday November 21st, 2015, from the Complexe Jean-Laurin in Mirabel, Quebec, the NCW Femmes Fatales Champion Jessika Black was able to defeat the always tough and the superb wrestler Mary Lee Rose at NCW’s “DesbouleauxMania”

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riea6©Photographs VL Photography

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On Saturday November 21st, 2015, in Langford, BC, VIPW (Vancouver Island Professional Wrestling) held an event which saw the VIPW Women’s Champion Riea Von Slasher take on the #1 Contender Violet.  Violet was able to put up a very game effort throughout the match however Von Slasher;s size and strength proved to be just too much on this night as Von Slasher was able to successfully defend her championship.

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violet23©Photographs By Mary Diaz of ECCW

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On Saturday November 14th, 2015, at Port Coquitlan, BC, ECCW (Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling) held “Poco Palooza” which saw a tag team match between Nicole Matthews and “QT” Quinn Taylor and the team of Violet and the debuting “Lawless” Lady Gunz. These four women gave their all for the fans but in the end the team of Matthews and Taylor would go on to victory when Matthews Nicole made Violet tap out to her vicious Liontamer submission hold.

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On Saturday November 14th, 2015, from the Centre Culturel et Communautaire in Ste-Thérèse, Quebec, NCW Wrestling held “Rencontre au Sommet” which saw the NCW Femmes Fatales Champion Jessika Black take on the top contender Sassy Stephie.  Jessika Black did not slow down right after she had faced Saraya Knight at Femmes Fatales as this time she faced one of the best American independent wrestlers, Sassy Stephie. Without a doubt this was a very competitive fight! Sassy Stephie is from Cleveland, Ohio and wanted to bring the title back to the United States but Jessika planned to have the last word. From the opening bell both wrestlers exchanged went right at it in a grueling back and forth match.  However, Stephie would gain an advantage several times by pulling the champions hair repeatedly. Stephie seemed to pay more attention to the fans than to her opponent at times but luckily for her she had Black hurt on the mat.

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It looked as though there would be a new champion when Stephie hit her Sassy X-Factor but Black was able to kick out at two.  This allowed Black to get a second wind and battle back as the “The Iron Lady” surprised Stephie and put her in the Maiden Lock for the highly deserved victory!

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12234951_1226798030668946_2435484239232259903_nBy:  Rick McLean

I had the opportunity to recently speak with the high energy, charismatic and always entertaining Canadian wrestling star Alexia Nicole. Alexia Nicole turned heads when she was featured in the Toronto Sun as a Sunshine Girl but she also turns the fans heads when she is competing inside of the ring because of her high flying and explosive style which leaves her opponents run ragged and pinned before they know it. In addition, Alexia Nicole has had an awesome 2015, as she teamed up and also battled with her good friend WWE NXT Diva Aliyah for AIW (Absolute Intense Wrestling). In addition, Alexia Nicole recently captured the PWA Women’s Championship as well. There is no doubt that 2016 will be Alexia Nicole’s year.

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North Starz: What got you into professional wrestling? Have you always been a wrestling fan?

Alexia Nicole
: I got into wrestling the same way that most people did, I watched it on tv when I was younger and always wanted to do it.

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North Starz: You are one of the toughest wrestlers that I have ever seen battling through some tough injuries thus far in your career. How are you feeling now?

Alexia Nicole
: I feel better than ever. Every now and then I feel a little sore but that just comes with the business.

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North Starz: What is the most significant moment of your career thus far?

Alexia Nicole
: My most significant moment would still have to be my AIW debut last year. That show really got my name out there. (continue reading…)

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Femme Fatale’s International Woman’s Champion Jessika Black who is undefeated in GNW talks her November 27th Rockland match vs. International Woman’s Wrestling Star the amazon Vanessa Karven who will be challenging Black for the Femmes Fatale Championship! More info @ TheHANNIBALTV.com!

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By:  Rick McLean

I recently had the opportunity to interview the sensational Gisele Shaw. Shaw has been wowing wrestling fans throughout the Prairies and Western Canada this past year. This Storm Wrestling Academy graduate is more than willing to meet any challenger inside the squared circle and is prepared to show them her technical wrestling and high flying skills.

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North Starz:  What got you into professional wrestling? Have you always been a fan?

 

Gisele Shaw:  It has always been my dream to become a professional wrestler. I have always been a fan my entire life. I watched it with my grandparents and parents.

