Bellatrix World Champion Courtney Rush was set to defend her World Title against RQW European Champion Liberty, but she has suffered a serious collar bone injury that will keep her out of action for the rest of the year. However, Rush will not be stripped of her title and will instead defend it against Liberty at Bellatrix 8 in March 2014. She will also appear on Bellatrix 7 as a special guest. Before this unfortunate event, we talked about her workout habits, the direction of female wrestling in general, and more.
1. You have been wrestling in numerous promotions for the past few years… Where did it all begin? Who trained you?
„It all began at the CanAm Wrestling School in Windsor, Ontario. I was trained there by Scott D’Amore, who also had Johnny Devine and Tyson Dux there as trainers. I left everything I knew and all the family I had where I grew up just outside Winnipeg, Manitoba and moved to start my new life in May of 2007. In January of 2008, I had my debut match for PTW in Belleville, Michigan, USA at the Diamondback Saloon – a known venue for many indy wrestlers.“
2. If you could wrestle any opponent, who would it be?
„I think I could be very happy if I could wrestle Madison Eagles or Kellie Skater every day for the rest of my life. But if I had to choose someone I have yet to wrestle – I would love singles matches against Jessica Havok, Kana, Alpha Female, and Nicole Matthews.“
3. Growing up, did you ever expect yourself to be where you are currently?
„My expectations changed with the wind! When I was in Kindergarden, I was going to be a zookeeper… so if we go by Courtney Rush, age 4, then no, I am not where I expected to be! But I always knew that I was meant to DO something and always knew that I COULD do ANYthing if I put my mind to it. The test they make you take in high school that tells you what you are going to be when you grow up told me that I was going to be a farmer. Obviously I knew that it was way off the mark. But when the time came that I decided I was going to save up to go to wrestling school and become a wrestler, then yes, from those expectations I am exactly where I knew I would be.“
4. What is your favorite workout to do at the gym?
„Let’s not mince words: I HATE the gym. I can think of about 27 different things I would rather be doing than driving to the gym to plow through a workout. But it is a key part of the life I have chosen, so I do it! And, like everything else, if I put my mind to it, I am rather good at it. I like when I can include different kinds of workouts, like when my boyfriend and I are there together he trains me in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques. And I am a big fan of yoga – I have problems with back pain and sciatica and yoga helps them a lot.“
5. What are your thoughts on the current direction of female wrestling in general?
„Everything in the world moves in cycles; sometimes one place is where you need to be, sometimes it is another. A few years ago, TNA was the hotbed for women’s wrestling. Right now I believe that hotbed has moved to NXT. The world of indy wrestling is certainly catching fire with the number of places for women to work and be treated like the athletes they are evolving to be – a far cry from the women of the Attitude Era or ECW, which focussed mainly on lingerie, underwear and catfights.
I have heard the argument that there are TOO many women’s promotions these days, but I cannot say that I agree. Perhaps if every single promotion used every single same wrestler and same format. But they don’t. They are all unique and add to the health and improvement of women out there. After all, how can we improve without experience and multiple stages to acquire said experience? In the days of the territories, each area would have its main core of wrestlers, and bring in certain people from outside the territory as attractions to draw money. That is how women’s promotions operate now – most have their own core (some of which are shared with other companies‘ cores. Mercedes Martinez, for example, is a core player of both SHIMMER and WSU), and bring in attractions more familiar in other companies. It is fantastic exposure for both the companies and the wrestlers involved, and allows us the opportunities to wrestle with women we would not normally get the chance to share the ring. Take Bellatrix vs SHIMMER – where else would I have the chance right now to take on Liberty? (Okay, okay, being the Bellatrix World Champion may have helped secure that opportunity…)“