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Wrestler of the Year 2017 | Vanessa Kraven

As the year 2017 comes to an end the Squared Circle Sirens teams will be highlighting different wrestlers from across the globe that we feel have made an impact over the past 365 days! Today we will be looking at Vanessa Kraven!

‘The Mountain’ Vanessa Kraven has been wrestling since 2004, but over the last few years she has really broken out broadening her reach in professional wrestling.  As a mainstay of women’s wrestling in Canada, she has been working more prominent roles in SHIMMER and Shine, continuing to be a mainstay in promotions like Capital City Championship Combat and Acclaim Pro Wrestling, and debuting in promotions such as Pro Wrestling Eclipse.  

The Mountain entered 2016 as one half of the Shimmer Tag Team Champions with Tessa Blanchard, jointly known as MountTessa, and the Heavyweight Champion for Acclaim Pro Wrestling.  In February, Kraven made her debut for Pro Wrestling Eclipse as a part of the PWE Flame Tournament.  She defeated former PWE Flame Champion, Xandra Bale, in the first round and Aria Sapphire in the semifinals.   In the final round of the tournament, Kraven defeated Leah Vaughn to win the vacant PWE Flame Championship.  Vanessa only made one successful defense of the PWE title before losing the belt to another former champion, Stacy Thibault, in June.  

At Acclaim Pro Wrestling, Vanessa Kraven won the APW Heavyweight Championship from Jonathan Rukin back in June 2016.  Over the remainder of 2016 and into 2017, Kraven defended the title on three occasions before losing the belt to Big Magic in March.  To date, Kraven is the only female to hold the promotions top title.  After losing the belt, she had an unsuccessful opportunity to reclaim the title in April in a triple threat match.  She defeated KL Shock in a 2 out of 3 falls match and challenged Deeno Benjamin for the APW Interprovincial Title which ended in a no contest.  

In Shimmer, MountTessa had been on rocky ground for a while going into this year with Tessa claiming that she was THE tag team champion and Kraven simply worked for her.  Vanessa’s size and strength advantage helped to pull them through several victories to retain the titles, however.  Over the course of 2017, the tag titles were defended against Mia Yim & Kay Lee Ray twice, Jessicka Havok & Nevaeh, and in a four way elimination match against Britt Baker & Chelsea Green, Angel Dust & Courtney Rush, and Delilah Doom & Leva Bates.  In the fall, MountTessa finally erupted.  Delilah Doom scored an upset singles victory over Kraven after an inadvertent distraction from Blanchard. The team of Delilah Doom and Leva Bates got another shot at the tag belts on Volume 97, capturing the belts.  After this loss, Kraven and Blanchard went at it leading to single match between the two on Volume 98.  Mid match, Blanchard decided she had had enough and walked out of the match giving Kraven the victory via countout.  But their paths crossed again on Volume 99 in a lumberjack match.  Vanessa Kraven came out of Shimmer weekend the victor over her former partner.  

In other promotions, Kraven has been working consistently for Capital City Championship Combat, winning a hair vs hair match, challenging for the C4 Underground Title and winning the Fighting Back Invitational Gauntlet.  In Shine, Vanessa challenged for the Tag titles with Kennadi Brink and challenged Lufisto for the Shine Championship.  

Vanessa Kraven has been popping up at a lot of promotions over the last year.  This month, it was announced that she will be taking part in the return of Femmes Fatales in February 2018 alongside Nicole Savoy, Jessicka Havok, and champion Mercedes Martinez.  With 13 years in the business, Kraven knows her way around a ring. 2017 has proven to be another great year for her and 2018 looks just as promising.