Sienna: “I Don’t Think it’s a Bad Thing for Girls to be Tough” (Exclusive Interview)

According to Impact Wrestling website, “Newcomers and existing Knockouts beware, Sienna is one of the most dominant women in professional wrestling and she is on a mission to make sure no one forgets it!” Because when the woman removes her feathered collar to come in the ring, she becomes a fierce competitor, with a unique style made of wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. Her style is way closer to the men’s one than any other Knockout on the roster.

SteelChair Magazine had the opportunity to talk to Sienna a few days ago. The former 2-time Knockouts Champion has no fear, no limits. Another very unique woman in wrestling who has no problems to talk about them.

When I tweeted about the Rosemary interview I did a month ago, you replied to me questioning the “unique” in her. So now, as I can ask you the question back,  what makes Sienna unique?

Sienna is a little rough from edges. A lot of women focus on their look, their gear or things like that. Sienna is not concerned with those things. And even though she portrays herself as being classy and tries to show people that she’s a classy lady, she’s proven over time to be a kind of brute, kind of rough edges regarding brawling around the ring instead of wrestling inside.

You’re portraying a bad girl, a heel in many ways. Do you think you can be a role model for young girls and at the same time portraying this rough character?

I definitely do because I don’t think it’s a bad thing for girls to be tough. And also it’s very interesting playing the bad guy on TV and being a role model for young girls because a lot of things that I do or Sienna does on TV are bad and are not the right thing to do. I try to be a role model, especially via social media, because a lot of people take what you put on social media more seriously than what they’re seeing on TV. I made a point to express that women can be happy and be themselves. I’ve been vocal on social media about not getting plastic surgery and not to judge anyone who has gotten it or want it. Do whatever makes you happy. I also feel bad for girls who feel like they have to do things like that in order to be valuable or have some type of self-worth. So if I can show them that you don’t need that to get on TV or to be successful on TV or to be beautiful or to be strong, then I would love to be able to relay that.

Last January, during the tapings you were rushed to hospital with a serious health issue. How are you now?

I’m doing a lot better, basically back to my normal life. I was very vocal about what happened on social media. I’m still under medication now but hopefully next month, I’ll be able to answer on when I can return to the ring. But I’m already back to going to the gym and lifting heavy and I’m basically back to a normal life. It was actually the day after I tapped the match versus Allie, the one that just aired last Thursday, I was sent to a hospital with very severe pain in my ribs and my back. I thought I dislocated a rib or tore a muscle in my back. It was the worst pain I’ve ever felt. So now in my mind, it makes sense why I lost to Allie because I clearly had other things going on. She had me at the right time.

Even if you’re not sure when you’re back in the ring, as of now, what’s your opinion on the upcoming Lucha Underground/Impact Wrestling partnership for WrestleCon and Manchester show in September? How do you feel about these new partnerships and coming back to the UK?

I’m excited, I’m really hoping that I’m cleared to wrestle by that time. I have high hopes to return to the UK and I’m very excited to do so. I was actually just there in the UK last November for Southside Wrestling and I had a lot of fun. I love the country and I still haven’t got the chance to visit London so I would like to go back and visit it at some point. I’m very excited and all the partnerships are exciting it’s fun to join forces with other people and you get such a great variety of talent that way and you get to see so many dream matches and I’m also pumped for IMPACT vs. Lucha Underground at WrestleCon weekend. Even though I can’t wrestle on the show I will be there and I’m sure it’ll end up on the twitch stream somewhere because I believe we’re filming things all weekend so I’m sure my face will pop up at some point but the matches that they’ve announced are already epic and I’m excited to see them and I’m very interested to see how Allie will do against Taya.

You were an MMA fighter and you told me a few months ago that you would come back to the Octagon again. Because you’re an MMA fighter, what do you think about this current rush of talents coming from the Octagon to the squared circle?

It’s definitely interesting to see the tables turn because before a lot of women in pro wrestling wanted to try MMA. A lot of MMA fans look down on pro wrestling so it’s interesting to see now top stars from MMA. And males too, because guys are coming into pro wrestling as well. It’s interesting to see how it gets around now.

You posted some very nice pictures on Twitter with the Knockouts when you were doing the tapings in January. New girls arrived in January, like Kiera Hogan or Su Yung. In the Knockout roster, as it is right now, how do you feel in the middle of these new bunch of girls?

Changes have been really great so far and I love to see new Knockouts added to the roster. We have a good group of girls and it’s good to see new people coming up basically. They are new challenges so it keeps things exciting and interesting. I wrestled Su Yung on indies before, when we were working for SHINE in Tampa, Florida. She’s definitely crazy. I am sure we will cross paths and wrestle in IMPACT Wrestling.

We are talking a lot about Women’s Evolution/Revolution, something Impact started way before WWE. What is your opinion on it as a wrestler, and mostly an Impact wrestler? Do you think more things can happen and more steps can be reached?

Any positive view we can get on female athletes and their abilities, as opposed to just how they look, giving them serious matches, giving them time in their matches, giving them important storylines and main-eventing shows and even pay-per-views, any of that is a step in the right direction and the good thing for women everywhere. Of course, there’ll always more we can do, things that have not yet been done. There are several things I would love to do on television that other companies haven’t really touched. So there will always be more to do.

Last July you were involved in a Last Knockout Standing match with Rosemary. Tables, chairs, trash can, barriers, gates were involved. It’s not the kind of women matches we’re used to watching on TV. Speaking of that, what kind of stipulation matches or intergender matches would you be interested to be in?

There are some stipulations that I’ve already done but I haven’t done them on Impact yet so, for example, I haven’t had a cage match on impact I’ve had a few outside on the indies. I would love to explore that on the Impact stage.

I was recently thinking about my dog collar match with Jessicka Havok on SHINE wrestling in 2014. That was definitely a scary match because people look at the dog collar and they go “oh yeah, you’re connected, you can’t get away from it” but the collar was probably the most terrifying part to me because you have someone pulling at your neck on the other end. And your neck is not that strong. You can do bridges and try to stretch it out, but at the end of the day, your neck is pretty fragile. So to have some pulling on it, one false move you can snap your neck you could collapse your oesophagus so it’s pretty terrifying. However, the story that you can tell on a match like that is also beautiful and I enjoyed my match with Jessica Havok so I would love to do that on a bigger stage. And in terms of intergender matches, I have been trying to fight Bobby Lashley for the last few years. I actually tweeted out at the beginning of this year that I wanted to wrestle all guys because I was sick of these odds.

When I first started wrestling, I just wrestled guys because there was one woman with me where I was training. So I wrestled a lot of guys because there were no other girls. Sometimes I just miss working with guys because it’s a different element. I’m used to being the bigger one, so it’s nice when I have someone who’s actually bigger than me. And also there are so many more male wrestlers than there are female, so it opens up more gates to do fun matches and square off with talents that you wouldn’t necessarily work with.

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