Women Underground - NHC Music talks to Kasey Owens, ICW Wrestler - Jenny Tingle

At Shug’s Hoose Party 4, Kasey Owens won the ICW Womens Championship in a swift and brutal showdown against Kay Lee Ray.

ICW stands for Insane Wrestling Championship with good reason. Founded in Glasgow in 2006 at Maryhill Community Centre by Mark Dallas, ICW is now UK-wide, with events taking place in venues as big as Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.

Prior to her involvement with ICW, Kasey has wrestled all around the world, with a long stint spent in Japan. NHC Music caught up with her for a chat.

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Hi Kasey!

Thanks for taking the time to chat to NHC music! How are you?

I’m great thanks for having me.

In July, you won The ICW Womens Championship at Shug’s Hoose Party, defeating Kay Lee Ray in a brutal fight lasting less than one minute! What did that feel like?

It took a while to process it all. It happened so fast that at that time I didn’t quite know what to do. Being handed the Championship after beating (in my eyes) one of the greatest wrestlers this country has to offer in such a short space of time was mind boggling.

When did you discover your passion for wrestling?

The moment I started watching it with my big brother when I was very young.

Fighting and training must take a toll on you physically. Do you often have to fight matches while nursing an injury?

Oh yeah but that’s down to my own stubbornness and not wanting to let fans down. I took a bad fall in ICW and misjudged a dive from the top turnbuckle to the outside and pretty much just plummeted to the floor landing on my back. I continued to finish the match but I was in agony as soon as it finished and the adrenaline wore off. But I had another booking the following week for Pro EVE. Dann saw the footage and was like “Look we understand if you cant make it - its ok”, but in my usual fashion I made the booking and worked around the injury.

Wrestling isn’t just fighting- each wrestler’s personal backstory and character is at the forefront of matches. When you’re in the ring, do you feel like Kasey Owens is an alter ego, or a part of yourself which can be let loose while you fight?

Its exactly that; in most cases it is your own personality times 10, but there’s also that opportunity to play around with other elements and become a completely different person. When I go through the curtain it’s not me going out anymore it’s Kasey.

What was the hardest match you ever fought and why?

Vs Kay Lee Ray Main event match ICW.

We literally threw everything at each other in this match, we know each other so well and how the other thinks and moves in the ring. So it was a hard fought match from beginning to end until the numbers game overwhelmed me.

If you’re having an off-day, what helps you gear up before a fight?

Seeing everyone at the show and feeding off their energy really and knowing that there are fans there for me and I can’t let them down. So I shake it off and try my best every time to make sure they go home happy

Which wrestlers inspire you most?

Eddie Guerrero, Gail kim, Lita.

But the one who’s helped mould me into the wrestler I am today is BT Gunn. He’s been so supportive and led me in the right direction and pushed me when I was at my lowest points.

You’ve wrestled all around the world! What are the most important things you’ve learned from touring?

Respect and hard work gets you where you need to be. If you ever want anything you must work for it. The best out there never stop training -be it watching matches back in the gym or training schools perfecting their craft.

Are there any up-and-coming talents who you think deserve more attention?

Millie McKenzie is definitely one. She reminds me a lot of a young Toni Storm.

What advice would you give to aspiring wrestlers?

Keep your head down, work your butt off and never take anything for granted. Take all the advice and critique you can and never stop trying to be the best. Because the moment you stop there’s always another working just as hard if not harder.

Thanks for your time!

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