Jazzy Gabert Begins Road to Recovery After Successful Surgery
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.
Never give up… road to recovery starts now! #bealpha pic.twitter.com/DJkEKXuVz5
— 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 However the promotion rescinded the offer after it was discovered Gabert had three herniated discs in her neck.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.
Former WWE Star Lanny Poffo Dies at 68
Former WWE star Lanny ‘The Genius’ Poffo has reportedly died at the age of 68, according to his close friend “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, although no cause of death has been given at the time of this writing.
Poffo made his in-ring debut with the All-South Wrestling Alliance back in 1974, and also wrestled for a number of promotions such as the National Wrestling Alliance where he won a tag-team title with his father, Angelo.
Poffo debuted for WWE back in 1985 where he would be known as “Leaping Lanny Poffo” and “The Genius.”
Poffo would return to WWE back in 2015 to induct his brother, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, into the WWE Hall of Fame in a touching induction ceremony ahead of WrestleMania 31.
“With a very, very heavy heart, I’ve been asked to let everyone know about the passing of our friend and colleague Lanny Poffo, The Genius,” Duggan said on Twitter.
Braun Strowman Talks Brock Lesnar Shooting On Him at Royal Rumble
WWE superstar Braun Strowman has had a number of memorable moments during his career at WWE, but none are quite like the 2018 Royal Rumble where Brock Lesnar got upset with Strowman for catching him with a knee.
Lesnar didn’t take to kindly and immediately hit Strowman with a flurry of legitimate punches, including a right hand to his jaw.
“Shit got real” Strowman said, during an interview with BT Sport.
“I mean, at the end of the day it’s two scary guys, two dominant males, not wanting to give an inch to either one, and we took it from each other. Things happen. We’re not playing, we’re not ballet, we’re not badminton. We’re physical. He’s [Lesnar] 300lbs, of just unadulterated animalistic beast and I’m a 385lbs monster. Things happen. At the end of the day, we made one hell of a segment, that’s what really happened.”
“I pat myself on the back. I think I’m the only person in history to take an overhand right from Brock Lesnar and not get knocked out. Anytime you get in the ring with “The Beast” and mix it up, the bigger the challenge the better. If you’re not wrestling the best, then who’d you beat?”
Ex-NJPW Star Karl Fredericks Signs with WWE
Former New Japan Pro Wrestling star Karl Fredericks has officially signed with WWE following the conclusion of his four-year tenure with NJPW. Fredericks announced on social media back in summer 2022 that he would not re-sign with NJPW.
Fredericks was initially linked to WWE last September, when he was reportedly spotted at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
According to PW Insider, Fredericks has officially signed with WWE and will be a part of the NXT brand initially.
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