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! This isn’t a list or ranking of any sort, rather just a daily showcase of the wrestlers who made 2017 special in our eyes.
One of the standouts of the WWE’s Mae Young Classic this summer was Scotland’s Piper Niven, better known on the independents as Viper. During the tournament, she defeated Santana Garrett and WWE alum Serena Deeb before losing to Toni Storm in the Quarterfinals. While in the WWE ring, she showed the audience that not only is a powerful competitor but also deceptively agile. Her match with Toni Storm was one of the standout matches of the whole tournament.
But 2017 had a lot more happening for Viper than just competing for the WWE. She had two tours of Japan for World Wonder Ring Stardom. In January, she subbed in for Hana Kimura in Oedo Tai the Artist of Stardom title match where the Queen’s Quest took the belts home. She also challenged IO Shirai for the World of Stardom title and Toni Storm for the SWA Undisputed World Women’s Title. She returned to Japan in July after filming for WWE concluded competing in the Stardom 5Star Grand Prix. During the tournament, Viper picked up wins against Mayu Iwatani, Kagetsu, Xia Brookside, Hiromi Mimura, and Hana Kimura. Also, during her time in Stardom in July, World of Stardom Champion, Io Shirai invited Viper to leave Oedo Tai and join her in the Queens Quest. After accepting the offer, the Queens Quest defeated Team Jungle to regain the Artists of Stardom tag belts. This made Viper the first woman from Scotland to hold a championship in Stardom.
Outside of Japan, Viper has picked up wins over Kay Lee Ray and Martina in WCPW as well as participating in the WCPW World Title 30 Man Rumble at No Regrets; wins over Nina Samuels, Jayla Dark, Emi Sakura, and Jetta in Pro Wrestling EVE. With EVE, Viper was one of the participants in the EVE She-1 to determine the Ace of Eve. In ICW, Viper has competed against Kay Lee Ray and Kasey Owens numerous times, most recently in a Women’s Title Match at ICW Fear and Loathing 10 in a steel cage.
Viper has been spotlighted by YWCA Scotland in their 30 under 30 list. Other women on this list include Kayleigh Haggo, triple gold medalist in the European Paralympic Youth Games and Emeli Sande, singer and songwriter. Viper was also recently featured in an article on the BBC. In the article, Viper talks about training, working in Japan and in the WWE, gender roles in professional wrestling, and being proud of her Scottish roots.
As of this writing, Viper has held the Fierce Females Championship for over 900 days and the Artist of Stardom Championship, along with HZK and Io Shirai as the Queen’s Quest, for over 100 days.