The Indie Hot Seat: Katalina Perez
Katalina Perez was born in Long Island, New York and raised by professional wrestling fans. She was destined to become a wrestler growing up in a household where wrestling was a staple.
Perez was trained by the incomparable Jay Lethal at his Lethal Academy and debuted in 2017. Perez has wrestled for such companies as Full Impact Pro, OVW and Atlanta Wrestling Entertainment. Perez has also appeared on AEW Dark, on multiple occasions.
Who is Katalina Perez?
Birthplace: Long Island, New York
Trained: By Jay Lethal at Lethal Academy.
Debut Match: Debuted in July 2017 against Brandi Lauren.
When she started watching pro wrestling:
“My parents watched it every week, so basically my whole life. “
Her journey into pro wrestling:
“I’ve always loved wrestling, and at 16, I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to be a wrestler!’ How? No clue. So, I researched and saw Jay [Lethal] was apart of this company called Uproar. I was like, ‘Sweet, that’s an hour or so away. I’ll just wait until I get older and save money.’ Fast forward, Uproar shuts down. I contact Jay through email to see if he’s still training people. He says he is, but [wants] to see if I really want to do this before I start. So, I waited a couple of months and thought about it. I waited until I got my taxes, took that risk and became a wrestler.”
Inspirations in the ring:
“My biggest wrestling inspiration is Dolph Ziggler. I love Shawn Michaels, Eddie Guerrero, Trish Stratus, and Nikki Bella, as well. In the present, I get inspired by my wrestling friend group. I love watching us get better and make names for ourselves.”
Favorite match to date:
“Favorite match I’ve had is probably against Natalia Markova at Full Impact Pro. The energy of that night was just different.”
Favorite opponent to date:
“My favorite opponent is probably Lexi Gomez. We can beat each others asses all day long and be okay with it.”
Her in-ring style:
“I just like to fight. Nothing cool or flashy, I just like to hit people.”
“Nikki Bella for sure, Natalya and any of the 4 Horsewomen. “
“I want to inspire people, to entertain them and help people forget about their lives for a few moments.”
“The Queenpin says stay hydrated or I’ll beat ya ass!”
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