Schmoedown Spectacular III saw an epic entrance from current team champions, The ShireWolves. As the first female champs, this belt defense had a lot riding on it, so it only made sense to precede it with a powerful, female dominated opening. With an email from the “Crusher” herself, Rachel Cushing, plans were underway to assemble as many female competitors as possible.
She told us they would be coming out as iconic old Hollywood actresses and they wanted other female competitors to come out with them as other great lady characters. One by one we messaged back with our characters and the excitement grew. We knew this would be a beautiful statement and nothing the Schmoedown had ever seen.
I thought about who I could portray. A strong, confident, female character. I had already been a few: Shuri, Harley, Misty. What did I already have that qualified, that I hadn’t already done before, that would make ME feel confident enough to represent these amazing competitors? Hmmm, nothing screams confidence like a skintight black catsuit and corset! (winking kiss emoji).
With cat ears, paws, mask and attitude in toe as Gotham’s resident cat burglar, I was joined by an original agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. , a girl on fire, a “Drinkerbell”, a Woman Of Wonder, an intelligent Hogwarts witch, a badass space lieutenant and the “inventors of post-its.” As the Empowering Bey track “Run the World (Girls)” played us in, the ever awesome Jenn Sterger and Marc Andreyko “directed” the scene. Curtains opened and every female competitor entered in body and spirit.
In Schmoedown, men were the majority. As a female fan, watching at home a year ago I loved seeing fun, smart and badass ladies compete more and more. They brought the creativity, the style and the knowledge. It’s not an easy thing to be a lady in the league either. You’re on a platform where you get ridiculed for how you look, what you say, how you act and feel. So to see these ladies come out and show out always, win or lose, not only made for a richer viewing experience but was a huge inspiration for me on how to overcome adversity, represent diversity and they continually give me the confidence to compete myself.
Clarke And Rachel C. worked hard to get where they are and deserve to be champs. I was honored to be asked to stand by them and show the impact women have had on the league. I hope the fans loved the entrance as much as us competitors did. Not just for the entertainment value but for the statement behind it. I think this one is going down in Schmoedown history as one of the most memorable and meaningful entrances ever.