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Tracy Brooks
Ring name(s) Miss Apocalypse
Tracy Brookshaw
Tracy
Traci
Tracy Brooks
Traci Brooks
Ms. Brooks
Billed height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[1]
Billed weight 127 lb (58 kg)
Born May 22, 1975 (1975-05-22) (age 34)
St. Marys, Ontario[1]
Resides Nashville, Tennessee[1]
Billed from Toronto, Ontario
Wall Street in Manhattan, New York
St. Marys, Ontario, Canada
Trained by Ron Hutchinson[1]
Rob "El Fuego" Etcheverria[1]
Debut January 2001

Tracy Brookshaw (born May 22, 1975)[2] is a Canadian professional wrestler, professional wrestling valet and professional wrestling referee, better known by her ring name Traci Brooks. She is best known for her work in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

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Early life

Brookshaw grew up on a pig and chicken farm in St. Marys, Ontario.[3] In 2000, she won the Toronto Sunshine Millennium Calendar contest which led to her being named Miss June 2000 and interviewed in the Toronto Sun.[4] Brookshaw went on to engage in promotional modeling work with the Molson, Labatt and Budweiser beverage brewers.

In her interview, Brookshaw said that she aspired to be "the next WWF Superstar".[4] This led to her being introduced to Ron Hutchinson, a professional wrestler who operated the Sully's Gym professional wrestling school out of Toronto, Ontario. Brookshaw began training under Hutchinson in March 2000 and debuted in January 2001 as "Tracy Brooks".

In an October 2008 interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Brookshaw revealed that she suffered from Erb's palsy as an infant. While she recovered, for the most part, due to aggressive treatment, she noted that she has impaired function in her right arm which affects her in the ring.[5]

Professional wrestling career

Independent circuit

Brooks appeared with numerous independent promotions, including Border City Wrestling and the Apocalypse Wrestling Federation (AWF). During her time in AWF, she worked a program feuding with La Felina and was managed for a short time by Canadian hip-hop artist, Dan-e-o. On August 30, 2001, Brookshaw (as Miss Apocalypse) defeated Joey Knight to win the AWF heavyweight title. To this day, she continues to do work for independent promotions, including Blood Sweat and Ears in her home region in Southern Ontario and, most prominently, NWA Cyberspace where she contends for the NWA Cyberspace Women's Championship.

Traci even wrestled in independent custom wrestling matches against wrestlers like Amber O'Neal and Christie Ricci.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2003–2010)

Early appearances (2003)

Brooks in a TNA event.

Brooks debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling on April 30, 2003 in Catholic schoolgirl apparel, attacking Lollipop, a dancer who entertained the live audience during intermissions. The following week, Brooks demanded to be entered in a gauntlet match in which the winner would receive a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, threatening to sue National Wrestling Alliance official Bill Behrens for sexual discrimination if he did not comply. When her threats failed, Brooks instead attempted to charm Behrens into allowing her into the match. Behrens then placed Brooks in a triple threat match with fellow female wrestlers Desire and Trinity, with the winner gaining entry into the gauntlet match. After Kid Kash ambushed Trinity and David Young accidentally punched Desire, Brooks won the match. Later that evening, she was attacked by Lollipop as she approached the ring to enter the gauntlet match. After she entered the ring, Brooks was quickly pinned and eliminated by Kid Kash.

On May 21, Brooks was paired with David Young in an "Anarchy Alliance" tag team tournament to determine the number one contenders to the NWA World Tag Team Championship. They defeated Kid Kash and Trinity on May 21 and Ron Killings (whose partner, Don Harris, had refused to team with him) on June 4, but lost to America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris and James Storm) in the finals on June 11.

On the June 18, 2003 TNA pay-per-view, Brooks formed an all-female stable known as "Bitchslap" with Nurse Veronica and Valentina. The stable quietly disbanded shortly thereafter when Veronica turned down a TNA contract and Brooks was removed from television for repackaging.

Relationship with Michael Shane (2003–2006)

Brooks returned to TNA on November 5, 2003, helping Shane Douglas defeat The Sandman. On November 26, Douglas and Brooks, known now simply as "Traci", helped Michael Shane defeat Sonjay Dutt. Following the match, the trio celebrated, and Douglas announced that they were to be called "The New Franchise".[1]

Brooks entering the arena at a TNA event.

The New Franchise began feuding with Triple X (Christopher Daniels, Low-Ki and Elix Skipper). The feud lasted until April 21, 2004, when Shane lost to Daniels after he passed up on a pinfall opportunity in order to try and hit his finisher. After Douglas admonished Shane, Shane began pushing and slapping his erstwhile mentor. Traci eventually grabbed Douglas from behind, enabling Shane to superkick Douglas. The following week, Traci helped Shane defeat Douglas in a singles match.

