It’s one thing for your home company to reward you for more than a decade of competition by making you its inaugural champion. It’s another for a promotion where you’re don’t have tenure to trust you with its World Title. 17 years after first lacing up her boots, LuFisto has that honour.
Following an early contender for Match of the Year where she defeated Athena at Women Superstars Uncensored‘s Mutiny show in February – described as “possibly WSU’s best ever match” by Dave Muscarella – the Super Hardcore Anime was granted a shot at the World Championship, though her scheduled challenge to Jessicka Havok never took place as the titleholder was fired mere days before the event. Instead, LuFisto and Athena wrestled again to determine a new titleholder at Queen and King of the Ring in May under a 2 out of 3 falls stipulation. While the contest fell short of the high standards of their previous encounter – due in part to LuFisto wrestling with severe food poisoning to the point that she collapsed backstage afterwards – the result was more significant, as it’s the highest profile title which she won out of her native Montreal.
The title victory was the 34-year old’s second major best of three falls contest of the year – the first was a continuance from her feud with Cheerleader Melissa which kicked off during the SHIMMER tapings last October. Their contest in the main event of SHIMMER 62 in April, but ended with LuFisto being defeated following a ref bump and an interfering Mercedes Martinez. Despite she and Kana defeating Melissa and Mercedes the following weekend a rematch due to the controversial ending was not granted as Melissa argued that LuFisto should have to climb back up the ranks again while she remained champion. To that end, the Quebec native tried to screw Melissa out of the title during her defence against Yumi Ohka but failed, raising the ire of the joshi in the process, leading to LuFisto’s first and currently match as a heel in the promotion. A running Yakuza kick saw her go down in defeat, though also saw her return to a babyface thanks to a distraction by Saraya Knight, then defeated her on the following volume.
LuFisto has also worked other places in the United States this year. WSU’s partnership with Combat Zone Wrestling saw her wrestle for the promotion for the first time in six years – both times in tag team matches. She has relocated to Ohio for the summer which has seen her wrestle on a regular basis for Rockstar Pro Wrestling, and also competed for IWA Mid-South just last weekend, defeating Jordynne Grace.
Back in her native Canada, LuFisto defeated Nikki Storm at Femmes Fatales XIV in April, but also saw her have to deal with a shyster promoter who skipped the building with the takings, meaning that she, Jewells Malone, Jazz and Leah Von Dutch were left stranded and unpaid. The matches they put on for Hardcore Roadtrip were reportedly very good though the fact that they weren’t paid for them must leave a bitter taste in their mouths. There is a possibility that the shows may be released as the raw footage is available, with the money being used to satisfy the debts left by the promoter.
So what is next for the Super Hardcore Anime? First up is her first WSU World Title defence against Mickie Knuckles, which is due to take place on July 12’s United card in Voorhees, NJ. Following that is a return to California on the 25th to take on Alternative Wrestling Show‘s Women’s Champion Hudson Envy for the title, then it’s back to Montreal for Femmes Fatales XV where she, Cheerleader Melissa and Courtney Rush are all challenging Mercedes Martinez for the International Championship on August 16, which could mean that LuFisto could be a triple champion within the next 6 weeks. Not bad for a woman who has in recent years talked about her love/hate relationship with wrestling, as well as the very real possibility of winding down and retiring. Conversely, she is in one of the highest positions in her career and is in huge demand. It seems as if she and wrestling are not ready to let go of each other just yet.