The BTKO Killer sits down with QOTR Magazine in it's June "Femme Fatal" spectacular!
UNDEFEATED: The Rise Of UTA's Alex Beckman
by Pamela Michaels
After fifteen years, it all came down to three seconds.
If it were the year 1997, flash bulbs would have illuminated the entire AT&T stadium. But for the woman standing tall in the ring at UTA's Black Horizon, the lack of flash photography did nothing to blemish the moment.
For Okinawa born Alex Beckman, preparing to face Lamond Alexander Robertson for the UTA Prodigy Championship wasn't just a month of training. It was the seven years it took to earn her blackbelt in Kodokan judo, at the age of 16. It was an entire career in Japanese mixed martial arts. It was two years at Michael Best's Five Time Academy in Chicago, learning to adapt her style to a professional wrestling ring.
She had been preparing all her life.
Alex Beckman's undefeated streak may be the longest of all time, in a non-traditional sense. Since her debut into Japanese MMA promotion Fighting Spirit VICTORY, the BTKO Killer has yet to feel the sting of her first loss. What could not be accomplished in the cage was similarly impossible in the ring at Chicago's High Octane Wrestling-- an impressive streak was cut short by a mild knee injury, and the subsequent decision to allow her contract to expire.
An undisclosed deal brought the pairing of Michael Best and Alex Beckman into the United Toughness Alliance, despite rumors that both parties would re-sign with their former Chicago employer. As a vital part of The Machine, Beckman serves a unique role for women in professional wrestling today.
She is an enforcer.
Rough, tough, and not afraid to break an arm or two to get what she wants, Beckman doesn't consider her gender to be an issue on the matter.
"I kick a lot of asses." Beckman noted, her patented lack of emotion beginning to paint us a picture. "That's my job, I'm a fighter. I don't even bring the fact that I'm a woman into it. It's irrelevant."
She is a force to be reckoned with in professional wrestling today. Defeating Lamond Alexander Robertson and UTA Hall of Famer Ron Hall, both now former UTA Prodigy Champions, Alex captured her first singles championship at UTA's Black Horizon. But the twenty six year old doesn't see this as the end of a road.
"I came into this with one goal," Alex told QOTR. "I want to be the best fighter in the world. Being the Prodigy Champion is something I earned, and I take it very seriously, but it's only the beginning for me. This is where I start making history."
She may well be right.
Managed and trained by Michael Best, a veritably household name in world of pro wrestling, Alex's potential seems to be nearly limitless. With an official record of 7-0 in the UTA, and an overall record spanning into the double digits, every match becomes a new challenge for the former MMA competitor.
"It only takes one match." Beckman stated. "That's the thing about being undefeated-- once it's over, you can never get it back. It gives you this kind of tingle in your gut, every single time you go out there. It pushes you a lot harder. Every night is the most important fight I've ever had, and I treat it that way."
As a participant in the UTA's annual Ring King Tournament, Alex is faced with two potential outcomes. Either she will become the UTA Ring King (Queen?), or the undefeated streak that she has carried since the age of 16 will disappear in the center of a wrestling ring.
One such Ring King match, announced on the June 8th edition of UTA's Monday Night Victory, will see her take on former Prodigy Champion Lamond Alexander Robertson in a rematch from their confrontation at Black Horizon.
Alex is optimistic about her chances.
"I've had his number twice." Beckman shrugged. "People think that Ron Hall being in that ring is the only reason I won the title, but the fact of the matter is that it was a handicap. I've been fighting one on one my whole life, and I am going to fucking kill LAR on June 22nd."
She may not be a role model for behavior, but Alex is certainly an inspiration. From her military brat beginnings to the ass kicking, name taking Human Submission Machine, there is virutally no end in site to the phenomenon that is Alex Beckman. Queens of the Ring and this columnist in particular would like to wish her the best of luck in the Ring King Tournament and the United Toughness Alliance as a whole.
Go get 'em, Alex!
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