The Women of the Year 2011: Madison Eagles (#15)

A la TIME’s Person of the Year list, Diva Dirt has compiled a countdown of the women we feel have best embodied the zeitgeist of the year in women’s wrestling. To compile this list, the Diva Dirt team have tracked the headlines here at Diva Dirt over the past 12 months, followed the lively fan debate on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, considered the impact that the women have made within the industry, and taken into account personal achievements as well. More information on the Women of the Year list here.

MADISON EAGLES
Hotter Than Hugh Jackman

There are many amazing Australian imports in American entertainment — Hugh Jackman being one of them — but in 2011, that list of success stories crossed over to the world of women’s wrestling where Madison Eagles won industry-wide acclaim and broke down barriers.

Eagles’ reign as SHIMMER Champion crossed the one year mark in April as she wowed crowds in Berwyn, IL. with hard fought title defenses against the likes of Ayako Hamada and Mercedes Martinez. In a further title defense between tapings, Eagles returned home to Australia where she was part of the first ever SHIMMER Championship match outside of the US for her own promotion, PWWA. Eagles defeated her protege Jessie McKay as well as Canadian Ninja Nicole Matthews in her homecoming.

Though victorious in her homeland, Eagles would lose the title just a month later back in Berwyn against Cheerleader Melissa, however, before losing the title, Eagles once again put on champion-worthy performances against the likes of Serena.

Madison’s success in the US reached beyond SHIMMER in 2011; she became a regular in one of North America’s top independent promotions, CHIKARA, and scored victories over the likes of Sara Del Rey, as well as facing respected Joshi talent such as Toshie Uematsu.

The icing on the cake, however, was being crowned #1 on the PWI Female 50 in September. Eagles became the first ever independent wrestler to top the list, a victory not just for herself, but for independent wrestling.

While Eagles managed to establish herself as one of the top tier performers in women’s wrestling this year, putting her in the same conversation as the Del Reys, Hazes and Martinezs, we didn’t see as much of Madison as we would have liked to — perhaps due to a nagging shoulder injury.

Hopefully fully healed in 2012, Madison Eagles can continue to soar and achieve even more success.

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- The Women of the Year 2011: Kharma (#16)

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  • G32106

    Awesome! When I discovered Madison through Shimmer, I was completely blown away! I hope she continues to gain more acclaim and popularity :)

  • Williambitious

    Meh…

    • G32106

      Meh?

  • KellyEve

    She should definitely ranked higuer at least number 10 she son that prestigious Championship and was the Best women wrestler in 2011 By PWI

    • cutymania

      agreed. if PWI’s woman of the year isn’t in the top 10 of this list, then I wonder who is.

      • KellyEve

        I know she was the Best talented wrestler in 2011 and won that presitigious championships

  • KellyEve

    My hopes For Layla be ranked here on the list and Kelly Kelly Number 1

  • Raekon

    Great choice! She is a wrestler we should be looking forward to! :)

  • Dave Muscarella

    I love love love Madison Eagles. Such a talent. Its really a shame how many injuries she’s had this year. Really oddball ones too. Hurt her shoulder in a car accident and then blew out her knee after the SHIMMER tapings while training. If it wasn’t for those, she would still be living in the US, wrestling regularly for CHIKARA.

    Still, she’s had a great year and deserves all kinds of respect. Not only is she a great wrestler, but an absolutely awesome person to meet too.

  • TheJoshiFan

    Madison is simply amazing. I’m so glad she came to America and has been picked up by Shimmer. I hope she wins the Shimmer Championship again next year!