Well, this is awkward.
Despite still wrestling and currently holding one half of the SHINE Tag Team Championship, Malia Hosaka is to be presented with the Cauliflower Alley Club’s Retired Women’s Wrestling Award at next April’s reunion in Las Vegas, NV. To make it seem even weirder, that presumably means that Beth Phoenix is being given the active wrestling honour at the same ceremony, despite hanging up the boots more than two years ago.
Regardless of the foul-up, Hosaka is a prime candidate for an honour. As well as being a current holder of the SHINE doubles titles, the 27 year pro has also worn the NWA World Women’s Championship – albeit for a solitary day back in May 1996. Trained by Misty Blue Simmes, the 45-year old competed for the Ladies Pro Wrestling Association and also worked for the trifecta of top US promotions in the 1990s, taking booking for Extreme Championship Wrestling as well as working for World Championship Wrestling and having a developmental deal for the World Wrestling Federation – though her opportunity for the latter was cut short as plans to anonymously introduce her was thwarted when she was recognised for her past work and was in line to accompany Essa Rios in early 2000 but was overlooked in favour of Lita.
As well as SHINE, Hosaka worked a great deal of the SHIMMER DVD series, debuting on volume 3 and parting ways with the promotion following volume 32. While she experienced success as a singles wrestler, her most prominent role was as one half of The Experience tag team, working alongside Lexie Fyfe. At the moment, she is a quarter of the Legendary stable with championship teammate Brandi Wine, former WWF Women’s Champion Leilani Kai and golden era throwback Thunderkitty.