Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Angel Orsini / Riptide / Prodigette, part 1

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Wrestler: Angel Orsini
Real Name: Angel Orsini
Born: August 26, 1969
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Height & Weight: 5'6" - 155 lbs
Trained by: Liz Chase, Dusty Rhodes
Pro Wrestling Debut: October 1996
Previous Gimmicks: Prodigette (ECW), Riptide (Indy), FBI Angel Orsini
Finishing Move: Moonsault, Super Frankensteiner
Favorite Wrestling Moves: Suplex, Bridge Suplex
Notable Feuds: Liz Chase, Luna Vachon, Jazz, Dawn Marie, Lexie Fyfe, Mighty Hiedi, April Hunter, Ariel, Mercedes Martinez , Simply Lucious

Angel Orsini is an American professional wrestler, bodybuilder and former mixed martial arts fighter, best known by her ringname Riptide, who has competed in North American independent promotions including Women Extreme Wrestling, Ohio Valley Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling, best known as The Prodigette who managed the stable Sideshow Freaks during the last years of the promotion.

Born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Orsini became involved in bodybuilding and strength training in 1991 and, the following year, began studying Tae Kwon Do and Hopkido.

During 1993, she competed as a heavyweight in the North Miami Beach Bodybuilding Championship and the South Florida Bodybuilding Championships winning second place in both competitions.

After three years of training, Orsini became a Black Belt and entered an instructor training program eventually teaching Tae Kwon Do. That same year, she began training with Bart Vale in freefighting and mixed martial arts.

She began fighting professionally in 1996, winning the Florida State Continuous Fighting Championship before travelling to Japan to make her MMA debut against Yokimiko Hotta in March 1996.

While in Japan, Orsini was persuaded by female wrestler Reggie Bennett to enter professional wrestling after watching Japanese female wrestling. Returning to the United States, she began training under Liz Chase in Royal Palm Beach, Florida and made her debut five months later facing Joanni Lee Lauer at the Iron Horse Saloon in Ormond Beach, Florida in October 1996.

She soon began wrestling for the Fabulous Moolah's Ladies International Wrestling Federation and eventually won several championship titles including the Sunshine Wrestling Federation Women's Championship defeating Luna Vachon in 1997 and defeated her trainer Liz Chase for the Florida Championship Wrestling and Ultimate Wrestling Federation titles during the next two years.
In 1999, she became less active on the independent circuit fighting a mixed martial arts match for the hybrid-MMA promotion Pancrase at the Bronco Bowl in Dallas, Texas and again competing in the South Florida Bodybuilding Championships receiving second place. She also appeared twice on The Jenny Jones Show on a segment about women who intimidate men regarding their occupation and, the following year, on women in abusive relationships.

Orsini began wrestling in international promotions during the next year, touring Peru with Lita and participated in the Trans-Atlantic Challenge while in Great Britain.

Orsini, who had previously sent a video tape her wrestling matches to ECW, was hired by promoter Paul Heyman and began appearing as The Prodigette managing the stable Sideshow Freaks which included Simon Diamond, Johnny Swinger, The Muskateer, Tom Marquez and Bilvis Wesley.

Feuding with Jazz, she also contronted male wrestlers including Jerry Lynn who put her in a piledriver at her last appearance at the ECW Arena. Staying with the promotion until its close in 2001, she was forced to miss the last house show after being severely injured in a car accident.

Although doctors had told Orsini that she had suffered a career ending injury, she successfully returned to wrestling within six months and later won the PGWA Championship from Susan Green, she dedicated her victory to the memory of her trainer Liz Chase who passed away earlier that year.

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