Cheerleader Melissa
Professional wrestler
Cheerleader Melissa
Melissa Anderson is an American professional wrestler, better known by her ring name Cheerleader Melissa. She is best known for her work in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, where she worked as Alissa Flash and Raisha Saeed. She is currently performing on the independent circuit for promotions such as Pro Wrestling Revolution and Shimmer Women Athletes.
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Expectations, Standards, and Women's Wrestling
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
The Diva's championship match between AJ Lee and Kaitlyn that took place at WWE Payback on June 16 in Chicago has earned a lot of praise from both fans and pundits alike. In the span of 10 minutes, they exceeded the expectations of many (including myself) and put on one of the better Diva's matches of late. Some even went so far as to call the match great and the second best match of the night. Throwing the word "great" out there is a step too far and demonstrates a major roadblock with why we don't have great women's wrestling in WWE -- our expectations and standards are just too damn low. So much of the praise and accolades for the match are tinged with the backhanded and ever present "for a Divas/women's match" qualifier. If we are judging AJ vs. Kaitlyn by the same standards that we would a men's match, it was simply decent and not much more than that. If it sounds like I am trying to denigrate women's wrestling, that is not the case. I am denigrating what WWE lam ...
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In Photos: WWE Superstars Help Raise Funds for Newark
Newark Patch - almost 5 years
The Super-Plex, Twist of Fate, and sudden Spears all were maneuvers dished out at the Newark Memorial High School Event Center by wrestling legends who came to town to support the high school on Saturday. Longtime industry veteran Kirk White and his independent wrestling agency Big Time Wrestling held its BTW SuperShow 2012, in which attendees had the opportunity to get signatures and meet former World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars: "The Masterpiece" Chris Masters, Daivari, Bobby Lashley, and former one-half WWE Tag Team Champion Matt Hardy.        Dozens lined up before 6 p.m. to experience the "meet & greet" before the show's 7:30 PM starting bell time. Tables were lined with merchandise and spots for each wrestler to set up for signatures. Once the doors flew open, anxious fans filed in to meet the four former-WWE stars of the evening. There was a buzz in the pavilion and fans were in a festive mood as event goers got their one-on-one time with the superstars.      ...
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Saraya & Mia Yim Returning to SHIMMER, New Flyer Artwork - Diva Dirt
Google News - over 5 years
Officially announced thus far for October 1st & 2nd: SHIMMER Champion Madison Eagles, SHIMMER Tag Team Champions Daizee Haze & Tomoka Nakagawa, Sara Del Rey, Cheerleader Melissa, Serena Deeb, MsChif, Mercedes Martinez, Nikki Roxx, “Portuguese Princess”
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SHIMMER Vol. 23 DVD Review: MsChif vs. Serena for top title, Melissa vs. Wesna ... - Pro Wrestling Torch
Google News - over 5 years
(9) Wesna (1-3) beat Cheerleader Melissa (10-8) at 24:07. This did not disappoint. They sized each other up before Wesna took Melissa down with a side chinlock, but Melissa blocked an arm bar with clasped hands. After being dominated, Wesna went back
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Christina Von Eerie Returning to SHIMMER and More News - Diva Dirt
Google News - over 5 years
Officially announced thus far for October 1st & 2nd: SHIMMER Champion Madison Eagles, SHIMMER Tag Team Champions Daizee Haze & Tomoka Nakagawa, Sara Del Rey, Cheerleader Melissa, Serena Deeb, MsChif, Mercedes Martinez, Nikki Roxx, “Portuguese Princess”
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Ayumi Kurihara Announced for SHIMMER Tapings in October - Diva Dirt
Google News - over 5 years
Kurihara has been able to hand losses to several SHIMMER originals, including Nikki Roxx, Sara Del Rey, Daizee Haze, and Cheerleader Melissa during her SHIMMER tenure thus far, making her a major player to keep your eyes on heading into the future
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SHIMMER WOMEN'S WRESTLING NEWS AND NOTES - Pro Wrestling Insider - Xtra
Google News - over 5 years
Officially announced thus far for October 1st & 2nd: SHIMMER Champion Madison Eagles, SHIMMER Tag Team Champions Daizee Haze & Tomoka Nakagawa, Sara Del Rey, Cheerleader Melissa, Serena Deeb, MsChif, Mercedes Martinez, Nikki Roxx, "Portuguese Princess"
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SHIMMER Vol. 22 DVD Review: Del Rey vs. Deeb III, MsChif defends Shimmer Title ... - Pro Wrestling Torch
Google News - over 5 years
