November 17, 1980 |
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Maria Toro
|Billed height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Billed weight||147 lb (67 kg; 10.5 st)|
|Billed from||Waterbury, Connecticut|
|Trained by||Jason Knight|
|Debut||November 12, 2000|
Mercedes Martinez (born November 17, 1980) is an American professional wrestler, currently performing for Shimmer Women Athletes, as well as numerous independent promotions including World Xtreme Wrestling, Women Superstars Uncensored, and Full Impact Pro.
- 1 Professional wrestling career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 In wrestling
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Professional wrestling career
Mercedes got involved in professional wrestling after an injury sustained playing basketball in college. Mercedes was a standout basketball player in high school. She later transitioned to professional wrestling due to her love for contact sports. As Mercedes explained in an article for the Boston Herald in 2004, "Wrestling just came at the right time." Mercedes Martinez began her training under Jason Knight in October 2000. She defeated a male wrestler by the name of "Juice" in her first match on November 12, 2000. In 2001, she gained exposure under promoter Sheldon Goldberg. Goldberg subsequently formed a women's division in New England Championship Wrestling around Martinez, including bringing in foreign talent such as Yoshimoto Ladies Pro's Sumie Sakai. The duo traded the North American Women's Championship.
Through 2003 and 2004, Martinez competed in various promotions in New England such as Connecticut Championship Wrestling, Combat Zone Wrestling, and Ian Rotten's IWA Mid South. In IWA, Martinez was brought in to face the star of the women's division, Mickie Knuckles.
Shimmer and Ring of Honor (2005–present)
On November 6, 2005 Mercedes wrestled in the inaugural event of the new exclusive women wrestling promotion, Shimmer Women Athletes run by Dave Prazak, who discovered her while watching a Kiryoku Pro DVD. Martinez wrestled Sara Del Rey in a 20-minute time limit draw, and both were given a standing ovation after their match. Martinez continued to wrestle for Shimmer and various independent promotions across America through 2006.
On March 25, 2006, Martinez made her Ring of Honor (ROH) debut in New York City where she competed in a Shimmer sanctioned match versus her counterparts of Allison Danger, Daizee Haze, and Lacey. On December 22, Martinez suffered an injury in an ROH match teaming with Jimmy Jacobs against Haze and B.J. Whitmer. She returned to Ring of Honor by the end of December 2007, aligning herself with The Vulture Squad. On May 27 it was announced that Martinez and ROH had amicably parted ways.
On May 2, 2009 she took part in Shimmer's Volume 23 where she lost to Awesome Kong. Later in the night, as part of Volume 24, she defeated Madison Eagles. The next day, she lost to Serena Deeb for Volume 25, and teamed with Deeb to take on Sara Del Rey and Kong for Volume 26, but had a losing effort in that match.
She lost against the debuting Ayako Hamada on November 8, 2009 after a Hama-Chan Cutter, but was able to score a pinfall over Cat Power as part of Volume 28 after hitting her with the Fisherman Buster.
On October 2, 2011, Martinez turned heel for the first time in her Shimmer career, starting a rivalry with Athena.
World Xtreme Wrestling (2005–2009; 2011–present)
In 2005, Martinez joined World Xtreme Wrestling. She participated in several matches, and then started feud with Talia Madison for the WXW Women's Championship. On July 8, Martinez defated Madison to become the new Women's Champion. However, the title was declared vacant on September 3, when she won the WXW Cruiserweight Championship from Drew Blood on February 19, 2006. On January 6, 2007, Martinez defeated Cindy Rogers to regain the Women's Championship. When she had to undergo shoulder surgery in February of 2007, a "Phantom Title Change" storyline was done where Kacee Carlisle claimed she beat Mercedes in an Empty Arena Match to become the new champion was Mercedes's exit for her surgery.
She made her surprise return on February 10 2008 to challenge Carlisle for the WXW Women's Championship but did not regain it. When WXW relocated as a result of Afa Anoa'i moving to Florida from Pennsylvania, she was a part of it from the get-go. She would win the 2008 WXW Elite 8 then on December 20 2008 defeat Betsy Ruth for the Vacant WXW Women's Title for her 3rd reign.
After her defense against MsChif on February 7 2009. She announced she was returning to her hometown of Waterbury Connecticut & vacated the title.
On August 27, Martinez returned to the company, starting feud with Kimberly. On September 10, Martinez defeated her to become the first woman to hold the WXW Women's Championship four times. On February 11, 2012 Martinez defeated Kimberly in a two out of three falls match. She would lose the title to Kimberly on July 14 2012, this marked the first time Mercedes had lost the Women's title in a 1 on 1 match.
Martinez also competed in ChickFight IV in April 2006. She made it to the final round before being eliminated by MsChif. Later in the night, MsChif also defeated Martinez and Cheerleader Melissa in a falls count anywhere match.
On May 27, 2006, Martinez competed in the debut MXWomen (MXW)'s match, one of the Quadruple Main Events at MXW MAYhem in Bristol, Connecticut. On November 12, 2006, she defeated Nikki Roxx in a match for MXW. The following month, Martinez appeared on World Wrestling Entertainment's Heat (taped June 12) in a losing effort against Victoria.
