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Melissa Coates
Ring name(s) Melissa Coates[1][2]
(The) Bag Lady[1][2]
Mistress Melissa[1]
Mile High Melissa[1]
Billed height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[1][2]
Billed weight 150 lb (68 kg)[1]
Born June 18, 1974 (1974-06-18) (age 35)[1]
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada[1][2]
Resides McDonough, Georgia[1]
Billed from Los Angeles, California[1]
Trained by Killer Kowalski[1][2]
Ultimate Pro Wrestling[1][2]
Ohio Valley Wrestling[1]
Deep South Wrestling[1]
Debut 2002[1]

Melissa Coates[1][2] (born June 18, 1974) is a Canadian professional wrestler, fitness model, and former bodybuilder. She is perhaps best known for appearing in the first two seasons of the Game Show Network show Extreme Dodgeball.[3]

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Bodybuilding

Prior to wrestling, Coates aspired to become a professional tennis player after watching Martina Navratilova. In order to train effectively for tennis, Coates began weightlifting at 15, and during that same year, she entered her first tennis competition in 1984, where she lasted until the finals. She re-entered the following year and won the Mid-Canada Junior Girls Championship. However, she soon began to shift her attention from tennis to bodybuilding and entered her first contest in the early 1990s, where she won the overall lightweight category of the Windsor Physique Contest. After she began making prominence, Coates decided to move to Los Angeles and worked for two gyms and two bars to finance herself. After being granted professional status in 1995, she won the Jan Tana Classic in 1996.[4] In 1999, she retired from bodybuilding and subsequently began working as a model.[5]

She also competed in the first two seasons of Extreme Dodgeball on the Game Show Network.[4] Her team, the Barbell Mafia team, qualified for the playoffs in the first season but failed to qualify the next year.[4][6]

Melissa Coates
Personal Info
Birth June 18, 1974 (1974-06-18) (age 35), Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Professional Career
Pro-debut 1994 Canadian Nationals, 1994
Best win 1996 Jan Tana Classic Champion, 1994-1996

Professional wrestling career

Training and debut (2005–2006)

After training at both Killer Kowalski's training school and Ultimate Pro Wrestling's Ultimate University, Coates moved down to Louisville, Kentucky to begin training in World Wrestling Entertainment's developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling.[2] Coates then made an appearance at WWE's Backlash, taking part in Chris Masters' "Masterlock Challenge" segment, which offered $1000 to anyone who could break his Master Lock hold, which she failed to do.[1][7] She was then placed in OVW as an official trainee and became the "head of security" for Kenny Bolin's stable "Bolin's Services". Soon after, however, Coates left both OVW and WWE and went to work for World Xtreme Wrestling.[1]

After defeating Krissy Vaine in her only match for WXW, Coates returned to OVW, albeit not under a WWE developmental contract, and soon began facing off with several of the OVW Divas, including Beth Phoenix, Mickie James, Melina Perez, and Jillian Hall before becoming the bodyguard of Jillian Hall. Then, along with Hall, she acted as a valet for the Toland Brothers (Chad and Tank Toland).[8] After training in OVW, Coates then moved over to Deep South Wrestling and debuted for the territory as The Bag Lady, a homeless woman who became the love interest and eventually the manager of The Freakin' Deacon. On February 22, 2007, the Bag Lady debuted a brand new "Diva" look and defeated Angel Williams in their subsequent match. The Bag Lady then began feuding with both Williams and Krissy Vaine before leaving DSW to wrestle on the independent circuit.[1]

Independent circuit (2007–present)

Coates, as Mile High Melissa, in 2008

In her first appearances on the indy circuit after leaving DSW, Coates made her debut for Georgia's Great Championship Wrestling on May 29 and won the NWA/GCW Women's Championship from Daffney Unger. Coates continued to remain champion until the title was seemingly forgotten and thus deactivated in late 2007. Coates also made several appearances for other Georgia-based wrestling promotions in both a wrestling and non-wrestling role. On July 7, she made her debut for NWA Anarchy as a villain, challenging and defeating several male wrestlers in intergender matches. At NWA Anarchy's Fright Night event, Coates teamed up with former fellow DSW wrestler Tony Santarelli to defeat Todd Sexton and referee Wes Grissom, the latter of whom Coates was feuding with. On December 15, Coates began an angle with Don Williams after Coates attacked Williams and his tag team partner Brodie Chase. All three were then entered into an Anarchy Battle Royal to determine the number one contender for the Television Championship, but both Coates and Williams were simultaneously eliminated and Williams began showing smitten affection towards her.[1] On December 29, Williams publicly declared his affection towards Melissa, going as far as to say "I'm smitten like a kitten" before Coates struck him with a forearm smash to his jaw. However, Williams continued his tirade by saying "That's what I love the most about you. It's the foreplay." The angle between the two continued until Williams' tag team partner Brodie Chase revealed that he and Coates were together, effectively turning Chase into a villain. On May 31, 2008, Chase, with Coates in his corner, defeated Williams. Coates occasionally returns to NWA:ANARCHY and has posted victories over Krissy Vaine and 2ce over experienced MMA fighter Crystal Rose.[1] Coates also made an appearance for Women's Extreme Wrestling's 2007 event Payback's A Bitch, where she wrestled against Amber O'Neal. Following the match, she did a run-in accompanying fellow Canadians Dayhna, Kat Powers and Jaime D (Sirelda from TNA, who had a feud with TNA KNOCKOUT CHAMPION GAIL KIM) during a USA vs. Canada segment in the ring as a supporter of Canada. On the US team were Annie Social, April Hunter, Nurse T, and Amy Lee.

