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Mercedes Martinez
Ring name(s) Mercedes Martinez
Maria Toro[1]
Billed height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[2][3]
Billed weight 147 lb (67 kg; 10.5 st)[3]
Born November 17, 1980 (1980-11-17) (age 29)
United States
Resides Waterbury, Connecticut
Billed from Waterbury, Connecticut
Tijuana, Mexico
Trained by Jason Knight
Debut November 12, 2000[3]

Mercedes Martinez (born November 17, 1980) is an American professional wrestler, currently performing for Shimmer Women Athletes,[4] as well as numerous independent promotions including World Xtreme Wrestling, Women Superstars Uncensored, and Full Impact Pro.

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Professional wrestling career

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Early career

Mercedes Martinez began her training under Jason Knight in October 2000.[3] She defeated Trinity Campbell in her first match on November 12, 2000.[3] In 2001, she gained exposure under promoter Sheldon Goldberg.[3] Goldberg subsequently formed a women's division in New England Championship Wrestling around Martinez, including bringing in foreign talent such as Yoshimoto Ladies Pro's Sumie Sakai.[3] The duo traded the North American Women's Championship.[3]

Through 2003 and 2004, Martinez competed in various promotions in New England such as Connecticut Championship Wrestling, Combat Zone Wrestling, and Ian Rotten's IWA Mid South. In IWA, Martinez was brought in to face the star of the women's division, Mickie Knuckles.[3]

Shimmer and Ring of Honor

On November 6, 2005 Mercedes wrestled in the inaugural event of the new exclusive women wrestling promotion, Shimmer Women Athletes run by Dave Prazak, who discovered her while watching a Kiryoku Pro DVD.[3] Martinez wrestled Sara Del Rey in a 20-minute time limit draw,[3] and both were given a standing ovation after their match.[5] Martinez continued to wrestle for Shimmer and various independent promotions across America through 2006.[6]

On March 25, 2006, Martinez made her Ring of Honor (ROH) debut in New York City where she competed in a Shimmer sanctioned match versus her counterparts of Allison Danger, Daizee Haze, and Lacey. On December 22, Martinez suffered an injury in an ROH match teaming with Jimmy Jacobs against Haze and B.J. Whitmer.[7] She returned to Ring of Honor by the end of December 2007, aligning herself with The Vulture Squad. On May 27 it was announced that Martinez and ROH had amicably parted ways.[8]

On May 2, 2009 she took part in Shimmer's Volume 23 where she lost to Awesome Kong. Later in the night, as part of Volume 24, she defeated Madison Eagles. The next day, she lost to Serena Deeb for Volume 25, and teamed with Deeb to take on Sara Del Rey and Kong for Volume 26, but had a losing effort in that match.

She lost against the debuting Ayako Hamada on November 8th, 2009 after a 2nd Rope Hama-Chan Cutter but was able to score a pinfall over Cat Power as part of Volume 28 after hitting with her Fisherman Buster.

Wrestlicious Takedown

She debuted in the Main Event of the First Episode teaming with Rain and Bandita defeating the Team of Cousin Cassie, Tyler Texas and Charlotte.

Independents

Martinez also competed in ChickFight IV in April 2006. She made it to the final round before being eliminated by MsChif. Later in the night, MsChif also defeated Martinez and Cheerleader Melissa in a falls count anywhere match.[9]

On May 27, 2006, Martinez competed in the debut MXWomen (MXW)'s match, one of the Quadruple Main Events at MXW MAYhem in Bristol, Connecticut. On November 12, 2006, she defeated Nikki Roxx in a match for MXW.[3] The following month Martinez appeared on World Wrestling Entertainment's Heat (taped June 12) in a losing effort against Victoria.[3][6]

In Women Superstars Uncensored (WSU) in 2007, Martinez began teaming with Angel Orsini. In March 2008, the began feuding that culminated in many grueling matches throughout 2008 into 2009. including a Steel Cage on January 10 2009, 2 months Later, Martinez defeated Orsini in a Bullrope match on March 7, 2009 at the Second Anniversary Show in Boonton, New Jersey to win the WSU Championship, ending Orsini's record reign of just over nine months. They had one more match that rewrote the record books in a 60 Minute Iron Woman Match on June 6 2009 in Boonton NJ that went a total of 70 minutes including going 10 minutes into sudden death and resulted in Mercedes getting the pin after a fisherwoman's buster and retaining the title.

