The Women of the Year 2011: Hailey Hatred (#4)

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.

The Golden Globetrotter

It’s pretty daunting to pack up your entire life and move half way across the world, but when the rewards include becoming the first foreigner to hold one of the most prestigious belts in wrestling, one can safely say that Hailey Hatred made the right decision.

Hailey Hatred has been in the wrestling business for nearly a decade, initially making her name in the early days of ChickFight as well as competing for promotions such as Absolute Intense Wrestling, however, unlike most, Hatred never had aspirations to one day join WWE or TNA, instead she dreamed of wrestling in Japan and Mexico, and becoming a world-traveled superstar. After living in Mexico and various tours of Japan, Hatred finally packed her bags and moved to Tokyo in 2010.

This year, Hatred put herself on the map by becoming the first American female in quite some time to truly say she has cracked the renowned world of Joshi Puroresu, perhaps the most respected form of women’s wrestling today. Making history as the first “gaijin” (foreigner) to win the JWP Openweight Championship, the oldest and most coveted championship in Japanese women’s wrestling, Hatred has cemented herself in the history books. Hatred would also be the first woman to take the title outside of Japan, defending against Cherry Bomb at AIW.

Being accepted into the Joshi world is no easy feat, but Hatred has more than made her mark and her success in Japan has arguably made her an even bigger star in her native America, where she received much fanfare in her homecoming as she debuted for SHIMMER and returned to AIW.

Holding an inimitable six championships at one point in 2011, Hailey Hatred is arguably 2011’s biggest success story. She has shown that you don’t need to vie for a WWE contract to be successful. In fact, Hatred’s rise to stardom in Joshi Puroresu seems to be ushering in a new wave of American imports looking to live and make a name for themselves in Japan.

Though she just recently lost the JWP championship to Tsubasa Kuragaki, Hatred can hold her head high for her incredible year. We hope that more fans will discover and follow Hatred, a shining representative for North American female wrestling, in 2012, also.

In a history-making year, Hailey Hatred has become one of the most important women in wrestling.

The Women of the Year 2011: Sara Del Rey (#5)

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  • Dave Muscarella

    Hailey has had one hell of a year.

  • Jhonmarco

    How did I forget her?! She has without a doubt made an impact in 2011 & her time in Japan has done her nothing, but good. And apparently she’s looking to take Ayumi’s CMLL Title to replace the JWP Openweight Title. Beautiful choice.

    • stephmc

      deffo, she is an amazing athlete and deserves to be on the list. she deffo made her mark on this list and an IMPACT! im just happy dat she appears here, she truly deserves it.

      • Jhonmarco

        I still can’t believe I forgot about her -_- love her!

        • stephmc

          same here! dis woman is awesome! she deffo made history by winning 6 championships in 2011. wow, that’s amazing! i really cant wait what the future holds for her in 2012.

        • Jhonmarco

          Agreed, that picture is worth a thousand words! Talk about fricking epic.

        • stephmc

          i cnt ever picture myself with more than 6 titles other than my football medals. it just goes to show how much hard work this incredible woman really has done and paid off and she is just wow! im speechless.

        • bromero329

          The top 3 will probably be girls we forgot about lol. Exsept kelly

  • chrislandee

    Damn, that’s a badass picture.

    Congrats to Hailey.

  • Mikas

    I’m glad diva-dirt didnt forget to include her. Not many people can say they held the same title as Manami Toyota, Dynamite Kansai, Devil Masami, Azumi Hyuga, Command Bolshoi.

  • shannymac

    I’m pretty sure that either Gail or Kelly will take the top spot, but I would have to say that Hailey deserves it more. She may not be as well-known, but she has unquestionably achieved more than any other woman this year. Just look at all those belts!

    • stephmc

      really really 100 percent true!

  • Juan

    Look at all those titles!!! :0

  • Future Endeavoured

    Mother of God 6 titles, what a woman! I really wanted to see her kick Gail Kim’s ass in that indy match but oh well. Congrats to her!!

    • Mikas

      To be honost, most of those titles are from small US indies that no longer exist or where Hailey hasnt appeared in forever ;-)
      It looks impressive, but its the JWP championship that matters.

  • Jhonmarco

    And all those belts look pretty good (design-wise), unlike most titles on the indies.

  • stephmc

    6 frikkin belts! thats creating an IMPACT! can never imagine WWE getting 6 Women’s title belts which will be impossible. I would want Naomi and Natalya winning all of them. Lol!

    • stephmc

      beth as well!

  • shokko22

    HOLY HELL how many titles does this women have!

  • Raekon

    Great picture of a great woman! :)

    Awesome pick diva dirt!
    I had hoped that Sara, Hailey or Mercedes would be in the first 3 spots but oh

    I’m still curious who you picked and I hope it won’t be a letdown.

  • KellyEve

    Good Choice i forgot about her but those belts 6 wow, so we have 3 spots Im sure that Jessicka Havok and K2 Would be there but the other??? so the top 2 i think is havok k2

  • bromero329

    Wow.she looks epic with those titles.