Indie spotlight: Addy Starr

Addy Starr is a Canadian born indie wrestler, who has over 13 years under her belt. She a fierce competitor with no fear of intergender wrestling and controversial deathmatches. Starr is the queen of the lego deathmatch and has said, “YES they do hurt!!!”

Addy was not a fan of wrestling before she began training in her home country. Her then boyfriend’s love of the business convinced her to give it a shot and she instantly fell in love.

Since her debut, she has wrestled all over the globe and held numerous championship throughout her career. Some promotions she has appeared for include Beyond Wrestling, Progress, Bar Wrestling, Pro Wrestling: Eve, and countless others.

Who is Addy Star?

Age: 31

Birthplace: Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Trained: Cambridge, Ontario under the tutelage of Eddie Osbourne 

Debut match: Sept. 8, 2006. Addy Starr and Warhed vs. Eddie Osbourne and Danyah

Addy Starr
Photo Credit: Inter Species Wrestling

When she started watching pro wrestling:

“I only started watching wrestling after I had started training when I was about 17. I knew absolutely nothing about it before I started training. I was gifted a huge box full of early ECW VHS tapes. I watched them for months, just learning what wrestling was, but also developing a very specific love for this crazy, hardcore style that ECW had. To this day it has remained my favorite. I always tell people that I was not a wrestling fan when I started, but my holy moly did I ever do my homework! “

Her journey into pro wrestling:

“I started training at 17 when I had just graduated from high school. I had very little idea what I wanted to do with my life, but I had always been very athletic, so I knew I needed something like a sport in my life. The guy I was dating was a wrestler, and he asked if I wanted to come with him to the new training school that had just opened. Again, I knew NOTHING about wrestling, but I LOVED my first class, and my trainer said I was decent for a first-timer, so I just kept coming back. I started to love all the athleticism, creativity, and general bad-assery behind it, so I just wanted to do more and more. I was hooked.”

Inspirations in the ring:

My very first inspiration was Spike Dudley. I was the only girl in my training class and the smallest person there, so most of my moveset had to be based around that fact. I would watch Spike’s matches and thought he was so good at having these matches with WAY bigger guys and still making it look believable. He took so much punishment and took the biggest bumps, and I wanted to do the same thing. My finisher was actually the Acid Drop for the first 7-8 years of my career.”

“I also loved Cactus Jack in terms of character work and the way he carried himself in the ring. The first full show I ever watched was the IWA Japan 1995 King of the Death Match, and I thought he was just so haunting and seemed so genuinely insane in all of his promos. I still try to capture that aura in my own deathmatches.”

Addy Starr
Photo Credit: Empress Pro

“More recently I’ve been inspired by the hard-hitting Japanese brawlers like Masato Tanaka and Tomohiro Ishii. I’ve started incorporating biiiiiig strikes and headbutts into my matches, and not trying to keep up with spotty matches and flips (I’m more of a land creature, anyway). ”

Her in-ring style:

“Like I said before, I lean mostly towards a brawling style. I view wrestling as a fight, so I’m not really sure why I would want to do a bunch of extra steps and flips before trying to hit a move on my opponent. I hit people, and I throw people. It’s that simple. I have a few heavy-handed suplexes like the Exploder, Northern Lights, and Butterfly. I also hit a lot of headbutts, with more variations coming all the time (my mom told me forever that I had a very hard head). My finisher is an ode to Masato Tanaka with the Sliding D. I can’t think of a better finisher than just literally throwing yourself as hard as you can at someone with a forearm. “

Favorite match/opponent to date:

“Both of these go to Nick Gage. He’s one of those guys who just has “it”. I was TERRIFIED the first time I was told I was going to work with him, but he really was there just to put on the best match possible. I did the 4 way Lego match with him during Mania weekend, and it was a time I really felt like I was myself. I got to do my stuff and highlight what I was good at, and Gage only helped elevate the best side of me. He really is the King.

Future goals:

“The number one goal at the moment is Japan. My two favorite wrestlers right now are from Japan, and there’s something about the style there that appeals so strongly to me. I feel like it’s one of those places you have to earn going to, so I would feel accomplished to finally be welcome there.

I have zero desire to get signed to any major company, though. At my core, I am a homebody, and while traveling on weekends is cool, I would loathe being away from home more than once a week or so. My boyfriend and I just got this amazing new king-sized bed, too, so I’m not stoked any time I have to sleep anywhere other than there. “

Dream opponents:

“Unrealistic: Masato Tanaka, Sara Del Rey.”

“Realistic: A deathmatch with Rickey Shane Page, Emi Sakura in a singles (we tagged once), Tony Deppen, Lufisto! \”

Inspirational words:

“The plural of LEGO is LEGO. And YES they do hurt!!!

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