I guess this would be my second blog after the first little blog I wrote about showing the new side of MVC. Back on the first episode, I faced off against Gemini and I have to say that she was pretty tough. Possibly one of the toughest women I faced off since being in this company. I was the better one that night, but I’ll admit this. I wouldn’t take Gemini lightly. She has a bright career in front of her.
Now onto the biggest night of my life and that was August 14th, 2016, the Women’s Battle Royal to become the first ever UTA Women’s Champion. I’ll admit going into this match, I was nervous. Nervous to the point where I wasn’t able to sit still during the entire show. Infact, I was in the locker room by myself, pacing back and forth until Amy Harrison came in to get ready for the match. The nerves did go away and turned into anger because of the statement Jade Justice said. Trust me, I’ll talk about her in another blog because there’s a lot of stuff I want to say about her.
But enough of that, I’m going to talk about the match that happened this past week.
I was the fourth one out after the Women I defeated in the ring last week. While I was walking to the ring with the fans cheering for me, I was wondering what was going to end up happening if I did walk out champion. These were the same thoughts that I had in my head when I was walking to the ring for the biggest prize in the company last year. Those thought however had to leave my head as I eyed the women that I was going after. The rest made their entrances to the ring, but as soon as I heard Zhalia Fears’ theme song, I knew right deep inside, she was the favorite and would possibly win this match to become the first ever UTA Women’s Champion.
I wasn’t going to let that happen.
As soon as the bell rang, my mission was to stay in as long as I could to become the final two. Of course throughout the match, I was grabbed by a couple of the women, who were trying to get me out of the ring and nearly eliminated myself. I fought them and watched one by one go out of the ring. On top of that, I wanted to get my hands on Jade Justice after the stuff she pulled. I did (With help from Amy), but Amy sacrificed herself, leading to her and Jade being eliminated from the match.
Then Zhalia and I were the final two. This was two years in the making and I was waiting for this moment.
The both of us went. There was no hair pulling, no bitch fights with slaps in the faces and no rolling around in the ring. This was pure wrestling and trying to see who would go over and win the match. Zhalia had few tricks up her sleeve, but I was able to counter them and try to do whatever it took to get her out of the ring.
However, I nearly cost myself when I was speeding towards her, but slowed down. I didn’t want one simple mistake cost me and this match. Zhalia was still on the ropes and I had to do something to get her off the ropes. I used everything I had to get her down.
And it worked.
The bells rung and I fell into my knees, crying with emotion knowing that I just made history by becoming the first ever UTA Women’s Champion. This was a moment that I would never forget. Then I saw Zhalia come back in the ring, holding the Women’s Championship. For a second, I was thinking that she was going to hit me with this. Instead, she handed it over to me and raised my hand in the air. My thoughts on Zhalia Fears being annoying went away and I gave her my respect to her, knowing that she is a big factor in this company like everyone else and decided to let me have my moment.
When I went to the back and into the curtain, I saw everyone with the exception of a few people clap for me. Ron Hall came up and gave me the biggest hug ever. He told me that I was a champion and to live this moment because you will have the women of the UTA come after you, but not to worry about it just yet. Go out there and celebrate.
I was the last one to leave the arena that night because I took a long shower and gathered my thoughts with the title hanging on the towel rack. When I started wrestling some six years ago, I’d never thought that I would ever be on top. I would never thought a “Van Claudio” would hold a big title after our name had some type of controversy back in 2014 where my sister was being accused of wrongdoing.
This was my dream coming true and now it’s time to live out this dream as Women’s Champion