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North Starz:  Do you currently have a favourite wrestler or somebody from that past who inspires you?

Gisele Shaw:  Trish Stratus! She really revolutionized women’s wrestling. She proved that you can look good and be a phenomenal athlete who can perform in the ring as a top level superstar regardless of gender.

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By Rachel Paulhus Ling

North Starz:  How would you describe your wrestling style and what are some of your best holds and most devastating moves?

Gisele Shaw:  I am a technical highflyer. Probably have to say chick kick, eat defeat, corkscrew crossbody or plancha.

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North Starz:  What is the most significant moment of your career thus far?

Gisele Shaw:  Helping make women’s matches more than just a side attraction on wrestling cards throughout Central and Western Canada. The girls I’ve wrestled and I have worked hard to get women’s matches the recognition and respect that they deserve. Women’s matches in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and B.C. are looked at by the fans as on par and above the quality of the men’s matches on many shows because of the athleticism and in-ring work we showcase. This is largely thanks to promoters in these provinces giving us a chance to show that we can add tons of legitimate entertainment value for the fans.
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North Starz:  Is there a specific opponent or any specific promotion/places that you would you like to face or wrestle for in the near future?

Gisele Shaw:  I would love to get to Eastern Canada, the United States and overseas and wrestle as many opponents as I can. (continue reading…)

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12243927_10153661749367184_572026766_nHeight: 5’4″

Weight: 120lbs

Hometown: Saguenay, Quebec

Debut: 2002 (JCW)

Championships: Championne Féminine (ALF), Championne Provinciale (JCW)

Finisher: Perfect Solution (Stunner)

Promotions worked for: JCW, ALF, NCW

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/LaParfaiteCaroline/

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By:  TheRachelling

On November 13th, 2015, for High Impact Wrestling in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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On November 3rd, 2015 for REINA Promotion in Tokyo, Japan.

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IMG_92It was sad news to hear that an injury has forced one of Canada’s very best professional wrestlers Portia Perez to retire.  Perez is not only one of Canada’s best she should be considered an elite world talent because she has enhanced the sport of professional wrestling world wide.  Thus, North Starz has named Portia the Wrestler Of The Month for November 2015 and would like to thank her for everything that she brought, gave and dedicated to professional wrestling.  North Starz wishes her all the best on her educational pursuits and thanks her for all the wonderful work that she does for animal rights and the OSPCA (Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).  Thank you Portia Perez, all the best!

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12166608_10156127958375258_1577805978_nHeight: 5’7″

Weight: 180lbs

Hometown: Shawinigan, Quebec

Debut: 2006

Championships: UEW Women’s Champion

Finisher: Package Piledriver

Promotions Worked For: Femmes Fatales, New England Championship Wrestling,
FCL, NCW, Mecca Pro Wrestling & Great North Wrestling

Facebook Page: Marie-Eve Charest

Twitter: @BlackWidowEve

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12179525_406700009536645_1587669364_nHeight: 5’5

Weight: 140 lbs

Hometown: Vancouver BC

Debut: November 2003

Championships: MWA Women’s Champion

Finisher: Ice Breaker

Promotions Worked For:
Maritime Cup, CWE, ECCW, APW, MSW, MWA, TCW, TRW

Facebook: Ashley Frost – https://www.facebook.com/afcheeves

Instagram: teamcheeves

Snapchat: aacheeves

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Matt22©Photographs By Mary Diaz of ECCW

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On Friday October 30th, 2015, from the Agriplex in Cloverdale, British Columbia, Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling held “Halloween Hell” which saw the ongoing feud between former UFC star Shayna Baszler and multi time champion Nicole Matthews reach its peak as the two finally collided in a one on one contest.  Baszler was accompanied to the ring by her corner men and fellow Four Horsewoman Jessamyn Duke.  It was obvious that Baszler wanted to get in Matthew’s head right from the start as she tried to turn the wrestling match into a mma match as she brought a corner stool and round card person with her.

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Even though Baszler was stepping out of her element she put up a tremendous effort against Matthews and had her in serious trouble on several occasions.  However, Matthew’s skills, experience and determination started to come to the forefront and she was about to defeat Baszler when the mma star’s corner woman Jessamyn Duke got involved causing enough of a distraction in order to allow Baszler to lock on a devastating submission hold which forced Nicole Matthews to tap out in a shocking upset.

 

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