In April 2008, Melissa began a managerial role under the name Mile High Melissa, a flight attendant character. However, when wrestling, she continues to use her real name. She was soon joined by "Captain" Mike Flyte and the pair became known as The Flight Crew and in July 2008, they were joined by "Captain" Jason Static. The group primarily competes in the Northern United States and Canadian independent circuits. After a few months, Static left the group.[1]

On August 23, 2008, Coates made her debut in Women Superstars Uncensored and defeated Autumn Breeze in her debut match. Beginning in October, Coates formed a tag team called the Badass Beauties with Trixxie Lynn. The team made its debut on October 10 in a victory over Annie Social and Rick Cataldo. The following day, the Badass Beauties lost to the Beatdown Betties (Roxxie Cotton and Annie Social) in the first round of the WSU tag team tournament.[1]

Coates works primarily for WWE Hall of Famer Dory Funk Jr.'s promotion !BANG! in Ocala FL during 2009. She is currently one half of the !BANG! Ladies Tag Team Champions with Claudia Reiff. She has defeated former IUWA Diva's champion Kelee on 2 occasions for the Indiana based independent promotion IUWA, and is currently the Diva's champion there. She has worked for Big Time Wrestling in San Jose, for Pro Wrestling Revolution in northern California, and for several promotions in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Canada as well.

Personal life

Coates' mother was a nurse and amateur actress while her father is a doctor.[5] She is the youngest of four children, having a sister and two brothers.[5] She also earned her Bachelor of Science in biology from Lakehead University, due to originally wanting to become a veterinarian.[5] While under contract with World Wrestling Entertainment, Coates began dating Gene Snitsky.[1][2] However, they broke up after Coates left WWE.[1][2]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

Bodybuilding

Professional wrestling

  • !Bang!
    • !Bang! Women's Tag Team Championship (1 time, current) – with Claudia Reiff[13]
  • Great Championship Wrestling
    • NWA/GCW Women's Championship (1 time)[14]
  • Other titles
    • IUWA (Indiana) Diva's Championship (1 time, current)[13]
    • DRAGON'CON Women's Championship (1 time)[13]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac "Women Wrestler Profiles: Melissa Coates". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/m/melissa-coates.html. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Cagematch profile". http://www.cagematch.de/?id=2&nr=1917. 
  3. ^ "Melissa Coates". Internet Movie Database. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1742755/. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  4. ^ a b c Robson, David. "An Interview with Melissa Coates". Bodybuilding.com. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/drobson52.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Melissa's Bio". Melissa Coates.com: Official Website. http://www.melissacoates.com/mc_bio.html. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  6. ^ Merritt, Greg (November 2004). "Artful Dodgers". Flex. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0KFY/is_9_22/ai_n6257911/. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  7. ^ Sokol, Chris (May 2, 2005). "Hulkamania rules Backlash". SLAM! Wrestling. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/PPVReports/2005/05/02/1021811.html. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  8. ^ a b c Xamin, Mark (July 18, 2007). "Jillian Hall's bio". SLAM! Wrestling. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/Bios/pf-hall-jillian.html. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  9. ^ "Jan Tana Classic results". http://www.getbig.com/results/womens/jantanapro.htm. 
  10. ^ Rosenthal, Jim (August 2002). "Coates on the mat". Flex. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0KFY/is_6_20/ai_98488547/. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  11. ^ a b "IFBB Ms. Olympia results". http://www.getbig.com/results/e-msoly.htm. 
  12. ^ a b "IFBB Ms. International results". http://www.getbig.com/results/womens/msinternational.htm. 
  13. ^ a b c "Championship histories from Coates' official website". http://www.melissacoates.com/mc_wrestling.html. 
  14. ^ "NWA/GCW Women's Championship history". TitleHistories.com. http://www.titlehistories.com/NWA_GCW_Womens_Title.htm. Retrieved 2007-06-02. 

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