Mae Young Classic alumna and German professional wrestler Jazzy Gabert recently underwent surgery for neck issues.
After the surgery was finished, Gabert posted a tweet letting fans know the surgery was a success, signaling the beginning of her road to recovery.
— Alpha Female (@Jazzy_Gabert) January 15, 2018
On an Dec. 29, 2017 episode of Edge and Christian’s “E&C Pod of Awesomeness,” Gabert confirmed WWE offered her a contract after she competed in the Mae Young Classic tournament. However the promotion rescinded the offer after it was discovered Gabert had three herniated discs in her neck.
During the interview, Gabert confirmed she needed the surgery and will immediately begin recovery once she has it. The downside for her is she will be unable to make any money during the recovery and she is unsure if she will be back in the ring – which she said really scares her.
Fans have already reached out to Gabert offering her well wishes. Chris Leffler created a GoFundMe page “Alpha Female Surgery Support” where fans can donate money to help Gabert during her recovery.
Fans who have a couple of hours to spare should really listen to the podcast. During the interview, Gabert talks about her rough childhood and the circumstances that led her to become a life long wrestling fan. Japanese wrestling fans will be excited to learn she is the stepdaughter of IWGP Heavyweight champion and NWA World Heavyweight Champion Masahiro Chono.
To paraphrase something Edge said more than once during the interview, Gabert’s story is something that could easily be made into a movie.
Gabert began training to be a wrestler in 2001 in what would be the start of a journey that included several trials and tribulations along the way.
She became known as Alpha Female and has wrestled in numerous promotions around the world as well as held numerous titles in her career, including the Pro Wrestling Eve championship in 2012 and which she held for 212 days.
She also found success in Japan’s World Wonder Ring Stardom where she captured Artist of Stardom Championship with The Female Predator “Amazon” and Kyoko Kimura, the Goddess of Stardom Championship with Kimura and the World of Stardom Championship.
Gabert also has a 1-1 professional mixed martial arts record that includes an appearance for the Rizin Fighting Federation.
Gabert would eventually reach her goal of coming to WWE as one of the first women announced to compete in the Mae Young Classic. She was eliminated from the tournament in the first round by Abbey Laith. She then wrestling in in a six-woman tag team match, teaming with Tessa Blanchard and Kay Lee Ray to defeat Santana Garrett, Marti Belle and Sarah Logan.
Even though Gabert only wrestled two matches in a WWE ring, fans were impressed with her performances to the point where they chanted “Please sign Jazzy.”
Gabert has a look that is different than the women currently in WWE. She looks like a character from Dragon Ball who could destroy you – and that is a compliment. She also has a lengthy resume that befits a seasoned veteran like her and a backstory that will inspire fans who are – as Dusty Rhodes puts it – going through some hard times as well as folks who are attempting follow their dreams.
The road to recovery won’t be easy for Gabert, but after listening to her story and learning the obstacles she has overcome, the Alpha Female has the strength and will to return stronger than ever and hopefully that leads to a WWE ring.
If Gabert makes returns to a WWE ring, it could go down as one of the great comeback stories in the history of the business.
To donate to the GoFundMe page set up for Gabert, follow the link: Alpha Female Surgery Support.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? September 17, 2018
For Raw, Dean Ambrose versus Drew McIntyre was a great opening match to start off Raw. These two went back and forth and McIntyre ended up getting the victory after hitting a Claymore Kick. The rivalry between the Shield and McIntyre, Ziggler, and Strowman will possibly end at the Super Showdown so matches like this help elevate this rivalry.
For Smackdown, the segment we got from Randy Orton was one of the best pieces of his work. After defeating Jeff Hardy at Hell in a Cell, Orton was in the back at the production truck and he was harassing one of the workers to watch all of his assaults against Hardy. Orton then states that it will be nothing compared to his next victim. Things are looking up and really interesting for Orton going forward.
For Raw, we got a filler match between Bayley and Dana Brooke and it wasn’t much. Last week, Dana Brooke decided to go on her own and it doesn’t make a difference because she lost to Bayley in a few minutes. Along with that, apparently creative has nothing in mind for the team of Bayley and Sasha Banks since the Riot Squad is dealing with the Bella Twins.
For Smackdown, they are deciding to have Naomi and Asuka be a team moving forward. While it probably would be better to have them face off against each other, WWE has decided to have them go against the IIconics next. Maybe the rumor of women’s tag team championship at Evolution are true and that’s why they keep forming women teams?
The Final Verdict
Fresh off of Hell in a Cell, both shows needed to show where they were going next. The Super Showdown does have lots of matches with implications on it and both brands are focused on that. But, Raw also introduced the Crown Jewel PPV, which will take place later this year and include Brock Lesnar getting his rematch for the Universal Championship. In regards to what show had more meaning and was better, Smackdown definitely took it this week. We got a great match between AJ Styles and Andrade Almas, Rusev Day unfortunately is broken up for good, and we got a great ending segment with Becky Lynch as the new champion. In conclusion, Smackdown is providing solid shows and storylines week after week while Raw does have some interesting angles, not everything they are trying is clicking.
Tommy Dreamer Says ECW Was Funded By WWE From the Beginning
ECW legend Tommy Dreamer says that WWE funded Paul Heyman’s creation since day 1, even though it appeared, at times, that ECW was competing with Vince McMahon’s WWE during 1990s, and the infamous Monday Night Wars between WWE and WCW.
“I did not find out that Paul was in bed with them until we did any episode of Byte This together and he said it on the air and if you watch my face you can see it” Dreamer said, during an interview with WSVN-TV Entertainment reporter Chris Van Vliet .
“The story changes all the time, Jim Ross who was the head of talent relations at the time says they were in bed together all the time and that Paul Heyman would get checks, but Paul said he didn’t get checks.
“It’s many, many conspiracy theories. Shane McMahon told me Paul was in bed with WWE the entire time. Bruce Prichard said he was in bed with them since day one.”
Dreamer also talked about All-In, where he was seen walking with Cody to the ring for his NWA World Title match against Nick Aldis.
“Honestly, when I saw NWA’s YouTube show ’10 Pounds of Gold’ and Cody talked about Dusty’s five guys I seriously got all teary eyed. Then when talking with Glacier and DDP they were like we didn’t know that either.
“So now we’re forever connected. A lot of people say in life you can count your friends on one hand or you’re lucky if you can count them on two and for the fact that Dusty Rhodes counted three wrestlers that were part of his five guys, it was an amazing, amazing thing that we all witnessed together.
“Cody is someone I hired into WWE and The Young Bucks I use them all the time on my shows and they were like my main eventers before people thought they were main eventers. They’re my guys.”
WWE Starrcade Announced
WWE has announces Starrcade for the second straight year, and a number of matches have already been announced for the PPV that takes place Saturday, November 24th from Cincinnati, Ohio at the US Bank Arena.
- The Shield vs. Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre (Cincinnati Street Fight)
- WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe
- Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (Steel Cage Match)
- United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rusev
- Smackdown Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. The Bar
- Special Performance: Elias with Ric Flair
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