Tuesday, January 26, 2021

On the Beat With Sassy Stephie of Talkin' Sass

I first met pro wrestler Sassy Stephie at Resistance Pro Wrestling in November 2011. I was new to the indy wrestling scene, but Stephie was already a veteran of about four years. I quickly became a fan. I interviewed Stephie a few times for RPro and always enjoyed those interactions.

It's been several years since I talked to Stephie, although I have followed her career ever since and we have communicated on social media a few times. Stephie has certainly kept busy over the years, including starting Talkin' Sass, her new podcast, which is why I reached out to her about an interview for Global Women's Sports Radio.

Already a fan of pro wrestling, Stephie's actual entrance as a performer is an interesting tale. She was working as a DJ at a bowling alley, when she was asked to substitute for a ring announcer for a local wrestling promotion. She soon started training and made her debut in 2007.

Over the years, in addition to RPro, Stephie has wrestled for Shimmer, Women Superstars Uncensored, Ring of Honor and other promotions. She won titles on several occasions, as a singles wrestler and as part of a tag team. She also made the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Female 50 list a few times. We talk about all of that in our interview.

We also discuss her fandom of the Cleveland Browns. In one of our earlier interviews, we commiserated about the woeful state of her Browns and my Chicago Bears. This season, she had plenty of enjoyment as the Browns had a great season. Stephie is no fair-weather, bandwagon-jumper fan either. She goes back to cheering for Bernie Kosar's teams in her youth.

As much fun as all that talk was, we moved on to Talkin' Sass, the main reason for the interview. Previous to the podcast, Stephie ventured into other areas of entertainment outside of wrestling several times, including a stint hosting on the Fireball Run television series. With that background and her natural charisma, a podcast is the perfect vehicle for Stephie.

Although she admits wrestling is her niche, the podcast isn't all about wrestling. For Halloween, actor and producer Brian O'Halloran joined Stephie for a fun-filled episode. Other episodes featured Jimmy Kordaris, Ricardo Rodriguez, Lufisto and several other interesting folks from the world of wrestling. She also had “Hardcore” Heather Owens, another RPro alum. She has had an interesting mix of guests, who haven't been overexposed on other podcasts. 

As I told her in the interview, I already was a loyal listener before even asking for the interview. It's a lot of fun, whether you are a wrestling fan or not. Although I looked forward to each episode, I also made sure to subscribe to her channel on YouTube to make sure I didn't miss any.

While Talkin' Sass is still relatively new to the podcast scene, it is quickly growing in popularity. Stephie shared the names of a few future guests, as well as a couple on her “wish list.” Bernie Kosar, if you're reading this, you need to join Stephie on Talkin' Sass!

It was great catching up with Stephie. I very much appreciate her time and consideration. I encourage everyone to check out Talkin' Sass.

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