The QWI 100 continues with our third day of honorees. Take in 20 more amazing LGBTQ pro wrestlers as you wind down from the holiday.
41. Jake Atlas
Perhaps the best known LGBTQ independent wrestling star took his game and message of acceptance to the next level early this year when he signed with WWE. Atlas debuted on NXT a few months later, becoming a fixture in the NXT Cruiserweight division. His in-ring ability places him among the better technicians in the company regardless of any qualifier.
42. Jamie Senegal
The auntie to all, Jamie Senegal turned the negative of her self-produced Wrestlemania week show’s cancellation into a bevy of positive work. She stood tall against the simping Allie Kat at EFFY’s Big Gay Brunch and brought No Peace Underground an infusion of horror and queerness in December. She even scored a victory over former IMPACT Knockouts champion Su Yung.
43. Jared Evans
There isn’t any way we could blacklist the “Blacklisted Prince” from this one; not after solid performances at Butch vs. Gore and Paris Is Bumping. He scored a pinfall over GCW stalwart Jimmy Lloyd and stole the show at MV Young’s Polyam Cult Party 2 against Billy Dixon. Hopefully 2021 delivers the Britney Beatdown grudge match with Russell Rogue. It’ll be the thing.
44. Jason Joshua
The man affectionately known as “Big Daddy Unicorn”, Joshua is on his way to new heights within the British wrestling scene. The current and longest reigning New Breed Wrestling Association Cruiserweight champion is getting pumped and prepped for a post-pandemic return.
Few have done more in British and International women’s wrestling circles than the “Sensei of Shall I” Jetta. The Pro Wrestling EVE cornerstone wrestled regularly for the company, including a rumble victory at Wrestle Queendom 3, prior to the pandemic lockdown. But that didn’t keep her from creating heartfelt moments: she became engaged to her partner and former wrestler Charlie Morgan in December.
46. Jey Dewhurst
“The Samoan Diva” has carved a path for himself and his wrestling drag realness within Australia and New Zealand in recent years. His main 2020 appearances came with Wrestling GO! Earlier this year, but he’s kept his frenemy relationship with Candy Lee stoked throughout the year via social media. Maybe 2021 will bring a rematch.
47. Jordan Blade
This year marked a comeback for the DMV submission specialist. Blade carried the momentum from her in-ring return following a leg injury into 2020, becoming the first ever Prime Time Pro Wrestling Tag Team champion alongside fellow King of the District Eel O’Neal. The duo successfully defended those titles at Butch vs. Gore and took part in F1ght Club Pro Wrestling’s first tag team match ever. “The Anklebreaker” stood on her own as well, holding her own in Synergy Pro Wrestling’s Women’s Garden State Invitational and Paradigm Pro Wrestling’s UWFI Contenders Series.
48. Joshua Wavra
2020 was a year of rebirth for Wavra. They started the year with a banger against Ultralove Jet Steele in Australia’s Queensland Wrestling Alliance and only went up from there. Joined by Oreo Speedwagon partner Xavier Faraday, Wavra competed in F1ght Club Pro Wrestling’s first tag team match ever and made multiple appearances for Camp Leapfrog. But the Submission Savant stood on their own as well. Wavra challenged MV Young for the Wrestler’s Lab championship at the second Polyam Cult Party and cemented their evolution at EFFY’s Big Gay Brunch.
49. Juicy Jimmy
Saturday thoughts @CalvinTankman we gotta have a singles match down the road— Juicy Jimmy ️ (@juicyjimmy) February 29, 2020
I have never enjoyed multi-man matches...... but I'm very proud of the one we had last night at @ParadigmProWres
The Ohio Valley and southwest have been ripe pro wrestling regions for decades, and Juicy Jimmy has been a fixture within those regions for more than a decade. And Jimmy kept that going in 2020. His appearances with Indiana-based Paradigm Pro Wrestling saw his UWFI rules debut and thrashing tag team title match at The Collective. Jimmy also entered the Twink Gauntlet at EFFY’s Big Gay Brunch, complete with rainbow dildo in tow.
