British Empire Wrestling will hold the fifth installment of their longest-running annual event, Empire Fights Back 5, on Dec. 2. Ahead of their anticipated event, Diva Dirt’s Kristen Ashly discussed feminism, Kat Von Kaige and women’s wrestling with current BEW Women’s Champion, KC Spinelli.
BEW was founded in 2014 by Declan Kellett and Tim Birkett, and stands as one of the leading brands in professional wrestling located in London.
As crusaders in the industry, BEW boasts that the most central part of their organization relies on women’s wrestling.
The biggest event of the year for BEW is the International Grand Prix; an annual women’s tournament for the BEW Women’s Championship.
The company even claims the champion vs. champion fight that took place at the end of 2016 was a shining moment in their history. Standing as only the second time in history that a TNA Knockouts Championship was defended on an independent show in Europe, Impact Knockouts Champion Rosemary defended her title against BEW Women’s Champion Nixon Newell.
BEW holds 20 international affiliates in promotions like Stardom, Women World Stars, Sabotage, and World Wrestling Professionals, with international talent and alumni like Chelsea Green, LuFisto and Mayu Iwatani.
BEW continues to look for fresh talent to build a solid women’s wrestling foundation. Their current Women’s Champion, KC Spinelli, is the talent BEW admires.
“Two Scoops” debuted with BEW at Britain’s Rising V, defeating Charlie Morgan in BEW’s 2017 Match of the Year. KC had a great amount of experience in wrestling before BEW reached out to scout the talented athlete, however, which makes the upcoming event rather stress-free.
“I have been wrestling since 2009, and with that comes a lot of experience. I have wrestled outside of Canada, and I have wrestled at British Empire Wrestling before, so my nerves won’t be a factor today. Today, unlike the last time I wrestled at BEW, [which was at the] International Grand Prix 2018, I don’t have multiple matches or opponents to try and focus on, I have one. Only one women stands in front of me today.”
KC lists Razor Ramon, Dean Malenko and Eddie Guerrero as her inspirations, while also labeling herself a feminist. The champ realizes there are obstacles, but chooses to focus on her dreams.
“I’ve come from a single parent mother, who has been the only one to raise me. She has taught me [that] I need to know what “men” do, as well as what is expected of women. In wrestling, I think it’s fair to state any women who takes her position seriously is a feminist, because we just want to be looked at as equal to men.
I have had a promoter tell me he wasn’t going to pay me for a match. When I said ‘No, thank you,’ he paid a male to fill the position.
I think it’s safe to say most women at any work place will go through some [trials]. Thankfully, it seems to be getting less and less [frequent]. However, you will always run into those who think you don’t know anything because you’re ‘just a girl’.”
KC recently joined Impact Wrestling’s ranks, adding on to an already impressive resume. Fans will remember her breakthrough appearances from last year, which she hopes will be the case for years to come.
“I’ve been fortunate to have nothing but wonderful experiences with Impact and hope nothing but continuing on working together, in the future.”
BEW’s Women’s Champion will face Kat Von Kaige at Empire Fights Back 5; the same wrestler who she scooped the title from back in May, at the 2018 International Grand Prix. KC wants the best for Kat, as long as she stays away from her title.
“We didn’t get to lock up for very long, but I am really looking forward to going one-on-one with Kat. My only words to Kat are ‘good luck and have fun’, but understand I’m not intending to give up my British Empire Wrestling Championship.”
Finally, KC looks towards the future within her tenure at BEW.
“I have been fortunate enough to wrestle a few women who I was really looking forward to right away, either in my debut match, or at the IGP 2018. So, to be honest, I’m looking forward to all [of] my up-coming matches at BEW. Especially for as long as I am called BEW Champion.”
Empire Fights Back 5 will be live at KNK Stadium in Morden, London on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. GMT. Return to Diva Dirt for more interviews, videos, and live action before, during, and after the event.