Women of the 2021 PWI 500: #411 Jessica Troy
To celebrate a historical year for women’s wrestling, in collaboration with Pro Wrestling Illustrated, Bell To Belles interviewed over 20 women who have ranked on this year’s PWI 500 ranking, creating the “Women of the 2021 PWI 500” Interview Series. To empower women in wrestling even more, some of the interviews were conducted by the talented women who make up wrestling media.
Jessica Troy, who ranked #411 on the 2021 PWI 500, shared with Kristen Ashly of Bell To Belles details on PWA, tournament wrestling, the Australian scene, and more!
KA: First, we want to congratulate you on ranking on the 2021 PWI 500! How does it feel to be recognized for your incredible work?
JT: I’ve been super proud of the work I was able to create for the past year so to be recognised for it is incredible. I’m a wrestler because it’s fun and I love it, but it always makes it that little bit nicer when you are included in something like the PWI 500.
KA: You’ve had a great year, and part of your great year was holding the historic PWWA Championship from PWA Black Label. PWA has really been your home over the last year. What makes PWA so special?
JT: PWA has been my home for many years now and honestly it’s where I spend the majority of my time, at training or events, it’s like a family. Being the (now former) PWWA Championship is actually something really magical to me, when you look back at all the extremely talented wrestlers that held it before me, like Madison Eagles, Shazza Mckenzie, Dakota Kai, Jessie McKay and all the rest, it’s kind of insane to be included in that group. But I think the thing that made my time being champion really special is representing the company during lockdowns and coming back into shows. Like obviously it was a sucky time, but coming back to live crowds and experiencing the atmosphere with my peers backstage and the fans at ringside, really makes you appreciate being home.
KA: Also this year, you participated in the PWA Premiership, and the DMDU Heavyweight Title Tournament. You’ve really gravitated towards tournaments over your career – would you consider yourself a tournament competitor?
JT: I absolutely love the idea of tournaments. One of my favourite things in wrestling is all the different styles of wrestlers out there, and I feel like tournaments really allow me to show off all the different styles I love to do. In the PWA Premiership for example, there were so many people with different body shapes and sizes, experience levels, grudges and feuds, that you never knew what kind of match you were going to get. I honestly think the PWA premiership is a work of art, I very much recommend checking out the whole thing if you haven’t already (some crazy banger matches in there like Charli Evans vs. Kai Drake, Lyrebird Luchi vs. Jude London, Mick Moretti vs. Unsocial Jordan and so many more). Same with the DMDU Heavyweight Title Tournament, I loved what I was able to create and had some absolute dream matches there.
KA: Both of the tournaments you competed in this year are intergender. Considering your career in intergender wrestling, are intergender matches an important part of your career, or is it just simply business as usual?
JT: I would say they’re business as normal. I train with everyone every week regardless of gender, so I take the same approach going into events. It’s just wrestling to me, the more talented people I get to share the ring with the better.
KA: Before COVID, you wrestled quite a bit in the US. Have you missed international wrestling over the last year? When travel is allowed again, will we see you back in the west?
JT: Oh absolutely! I miss travelling so much it’s insane. I love Australia and the scene down here but I learn so many new things when I travel around wrestling so I am very excited to do that again soon. There are so many wrestlers out there I want to share the ring with. Plus I just really like adventures.
KA: On the other side of things, fans have really missed Australian wrestling during COVID, and the scene really holds some of the most talented wrestlers. What do you think makes Australia’s indie scene so special?
JT: I think the Australian indie scene is still so so so underrated. We honestly have some of the best wrestlers in the world down here and everyone needs to know about it. I really think the reason we have such good wrestling in Australia is because of the amazing coaches we have access to. Like seriously, in PWA alone we have wrestlers like Madison Eagles, Robbie Eagles and Mick Moretti leading the way. Not far away in Newcastle we have a great school, The House of Free Fighting, which is actually where I started. All over Australia we have fantastic schools with world class teachers (Wrestle Rampage, EPW, MCW and so many more) that have done so much in their careers and are now sharing their knowledge. Plus we just have super talented wrestlers! The world needs to see more of Paris De Silva, Kai Drake, Cherry Stephans, Lyrebird Luchi the list goes on and on.
KA: We really appreciate you taking the time to answer our questions, and really enjoyed looking over your career for the past year. Are there any future plans you want to share?
JT: I’m very excited to travel again and see where I can end up next! My main plan would be to get to a point where wrestling can be my full time career. That’s the dream.Thank you so much for having me!
Be sure to follow Jessica Troy on Twitter @JessicaTroyPro!
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