Killer Kelly is a Portuguese professional wrestler who became the first ever WXW Women's Champion. She is known in WXW (Germany) and has also worked in RCW (Spain), Wrestling Portugal (Portugal), WSW (Portugal), Pro Wrestling Showdown (Netherlands), Pro Wrestling Allstars (Belgium), Next Step Wrestling (Germany), Wrestling KULT (Germany).
How long have you been in the business and what made you want to become a professional wrestler?
When I was 7 years old, I walked in my brother watching RAW. I saw Kane entering the ring, and it just connected. I fell in love with wrestling right then and there. I wanted to be in that ring as well.
But Lita inspired me to be a wrestler. I felt different, and she was different. It made me believe it was possible. I started in Portugal, but never on a steady basis. I only consider my last 2 years training in Portugal my most important ones, because I was focused on the goal of being a pro wrestler and "Killer" Kelly was born. So, for me, the official date is 31.10.2016 in WP Wrestling Portugal.
What would you consider the hardest part about being professional female athlete in a male dominated sport?
In my opinion, the only hard part is to only have 1/2 spots in the whole show for female talent. Other than that, I can’t say much more. Professional wrestling is treating me very well!
If you can name 3 wrestlers who influence your style, who would they be?
I only can name two: Low Ki and Shibata. My all time favourites.
What are some of your career goals?
I have a few goals, but short run are to go to Japan, be a well known name in wrestling in Europe and Japan, and get signed by WWE.
Who were or are your favourite female wrestlers?
I grew up with Lita and Molly Holly, and I loved watching them. Nowadays my absolute favourite is Charlotte. She has everything that a wrestler could ask for. And Asuka. God damn, that woman is something.
Who are your favourite opponents to face and who would be your dream opponents to face?
My dream opponent would be Charlotte/ Asuka. I love being in the ring with Alpha Female, Toni Storm, Mika Lida, Jinny and Melanie Gray. And I really want to have an epic match with Toni “Fkn” Storm.
What do you think of the current state of women’s wrestling?
I think it’s great. There’s a lot of opportunities for women all over the world, and a lot of great talents. I’ve only been really doing this since September, and I have had a lot of amazing opportunities around Europe, especially Germany.
Do you believe women can, let's say, one day main event a show like WWE's Wrestlemania?
They just were the main event of the Royal Rumble, so yes, it’s something reachable.
You were the first ever, and newly created, WXW Women's Champion. You beat Melanie Gray who was the favourite to win. How did that make you feel?
Being the first ever wXw Women’s Champion is something that I haven’t even imagined when I moved to Germany. It’s my first ever championship, and it’s from wXw, the biggest promotion in Europe. It couldn’t get any better. It’s a huge honour.
As for Melanie, as I said before, I truly wished she had won the belt against Martina. But we all know what she did, and I stepped up to the challenge.
Toni Storm said your championship victory was a fluke, what do you have to say about that?
I showed Toni that I wasn’t a fluke in our match at wXw Back to the Roots. She won the match and became champion, yes, but now she respects me. She is one of the best in the world, and it was a pleasure sharing the ring with here. February 9th we meet again with Martina in the middle, and I will give my best.
You came from Portugal, currently residing in Germany, if I'm not mistaken. What was it like having to transfer from Portugal to Germany? And does that take a toll on you at all, seeing as you have travelled around Europe?
I made the best decision in my life to move from Portugal to Germany. wXw welcomed me with open arms and is home for me. I have the best trainers in the world (WALTER and Timothy Thatcher - Ringkampf), and the most professional team I could ask for. Wrestling wise, my life couldn’t be better. I’m in the center of Europe, and have a lot of great places to wrestle in. Travelling takes a toll on you, of course, but makes it all worth it when you step in the ring, hear the crowd and share the backstage with awesome people like I do every weekend.
What is the wrestling scene in Portugal like?
It’s very small, and Portugal doesn’t have that many wrestling fans. WP Wrestling Portugal is my home, and I had the most amazing trainer (Bruno “Bammer” Brito - Storm Wrestling Academy graduate) who taught me so much. But since we don’t have that many wrestling fans and people training, it’s only possible doing one show every two months, or more. We have very talented people over there, from wrestlers to the booking department, and they deserve a bigger crowd. But it’s Portugal, and there’s so much you can do.
What differences are there between the Portuguese fans and German fans?
The Portuguese fans are more shy and polite. They cheer, and sometimes are loud, but very shy nonetheless. The German fans are VERY loud, which is awesome. But I love both crowds!
How did your ring name "Killer Kelly" come about?
Since high school people call me Kelly so that name stuck with me for wrestling. But when I started over wrestling in WP Wrestling Portugal, I only wrestled men, and had a “killer” attitude about it (pun intended). I was in it to kill it. So, with the aggressiveness in my matches, the crowd started chanting “KILLER KELLY” and it was awesome. And has a way to show my appreciation for them, I decided to call myself “Killer” Kelly. It’s something different and catchy, that I have to thank the Portuguese crowd for!
You've only worked as a babyface according to what I've read, is this true? And would you ever turn heel at all?
That is very true. I’ve never been heel, but that’s something I think would be a smooth transition, since I’m not the usual babyface.
If you could say anything to potential fans and promoters, what would it be?
I’m a very socially awkward person, so let me just tell this: “Hey there potential fans and promoters! It’s “Killer” Kelly here. I’m weird, but very nice and fun to be around! And I’m sure you will like me in and outside of the ring. Obrigada!”
Have you got any future dates or projects or anything else that you want to plug?
Yes! You can see February 9th for wXw Dead End against the best in the world Toni Storm and the most funny grinding drunk ever, Session Moth Martina, and the next day I’ll be at wrestling KULT in a match with Dragonita. And UK fans… expect to see me over there very soon muwahahah!
And last but not least, are there any people or organisations you’d like to give a special thank you / shout out to?
I’d like to give a huge thanks to WP Wrestling Portugal for making me believe I could be a wrestler, RCW in Spain for giving me my first international booking, and to wXw for believing in me and giving me a place to grow and to be successful. And of course, a huge thanks to all of the people who stuck with me and this crazy dream, and to all of you amazing fans. You ALL rock! And if you’d like, you can continue supporting me by going to my online store.
Thanks Vince [PWW Owner] for this interview, and thanks to all of you who read it!