Indie Spotlight: Masha Slamovich
Masha Slamovich is a three and a half year veteran in the ring at only 21 years old. She has a hard-hitting style in the ring and a personality that makes her destined for a long and successful career in professional wrestling.
Slamovich began watching wrestling at a very young age. She knew this is what she wanted to do with her life. She was an athlete all through school, getting involved in many sports. Mashaeven began weight lifting at 12 years old.
At the age of 16, she began to train as a pro wrestling and has wrestled all over the globe. This includes six different countries such as Japan, her home country of Russia, Canada and the US. Slamovich also had her television debut this past June on Impact against Jordynne Grace.
Who is Masha Slamovich?
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Trained: World of Unpredictable Wrestling in Brooklyn, NY under the tutelage of Johnny Rodz, “The Cornerman” Juan Jeremy and “Cowboy” Billy Walker.
Debut: May 21 2016. Masha Slamovich & Karen Yu vs. CMLL’s Estrellita & Jenny Rose
When she began to watch pro wrestling:
“I was lucky to discover wrestling at a very young age during the early 2000s. My parents were not wrestling fans so I stumbled upon it on my own flipping through the channels on the television. I distinctly remember being so mesmerized by the stories that were being told and the flamboyant characters. There was someone for everyone to be able to relate to. I knew after one episode of Smackdown that one day I would be a wrestler too.”
Her journey into pro wrestling:
“Before I started training I had made a point to stay involved in sports and workout, as I was too young to begin training. I wanted to do everything possible to be as prepared as I could be to begin training one day. As a kid, I would run and swim with my mother every weekend. At the age of 12, I began weightlifting, at 13 I joined my school track and field team, at 15 the swim team. In my junior year of high school, I felt I couldn’t wait any longer, and after a revelation in my mind that it was now or never and some research of wrestling schools in NYC, I went down to the World of Unpredictable Wrestling in Brooklyn, NY.”
“After a lengthy conversation with my mother and Johnny Rodz on November 22nd, 2014, I began training at WUW. I was lucky to find a place where I could show up at any day and any time and be able to get in the ring to practice, be it alone repeating bumps and rolls until I couldn’t see straight, or running drills and learning new moves all night long. For the first 2 years, I would spend 4-6 sometimes 7 days a week, each time upwards of 5 hours a day in the ring. It was at WUW that I was taught to never back down and give the best fight I could bring, as my favorite past time was always shooting with anyone and everyone. That would later come very in handy in my career.”
Inspirations in the ring:
“My biggest inspiration was and still is the Dynamite Kid and as taboo as the topic is, Chris Benoit was a close second. Every time I watched them wrestle I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. I felt intensely, emotion, willpower. The underdogs doing whatever it takes to win. I was always on the short end in height and so were they, and I felt I could relate to the ‘small and vicious’ aspect. “
“Other inspirations were wrestlers like Bret and Owen Hart, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Jushin Thunder Liger, and Chris Jericho as I found their styles visually entertaining to watch, and always said to myself I wanted to work like they did. I still find myself inspired as well as influenced by these people today. “
Favorite match to date:
“Oh man, it’s hard to pick just one favorite. Back in 2016, I wrestled in numerous matches in Japan for Reina Joshi Puroresu and Pro Wrestling Wave which were some of the most fun I’ve had in my early days of wrestling. I got to wrestle in the motherland of Russia in January of 2019 at IWF Russia against Kasey. We had 2 fast-paced hard-hitting matches, and I cannot wait to return to IWF for a rematch! “
Favorite opponents to date:
“One of my favorite people to wrestle in the USA would be Jayel Cotto. She easily matches my intensity and is willing to put the pedal to the metal in the ring every time we wrestle. I love intergender matches and my favorite of those this year was against DL Hurst in Rhode Island where we beat each other to a near deaf and bloody mess. My favorite matches this year would have to be wrestling Jessicka Havok and then Jordynne Grace at IMPACT in June was probably the most important matches I’ve had this year and such a fantastic experience. “
Her in-ring style:
“I would describe my style simply as hard hitting. I don’t believe I would describe myself under one umbrella as I like to use different moves and techniques I’ve picked up from many different places, peoples, and styles. My goal is to simply put on a fight. “
“My most impactful moves would be my finishers, the tiger driver and the flying headbutt. Some other favorites are suplexes such as the german and Saito among others, a variety of dropkicks, pump kicks, and spinning heel kicks, and some good ole grappling and submissions, or keep things as simple as a killer clothesline. “
“My goals are to continue to travel the world to wrestle and see beautiful places that I’d have never gotten to see without wrestling. I want to make a living doing what I love, what I was put on this earth to do and to be remembered when I’m gone. I also hope to wrestle for the NWA in the near future. “
“Some of my dream opponents would include (in no particular order) Shayna Baszler, Chris Dickenson, Takumi Iroha, Sami Callihan, Tessa Blanchard, Natalya, Bea Priestly, Meiko Satomura, Toni Storm, and my current trainer Amazing Red. “
“I just want to add that I am so grateful for everything that wrestling has given me. None of it came without sacrifice, some small and some larger than anyone can imagine. When I first started I could never dream that I would do as much as I did in the first 5 years of my career. I’ve wrestled in 6 different countries, in 5 Canadian provinces, debuted on television, and lost count of the many amazing matches I’ve had. I probably can’t imagine what the next 5 years have in store and I only want to continue to do what I’m doing and keep learning and evolving. “