Don't mistake her for Jazz
name is Josie
, and she's drop-kicking
her way to becoming a legend in her own right. She has
admitted to being mistaken for these women on past occasions
however, women's wrestling aficionados know better. The
majority of women's wrestling enthusiasts were delighted
to see her challenge Awesome Kong
's 2008 Slammiversary
With tenacity, she slapped Kong
face, getting a huge rise out of the crowd. This left
an instant impression on those who were seeing her for
the first time. On August 28, 2008 on TNA Impact! she
returned as Sojourner Bolt
and was once
again defeated by Awesome Kong
night, google.com searches for "Sojourner Bolt
brought Lethalwow.com numerous visitors, she undoubtedly
left an impression.
At Bound for Glory IV
, she rose to the
occasion once again as she and Eric Young
defeated Christy Hemme
in the steel asylum. Josie
is determined to securing a contract to wrestle full time
with a top company. She has already taken Ohio
by storm; winning the OVW
on four occasions, defeating
and Serena Deeb
an exclusive interview for lethalwow, she talks about
OVW, Shimmer, TNA and more. You can be sure that with
her perseverance she will Pop, Lock and Drop her way to
Thanks for taking the time
to answer some questions--Firstly, It's been great seeing
you in TNA
. What has that experience
been like for you?
It was great. The locker-room was so welcoming. I have
worked with a good portion of the roster in past in various
promotions, so there was a lot of catching up with people.
It’s nice walking into the locker-room and be greeted
you've encountered the phenomenon that is Awesome
--what further insight can you give about
the women that has captivated the wrestling world?
She is the real deal…I doubt I will ever encounter
another wrestler like her anywhere in the world. She has
incredible intensity. I feel fortunate to have had the
opportunity to face her 3 times.
What's your current status
Wrestling? What's the likelihood
of us seeing you as a full time competition the promotion?
My current status is I am a wrestler aka independent contractor.
You would have to talk to the powers that be at TNA
to get the answer to that question but I would say there
is a good chance of seeing Sojourner Bolt
in action again soon.
Besides being graced with
your presence in TNA
, 2008 has been a
great year for you...you defeated WWE Diva
back in February 27, 2008 to
win the OVW Women's Championship
was that moment for you? What was it like working with
Honestly, it caught me by surprise. I’m not the
kind of wrestler that focuses on titles. The OVW
was on the waist of
for over 5 months when
won it from her. The next week
I won it clean. If you look at the women who held and
fought for that title in the past, ODB
, Serena Deeb
that moment I joined a very exclusive club of women who
represented the female face of one of the most important
wrestling companies in the world. That is what I am proud
of. Katie Lea
is cool to work with. She
had a lot of creative ideas in her time at OVW
ended their relationship with OVW
a developmental territory on February 7th 2008; do you
think that decreased you chances of being signed with
? You've mentioned a career highlight
of having a try-out match with the WWE
tell us about that.
Not at all. Danny Davis
still have a strong relationship
with WWE. Danny Davis
has been a big
supporter of mine and was sending my matches and photos
to talent relations long before the pull out. I’ve
been to a few “try-outs” in the past 6 years.
I have had to make a lot of changes to become more of
a marketable product. My progress is being monitored.
You have since won the title
on two more occasions, defeating Serena Deeb
tell us about that.
Actually, I am a 4 time OVW Women’s Champion
and I have been battling back
and forth since last year. We have freaking great matches.
She’s incredibly talented and has gotten the best
of me 3 times…hence I am no longer the champ.
Another top promotion associated
with you is Shimmer
...we haven't seen
you as of late in SHIMMER
--will you compete
in a Shimmer show in the near future?
is one of the best
companies out there showcasing women’s wrestling.
I am proud to have been a part of the roster. They always
say never say never in wrestling but I am not booked for
them at this time.
On October 13, 2007
for SHIMMER Volume 16, Josie and "The
Portuguese Princess" Ariel defeated Portia Perez & Nicole
You have worked with the
best in the industry, who are some noteworthy ladies that
you will like to mention?
I am very lucky to have had the opportunities that I’ve
had. Early on in my career I got to work a long feud with
out of Harley Races camp.
She is an incredible wrestler and now one of my best friends
in the world. I wouldn’t have made it this far with
out the guidance of Malia Hosaka
. Their mentoring in and out
of the ring is a valuable asset to the world of women’s
professional wrestling. It’s rare and more girls
should reach out to them for help. I’ve had some
sweet matches with MsChif
, Sara Del Ray
On March 24, 2007in
NWA Midwest: MsChif defeated Josie
to retain the NWA Women's title
Who have you never worked
with and would want to work with in the future? or inactive
wrestlers that you would have want to worked with?
There are a couple. I was training at OVW
when Beth Phoenix
was there. We have
tagged together and against each other in OVW
but no singles matches. Getting Jacqueline
in the ring would be a dream come true. Of the currently
inactive, Nora Greenwald
Oh and the recently retired April Hunter
People don’t know that we live on the same street
and work out together fairly often.
In the past, we've have a
handful of phenomenal African American female wrestlers,
you're no exception, when it's all said and done, you'll
be in the ranks of icon Jackie Moore
, Awesome Kong
--as a wrestler
period, however, would you say the journey is harder or
easier for a minority in the business?
It’s a double edge sword really. In some ways it
has probably gotten me more work but there are places
I could not work due to people’s ignorance. I find
that wrestling still has a lot of people stuck in the
middle ages when it comes to race. I see it more being
a woman from Minnesota now living in Kentucky. In 6 years,
I have only had one bad experience due to a racial slur.
What I find funny is I have been told I look like all
the women you mentioned and I think we can all agree they
look nothing like each other.
What are your goals or what
you hope to accomplish in 2009?
I am still working on my 2008 goals. Right now in 2008,
I am working on securing a contract. In 2009 I want to
secure a permanent role on television and do what I love,
I want to thank my family, my friends,
and all my fan around the world. I couldn't have made
it this far without all of you.
Look for Josie everyweek on OVW
TV and Sojourner Bolt
on TNA. And if
you can't wait that long look me up on Myspace at www.myspace.com/josiebomb2
Carlton: Thank you for your time!