On February 10, 2008 for World Xtreme Wrestling (wXw) in Allentown, Pennsylvania, she took on WXW Women's Champion Kacee Carlisle. On July 19, 2009 Martinez returned to wXw C4 in Allentown, Pennsylvania and won a 20-person Battle Royal at wXw C4's Flagship show Sportsfest, earning a title shot of her choosing. On September 5, 2009 in Allentown, she opted to use the victory to create the wXw C4 Women's Championship, and she immediately won it in an Elimination Style 3 Way Dance over Jana and Nikki Roxx.

Martinez moved to Tampa Florida in June 2008, she still worked a few of the regular shows that she worked while residing in Connecticut in WSU, SHIMMER and Women's Extreme Wrestling, but also worked Full Impact Pro and the relocated wXw as a result of Afa Anoa'i moving to Florida from Pennsylvania, where she won the 2008 wXw Elite 8. Martinez suddenly returned back to residing in her hometown of Waterbury Connecticut in March 2009.

She also took part of Jimmy Hart's Wrestlicious series as a Bull Fighter character named "Maria Toro", managed by "Bandita."

NCW Femmes Fatales

Mercedes Martinez debuted for NCW Femmes Fatales on February 6th, 2010 taking on Portia Perez. At the end of the match Mercedes Martinez was able to hit with the Fisherman Buster to get the pin.

Personal life

In high school, Martinez played both basketball and softball.[3] Martinez then attended college at Teikyo Post University, where her major was criminal justice.[3]

On June 9, 2008, Martinez launched a new website thelatinasensation.com. It features her audio update show "Stiff Shot To The Ear" where she gives fans news and updates on the goings on of Mercedes Martinez. Her site also has a Pay Per View section with her matches and videos, and a merchandise section where fans can buy her merchandise and get their own custom photo sets.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Defiant Pro Wrestling
  • DPW Women's Championship (1 time)[11]
  • Green Mountain Wrestling
  • GMW Women's Championship (2 times)[12]
  • National Wrestling Superstars
  • Women's J-Cup (2008)
  • Pro Wrestling Unplugged
  • PWU Women's Championship (1 time)

References

  1. ^ a b Byers, Ryan (2010-03-02). "411's Wrestlicious Takedown Report 03.01.10". 411Mania. http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/tv_reports/131399/411%5C%5Cs-Wrestlicious-Takedown-Report-03.01.10.htm. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
  2. ^ Mercedes Martinez official MySpace page
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Clapp, John (December 13, 2006). "Mercedes Martinez: Unlike any other". SLAM! Wrestling. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2006/12/06/2668982.html. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  4. ^ "SHIMMER roster". http://www.rohphotos.com/shimmer/new/roster.html. 
  5. ^ "Volumes 1 & 2 Taping - November 6, 2005". http://www.rohphotos.com/shimmer/new/110605.html. 
  6. ^ a b "Mercedes Martinez's profile". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/m/mercedes-martinez.html. Retrieved 2009-10-13. 
  7. ^ "Ring of Honor past results". http://www.rohwrestling.com/pastresults/. 
  8. ^ "Why They Will Win...". http://rohwrestling.com/news/article.aspx?id=2058. 
  9. ^ "ChickFight 5 / APW at Night". SF Station. June 24, 2006. http://www.sfstation.com/chickfight-5-apw-at-night-e22971. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  10. ^ a b c "Shimmer Roster". Shimmer Women Athletes. Visuex. http://visuex.com/shimmer/modules.php?name=Roster. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  11. ^ "Defiant Pro Wrestling". onlineworldofwrestling.com. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/dpw/. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  12. ^ a b c Mercedes Martinez profile at BodySlamming
  13. ^ "IWA Mid-South". http://www.iwamidsouthwrestling.com/. 
  14. ^ "The PWI Female 50 Rankings: Who Is The Top Women's Wrestler In The World?". PWPix.net. 2008-09-18. http://www.pwpix.net/pwpixnews/headlines/223777233.php. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 

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