Fantasia (wrestler)

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Fantasia
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Birth nameKaren Simpson
Born (1972-09-04) September 4, 1972 (age 47)
Frederick, Maryland, United States
ResidenceSouth Carolina[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Fantasia
Billed height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)[1][2]
Billed weight170 lb (77 kg)[1]
Trained byBob Starr[1][2]
Nasty Angel[1][2]
Spike[1][2]
Debut1992[1][2]

Karen Simpson (born September 4, 1972), better known by her ring name Fantasia, is an American professional wrestler, trainer, promoter, and manager competing throughout North America in independent promotions, custom DVD companies, and the UK.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Training[edit]

Born in Frederick, Maryland, a graduate from Frederick High School, Fantasia had always been active in sports throughout school and excelled in power lifting and volleyball. Fantasia started her professional wrestling training in 1992 after attending a NWA Crocket Promotions at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. She found little interest during the show until watching a women's wrestling match between Linda Dallas and Misty Blue Simmes.[1] After meeting with professional wrestler Dusty Rhodes at the show she found herself ready to start her career as a professional wrestler.[2]

With the help of her coach, Fantasia started her pro wrestling training in nearby Hagerstown, Maryland at the Superior Pro Wrestling Training Center. After three weeks of training Fantasia left the school and continued her training with Bob Starr at the Monster Factory in Baltimore and finalized training at Larry Sharpe's school in New Jersey under Nasty Angel and Spike.[1][2] Fantasia made her live debut against Rusty "The Fox" Thomas in Boonsboro, Maryland for the National Wrestling League defeating Thomas.

Fantasia has competed in Wrestling League, Pro Wrestling Entertainment, Thundergirls, World Wide Wrestling Association, and World of Women Wrestlers, and faced numerous female wrestlers, including Lexie Fyfe, Little Jeanne, Lady Victoria, Persephone, Leilani Kai, Chyna, Lita, Allison Danger, Rain, and Amber O'Neal.[1] Her feud with Lexie Fyfe lasted over a year. Fantasia has also competed over seas and two tours of England and 44 states, as well as in custom DVDs produced by Slammin Ladies,[2] Lady Victoria's WOWW,[3] Sleeperkid's World,[4] Thundergirls,[5] and Magnificent Ladies Wrestling.[6]

Wrestlicious[edit]

Fantasia also took part in the first season taping of Wrestlicious, which took place in early 2009, but did not start airing until March 2010. In the promotion, she uses the ring name Fran, one half of the tag team the Lunch Ladies with Lexie Fyfe. She made her in-ring debut on March 1 of the first episode of Takedown, teaming with Lexie Fyfe known as Gert. After the match the Lunch Ladies threw cool whip pies in the face of the referee and the Bebop girls. Fantasia along with all the other employees of Wrestlicious were released from the company after company stopped production of episodes in November 16, 2010. On May 16, 2012, it was announced that Wrestlicious is returning with its employees back.

Recent years[edit]

Fantasia continues to wrestle on live shows throughout North America and overseas as well as films custom Pro Wrestling DVDs. She currently provides training seminars at various schools worldwide training both female and male professional wrestlers, promoting and producing events, guest appearances and interviews. She continues to mentor pro wrestlers in addition to wrestling on live events and also the founder of Keeping it REAL. Fantasia currently mentors King of the Trap Marcus Streets, Amber Lea West and conducts training seminars throughout North America.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

General
  • Fantasia and Marcus Streets (Guests) (September 25, 2013). Interview with wrestling star Fantasia (Internet radio). United States: Pro Wrestling Roundtable.[permanent dead link]
  • Lawrence, Adrienne (May 20, 2011). "Frederick High grad turned pro wrestler is ... Becoming Fantasia". Frederick News-Post. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
  • Cummings, Kenny (Interviewer) (October 13, 2011). Interview with wrestling legend Fantasia (Internet radio). United States: Triple Threat Wrestling Radio.
Specific
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Fantasia". Wrestlers. GloryWrestling.com. April 9, 2009. Archived from the original on November 1, 2011. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Fantasia". SLAMmers. SlamminLadies.com. 2011. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  3. ^ "Fantasia". Lady Victoria's Store. LadyVictoria.com. 2011. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  4. ^ "Fantasia Video Collection". Videos. SleeperKidsWorld.com. 2011. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  5. ^ "BattlingBeauties.com - Fantasia Profile". BattlingBeauties.com. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  6. ^ Magnificent Ladies Wrestling. "Fantasia". Wrestlers. MLWonline.com. Archived from the original on October 4, 2011. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
  7. ^ Tsakiries, Phil (2004). "HoPWF Cruiserweight Title History". Solie's Title Histories. Solie.org. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  8. ^ Tsakiries, Phil (2001). "HoPWF Women's Title History". Solie's Title Histories. Solie.org. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  9. ^ Tsakiries, Phil (2002). "NWL Women's Title History". Solie's Title Histories. Solie.org. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  10. ^ Capo, Jeff (2004). "PWE Women's Title History". Solie's Title Histories. Solie.org. Retrieved October 13, 2011.

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