Wednesday, March 22, 2023

The Johngy "OR ELSE"Podcast - Ep. 57: Sassy Stephie

Sassy Stephie is returning to the wrestling ring after five years away. The interview my podcast partner Tommy Else and I did with Stephie is at The Johngy "OR ELSE" Podcast - Ep. 57: "Sassy Stephie" on YouTube.

From Akron, Ohio, Stephie entered the world of professional wrestling filling in as a ring announcer in 2005. Her experience as a deejay paid off as she soon became the regular announcer.Soon, she started training and made her wrestling debut for Ohio Championship Wrestling in 2007.

During her career, Stephie also wrestled for Shimmer, Women Superstars Uncensored, Chikara, Ring of Honor, Shine and other independent companies. She won several titles and awards along the way, including being ranked No. 36 on the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Female 50 in 2013.

Tommy and I first saw Stephie when she made her debut for Resistance Pro Wrestling in late 2011. We quickly became fans of hers in and out of the ring. Tommy shared a lockerroom with Stephie, while I had the pleasure of interviewing her several times.

Stephie wrestled several matched for RPro, while continuing to wrestle for many other companies. He last match was in 2018. That's going to change very soon.

At Wrestle Jam Weekend on April 1-2, Stephie will step back into the ring for the first time in five years as she takes on Vanessa Kraven. The event will be held at Le Chateau Royal in Laval, Quebec. There will be wrestling, live music, a costume contest, trivia and more.

Stephie talked about all of this, including why she originally retired and why she is returning. She discussed who she wanted to face (spoiler alert...It's Kraven). She also talked about future matches and really enjoying this future run. Lastly, I had to get Stephie's thoughts on her beloved Cleveland Browns. A Canadian resident for several years, Stephie hasn't abandoned her Browns. She has gained a bit of the Canadian accent, as Tommy pointed out.

Stephie looked ready to rumble. She was in great spirits and seems to be at a fantastic place as she now can pick her spots and soak it in, also sharing it with her husband and two young children. Of course, two podcasters from the Chicago area will also be enjoying this run of the Sassy One!

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