Coates at an NWA Anarchy event in October 2007
|Ring name(s)||Melissa Coates
(The) Bag Lady
Mile High Melissa
|Billed height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Billed weight||150 lb (68 kg)|
June 18, 1974 |
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
|Billed from||Los Angeles, California|
|Trained by||Killer Kowalski
Ultimate Pro Wrestling
Ohio Valley Wrestling
Wild Samoan Training Center
Deep South Wrestling
Melissa Coates (born June 18, 1971) is a Canadian professional wrestler, bodybuilder, fitness model and actress. She is perhaps best known for appearing in the first two seasons of the Game Show Network show Extreme Dodgeball.
Prior to wrestling, Coates aspired to become a professional tennis player after watching Martina Navratilova. In order to train effectively for tennis, Coates began weightlifting at 15, and during that same year, she entered her first tennis competition in 1984, where she lasted until the finals. She re-entered the following year and won the Mid-Canada Junior Girls Championship. However, she soon began to shift her attention from tennis to bodybuilding and entered her first contest in the early 1990s, where she won the overall lightweight category of the Windsor Physique Contest. After she began making prominence, Coates decided to move to Los Angeles and worked for two gyms and two bars to finance herself. After being granted professional status in 1995, she won the Jan Tana Classic in 1996. In 1999, she took a leave from bodybuilding and subsequently began working as a model.
She also competed in the first two seasons of Extreme Dodgeball on the Game Show Network. Her team, the Barbell Mafia team, qualified for the playoffs in the first season but failed to qualify the next year.
June 18, 1971 |
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
|Pro-debut||1994 Canadian Nationals, 1994|
|Best win||1996 January Tana Classic Champion, 1994-1996|
Professional wrestling career 
Training and debut (2005–2006) 
After training at both Killer Kowalski's training school and Ultimate Pro Wrestling's Ultimate University, Coates moved down to Louisville, Kentucky to begin training in World Wrestling Entertainment's developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling. Coates then made an appearance at WWE's Backlash, taking part in Chris Masters' "Masterlock Challenge" segment, where he offered $3000 to anyone who could break his Master Lock, which she failed to do. She was then placed in OVW as an official trainee and became the "head of security" for Kenny Bolin's stable "Bolin's Services". Soon after, however, Coates left both OVW and WWE and went to work for World Xtreme Wrestling.
Ohio Valley Wrestling and Deep South Wrestling (2006–2007) 
After defeating Krissy Vaine in WXW, where she also competed in the prestigious Elite 8 tournament, Coates returned to OVW, albeit not under a WWE developmental contract. Upon redebuting, she soon began facing off with several of the OVW Divas, including Beth Phoenix, Mickie James, Melina Perez, and Jillian Hall before becoming the latter's bodyguard. Along with Hall, she acted as a valet for the Toland Brothers (Chad and Tank Toland). After training in OVW, Coates then moved over to Deep South Wrestling and debuted for the territory as The Bag Lady, a homeless woman who became the love interest and eventually the valet of The Freakin' Deacon. On February 22, 2007, the Bag Lady debuted a new Diva-esque look and defeated Angel Williams in their subsequent match. The Bag Lady then began feuding with both Williams and Krissy Vaine. On the April 5 episode of DSW TV Tapings, The Bag Lady accompied Nattie Neidhart to the ring where she lost to Krissy Vaine after the distraction by Williams followed by Vaine using the heel of a shoe.
NWA Anarchy (2007–2008) 
In her first appearances on the indy circuit after leaving DSW, Coates made her debut for Great Championship Wrestling on May 29 and defeated Daffney to win the NWA/GCW Women's Championship, her first professional wrestling championship. Coates continued to remain champion until the title was seemingly forgotten and then deactivated in late 2007. Coates also made several appearances for other Georgia-based wrestling promotions in both a wrestling and managerial role. On July 7, she made her debut for NWA Anarchy as a heel, challenging and defeating several male wrestlers in intergender matches. At NWA Anarchy's Fright Night event, Coates teamed up with fellow DSW alumnus Tony Santarelli to defeat Todd Sexton and referee Wes Grissom, the latter of whom Coates was feuding with.
On December 15, Coates began an angle with Don Williams after Coates attacked Williams and his tag team partner Brodie Chase. All three were then entered into an Anarchy Battle Royal to determine the number one contender for the Television Championship, but both Coates and Williams were simultaneously eliminated and Williams began showing affection towards her. On December 29, Williams publicly declared his affection towards Coates before she struck him in response. The angle between the two continued until Williams' tag team partner Brodie Chase revealed that he and Coates were together, turning Chase heel in the process. On May 31, 2008, Chase defeated Williams while having Coates in his corner.