(6) Cheerleader Melissa (9-8) beat Jennifer Blake (0-1) at 9:05. The two strikers went straight at it, with Blake managing to save herself on the apron and dump Melissa out in order to hit a suicide dive. Melissa unlocked the rails and slammed Blake
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SHIMMER WOMEN'S WRESTLING NEWS AND NOTES - Pro Wrestling Insider - Xtra
Google News - over 5 years
Officially announced thus far for October 1st & 2nd: SHIMMER Champion Madison Eagles, SHIMMER Tag Team Champions Daizee Haze & Tomoka Nakagawa, Sara Del Rey, Cheerleader Melissa, Serena Deeb, MsChif, Mercedes Martinez, Nikki Roxx, "Portuguese Princess"
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News in Brief: ArenaChicks Results, Former Diva at ROH, AJ vs Natalya at ... - Diva Dirt
Google News - over 5 years
Cheerleader Melissa and Jay Phenomenon won the NCW Amazones & Titans last night in Quebec. They competed in three matches in the tournament. In the finals, they beat Angie Skye and Thomas Dubois to win. * Here's one for the 'Hmm…' files
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SHIMMER Vol. 21 DVD Review: Shimmer Tag Title gauntlet, MsChif vs. Haze, Del ... - Pro Wrestling Torch
Google News - over 5 years
(7) “Portuguese Princess” Ariel (8-5) beat Cheerleader Melissa (9-7), Mercedes Martinez (5-3-1), and Amazing Kong (8-2) at 9:05 in a Four Corner Survival match. I still don't see why it's called survival without eliminations, but the corner aspect was
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15 Hottest Female Free Agents. - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
She has the looks, the talent, the attitude, no idea why Cheerleader Melissa hasn't signed with the WWE or was released from TNA. With TNA Melissa had the gimmick of Raisha Saeed who was Awesome Kong's handler. After a few months Melissa also started
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SHIMMER Vol. 20 DVD Review: MsChif vs. Martinez for Shimmer Title, Serena vs ... - Pro Wrestling Torch
Google News - over 5 years
(***1/2) (8) Cheerleader Melissa (8-7) beat LuFisto (2-1) at 12:04. LuFisto, in her inimitably cute way, tried to match Melissa's height by stepping on the ropes. Melissa tried stretches but Fisto went straight for power with a running cannonball into
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'The Bachelor' comes to Sheffield, searching for single ladies and 'true love' - Plain Dealer
Google News - over 5 years
(Cleveland native Jason Mesnick offered his final rose to former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Melissa Rycroft in the Season 13 finale, only to flip-flop soon after and propose to runner-up Molly Malaney, a 23-year-old department-store buyer from Grand
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SHIMMER Vol. 17 DVD Review: Main event tag match, Sarita vs. Lacey, Kharma ... - Pro Wrestling Torch
Google News - over 5 years
(***1/2) (9) Cheerleader Melissa & MsChif (1-1) beat Dangerous Angels (Sara Del Rey & Allison Danger) (0-0) at 24:12. Danger turned some arm-holds on MsChif into a loose Chickenwing. She further torqued her until MsChif forced a pin to escape the hold
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What Happened To All 'The Bachelor' Couples? - Zimbio
Google News - over 5 years
On the finale, he proposed to former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Melissa Rycroft, then dumped her on the reunion "After The Final Rose" episode, saying the chemistry faded. She gave him back the ring, he told Molly he still loved her, asked for another
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SHIMMER Vol. 16 DVD Review: Sarita vs. Del Rey for Shimmer Title, Kong (Kharma ... - Pro Wrestling Torch
Google News - over 5 years
Sarah as the Dark Angel earned a shot at the Shimmer Title by defeating Daizee Haze previously, while WWE's Kharma takes on her future manager (Cheerleader Melissa playing Raesha Saeed and Alissa Flash in TNA) while trying to continue her path of
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Diva Injured?, Chat w/Shelly Martinez & Corgan - ProWrestling.com
Google News - over 5 years
Martinez, as well as Raven and Cheerleader Melissa, appear in The Pumpkins' latest music video. - WWE Hall of Famer Jesse Ventura appears on the late-night syndicated radio talk show Coast To Coast AM next Tuesday. - Natalya beat Rosa Mendes in a dark
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cheerleader Melissa
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 33
    She made her debut on March 9, 2016 episode, under a mask and the ring name Mariposa, portraying Marty Martinez's sister.
    More Details Hide Details Anderson's favorite opponents include Mariko Yoshida (who innovated the Air Raid Crash finishing move that Melissa herself also uses), Wesna and Tiffany. She won Attack of the Show! 's contest, "MySpace Girl of the Week", on September 6, 2006. She appeared on the show in person rather than the usual webcam format and went on to participate in later segments of the show.
