If there's any woman on the independent
wrestling circuit that reads future WWE Diva
it's Ashley Lane
. On the surface that
can be attested to her blonde hair, stunning looks and
petite body, a mold that Vince McMahon
deemed the ideal look for a Women's Wrestler. But too
often we associate a sexy woman as being less capable
in the ring, a stigma that the WWE
created after throwing countless models and aspiring
actresses in the ring who were not up to par with seasoned
grapplerettes. There's a difference in this case though--Ashley
is no model turned wrestler. She is has been paying
her dues and honing her craft, all stemming from a childhood
love for wrestling, in which she notes that her dream
has been to be WWE women's champion since the age of
is most know for her stint in
where she is featured
in Volumes 15 through 20. There she tagged with Nevaeh
with her remarkable
athleticism. She has already held the Ohio championship
Women's Championship and is contending
for the Shimmer Tag Team title
can be sure that this girl will hold a number of titles
within the coming years. While she haven't lived the
dream of becoming WWE Women's Champ
she's living her dream competing in the ring and having
the opportunity to do what she loves most as much as
she can. In an exclusive Lethalwow.com interview she
talks about working for Shimmer, Dave Prazak,
Allison Danger, TNA, WWE, Shantelle Taylor, ODB, Tracy
and much more.
I'm glad that you took the time out of your schedule
for lethalwow. com--You have definitely been developing
a following here on the Internet and around the country.
What has been going on with you for these past few weeks?
Lane (Madison Rayne):
thank you for taking the time to interview me…the
last few weeks I’ve been laying low a bit, giving
my body a chance to recoup from the crazy summer I had…I’ve
been doing a lot of studying lately though, and training,
keeping myself in good ring shape and getting ready
for shimmer in a few weeks.
Studying? Is this wrestling related or college related?
studying I mean studying my craft…Studying different
styles of wrestling…studying my future opponents and
re-watching my own matches to learn from my past mistakes.
Earlier this year, there was some buzz about your being
injured...was this true?
had a minor setback in early august…nothing major,
I’m back in the ring at one hundred percent right
now, but I had a nagging injury that I needed to get
taken care of while it was just that, and nothing serious.
I missed out on a few shows, and was pretty bummed about
that, but I’ve taking care of myself in the meantime
so I’m as good as new now.
Would you like to elaborate on what this injury was
or would you rather not?
rather just keep a low profile on the injury. It was
a small injury but it needed to be fixed before it became
a bigger problem.
A lot of people took notice to you in SHIMMER
Volumes 15 & 16, how has it been working
for the promotion and what relevance do you see it having
in the industry as we speak?
has been an absolute blessing to me. When I debuted
last November, I was one of the newest girls in the
locker room. To have the opportunity to compete with
some of the best women in the world and really show
what I’m made of is awesome. I think they've got
something really great there. They give women in this
business a platform to showcase their abilities on,
and it's helped jump start a few girls' careers! I'm
glad to be a part of that!
Any thoughts on the man behind Shimmer; Dave
Prazak and Allison Danger?
can't say enough good things about the two of them.
They saw something in me when no one else was ready
to and the support they give all of us is incredible.
Dave has an eye for good talent, and
Allison is one of the most talented
women in professional wrestling. Together, they run
a pretty tight ship, and are a big part of why Shimmer
is so successful!
In Shimmer Volume 17
, you and Nevaeh
were defeated by "The Experience
& Lexie Fyfe
, who has been wrestling since
the 1980's, and Fyfe
, a respected technician
in her own right--did you realize the significance at
the time? How was it working with these ladies?
at a show in Cleveland a
couple years ago. She had no idea who I was, but she
still took the time to give me a few pointers to help
me along. I knew going into that match that Nevaeh
and I had our hands full. They were all-around more
experienced than us. We looked at it as a time to prove
to ourselves and everyone else what we've got and although
we didn't come out on top, I think we learned a lot
from being in the ring with those two and coming out
still standing at the end. I'm looking forward to the
Speaking of the 80's, former GLOW Women's
Champion Lisa Morretti (Ivory)
refereed a huge match in your career--tell us about
if a first match doesn't make someone nervous enough,
mine was at my old high school, with all my family and
friends there, and Ivory as the special
guest referee for the match! It was so much fun though.