50. Kaitlin Diemond
While the pandemic kept Diemond out of the ring for a good chunk of the year, it couldn’t have come at a better time for the veteran wrestler. The Future Of Honor signee spent much of the year being a newlywed. But she still found the time to step into the ring for Rebelution Women’s Wrestling and Kickstart My Heart Wrestling.
51. Kaydin Pierre
Nothing could put a damper on Kaydin Pierre’s pink parade in 2020. “The Pink Prince” popped up in multiple promotions throughout the southeast and Mid-Atlantic with the rest of the Pink & Gold crew, defending his AIWF Mid-Atlantic Cruiserweight title and challenging for the AIWF Television title.
52. Keita Murray
“The Bisexual King” showed why he is the key to all wrestling fans’ hearts. Murray made appearances in several Los Angeles promotions including Championship Wrestling From Hollywood and the United Wrestling Network. He also got his hands (and lips) on Devon Monroe in a stellar no-ring deathmatch at No Peace Underground.
53. Kiera Hogan
“The Girl on Fire” maintained her ability to stand out amongst one of the strongest women’s divisions in pro wrestling as part of IMPACT Wrestling. Her partnership with Tasha Steelz produced the company’s most entertaining tandem and kept Hogan near the Knockouts title picture. Hogan and Steelz are currently in the semi-finals of IMPACT’s Knockouts Tag Team championship tournament.
54. Kiki Roberts
Roberts made sure to keep getting physical during the pandemic-shortened year. He and Big Kahuna Khan, collectively known as Fabulous Fitness, followed up their Wrestle League Tag Team championship win with appearances in multiple Florida promotions. The duo entered Fest Wrestling’s 3rd annual Love Cup and made their presence known in Generation Championship Wrestling.
There isn’t a style of match that “The Fallen Flower” cannot thrive within. After dethroning deathmatch wrestling legend Matt Tremont for the Crimson Crown Supreme Violence title in December 2019, Kikyo brought the no-ring fight to Suburban Pro. She also put the lighttubes away for matches in Oregon-based POW! Pro Wrestling and Minnesota’s Kickstart My Heart Wrestling.
56. Killian McMurphy
The east coast already knew McMurphy as an adept technical wrestler. It’s why people call him “The Shooter” after all. But McMurphy broke out of his letterman’s jacket in a big way this year. He stood alongside his LGBTQ bretheren at Butch vs. Gore, held his own at F1ght Club Pro Wrestling and H20 and revealed his humorous side with Camp Leapfrog. He surely has more in his sights for 2021.
57. Laura Di Matteo
The fighting pride of Italy, Di Matteo stands as one of the most formidable grapplers throughout Europe. Much of her 2020 was spent in the U.K. where she challenged Rhia O’Reilly for the Pro Wrestling EVE title at Wrestle Queendom 3, but she also held rank in Germany as the reigning German Wrestling Federation Women’s champion. Pride Pro Wrestling announced her as an original roster member as well.
58. Lavender Skye
Skye is well known within the Kansas City pro wrestling scene. Bridging the drag and wrestling worlds in the region, Skye currently reigns over Kansas City Xtreme Wrestling as the KCXW Women’s champion, but they also made their presence known in Journey Pro Wrestling as well. Skye teamed with Devon Monroe to enter Journey Pro’s Destination Tag Team Title Tournament in February.
59. Leo London
Whether developing new ways to tap people out or dropping into a Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel, London lives up to his “Ma of the Match” moniker time after time. London competed in his home promotion, Winnipeg-based Premier Championship Wrestling, but came close to claiming gold after debuting for Canadian Wrestling’s Elite. He challenged for the CWE Central Canadian title as part of the King’s Challenge tournament.
60. Leyla Hirsch
Legit is quite the understatement when it comes to this pint-sized Russian powerhouse. Hirsch spent much of early 2020 competing in Japan as part of Stardom’s Tokyo Cyber Squad stable. Back stateside, she delivered memorable matches at The Collective against Josh Alexander, Heather Monroe and Lindsay Snow before catching the eye of AEW. She challenged Serena Deeb for the NWA Women’s World title and pushed Britt Baker to the limit on AEW Dynamite.
Come back tomorrow for the next 20 QWI 100 honorees.