Thursday, November 10, 2016 sees the debut event of RISE: Developing Tomorrow’s Women Athletes. 40 up and coming women will descend on the Berwyn Eagles Club in Berwyn, Illinois to partake in a world class development seminar Participants will learn from former SHIMMER Champion Sweet Saraya Knight and Colt Cabana while vying for the opportunity to compete on RISE 1: Ignite later that evening.
I had the opportunity to chat with one of those women who are participating in that seminar and vying for a spot on the Rise 1: Ignite card, Paloma Starr.
Dennis: Could you tell the readers a bit about yourself, where are you from, and what got you interested in wrestling?
Paloma Starr: Hello SCS readers!! I’m the Sriracha Muchacha, from El Paso TX. I’ve been wrestling for about 6 years now. I grew up in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. I was a huge fan of Lucha Libre growing up, my favorite wrestler was Tineblas. I started going to local wrestling shows in high school and I heard they were having ring girl tryouts. I tried out, but I was told that I didn’t “look” like a ring girl. This made me want to change the perception of people, and start training to be a wrestler. I moved to San Antonio for college and started training there.
Dennis: How long have you been involved in wrestling?
Paloma Starr: I first started getting involved in wrestling in 2007, as a manager and as a valet. I trained for about 2 years and I still keep on training today.
Dennis: Where do you/have you trained?
Paloma Starr: I started my training at ALLWA in El Paso. I also trained in San Antonio at the academy at Anarchy Championship Wrestling. I also had the pleasure of being the first woman to train at the Team Taz Dojo in Long Island, New York in 2009. It was awesome and intense being trained by Taz. I learned so much from training there; from the business side of wrestling, to the effects of what you post on social media.
Dennis: You mentioned in your YG2 Video that you moved 1,000 miles from home to be in Chicago, what led to that change?
Paloma Starr: The wrestling scene in Texas in quite ample. There is so much talent and so many companies there. I was living in Amarillo, TX, which is in the panhandle, and it was easier for me to travel for wrestling out of state than it was for me to drive 12 hours to Houston. I was traveling to Chicago almost once a month, working for Resistance Pro, and I fell in love with the city of Chicago. Anyone who is someone in the wrestling business had made their way thru Chicago and I wanted to learn more and be a better wrestler. So I decided to move where there is more women and where it is centralized for me to be able to wrestle in more states. There is no better place for that than the Midwest and Chicago.
Watch Paloma Starr’s YG2 Video Here
Dennis: I’ve seen you in Resistance Pro before, but can you tell the readers what companies you’ve been working for and what titles have you held?
Paloma Starr: I’ve wrestled at Harley’s at World League Wrestling, also at WSU, ACW, Queen of Wrestling, Old School Wrestling, Extreme Midget Wrestling, Proving Ground Pro, Crash Tested Wrestling, NWA Circle City Wrestling, NWA Top of Texas, Impact Zone Wrestling, and various Lucha Libre promotions to name a few. And I was the 3 time NWA Top of Texas Women’s Champion as well as held the Queen’s Crown at IZW.
Dennis: Who are your influences in professional wrestling?
Paloma Starr: Of course Eddie Guerrero. Being from El Paso, he really is such a hero and influence to so many people in the city. I also went to the same high school as him. Bret Hart is also a huge influence, especially early on in my career. As well as Lita, Bobby Heenan and Bull Nakano.
Dennis: What matches that you’ve competed in stand out as your favorites and why?
Paloma Starr: Definitely my match at Old School Wrestling against Mickie James. It was such a fun and good match. Just being able to stand across the ring from someone I have admired and looked up to for so long was so surreal! I learned so much from Mickie, and while I was sure nervous, she was so down to earth and super fun to work with.
Dennis: Is there any company, area, or country that you would like to be able to wrestle in?
Paloma Starr: I love to travel so being able to travel AND wrestle is such a dream come true. I have wrestled in 14 states so far. I would love to wrestle in my birth state of California but my ultimate goal in wrestling is to be able to wrestle in Japan! If I get to wrestle in Japan and train there, that is my version of “making it.”
Dennis: Are there any opponents in particular that you would like to be able to face in the future?
Paloma Starr: There is so much talent in the wrestling world that this is always a hard question. But if I had to pick, it would be Faby Apache, Lufisto and Chris Hero.
Dennis: Let’s also talk about RISE, the seminar and show. Rise 1: Ignite, has been created by Kevin Harvey to Develop Tomorrow’s Women Athletes. What do you hope to get out of the experience?
Paloma Starr: I definitely want to learn! With Colt Cabana and Saraya Knight there, there is no doubt that I will come out of the experience a better wrestler. I never want to stop learning, and I will keep on training and taking any opportunity to learn. Of course, I want to be picked to be on the actual show from the seminar! That is my goal! Making it onto the actual show will just be an even bigger stage to showcase what I love to do. But if I give it my absolute best, work hard, and leave it all in the ring. Even if I don’t get picked for the show, I will still come out successful.
Dennis: Why should you be selected to compete on the Rise 1: Ignite Show?
Paloma Starr: I bring something different to the show. My training with Taz and my Lucha Libre background makes for an interesting style of wrestling. I want to show everyone that you don’t have to look a certain way, or do a lot of fancy, flipping moves to be successful in wrestling. I want to be able to be an influence to the girls just starting out, something that I didn’t have. I want to be a brand ambassador and change the perception of women wrestling, and being on the show will help me do that.
Dennis: Is there anyone in particular that you would like to be able to face on Rise 1?
Paloma Starr: The array of talent is incredible! I would love to face so many of them! But I would have to say Kikyo. I have had quite a bit of people say that we would have a great match together, so I would like to see for myself. I would also like to face Angelus Layne or Angie Skye.
Dennis: Is there anything you would like to say to the other girls, one of whom you may wrestle on the Rise 1: Ignite Show
Paloma Starr: Bring It! No matter who I face, I want to have a good memorable match! I want for us to elevate each other, and entertain the fans. I can’t wait to meet so many talented women and learn from them as well.