Former UFC Star Shayna Baszler Made Her Pro Wrestling Debut This Weekend

When Shayna “Queen of Spades” Baszler got cut from the UFC back in March, it could have been pretty easy for her to start fading away. Fortunately, that’s not her style. Baszler, who you may know alongside Ronda Rousey, Jessamyn Duke, and Marina Shafir as the Four Horsewomen of mixed martial arts, has now started mixing it up in the world of pro wrestling, and it looks like she’s taking it pretty seriously. Among the Horsewomen, I think Baszler is probably neck-and-neck with Ronda in the Unashamed Wrestling Fandom category. She’s been known to drop a Paul Heyman impression here and there, and she’s already appeared for Ring of Honor as a manager for reDRagon.

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All of this finally culminated in Baszler’s first match this past weekend for Quintessential Pro Wrestling in Reno, Nevada. Queen of Spades ring gear is in full effect, naturally.

Oh yeah, maybe I neglected to mention that her opponent was Cheerleader Melissa. You know, “Two-time SHIMMER champion and one of the legit best in the world” Cheerleader Melissa. No pressure! Actually, if it was my first match, I guess I’d want to be in the ring with a veteran who can control the ebb and flow of things. Fight Game Blog reports that Melissa eventually picked up the win before Nicole Matthews (also of SHIMMER fame) made a run-in and clocked Baszler with a chair. Kind of leads you to believe that this wasn’t a one-time thing, doesn’t it?

I feel like this could eventually turn out pretty interesting, so I’ll definitely keep an eye on this new chapter of Baszler’s career. Also, just a quick note: I love that Ronda Rousey runs with a posse called the Horsewomen, don’t get it twisted. I just can’t help but nitpick the fact that Rousey is so phenomenally good that her running buddies, skilled as they are, end up looking like minions. Ronda is Ric Flair, basically. Flair could have picked Super Calo, Disco Inferno, and Sonny Onoo to be his horsemen, and we would have just gone with it.