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Jazzy Gabert Begins Road to Recovery After Successful Surgery

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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.

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 However the promotion rescinded the offer after it was discovered Gabert had three herniated discs in her neck.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.

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? April 16, 2019

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The Good

For Raw, they got the best addition from the shakeup to their show, which was AJ Styles. After Styles really made his mark on Smackdown, it seemed like WWE creative was running out of ideas of what to do with Styles on Smackdown. So, having him on Raw is really intriguing now and it should be interesting to see what the future holds for him on Raw.  

For Smackdown, their biggest addition from the shakeup was Roman Reigns and the way they introduced him to the show was entertaining. After Vince McMahon announced that the “biggest addition in Smackdown history” was Elias, Roman Reigns interrupted and ended up clearing out the ring and declaring that Smackdown is his yard now. Reigns needed a change of scenery after being on Raw for few years, so this is something the WWE universe should be excited for.

The Bad

For Raw, while it was great to see an NXT tag team called up, the name they gave him is horrible. Formerly known as the War Raiders, who are the current NXT tag team champions were called up to Monday nights. But, they decided to change their name to the Viking Experience, which is one of the worst name changes in WWE history.

For Smackdown, they had a match between Carmella and Charlotte Flair and this felt like filler. After all the new names that they brought onto Smackdown during the shakeup for the women’s division, they could have had one of them in this match instead of putting them all together in the 8-women tag match that was featured on the show later. 

The Final Verdict

For these being the superstar shakeup episodes, both shows felt a little underwhelming. While we are able to think of the possibility of matchups that we will see in the future because of this shakeup, the introduction of these new names felt like they should have been a bigger deal. Along with that, it seemed like WWE either was confused on how to handle some of these shakeups or they purposely wanted to confuse the fans. A prime example is how Finn Balor went to Smackdown with the Intercontinental championship. Since this was introduced to us on Smackdown, is there no secondary belt now on Raw? Or did Samoa Joe just automatically move to Raw because he currently was holding the original secondary belt on Smackdown? Overall, as to who had the better show, I will have to say that Raw had the better show. The additions of the Miz, the Usos, Rey Mysterio, Andrade, AJ Styles, and Naomi are all new faces that were due for this. In conclusion, while the shakeup could’ve been handled better, the future should be intriguing as WWE prepares to fully move on from Wrestlemania.

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Matt Hardy Responds to John Oliver’s WWE Segment

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John Oliver, host of HBO’s popular ‘Last Week Tonight’, took WWE to task in a recent episode over their lack of healthcare for their performers, bringing a dark element of the treatment of WWE superstars to light.

Since then, wrestlers have spoken out, both in support of Oliver’s segment and coming to the defense of WWE.

One of those coming to WWE’s defense is WWE superstar and future Hall of Famer Matt Hardy, who praised WWE and how far they have come over the years.

“When I first started here [1997/1998] the locker room, everything was like the wild wild west then” Hardy said in an interview with FOX Sports (h/t Wrestling Inc). ”  The change that has happened in those 20-plus years has been unreal. I mean, now the drug testing is very stringent. … You have to be here, and you have to be good and you have to be on top of your game. You have to be a professional. The physicals they do as far as cardiovascular and just checking you over and over — [there have] been several guys they caught that have had serious [health] issues that could have been life threatening if they didn’t catch it here, and just the way they take care of you. “

“Every surgery I ever had, WWE has paid for. They’re very faithful and very good about that. It’s just some of the stuff that the John talked about was kind of passé, kind of outdated because now they really do [take care of wrestlers’ health]. They take care of everything especially stuff that happens in house. As far as the whole health insurance thing, that’s kind of a different argument, because we do a different gig in many many ways. But WWE has never done anything but be great to me.

“They’ve taking care of me in every capacity, every front. And they’ve given me a great life. I mean one of the characters I play is ‘Big Money’ Matt, who’s like this millionaire that’s been around for a long time, and you know there’s a lot of truth to it in some ways, and I wouldn’t have that persona and I wouldn’t have the great life that I have right now if it wasn’t for WWE.”

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WWE Hall of Famer Stevie Ray Talks Not Joining WWE After WCW Buyout

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WWE Hall of Famer Stevie Ray, who was inducted as part of Harlem Heat, alongside his brother Booker 2, in this year’s WWE Hall of Fame, recently discussed why he never joined WWE following his career in WCW.

Stevie Ray recently appeared on an episdoe of ‘Conversations with the Big Guy’ with host, and former WWE superstar, Ryback and talked about his thinking when WWE bought WCW.

Although his brother Booker T went on to WWE, Stevie Ray didn’t want to do the same.

“I didn’t want to go to WWF (WWE). As a matter of fact, the last WCW Nitro, I didn’t even attend and they sent me a ticket. Bu,t I was always in the mindset of this is competition to me. This is NFL vs AFL, or National League versus American League in baseball. WCW vs WWF, to be honest with you, bro, I didn’t want to go out like a bitch.”

The Monday Night Wars were hard to get past for Stevie Ray.

“We had been fighting for the team (WCW). But when I heard Vince McMahon had come in, and stuff like that, which I knew was coming, it’s like, you saw the writing on the wall and you put it in the back of your mind.

But at the end of the day I knew it was going to happen. But I didn’t attend the last show because my brother [Booker T] said that they (WWE) are going to be auditioning people. I told him that he should do it, but I’m done.”

Stevie Ray was concerned that WWE would change to Harlem Heat, stripping them of the elements that made that tag team so special.

“I wanted people to remember Harlem Heat as an ass-kicking tag team of color, you see what I’m saying? I didn’t want us to be something else. I didn’t want us to turn into a “Doink the Clown”. So, I’m not saying that they would have done this with Harlem Heat, but, I didn’t want to lose the edge that we once had as Harlem Heat.”

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