Traci continued to manage Shane, who was by now pursuing the X Division Championship. Shane proved unable to defeat the incumbent champion, A.J. Styles, so he and Traci recruited Frankie Kazarian in order to maximize their numbers advantage. The result was a new stable/tag team that was known by fans as Shazarian. After several weeks of confrontations, Styles defended his title against Shane and Kazarian in a three way Ultimate X match on July 28, 2004. Though he was able to nullify the interference of Traci by giving her a Styles Clash, he was eventually knocked unconscious by the combined efforts of Shane and Kazarian. Shane and Kazarian then climbed for the X Division Championship, and simultaneously retrieved the belt, thus becoming co-champions. They lost the titles to Petey Williams in a Gauntlet Match on August 11.

In late-2004, Traci turned into a fan favorite by leaving Shane and Kazarian and becoming the assistant of the TNA Director of Authority, Dusty Rhodes. Trinity also wanted to be Rhodes' assistant, however, so he told each woman to recruit a new tag team. The teams faced one another at Destination X on March 13, 2005, with the winning team's manager becoming Rhodes' sole assistant.[6] Traci's team (Don and Ron Harris, the Disciples of Destruction) defeated Trinity's team (Big Tilly and Bruno Sassi - Phi Delta Slam), making her Rhodes' assistant.[6] Traci eventually left Rhodes' side and began managing Chris Sabin, who was feuding with Michael Shane and Trinity. At Lockdown on April 24, she tried to prevent Trinity from interfering in a four way X Division Xscape elimination match between Sabin, Sonjay Dutt, Shocker and Shane, but failed.[7] The feud continued until Hard Justice on May 15, when Sabin and Traci lost to Shane and Trinity.[8] In the course of the match, Traci turned on Sabin and Shane turned on Trinity, with Traci aligning herself with Shane once again and Trinity siding with Sabin.[8]

Traci began managing Shane once again and stayed with him when he changed his name to his real name, Matt Bentley. When Bentley sat out during contract renegotiations in August 2005, she did some interview work for TNA. At Unbreakable on September 11, Traci acted as a backstage interviewer throughout the event. She returned to Bentley's side after his return at Unbreakable. In February 2006, Bentley turned heel and began a dispute with long time tag partner Lance Hoyt. Following the feud, Bentley was sidelined with an injury. Traci did promotional work for the company during the downtime.

On the May 15 taping of Impact!, she wrestled Gail Kim in the first woman's match in over a year. The match was taped purely for the forthcoming TNA Knockouts DVD, not for the Spike TV program. Kim gained the pin after interference from America's Most Wanted. At Hardcore War she defeated Kim with Christy Hemme as referee.

Managing Robert Roode (2006–2008)

The "Chief Executive Offender", Ms. Brooks, at Lockdown.

Traci was announced as Robert Roode's manager at Bound for Glory 2006 and changed her name to "Ms. Brooks".[9] She managed him during the Fight for the Right Tournament at the October 28 Impact!. She lost to Eric Young in a bikini contest at Turning Point.[10] After this, she was told to sign Young to a contract- no matter what it took to do it. In the storyline, Ms. Brooks began to pressure him into having sex with her. Finally, at Against All Odds Ms. Brooks successfully seduced Young into signing a contract with "Robert Roode Inc.".[11] After sometime without a storyline, she entered a rivalry with Gail Kim and was defeated at an Impact! taping. At Slammiversary, she was taken out by Kim once again.

On the August 23, 2007 episode of Impact!, Roode wrestled Gail Kim, with Kim pinning Roode after a low blow leg drop. Following the match, Roode, unhappy at his loss, continued to attack Kim until Kaz came out to counter Roode.[12] On the October 4 edition of Impact!, it was revealed that Brooks and Roode were not romantically linked, and that the only reason she continued to take Roode's abuse was to help her sick mother. Subsequently, on Impact! and at Genesis a female fan held up signs asking Roode to replace Ms. Brooks with her. Roode then joined the Angle Alliance with Ms. Brooks begrudgingly by his side.

At the Genesis pay-per-view on November 11, 2007, Traci fainted due to heat exhaustion, but appeared to be doing fine following help from medics. However, news reports have arisen that claim that her fainting was staged, as Brooks was asked to do so by Vince Russo.

