I was actually researching another female wrestler when I came across Sonya Strong a few days ago and needless to say I was so impressed, I dropped my original subject and began taking notes on her career.
Her resume is incredible, touting names like Lufisto, Candice LeRae, Mickie James and Kimber Lee (all as heralded opponents) and as I type this she is only 24 hours removed from a big victory over the ultra popular Thunder Rosa for the New Jersey based “Pro Wrestling Magic” promotion, a promotion she is currently the Women’s champion of. With stats like these, you would never guess that Strong has only been at it for a couple of years, grinding and toiling away with a plethora of impressive maneuvers, none more spectacular than her patented “Tornado Kick”, a move that seems to be inspired by her younger years of exposure to the art of Tae Kwon Do; a fighting style in which her father is incredibly well versed.
She is a product of the Queens, NY based House of Glory Wrestling School and its famed trainer Amazing Red, citing women like Ivory, Jacqueline and Molly Holly as some of her inspirations in pursuing the sport; a leap she took after personal matters in her life made her want to start a new journey that seems to have both reinvigorated and enriched her soul, as things tend to do when you find your calling. Ever since that fateful day she has bulldozed her own path through wrestling’s independent circuit; a realm of competition unlike any other. With arguably more talented workers than any other time in history, it’s a testament to Sonya Strong’s will and determination that she has made a cannonball splash into a large pond of prime competition.
In September of 2016, Strong captured the PWM Women’s Championship, her “first title of many”, as she states in her Twitter post, by defeating another hot prospect on the indy-circuit, Jordynne Grace. In addition to her accolades in women’s wrestling, Strong is a proud mother and very happy to be in a position where she can better others by showing them you can do anything you put your mind to. In an interview with TheFrisky.com last February, Strong imparted some big words of wisdom when asked about her storyline with wrestler “Good Hank Flanders”.
“The story line with my opponent, Good Hank Flanders, was that he thinks all women should be home in the kitchen. Me being able to wrestle him was to show other women that no matter what people think, you fight for what you want. And not necessarily physically. I get to fight because of the business that I’m in and I’m lucky. I get to hit people and not get in trouble. But in everyday life people deal with those struggles of what you should be doing, versus actually chasing your dreams while doing the necessary things. I get to do both because, at the end of the day, I’m also a mom.”— Sonya Strong, 2/16 Interview w/ TheFrisky.com
With her positive attitude and upbeat nature, it’s easy to see why so many have jumped on the Sonya Strong bandwagon. Personally, I have found myself more than a little inspired by her story and how it is progressing. As the proud uncle of a five a year old niece who doesn’t yet know what she wants to be when she grows up, it’s comforting to know that Women’s Wrestling is starting to blossom all over, in so many ways, but none of which are more vibrant than the personalities and character shown by the women who are spearheading this movement. Thanks in part to positive role models like Sonya Strong, if my niece every told me “Uncle Nick, I want to a professional wrestler, I would simply smile, attempt to hold back tears and tell her:
“Go for it.”
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