While working outside of NWA Anarchy, Coates took on a managerial role in April 2008. Using the ring name Mile High Melissa, Coates adopted a flight attendant gimmick and joined "Captain" Mike Flyte, with the pair collectively known as The Flight Crew. In July 2008, they were joined by "Captain" Jason Static, though Static left the stable after a few months.
Women Superstars Uncensored (2008–2010) 
On August 23, 2008, Coates made her debut in Women Superstars Uncensored and defeated Autumn Breeze in her debut match. Beginning in October, she formed a tag team called the Badass Beauties with Trixxie Lynn. The team made its debut on October 10 in a victory over Annie Social and Rick Cataldo. The following day, the Badass Beauties lost to the Beatdown Betties (Roxxie Cotton and Annie Social) in the first round of the WSU Tag Team Championship tournament.
After winning a number of singles matches in Women Superstars Uncensored throughout 2009, Coates gained a title shot at the reigning WSU Champion Mercedes Martinez April 3, 2010, but was defeated by Martinez. On November 6, Coates wrestled in a six-person gauntlet match for the WSU's unsanctioned All Guts, No Glory Championship, but was unsuccessful as Angel Orsini, the title's creator and holder, retained the championship.
!Bang! (2008–2010) 
On December 31, 2008, Coates made her !Bang! debut at their Hell's Bells event, where she was unsuccessful in defeating Claudia "The Claw" Reiff for the Funking Conservatory Women's Championship. On May 3, 2009, she returned to the promotion for their Hard-Core Brawl event and lost an intergender tag team match with Blain Rage to Reiff and Johnny Romano. On September 5 at Fall Brawl, Coates and Reiff lost to The Wasilla Wrecking Crew (Charlotte Mahoy and Rachael Moore) in a match for the Funking Conservatory Women's Tag Team Championship. At Morbid Power on October 17, she and Reiff defeated The Wasilla Wrecking Crew for the Women's Tag Team Title.
Despite being partners, Coates and Reiff wrestled in a three-way match for Reiff's Women's Title that also involved then-champion Rachael Moore at Turkey Shoot on November 21, which Moore won to retain the title. On December 31 at Hell's Bells, Coates competed in a gauntlet match for the Women's Championship, but was unable to win as Reiff reclaimed the title. Following this, Coates left !Bang! at the beginning of 2010, resulting in the Women's Tag Team Title being vacated in the process.
Independent circuit (2011–present) 
After leaving Women Superstars Uncensored, Coates began competing on the independent circuit throughout 2011 before taking a hiatus due to requiring knee surgery. On February 4, 2012, Coates made her debut for the Michigan Championship Wrestling Association in a mixed tag team match, where she teamed with Tyler Elkins to defeat Sybil Starr and Brian Castle. As a result of gaining the pinfall for her team, Coates was granted a match against the Bombshell's Champion Arella Angel. On March 3, Coates defeated Angel to win the Bombshell's Title. however shortly after the win amicably parted ways with the promotion.
On June 15, Coates defeated Stacy Shadows to win the Brew City Wrestling Women's Championship, ending Shadows' near two year-long championship reign.
Personal life 
Coates' mother was a nurse and amateur actress while her father is a doctor. She is the youngest of four children, having a sister and two brothers. She also earned her Bachelor of Science in biology from Lakehead University, due to originally wanting to become a veterinarian.
Other media 
- Pray Another Day (2003)
- Ultimate Death Match 2 (2010) as herself
- A Story About Ian (2011) as "Female Bodybuilder"
Television appearances 
In wrestling 
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Wrestlers managed
Championships and accomplishments 
- 1991 Windsor Physique – 1st (LW)
- 1992 Eastern Ontario – 1st (MW)
- 1993 Ontario – 1st (MW)
- 1994 Canadian Championships – 1st (MW)
- 1996 Jan Tana Classic – 1st (Overall)
- 1996 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 9th
- 1997 IFBB Ms. International – 6th
- 1997 IFBB Ms. Olympia – 11th
- 1999 IFBB Ms. International – 13th
Professional wrestling 
- Brew City Wrestling
- BCW Women's Championship (1 time, current)
- Great Championship Wrestling
- NWA/GCW Women's Championship (1 time)
- Michigan Championship Wrestling Association
- MCWA Bombshell's Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
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- "!Bang! results".
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- "MCWA's history page".
- "BCW Women's Championship history".
- "IMDB film credits".
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