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Savannah Summers is a well known on the Australian scene and has competed for Shine and Shimmer in the States.
For those of us in the UK who don’t know who you are, could you please introduce yourself?
My Name is Savannah Summers, I’m a pro-wrestler from South Australia and wrestling since 2006.
You trained by Tony Stone at the Snake Pit Wrestling Academy in Australia, what was it like training there?
Training with Tony Stone was fantastic but unfortunately the company was taken over and I stuck with Riot City to continue my training. I consider most of my training to have come from the Basso Brothers, Matt & Chris but this was before they had the Riot City Wrestling Academy.
RCW was one of your first ports of call as a valet/manager before competing in the ring, do you think your time spent outside the ring helped shape what you’d become inside the ring?
I worked as a manager for about a year before wrestling, as we didn’t have any other girls for me to compete against and I always loved that side of wrestling. I just learnt so much from watching the matches and getting to do spots with the boys. I’m sure I’ll go back to that side of things at some point in my career.
PWA was also a home for you in the early days, having a string of matches there in 2008. What are your memories of that time?
I’ve always enjoyed working for PWA, I love the company and what it represents. Unfortunately, they haven’t had any PWWA shows in quite some time, so it will be good if we can get one happening again soon.
You then moved on to RCW, where you still wrestle to this day, what is it about RCW that keeps you coming back?
RCW was the first company I ever worked for and I’ve been lucky enough to be around to see them grow to what they are today; one of the best company’s in Australian wrestling. I love RCW and everything they represent, I look forward to all the years ahead and I’ll definitely be around with them for many years to come.
So far in your career, you’ve faced the likes of Kellie Skater, Shazza McKenzie, recent NXT signees Jessie McKay and KC Cassidy, Mia Yim and Shanna amongst others. Out of all the matches you’ve had, is there a particular one that stands out?
Definitely winning the RCW Women’s Championship belt in 2012 for the very first time, against Miami would have to be my top match by far. Being crowned the first-ever RCW Women’s Champion was such an honour and something I’ll always hold very close to my heart, me and Miami had some great matches including a big tables match that was great. Also being crowned the very first ever WarZone Women’s Champion in 2014 was a great experience and honour.
The previously mentioned Jessie McKay and KC Cassidy have been signed to NXT, is that something you are working towards or taking the route of Kellie Skater and Shazza Mckenzie, making their names in Shine and Shimmer?
I worked for both Shine and Shimmer in 2013 and had an absolute blast. They have some fantastic women wrestlers that I would love to go back and get a chance to wrestle for again.
I was lucky enough to do a try out last year for WWE with both Jesse McKay and KC Cassidy but unfortunately missed out on a contract with NXT. WWE is something I’ve always wanted and would definitely do another try out if offered, It’s a dream you never give up on but I’m so happy that two other Aussie girls were signed and I’m sure will do amazing things.
Toni Storm is someone you’ve previously faced, she’s having some success here in the UK, is that something you’d like to do in the future?
Toni Storm is such an amazing talent and I’m so lucky to have been able to work with her. The UK wrestling scene is something I would love to be a part of, so who know what might happen in the future.
What are your plans for the rest of the year?
This year, I’m focusing more on my work in Australia and RCW but saving every penny to head back to the States and possibly Mexico next year.
Is there anything else you’d like to say, add or plug?
I’m lucky enough to run the City Chicks division in RCW and we have some amazing talent coming through. Right now, our former champ Demi Bennett is in Japan kicking butt, which I’m so happy to see.
When she gets back later in the year, we will be putting on another City Chicks show with mostly South Australian based women wrestlers from RCW, as we currently have 15 girls I’m training ready to rock the Australian wrestling scene and show everyone what the City Chicks is all about.
Follow me on Twitter @RCWsavannah.
Thanks to Savannah for participating in this interview.