By Session Moth Martina
Hi, everyone. I hope you are all keeping well and keeping the fridge stocked with beer! I know it’s hard, but we are getting through this. For my second RING OF HONOR blog, I decided to write a bit about how I became Session Moth Martina and my time on the Irish wrestling scene before it exploded, as I think a lot of ROH's fans might not know much about it seeing as I’m the first Irish wrestler signed with the company!
I’ll start at the very beginning with how I began training. I had always loved wrestling, but in 2010-2011 I had no idea how someone became a wrestler. I had never heard of Irish wrestling schools or shows. I only knew what was on TV.
In January 2011, I had gotten tickets for me and my partner to go see TNA in the national stadium in Dublin, a show many current ROH stars were on, such as Angelina Love and a young Mark Haskins. There I met some guys who introduced themselves as professional wrestlers for a school called Main Stage Wrestling, and I was fascinated. They told me about their training and I instantly thought I could never do it, but couldn’t get it out of my head.
A month later I decided why not give it a try. So I went down to a class and found that as difficult as it was, it was pretty thrilling to even try it, as I loved professional wrestling so much I just wanted to be around it, with no thoughts of where it would go. I never even imagined doing a show; I just wanted to do it as a hobby.
Soon this hobby became an obsession. I began training four times a week. I met my friends there. It was now my life. I trained very hard and was told I was going to be used in a battle royal for all my efforts, so I had to quickly get some clothes and a name.
That’s where Kazza G was born, my nickname among my friends. I quickly chose it last minute along with some store-bought shorts and top I found. As soon as I made my debut, I was hooked. I hardly even knew what I was doing, but I knew I wanted to keep doing it.
After that, I quickly went on to have my first proper match for a promotion called Wrestling.ie. I was terrified to do it, but was assured I would be OK, as I was in a mixed tag against my trainer Joe Cabray, and from what I recall, I don't think it was as bad as it probably was.
At this time in Ireland there were very few female wrestlers. I think including myself, maybe three, from different parts of the country. So my training was always with the guys and mixed, but luckily they never treated me any different to the rest of the class, which I think has been a vital part of me becoming the wrestler I am today.
Also in Ireland at this time, shows had very little production value. It was catered to children and families and didn't run very often. We were lucky to get a show a month in Dublin, of which we had to go out and flyer door to door a few times a week to try and draw a crowd, but we enjoyed it as it was all part of the wrestling business.
Kazza G didn’t have a character. I was usually babyface and came out to pop music and screamed, “Come on!” I was a very generic babyface looking back, but because there were so few women in Ireland and the prospect of working abroad wasn’t even thought of, I had no real need or push to try and stand out and set myself apart.
Eventually, the promotion Wrestling.ie started to run weekly shows all over the country every weekend in new spots with the top talent in Ireland, and I was lucky enough to get to be a part of it. I learned so much about working a crowd being out there every weekend and getting comfortable, learning how to live on the road, and learning from the guys that created our scene in Ireland on road trips.
From 2011 until the beginning of 2015 -- when I came up with Session Moth Martina because Over The Top Wrestling started and breathed life into the adult fans of wrestling -- I wrestled as Kazza G nearly every weekend.
There weren’t as many fans of wrestling around, no Twitter hype, no merch, hardly even any fans at the shows. It was very, very different to how wrestling is today. The idea of breaking out to the UK, Japan and the States never even crossed my mind. It seemed impossible. But I stuck with wrestling in these times not for glory or gain, but just out of pure love for wrestling.
Those years of Kazza G are so important to me and made me who I am. Everything that has happened since has been nothing short of a dream.