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Josette Bynum
Ring name(s) Josie[1]
Josie Robinson
Miss Josie
Sojo Bolt[2]
Sojourner Bolt[1]
Sojournor Bolt[3]
Billed height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[2]
Billed weight 140 lb (64 kg)[1][2]
Born September 11, 1977 (1977-09-11) (age 32)[1]
Minneapolis, Minnesota[1][2]
Resides Chicago, Illinois[1]
Billed from Chicago, Illinois[1]
Minneapolis, Minnesota[2]
Trained by Eddie Sharkey[1]
Eric Priest[1]
Debut April 3, 2003[1]

Josette "Josie" Bynum (born September 11, 1977) is an American professional wrestler. Bynum is best known for her stint in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the name Sojournor Bolt (or "Sojo Bolt" for short). She is also known for her time in both Ohio Valley Wrestling, where she was a four time and the current Women's Champion, and Shimmer Women Athletes.

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Professional wrestling career

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Ohio Valley Wrestling (2006–2008)

Bynum made her professional wrestling debut on April 3, 2003 and began regularly wrestling for Ohio Valley Wrestling, where she had a notable feud with Serena Deeb over the company's Women's Championship. Both Deeb and Bynum exchanged the title during the feud, with Bynum becoming a four time OVW Women's Champion. On December 2008, Bynum competed in her last match for OVW, which was a losing effort to Reggie, due to her signing a contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2008–2009)

At Slammiversary, then-Knockout Champion Awesome Kong was challenged by Bynum, under the name Josie Robinson, and fellow OVW regular Serena Deeb, with the winner claiming both Kong's $25,000 prize and her Women's Championship. However, both were subsequently defeated in consecutive matches. Bynum returned to TNA on the August 28, 2008 episode of Impact! under the ring name Sojournor Bolt and was defeated by Awesome Kong. On October 12, Bynum, again under the Sojournor Bolt name, took part in a dark match at Bound for Glory IV, where she and Eric Young defeated Christy Hemme and Lance Rock. On the November 20 episode of Impact!, she teamed up with Hemme and was defeated by Angelina Love and Velvet Sky. On December 3, it was announced that TNA had signed Bynum to a contract.[4] On the December 11 of Impact! she was defeated by Christy Hemme. After the match the two women brawled and Bolt became a villain. On the December 25 edition of Impact!, Bolt teamed with Awesome Kong, Rhaka Khan, and Raisha Saeed in a losing effort to the team of Christy Hemme, ODB, Roxxi, and Taylor Wilde. On TNA's official website, the spelling of her ring name was tweaked to Sojourner Bolt, but later changed back to its original spelling.

The Kongtourage

On the January 8, 2009 edition of Impact!, she, along with Raisha Saeed and Rhaka Khan, accompanied Awesome Kong to the ring for her match against Madison Rayne. At Genesis, Bolt teamed up with Khan and Saeed to form a faction known as the Kongtourage. The Kongtourage was defeated by ODB, Taylor Wilde and Roxxi, however. On the next Impact!, she again teamed with Saeed and Khan in a losing effort to ODB, Taylor Wilde and Roxxi. On the January 22 edition of Impact!, Bolt lost to ODB after via disqualification due to the Kongtourage interfering. On the January 28 edition of Impact!, she competed in a handicap match as she, Rhaka Khan, Raisha Saeed and Awesome Kong defeated ODB. On February 12, 2009, she won a gauntlet battle royal defeating Madison Rayne, ODB, Roxxi, Velvet Sky, Taylor Wilde, Angelina Love, Raisha Saeed, and Rhaka Khan to receive a title shot against Kong. On the February 19 edition of Impact! during an interview with Bolt, she was interrupted by Saeed, who claimed that Bolt talked too much and didn't understand anything, to which Bolt responded by saying "she understood, she just didn't listen".[5] The following week on Impact!, Bolt and Rhaka Khan called out both Saeed and Awesome Kong and challenged them to a match, which they won after Bolt pinned Saeed, which in turn made Bolt and Khan fan favorites.

