She-1: Ace of Eve – Who’s Who in Block C?

The weekend is getting closer, which means the first matches of Pro Wrestling: EVE’s She-1: Ace of EVE league are just around the corner. We’re introducing you to the 12 incredible women in the three blocks of the league – all of whom are competing for a title shot at Europe’s biggest ever women’s wrestling event at York Hall in London next May. Find out more about the women of Block A and Block B in our earlier posts – with the reigning champion in Block C, there’s a lot to think about.

Sammii Jayne

The current Pro Wrestling EVE Champion has had a breakout year by anyone’s measure.  When the promotion brought over Japanese superstar Meiko Satomura for a show, many, including myself, were underwhelmed that Sammii was chosen as her opponent, but she turned in a great performance, and since winning the vacant belt in a tournament earlier this year has turned in a string of exciting and often dominant displays in her title defences, most notably in her violent feud with former tag partner Debbie Sharp.  It would be unusual booking if the champion were to win a tournament where the prize is a title shot, but she’s been put over so strongly in 2017 that we shouldn’t discount it as a possibility.

Laura Di Matteo

Di Matteo goes into the SHE-1 as one of the favourites.  An impressive wrestler who has particularly shone since beginning to incorporate MMA elements into her style, she’s undefeated in singles matches in EVE and at the end of their last show got the better of a set-to with Sammii Jayne.  It’s nice to see this talent getting such a push, particularly as PROGRESS didn’t do much with her following her white-hot feud with Jinny.  If she makes it to the final she’s probably the most likely winner; her vs. Sammii on Show 1 is a key clash.

Jamie Hayter

Hayter may be one of the less heralded names in the SHE-1, but she immediately announced herself on her EVE debut by winning a tournament qualifier against Dahlia Black that damn near everybody present, myself included, felt certain she’d lose.  A mouthy heel with a vicious curb stomp, expect her to impress in-ring without necessarily scoring many wins.

Session Moth Martina

On paper the Session Moth wouldn’t naturally be regarded as a contender to win a tournament, but EVE have got a lot of mileage out of putting her across as someone whose fun-loving, easily gassed party girl persona leads opponents to take her lightly and end up taking a three-count.  Her matches tend to involve a lot of shenanigans, which will provide levity during two days of intense competition, and will probably be responsible for Bethnal Green exhausting its entire supply of glow sticks.

Author: Statto

George Thompson, known to his friends as Statto, is one-third of the team that makes up The Puro Pourri Podcast. Following an initial grappling obsession, which ran between 2001 and 2005, he spent large amounts of his time at university distracting himself from work with wrestling, and a smaller number of hours coming up with excuses to discuss the sport in an academic context. He is currently halfway through a novel set in the world of Japanese wrestling after the Second World War, entitled "The Rise and Fall of Rikidōzan", and hopes to finish it sometime in 2017. His man-crush on Katsuyori Shibata continues unabated.

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