She was incredible to work with and she really helped
us out that night! People say you never forget your
first match, and to this day, I don't think there's
been much, if anything, top that night.
In Shimmer Volume 18, you finally picked
up a win in the promotion, you and Nevaeh
defeated Lacey & Rain.
In volume 19, you were victorious again over Cat
Power & Veronika Vice.
How has it been working with Nevaeh?
and I wrestled each other for two years straight, all
over Ohio, before we started tagging together. By that
time, we knew each other like the backs of our own hands.
We are best friends inside the ring, and out. I think
that gives us an advantage against other teams. We're
like sisters; we're going to fight to the death for
each other. We can read each other so well, I really
think our chemistry in the ring is going to take us
You and Neavah will compete in the
Shimmer tag team championship gauntlet.
What are your thoughts? Is that a belt you will like
to add to your championship list?
have our hands full this time going into the tag team
gauntlet. As a team, Nevaeh and I already
have losses against two of the teams, and in my debut
match, Portia and Nicole Matthews
got the best of Lorelei Lee and I.
We're coming into this match more focused than ever
though. We've been pushing ourselves to the max. Since
the last Shimmer show and I have a
feeling people are going to see a whole new Nevaeh and
Ashley lane this time. We're coming determined to wear
the tag team titles home at the end of the night.
also played a substantial
part in your career. You are a 2-time OCW Women's
and have wrestling quite a few
matches for the promotion. Enlighten those of us who
are who are not familiar with the promotion.
is based out of a small town in Ohio (Coshocton), where
I grew up. I was trained there by the owner of the company,
. They have done big things
for my career. Giving me the opportunity to test my
skills against some of the top names in women's wrestling
, Hailey Hatred
OCW is the first place I tasted championship gold as
well! I guess we can blame them for my drive to hold
another championship come October.
You've taken on or teamed with a few of the Knockouts,
namely Shantelle Taylor, ODB
and Tracy Brooks. Any matches, thoughts
or experiences you care to share?
three ladies gave me a run for my money, I’m telling
ya! ha-ha. Really though, when I think back, working
with each of them taught me so much. Shantelle
taught me how turn my size disadvantage into speed and
fire. Tracy took me under her wing
and some of her advice goes with me everywhere now…and
my match with ODB helped me prove to
myself that no matter how hard I get hit…and I
got hit hard that night…that I can and will get
back up and keep on going…they're awesome and
I’m really happy to see all 3 of them where they
there now being a TNA Women's Division,
and the WWE Division, is your ultimate
goal to work for either of the Top 2?
goal since I was 9 was to be WWE women's
champion. It's a goal I’ve been working towards
for 13 years. With the up and coming women's division
in TNA now, it'd be living a dream
for me to one day be a part of either of those companies.
you had to choose a career path of one federation, the
, to work
for first, which would it be and why?
both offer so many advantages that I’d be thrilled
to have a contract with either one.
's objective from day one with their
women's division was to get women in there whose passion
is wrestling, and showcase beautiful women with incredible
talent to the world. And they've done exactly that…WWE
has gone through stages with their women's division,
but I feel like it's at a point now where, regardless
of whether they grew up with aspirations to be there,
or have been signed by chance and in the meantime fallen
in love with the sport, they have a good core group
of women athletes as well.
A lot of people have said that you have the WWE
Diva look and would make it in the WWE.
What are your thoughts?
flattering to me if people do say that, because the
WWE divas are some of the most beautiful
women in the world. I hope they're right, I hope someday
I do make it. But until that day comes, I’m going
to keep training, keep focused on what my goal is, and
keep embracing every opportunity I get along the way.
If I never make it to TNA or WWE,
I’ve always said that getting in the ring at all
has been a dream come true.
What are your goals for 2009?
was good to me…I achieved a lot and I feel like
I grew both in the ring, and in my personal life…I
feel with the opportunities I was given this past year…consistently
wrestling for shimmer, getting a debut match with ring
of honor…that it's made me even more hungry and
determined than ever…fingers crossed, and god
willing, 2009 will bring big things for me.
Where can anyone get videos or DVDs of any of your matches?
Dvd's with me included can be found on the Shimmer
website at www.Shimmerathletes.Com
at the OCW
and very soon, a compilation of some of my best matches,
stay tuned for more information on that.
Thanks again for the interview!!! Lethalwow.
Carlton: Thank you for your time!