Singles competition

On March 5 edition of Impact!, Bolt and Khan lost to The Beautiful People in a four corners tag team match.[6] It was announced on the same edition of Impact! that Bolt would finally challenge Kong for the Knockout Championship at Destination X, which she lost. Bolt soon reverted into a villain again, and competed in the Queen of the Cage match at Lockdown against ODB, Madison Rayne and Daffney, which ODB won. On April 23, she defeated Taylor Wilde in a ladder match after knocking Wilde off the ladder with brass knuckles, earning herself yet another shot at the Knockout Title. She received her title shot on the May 28 edition of Impact!, but lost the match after Angelina Love sprayed perfume in her eyes and then performed her Lights Out finishing move on her. On the September 3 edition of Impact!, she participated in the Knockout Tag Team Championship tournament, teaming with Hamada in a losing effort to Tara and Christy Hemme in the first round. After the match, Hamada attacked Bolt. On November 10, 2009, Bynum was released from her TNA contract.[7]

Return to OVW (2009–present)

It was announced on Ohio Valley Wrestling's website that Bynum would return to OVW to wrestle Hannah Blossom for the Women's Championship at the Thanksgiving Thunder event. At the event, Bynum defeated Blossom for her fourth Women's Title. Four days later, the title was awarded back to Blossom after a review of match footage by the OVW board of directors showed that Josie pinned Hannah's twin sister Holly, not Hannah herself.[8]The next week, Josie defeated the Blossom Twins in a bake off to earn a title shot the next week. Josie was able to win the rematch defeating Hannah after eliminating Holly at ringside to win her fifth Women's Title. Her first official defense of the title would be against Taryn Shay who won a best of 3 series with CJ Lane to earn her shot at the title. The Match would end in a disqualification when Shay would knock Josie into Epiphany who was the special referee of the match. Epiphany would try to declare Taryn Shay the champion but the title could not change on a disqualification and the two would brawl in the ring. This would continue weekly until episode 550 when Josie offered Epiphany a title shot. The match which aired on episode 551 ended in a no contest when the remaining girls on the roster would interfere suprisingly picking sides; Taryn Shay & CJ Lane on behalf of Epiphany and Team Blossom on behalf of Josie. Josie has since tried to attack former friend CJ Lane for turning on her but Lane has avoided her,many times leaving Epiphany to fend for herself in tag matches with the two vs Team Blossom.

Acting career

Bynum appeared in the horror film The Legacy, featuring Jim O'Rear, Daniel Emery Taylor and Dale Miller[9] as well as fellow wrestlers Roni Jonah and Cynthia Lynch.[10]

Personal life

Bynum is the youngest of ten children and was raised on a farm in northern Minnesota.[11]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • 3X Wrestling
    • 3XW Women's Championship (1 time)[1][11]
  • Coast to Coast Wrestling Association
    • Coast to Coast Women's Championship (1 time)[11]
  • Midwest Intensity Wrestling
    • MIW Women's Championship (1 time)[1][11]
  • Other titles
    • UCW-AWA Women's Championship (1 time)[1]
    • XBW Women's Championship (1 time)[1][11]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "OWOW profile". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/j/josie.html. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "GLORY profile". http://www.glorywrestling.com/gg/Josie/J.asp. 
  3. ^ "TNA blog". http://www.tnawrestling.com/content/blogsection/5/37. 
  4. ^ "Josie OWW Profile". http://www.tnawrestling.com/. http://www.tnawrestling.com/content/view/1186/84/. 
  5. ^ "Card for Impact!". TNAWrestling.com. 2009-02-09. http://www.tnawrestling.com/content/view/1295/84/. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  6. ^ "TNA Impact March 5, 2009 Results". http://www.wrestleview.com/results/tnaimpact/tnaimpact2009/1236330674.php. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  7. ^ Csonka, Larry (2009-11-11). "TNA Releases Sojo Bolt". 411Mania. http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/news/121711/TNA-Releases-Sojo-Bolt.htm. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  8. ^ http://ovwrestling.com/
  9. ^ Mick Foley Would Argue Al Snow Has No Legacy
  10. ^ Flash Back Crew
  11. ^ a b c d e f "3X Wrestling bio". http://www.3xwrestling.com/josiebio.htm. 
  12. ^ "TNA Impact! TV report on February 12, 2009". Wrestling Observer. http://www.f4wonline.com/content/view/8363/124/. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  13. ^ "Shimmer Roster". Shimmer Women Athletes. Visuex. http://visuex.com/shimmer/modules.php?name=Roster. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  14. ^ a b c "Cagematch title listings". http://www.cagematch.de/?id=2&nr=4404&view=erfolge#erfolge. 
  15. ^ "OVW Title Histories - OVW Women's Championship". Ohio Valley Wrestling. http://www.ovwrestling.com/titles.html#4. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  16. ^ Martin, Adam (2009-09-11). "PWI Top 50 Female Wrestlers list". WrestleView. http://www.wrestleview.com/news2009/1252704430.php?style=dark. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 

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