In Women Superstars Uncensored (WSU) in 2007, Martinez began teaming with Angel Orsini. In March 2008, they began feuding that culminated in many grueling matches throughout 2008 into 2009, including a Steel Cage on January 10, 2009; 2 months later, Martinez defeated Orsini in a Bullrope match on March 7, 2009 at the Second Anniversary Show in Boonton, New Jersey to win the WSU Championship, ending Orsini's record reign of just over nine months. They had one more match that rewrote the record books in a 60-minute Iron Woman Match on June 6, 2009 in Boonton NJ that went a total of 70 minutes including going 10 minutes into sudden death and resulted in Mercedes getting the pin after a fisherwoman's buster and retaining the title. Martinez would continue to defend the title against the likes of Nikki Roxx, Awesome Kong, Rain, and Portia Perez. Along the way, Martinez and Orsini briefly captured the WSU Tag Team Championships. Martinez continued her WSU Championship title reign by defending against more challengers including Alicia, Amber O'Neal, Mickie James, and Jazz throughout 2009-2010. In January of 2011, Martinez defeated Angel Orsini again in a ladder match to unify her title with Orsini's All Guts No Glory championship. Martinez then successfully defended her championship against Serena Deeb in the main event of WSU's 4 year anniversary show and also defeated Brittney Savage at WSU's Uncensored Rumble event. In August of 2011, Mercedes put her title on the line against Uncensored Rumble winner, Lexxus in a match that would become the longest women's wrestling match in history as the match continued past the 60 minute time limit until Martinez was able to get the win after 73 minutes, breaking the record of the Orsini match by 3 Minutes. Martinez then became involved in a violent rivalry with Jessicka Havok that culminated in Havok putting an end to Martinez's unprecedented 3 year title reign at the WSU 5th Anniversary Show.
On July 19, 2009 Martinez returned to WXW C4 in Allentown and won a 20-person Battle Royal at WXW C4's Flagship show Sportsfest, earning a title shot of her choosing. On September 5, 2009 in Allentown, she opted to use the victory to create the WXW C4 Women's Championship, and she immediately won it in an Elimination Style 3-Way Dance over Jana and Nikki Roxx.
On July 24 2011 Mercedes made her first appearance in Japan, wrestling in famed Korakuen Hall against Nanae Takahashi as a part of the STARDOM Title Tournament during the Nanae Takahashi 15 Anniversary show. She would lose to Takahashi however.
She will also be a part of the new Sal Hamaoui SHINE promotion on July 20 2012.
She also took part of Jimmy Hart's Wrestlicious series as a Bull Fighter character named "Maria Toro", managed by "Bandita." In the main event of the first episode she teamed up with Bandita and Felony in a winning effort against the team of Cousin Cassie, Tyler Texas and Charlotte.
NCW Femmes Fatales (2010–present)
She challenged NCW Femmes Fatales Champion Kalamity on March 10 2012 and was unsuccessful. She promptly turned heel afterwards laying Kalamity out and LuFisto came out and they brawled to close the show.
More than a year later, Mercedes would became NCW Femmes Fatales Champion on March, 30 2013. Defeating Kalamity at NCW Femmes Fatales XI, ending her 538-day reign on top. She lost the title on August 16, 2014.
On June 9, 2008, Martinez launched a new website thelatinasensation.com. It features her audio update show "Stiff Shot To The Ear" where she gives fans news and updates on the goings on of Mercedes Martinez. Her site also has a Pay Per View section with her matches and videos, and a merchandise section where fans can buy her merchandise and get their own custom photo sets.
- Signature moves
Championships and accomplishments
- Defiant Pro Wrestling
- DPW Women's Championship (1 time)
- Green Mountain Wrestling
- GMW Women's Championship (2 times)
- Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South
- NWA Midwest
- New England Championship Wrestling
- New Horizons Pro Wrestling
- nCw Femmes Fatales
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Pro Wrestling Unplugged
- PWU Unified Women's Championship (1 time)
- Women Superstars Uncensored
- World Xtreme Wrestling
- Byers, Ryan (2010-03-02). "411's Wrestlicious Takedown Report 03.01.10". 411Mania. Retrieved 2010-03-13.
- Mercedes Martinez official MySpace page
- Clapp, John (December 13, 2006). "Mercedes Martinez: Unlike any other". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
- "SHIMMER roster".
- Woodman, Tenley (August 14, 2004). "The lady is a champ: Female wrestlers grabbing the spotlight in pro ranks". BostonHerald.com. Boston Herald. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- "Volumes 1 & 2 Taping - November 6, 2005".
- "Mercedes Martinez's profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
- "Ring of Honor past results". Ring of Honor. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
- "Why They Will Win...".
- Martin, Adam (2011-10-03). "Shimmer Volume 43, 44 taping results". WrestleView. Retrieved 2011-10-03.
- "ChickFight 5 / APW at Night". SF Station. June 24, 2006. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
- Blackburn, Adrian. "NCW Femmes Fatales XI Results: Mercedes Martinez Wins Femmes Fatales Title". Diva-Dirt.com. Diva-Dirt.com. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- "Shimmer Roster". Shimmer Women Athletes. Visuex. Retrieved 2009-11-11.
- "Defiant Pro Wrestling". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
- Mercedes Martinez profile at BodySlamming
- "IWA Mid-South".
- IndyGurlz Australia Championship - West Australian Pro Wrestling
- "NCW Femmes Fatales". NCW Femmes Fatales. Retrieved 2012-10-12.
- "First Look: PWI Female 50 2010 Revealed". Diva Dirt. 2010-09-09. Retrieved 2010-07-25.
- PWU Unified Women's Championship Wrestling-Titles.com.
- "2008 J-Cup Tournament"./
- Meltzer, Dave (2011-04-03). "Sun. update: Latest Mania, WWE updates before big show, Non-WWE guys at the events, Surprise". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2011-04-03.
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