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 However the promotion rescinded the offer after it was discovered Gabert had three herniated discs in her neck.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? January 7, 2019
For Raw, the main event between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental championship was a great match and a good way to end this rivalry and move forward with both competitors. Ambrose ended up winning after Bobby Lashley interfered and attacked Rollins. This made sense as the show opened with Rollins and Lashley brawling and these two have been at each other for the past few weeks. What’s really good to take out of this is now Rollins can focus on the Royal Rumble and Ambrose can focus on who is next contender is for his championship.
For Smackdown, the push for Shane McMahon and The Miz to go for the tag team championship was an entertaining way to help build this match up at the Royal Rumble. After Shane expressed aggressiveness and prove worthiness to earn a championship match, the Miz tried to impress him by going out there and challenging the Bar to that match by himself. The challenge was accepted and even though that isn’t what Shane meant, they are getting the match that wanted when they first formed.
For Raw, the Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar “face to face” segment fell flat. Strowman struggled on his delivery of insults to Lesnar, and the “face to face” was more of just Lesnar walking around the ring over and over again without getting in Strowman’s face. At this point, anybody but Brock Lesnar needs to hold the Universal championship in order to give it a more important feel.
For Smackdown, there was nothing they had that was really too bad. Smackdown was able to give proper time for all the rivalries they are building up.
The Final Verdict
Smackdown has been hitting on all the right cylinders with their shows for a while now. Once they establish a championship match for the PPV, they give proper buildup and interesting scenarios for each one. Along with that, when Smackdown wants to build up a rivalry just for their show, they are able to do that effectively as well. While Raw does try to do the same, there segments and matches just don’t have the spark that Smackdown is able to deliver. So, with that said, Smackdown had the better show this week. In conclusion, the Royal Rumble is one of the big 4 PPV’s for the year of 2019 for WWE, and so far it looks like everything is going right for Smackdown while Raw is still trying to find their footing.
Nikki Cross Posts Farewell to NXT
WWE superstar Nikki Cross is on her way to the main roster, looking likely to land on the SmackDown roster.
Cross posted the following farewell to NXT, where he has spent the past few years, on her social media page:
See you down the road @WWENXT
This isn’t goodbye…we caused far too much mischief and had too much fun doing it for this to be it… pic.twitter.com/0Fk8wEEUzX— Nikki Cross (@NikkiCrossWWE) January 10, 2019
Matt Hardy Hinting at In-Ring Return
Matt Hardy may not be done wrestling after all.
The WWE superstar, and future WWE Hall of Famer, had been rumored to been winding down his career and transitioning to a backstage role in 2018 as he was dealing with a number of nagging injuries.
Hardy also posted a couple of videos, and posts on social media, that echoed those intentions, at least they appeared to.
Now, Hardy seems to be hinting at an in-ring return in WWE.
Excited to check out the 1st #RAW of 2019 tonight, especially with all the interesting things that are advertised. Most importantly, I need to see where all the pieces are positioned & moving to on the @WWE chess board.
ALMOST TIME TO GET BACK INTO THE GREAT GAME…. AGEEN! pic.twitter.com/WFXeCiHb1h— #WOKEN, yet #BROKEN, Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) January 8, 2019
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