Tenille Dashwood’s motto is “It’s All About Me,” and she certainly has good reason to be so bold. A native of Melbourne, Australia, Dashwood is one of the top female pro wrestlers in the world. Competing as Emma in WWE from 2012-2017, Dashwood defeated the likes of Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Paige, Bayley, Becky Lynch, Natalya and Mickie James.
Now, in 2018 she's back home and here to kick some serious butt, competing at a few local shows around the country, starting off this weekend in Wollongong for the Illawarra-based promotion Rock ‘n’ Roll Wrestling. The Illawarra Mercury was able to catch up with Dashwood and ask her about wrestling for the first time ever in Wollongong.
"“It’s my first time wrestling in Wollongong, so I’m excited about that,” the 29-year-old said.
“I haven’t wrestled in front of the Australian fans independently in such a long time, and for the past six or so months just been flat-out travelling the world.”
Dashwood began her pro wrestling training as a teenager in Australia before relocating to Canada, where she received further training by renowned former wrestler Lance Storm.
She made her Women of Honor debut in February 2018, teaming with Mandy Leon to defeat Kelly Klein and Stacy Shadows. Dashwood went on to compete in the tournament to crown the inaugural Women of Honor champion.
“It’s been a really fun journey so far, and I feel energized and alive again for my career with wrestling,” she said.
The women's revolution has seen women's wrestling go from bra and panties matches to main eventing Monday Night Raw and co-headlining PPV cards. Tenille Dashwood was one of the very first women to be at the forefront of this movement.
“It’s taken a long time to get there, but women’s wrestling is really having a boom right now,” Dashwood said.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to main event a number of the shows that I’ve been on since I started the independents at the beginning of this year. That’s a huge opportunity for me, and somewhere I can showcase just how much I love wrestling, and how fortunate I am to be in this position.”
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Tickets for the Wollongong show are available via Rock N Roll Wrestling.