Friday, February 20, 2015

Who To Know for the TWB 100: Mickie Knuckles

Knuckles is still clowning wrestlers, like D'arcy Dixon here from the WSU show in November
Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein
Another year is in the books, so another round of evaluating and ranking wrestlers is looming on the horizon. The TWB 100 will be happening again this year, and while the announcement will not come until the first or second week of March, it doesn't mean you don't have to worry about your ballot until then. Perhaps you feel secure in your ballot right now, but odds are, wrestlers exist who are off your radar that could use a little studying up upon. I am here to help you with your homework in that department.

Wrestler: Mickie Knuckles

Who Is She?: Knuckles is one of the most tenured veterans on the indie scene, making her debut in 2003 and specializing mostly in the hardcore and death match arenas. She's been wrestling men before all the chatterboxes raising protestations right now about believability were even allowed to stay up late on Mondays and watch RAW. She's wrestled everywhere: IWA Mid-South, Chickfight, WSU, even Chikara. And even now, 12 years and a child later, she's still very much an active and vibrant part of the indie scene all across the country.

What's Her Deal?: Knuckles is one of the toughest wrestlers to come through the pipes during the last decade. She hits hard, gets hit harder, and is not afraid to use massive amounts of plunder to get the job done. Even in non-hardcore environments, her brawling skills lag behind a scant few people. She's also one of the most prolific shit-talkers, and the use of her tongue as a psychological weapon is tremendous and adds a ton to any match she's in.

Why You Should Consider Her For Your Ballot: For those who might think Knuckles would have slowed down by now, well, you've underestimated her capacity to turn grimy, violent wrestling into art. Even now, she's just as charismatic and brutal as she's ever been, and one needs no more than to look at her WSU run this year to get a feel for it. She's a magnet who commands your attention without taking away from the greater story of the match, and few other wrestlers of any gender have been able to make a mastery of the squared circle the way she has this past year. Finding her non-WSU work may be tricky, but at the same time, it'll be well-worth it.

Matches to Watch:

vs. Kimber Lee, WSU Secret Show #3, (clip only, the show is worth purchasing at StreamWSU)

vs. Pandora, UIW show, 5/17

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