At the January 10 Impact! tapings, Roode fired Ms. Brooks and replaced her with the female fan, identified by Roode as Ms. Payton Banks. Shortly there after, Brookshaw reverted back to a crowd favorite and to her "'Traci Brooks" ring name and began feuding with Banks. She defeated Banks at the annual pay-per-view, Against All Odds.[13] On the April 3 edition of Impact!, Traci defeated Payton Banks after a facebuster from the top turnbuckle. At Lockdown, She participated in the first ever "Queen of the Cage" match which was won by Roxxi Laveaux.[14] At Sacrifice, Traci participated in the first ever TNA Knockout Makeover Battle Royal, which was won by Gail Kim.[15]

Knockout Law (2008)

Brooks as a referee in a match between The Motor City Machineguns and Suicide & Daniels.

During the July 17 edition of Impact! a backstage segment revealed that Brooks was in talks with Jim Cornette about something concerning the Knockouts. Soon after on the August 7 episode of Impact!, Brooks was the special guest referee for a match between Roxxi and Jacqueline, which Roxxi won. In August 2008, Cornette announced that Traci officially is in charge of the Knockouts Division, also known as the "Knockout Law". In January 2009, Traci stopped appearing in TNA and Jim Cornette resumed control over the Knockout division. She returned on the March 12, 2009, edition of Impact! as a referee.

Return as a wrestler (2009-2010)

She returned to television on the July 23, 2009 episode of Impact!. During an interview with Lauren, she announced that had taken time off TNA to work on some projects in Hollywood and she was returning as the referee for a Knockout battle royal later that evening. The winner of the battle royal would receive $50,000 and spot in The Main Event Mafia. As the match winded down to Tara and Awesome Kong as the final two participants, Brooks revealed that she was actually a participant in the match and tossed both women out of the ring. Upon winning the match, she became a member of the Main Event Mafia. On the following Impact, Traci cemented herself as a heel during an interview with Lauren in which she denounced TNA for not giving her a spot on television, explaining her absence. On August 27 episode of Impact she competed in the TNA Knockout Tag Title tournament teaming with Sharmell to represent The Main Event Mafia, but they lost in the first round of the tournament to Awesome Kong and Raisha Saeed. On the October 1 edition of Impact! she was defeated by Christy Hemme in a "Battle of the Playboy Models", after which she attacked her.[16] On the October 22 edition of Impact! the Main Event Mafia disbanded.[17] Afterward she started a rivalry with Alissa Flash, turning face in the process.[18] She has since became a heel again. On February 18 episode of TNA Xplosion she lost to Hamada. On March 4, Brooks was released from her contract.[19]

Playboy

On July 26, 2009, it was revealed that TNA had signed a deal with Playboy making Brooks the first TNA Knockout to ever pose for Playboy. Current TNA Knockout Christy Hemme has previously posed for the magazine prior to signing with TNA.[20] However, on September 2 it was reported that Playboy had decided not to publish Brooks' photo shoot on their magazine.[21] The photo shoot was instead released through their Cyber Club on September 17, 2009.[22][23]

Personal life

Brookshaw married then-fellow TNA wrestler Frank Gerdelman, better known as Frankie Kazarian, on January 7, 2010.[24]

In wrestling

  • Nicknames
    • "The C.E.O. (Chief Executive Offender) of Robert Roode, Inc."
    • "Knockout Law"
    • "The Original Knockout"
    • "The Main Event Mafia's Chosen One"

Championships and accomplishments

  • 3X Wrestling
    • 3X Wrestling Women's Championship (1 time)[25][29]
  • All Star Championship Wrestling
  • Apocalypse Wrestling Federation
    • AWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[25][26]
  • Coastal Championship Wrestling
    • CCW Women's Championship (1 time)
  • Cyberspace Wrestling Federation
    • CWF His and Hers Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Michael Shane[31]
  • Downsouth Championship Wrestling
    • DCW Women's Championship (1 time)
  • Great Lakes Championship Wrestling
    • GLCW Women's Championship (1 time)
  • New Ohio Championship Wrestling
    • NOCW Women's Championship (1 time)
  • RingDivas Women's Wrestling
    • RingDivas World Championship (1 time)
  • Southern Championship Wrestling
    • SCW Women's Championship (1 time)
  • Other titles
    • Super J Tournament (2005)[26]
    • WWA Women's Championship (1 time)[25]

