Lizzy Styles is a British professional wrestler from Liverpool, working on the British indy circuit in companies such as Empire, Shield Wrestling and Tidal Championship Wrestling.
How long have you been in the business and what made you want to become a professional wrestler?
I started training 6 years ago and started wrestling infront of live crowds around 4 years ago. I watched wrestling a lot as a child, around 4 years of age. I absolutely loved Randy Orton and Maria Kanellis, they were the reasons I started training.
What would you consider the hardest part about being professional female athlete in a male dominated sport?
The hardest thing for me with being a female wrestler is that barely anyone takes you seriously, which I hate. Everytime I step in the ring I don’t act as if I’m a female wrestler, I’m just a normal wrestler!
What are some of your career highlights?
I can proudly say that I was the first ever British wrestler to wrestle for Stardom and travel to Japan at 17 years of age. No one else has ever done that. That’s history made already! The youngest to ever go over for them and the first British! Also just sayin I’ve been to japan and done it, it was always a goal from starting out.
If you can name 3 wrestlers who influence your style, who would they be?
Well, I sort of always tried to take bits from every different wrestler that I loved, so I always took moves from the likes of Randy Orton and I tried to take some from Owen Hart. Most recently I would say my style is exactly like CJ Banks. I watch every match he has and can not help but take most things that he does and add it to my own collection. It’s a compliment for him though I guess! Haha
Who would you put on the Mount Rushmore of women's Wrestling?
Oh god, I don’t really know. I think up to date now, I really like Naomi from WWE, I think she’s really good. But then I also liked Beth Phoenix because when I was young she was wrestling for WWE and she looked different to everyone else and she didn’t care about that.
Who would you say is/are the next breakthrough female star(s) in British Wrestling?
I don’t really know. There’s females that I’d love to work with that I haven’t before, but I don’t know about next breakthrough. I’d love to work Jinny, she’s someone I’d love to work. I most recently wrestled Little miss Roxy and I loved it, so I don’t really know.
Who are your favourite and dream opponents?
In British Wrestling I would say I want to work with Jinny, but also from being a young girl and the reason wanting to Wrestling was Maria Kanellis so one day I’d love to maybe do that just because she was always my favourite.
What do you think of the current state of women’s wrestling?
I think recently it is a lot better, but also we still don’t get looked at as ‘proper’ wrestlers, to most people we are just eye candy, which unfortunately is true. That’s why everytime I wrestle I leave a mark for myself that I’m not just a female wrestler. I want to be looked at as a professional wrestler and not just eye candy.
How does it make you feel when people discriminate women’s wrestling and what should be done about it?
Well to me, it’s life. People aren’t always gonna like everything. Not everyone is gonna like women’s wrestling and it’s not for everyone! So therefor I understand, but at the same time it makes me question what I’m doing wrong if so many people don’t like what females do.
What companies do you currently wrestle in?
I currently wrestle for Megaslam Wrestling more than I wrestle anywhere else. Just Do Wrestling, BWE, Empress Pro, South Shields Pro Wrestling, Empire Wrestling.
Do you believe women can, let's say, one day main event a show like WWE's Wrestlemania?
Well, if I didn’t think that then I wouldn’t be still doing it! ;)
One last question. What’s next for you? Where are you going / what are your plans?
I am really happy with how everything has planned out for me so far. My goals when I started were obviously America one day, and Japan. Japan is already tick listed. I have another abroad trip for the new year coming up so I’ll leave you all to wait and see where that is! In the future of course I’d love to be working in America but for now I’m happy with what I’m doing and where I’m going.
Are there any people or organisations you’d like to give a special thank you / shout out to?
Of course all my trainers that I train with, the infinite school for helping me out when I was going through a hard time with my old training place a few years ago. And mainly CJ Banks because without being Biased. I have learned more than I ever thought I could from one person, he helps more than anyone and it’s nice to have someone with the background he does helping me, I’m basically a female CJ Banks ;)