Bete Noire Interview

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Bete Noire is one of most recognisable names in Women’s wrestling since her debut in 2010.

From then she has performed in some of Wrestling’s most exciting matches across the world, engaging in feuds with Viper, Nikki Storm and recently with Debbie Sharp in Fierce Females.

I recently caught up with her to find out her thoughts on experiences in the Wrestling industry and more.

In 2010 you joined Source Wrestling School, you were trained by Damian O’Connor and several others, when did your love your wrestling begin and how did you find the experience starting out?

I think I have the same story as a lot of people starting out, I started watching it when I was a kid and from there I fell in love with it. It wasn’t until my early twenties that I really thought giving it a go would be an option. I finished university without any real life plan or agenda and this seemed like something I finally had time to try. If I hated it then it was another experience I got to say I had tried and if I loved it then all the better. Thankfully it turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

You made you’re Source debut in 2011 against Nikki Storm and a fantastic rivalry occurred, fastforward to 2015 and both of you are now established well known wrestlers, you’re thoughts on your development since then?

In terms of my actual abilities and techniques, it’s night and day. The kind of wrestler I wanted to be when I started in comparison to the kind of wrestler I’m developing into now is completely different and that’s not a bad thing. I’ve learned from my trainers, my peers, wrestlers with more experience who I’ve been lucky enough to speak to and I’ve played to my strengths. I don’t think there’s anyone who has made their debut and not gone through various versions of themselves, there’s a great deal of growing to do. 

Even now, it wasn’t really until last year that I started to really understand where I wanted to go, how I wanted to look and what I wanted to do. While I am more comfortable in myself, I think I’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of what I can do.

September 2012 is when you started wrestling as Bete Noire, why the change of name?

As I said before, I don’t think anyone has made their debut and not changed since then. The names I had previously were thrown together out of necessity and didn’t really represent who I wanted to be. Bete Noire has multiple meanings and it was something that I loved the sound of straight away. I felt that it suited who I wanted to be. 

Since your debut on Fierce Females in 2012 facing Viper, the two of you have fought and teamed together across the UK, seen more recently in Empress Pro Wrestling, how valuable has she been been in your development?

I freaking love that girl! We know each other so well and what I love is that we push each other. There’s a friendly rivalry because both of us just want to do the very best we can, look our best, perform our best. She stops me from being complacent so yeah I would say she’s been very important in my development. Some of the best matches I’ve had in my career so far have been with Viper.

Fierce Females has grown at a fantastic rate through the years, last year moving back into the city from Source Wrestling School to the Walkabout Bar, is this a sign Womens Wrestling is becoming more respected in the industry?

Fierce Females is one of my favourite promotions to work for in the UK right now. There’s always such a great atmosphere because all the girls really want to show that they can do and we’re being given a platform to do just that. While there are still some areas that don’t hold womens wrestling in as high regard, there are other places around the country that are showcasing that the girls can rock it with the boys. There are still some people who may need convincing but with more and more promotions holding all female shows and putting on matches that are more than the token ladies match, it’s getting there. I firmly believe that Scotland is helping fly the flag for the ladies right now, we’ve got some immense talents up here.

One of my favourite matches last year in Fierce Females involved Sayara Knight, against yourself, how did you find the match and experience?

It was a great experience. I had to admit I was intimidated going into the match because Sweet Saraya is such a massive name in British wrestling that I wanted to show I could keep up. It was as hard hitting as I expected but there’s nothing about it I didn’t enjoy. I wore my bruises from that match with pride. 

In many of your matches, you bring out the Kendo Stick, how and when did this begin?

It’s not secret that I’m a fan of hardcore wrestling and as 2014 rolled on and I was evolving my character and my look, the kendo stick just kinda naturally came along with it. I’ve always loved props. Some people have canes, hats or ring jackets. I have twiggy.

You contacted Ice Ribbon in Japan during late 2013 to wrestle there and continue your training, how did that occur?

Since I began training in 2010, one of the places I had always said I wanted to train and work was Japan. Basically I finally got the guts to send my stuff over and they got back in contact saying they would be happy to have me! Nothing more complicated than that!

In 2014 at Ice Ribbon you’re matches were so well recieved and you are vastly respected by the wrestlers there, your final show there was called, “Sayonara Bete Noire”, how did you find your time there?

I loved it. One of the most overwhelming, exciting, terrifying and eye opening experiences of my life so far. All the girls are fantastic to work with and were just so welcoming to me. I had no idea that was the name of the final show so thank you for letting me know! I’ve actually been invited back to Ice Ribbon in 2016 for their 10th Anniversary so I’m thrilled to be going back.

You have taken some tremendous knocks in the ring, and sadly suffered injuries as well, how do you get into the mindset to try to win at all costs and alternatively come back from those injuries?

The way I look at it is that I love it enough to risk the injuries and the bumps. Of course if you’ve taken a nasty spill you can become a little bit shy about doing something again but you just have to metaphorically get back on the horse! I’ve been in a car crash and been injured but that’s not stopped me getting back behind the wheel and driving. Life is too short.

For fans that havent seen you wrestle, what matches would you recommend they watch?

If you’ve never seen me wrestle then I would recommend Myself against Viper at ICW Tramspotting, against Crazy Mary Dobson at Fierce Females: Luke, Whos yer da? and against tsukasa fujimoto at Ice Ribbon

You have wrestled all over the UK, France and as mentioned in Japan, what’s next in 2015?

This year I’m more focused than ever. I plan to put more focus into my training, my look and performing for more promotions around Europe and the UK. Who knows, the sky is the limit!

For the social media fans out there, where can fans get hold of you and when can they see you next?

You can find me on Twitter @betenoiresmash , Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BeteNoireSmashand you can pick up an official Bete Noire t-shirt http://www.prowrestlingtees.com/betenoire

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