Media

References

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  2. ^ Tracy Brookshaw - Biography
  3. ^ "Traci Brooks bio". http://www.tnatracibrooks.com/. "I grew up in St. Mary's, On. on a pig and chicken farm, yes I grew up shoveling pig S**T. I try to go home to the farm as much as possible" 
  4. ^ a b "Traci Brooks bio". http://www.tnatracibrooks.com/. "I won the Toronto Sunshine Calendar Contest and was named Miss June 2000. To promote the calendar I was a Sunshine Girl and in my bio I wrote to be the next WWF Superstar. (TNA was non existent then)" 
  5. ^ "SHE DEALS WITH DISABILITY: Brooks brings more than T & A to TNA". http://www.suntimes.com/sports/quickhits/1234640,CST-SPT-1hit22.article. "I've been wrestling for nine years now, and if you are wondering, yes, it does affect me in the ring, both physically and mentally." 
  6. ^ a b Sokol, Chris (2005-03-14). "Destination X: Overbooked but fun". SLAM! Sports. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/PPVReports/2005/03/14/960363.html. 
  7. ^ Clevett, Jason (2005-04-25). "Lockdown lacks". SLAM! Sports. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/PPVReports/2005/04/25/1019275.html. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  8. ^ a b Clevett, Jason (2005-05-16). "Styles ends Jarrett's reign at Hard Justice". SLAM! Sports. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/PPVReports/2005/05/16/1041895.html. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  9. ^ Sokol, Chris (2006-10-23). "Sting new champ after Bound For Glory". SLAM! Sports. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/PPVReports/2006/10/23/2104975.html. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  10. ^ Sokol, Chris (2006-12-11). "Samoa Joe finally tops Angle at Turning Point". SLAM! Sports. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/PPVReports/2006/12/11/2736585.html. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  11. ^ Sokol, Chris (2007-02-11). "Christian retains belt Against All Odds". SLAM! Sports. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/PPVReports/2007/02/11/3595707.html. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  12. ^ Kerrigan, Mike. "Official "iMPACT!" Results For Thursday, August 23, 2007". http://www.tnawrestling.com/impact/fullnews.php?impact=1499. Retrieved 2007-08-24. 
  13. ^ Sokol, Chris (2008-02-11). "Against All Odds: Angle still TNA champ". SLAM! Sports. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/PPVReports/2008/02/11/4839768.html. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  14. ^ Sokol, Chris (2008-04-13). "TNA Lockdown: Joe captures gold". SLAM! Sports. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/PPVReports/2008/04/13/5275576.html. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  15. ^ Sokol, Chris (2008-05-12). "TNA Sacrifice: Joe retains; LAX regains". SLAM! Sports. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/PPVReports/2008/05/12/5539601.html. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  16. ^ a b "411's TNA Impact Report 10.01.09". 411Mania. http://www.411mania.com/wrestling/tv_reports/117967/411%5C%5Cs-TNA-Impact-Report-10.01.09.htm. Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  17. ^ Wilkenfeld, Daniel (2009-10-22). "WILKENFELD'S TNA IMPACT REPORT 10/22: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of Spike TV broadcast". PWTorch. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/TV_Reports_9/article_36225.shtml. Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  18. ^ Wilkenfeld, Daniel (2009-11-12). "WILKENFELD'S TNA IMPACT REPORT 11/12: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of Spike TV broadcast". PWTorch. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/TV_Reports_9/article_36725.shtml. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  19. ^ "Traci Brooks and TNA part ways". SLAM! Wrestling. March 4, 2010. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2010/03/04/13117466.html. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  20. ^ TNA Signs Deal With Playboy
  21. ^ "Traci Brooks pulled from Playboy". WrestleView. http://www.wrestleview.com/news2009/1251866597.php. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  22. ^ "Knockout Traci Brooks Poses For Playboy". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. 2009-09-11. http://www.tnawrestling.com/content/view/1705/84/. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  23. ^ Martin, Adam (2009-09-12). "Release date for Traci in Playboy". Wrestleview.com. http://www.wrestleview.com/news2009/1252784515.php?style=dark. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  24. ^ Gerweck, Steve (2010-01-08). "TNA stars tie the knot on Thursday". WrestleView. http://www.wrestleview.com/news2009/1262981197.php?style=dark. Retrieved 2010-01-09. 
  25. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Tracy at Online World of Wrestling". http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/profiles/t/tracy-brooks.html. 
  26. ^ a b c d e "Tracy at Glory Wrestling". http://www.glorywrestling.com/gg/Tracy/T.asp. 
  27. ^ "Lethalwow Profile". Lethalwow. http://www.lethalwow.com/bios/tracy.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  28. ^ "Lethalwow Profile". Lethalwow. http://www.lethalwow.com/bios/tracy.htm. Retrieved 2009-09-17. 
  29. ^ "3XW Wrestling". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/3xw/. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  30. ^ "Independent Wrestling Results - June 2005". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/other/2005-06.html. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  31. ^ "Independent Wrestling Results - October 2004". Online World of Wrestling. http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/results/other/2004-10.html. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  32. ^ "The PWI Female 50 Rankings: Who Is The Top Women's Wrestler In The World?". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. PWPix.net. 2008-09-18. http://www.pwpix.net/pwpixnews/headlines/223777233.php. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 

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