Christy Hemme loves wrestling. After winning the WWE Diva Search in 2004, she immersed herself into the business and showed huge enthusiasm for her work. Even if her demeanour behind the curtain is a tenth of what she displays in front of the camera, she must be great to work with.
However, after leaving WWE in 2005 – with the company citing budget cuts but Hemme saying she left on her own terms because “I stuck to my guns on my morals and values as a human being. I knew in my gut that it would be the end, but I also knew that carrying guilt for knowingly doing something against what I believed wasn’t worth getting ahead” – she joined TNA and was afforded opportunities to wrestle elsewhere. One of the places she worked was Queens Of Chaos in France in November 2006.
She joined the likes of Portia Perez, Queen Maya, Jazzy Bi (now Alpha Female) and others for a Princess Of Chaos Tournament. For this week’s Retro, we have her first round contest against fellow American April Hunter.
As well as being redheads, Hunter and Hemme share other similarities. Both have worked for TNA (albeit briefly in Hunter’s case), and both have had their wrestling careers cut short through injury. Hemme suffered a neck injury in 2009 which eventually forced her to retire from the ring, while Hunter has had recurrent back injuries which have restricted the number of matches she can wrestle and the extent of her physical activity. However, both still have their hands firmly in the wrestling business – Christy is the TNA ring announcer and created the Knockouts website, while Hunter is the muscle behind SHINE‘s dominant faction, Valkyrie.