  • 2015
    Age 32
    On October 29, 2015, it was announced that Melissa will star in the El Rey program Lucha Underground and would be making her debut in the upcoming tapings for the promotion's second season.
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    She returned to the promotion on June 14, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details On July 11, Melissa teamed with Chelsea under the team name California Dolls to unsuccessfully challenge Thunder Rock (Io Shirai and Mayu Iwatani) for the Goddess of Stardom Championship.
  • 2014
    Age 31
    On March 16, 2014, Anderson, working under the ring name Melissa, returned to Japan to work for World Wonder Ring Stardom, unsuccessfully challenging Io Shirai for the World of Stardom Championship.
    More Details Hide Details From August 24 to September 23, Melissa took part in Stardom's 2014 5★Star GP. After two wins, one draw and two losses, she failed to advance to the finals of the tournament. During the stay, Melissa was also appointed the president of Stardom's newly established American branch. She would mainly be involved in booking foreigners for the promotion.
    On February 22, 2014, Melissa lost the PWR Women's Championship to Christina Von Eerie in a three-way match, which also included Savanah Riley.
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  • 2013
    Age 30
    On April 6, 2013, at the Volume 53 internet pay-per-view (iPPV) in Secaucus, New Jersey, Melissa defeated Knight in a steel cage match to win the Shimmer Championship for the second time.
    More Details Hide Details Melissa made her first successful title defense a week later on April 13 at Volume 54, where she defeated Mercedes Martinez. Later that same day on Volume 55, Melissa made another successful title defense against Courtney Rush. The following day on Volume 56, Melissa made her third and final title defense of the weekend by defeating Kalamity. Later that same day on Volume 57, Melissa took part in Allison Danger's retirement match, where she and Ayako Hamada faced Danger and Leva Bates. Melissa initially submitted Danger for the win, but the decision was reversed when Melissa turned heel and refused to let go of the hold after the match. Post-match, the evil Melissa completed her heel turn by attacking Hamada. On October 19 at Volume 58, Melissa made her fourth successful title defense against Leva Bates. Post-match Melissa attacked both Bates and the retired Allison Danger, before being chased away by LuFisto. Later that same day, after another successful defense against Hiroyo Matsumoto on Volume 59, Melissa was again run off by LuFisto, who was, as a result, named the next challenger for her Shimmer Championship. The title match between Melissa and LuFisto took place on the following day's Volume 60 and saw Melissa retain the title. Following the match, Melissa was taken to a local hospital, where she received ten stitches above her left eye. As a result, Volume 61 became the first Volume in Shimmer history, which did not feature a Cheerleader Melissa match.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2012
    Age 29
    On February 4, 2012, Flash became River City Wrestling's first female Triple Crown Champion, when she defeated Rick David for the RCW International Championship.
    More Details Hide Details She was stripped of the title on March 5, 2013. On August 10, Flash defeated Angelina Love to become the inaugural RCW Angels Division Champion.
  • 2011
    Age 28
    In December 2011, Anderson took part in TNA's Indian promotion Ring Ka King, performing as both Alissa Flash and Raisha Saeed.
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    On November 5, 2011 she made her debut for All Japan Pro Wrestling in Taiwan, teaming with Black Bushi and Dark Dragon in a six-person tag team match, where they were defeated by Bushi, Makoto and Último Dragón.
    More Details Hide Details The following day, Melissa defeated Makoto in what was billed as the first ever women's wrestling match in Taiwan.
    On October 2, 2011, at Volume 43, Melissa defeated Kana to become the number one contender to the Shimmer Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Later that same day on Volume 44, Melissa defeated Madison Eagles to become the fourth Shimmer Champion. During her title celebration, she was attacked from behind by Nicole Matthews. Melissa made her first two title defenses on March 17, 2012, defeating Nicole Matthews on Volume 45 and Portia Perez on Volume 46. The following day, after successfully defending the Shimmer Championship against Jessie McKay on Volume 47, Melissa lost the title to Saraya Knight on Volume 48. After pinning Knight to win a ten-woman elimination tag team match on October 28 at the tapings of Volume 50, Melissa was granted a rematch for the Shimmer Championship the following day on Volume 52, but was defeated after being hit with the title belt.
  • 2010
    Age 27
    In October 2010, Anderson began extending her profile internationally by making two appearances for Mexican promotion Asistencia Asesoría y Administración, under her Alissa Flash ring name, picking up tag team victories over the Moreno sisters (Cynthia and Esther) and the Apache sisters (Faby and Mari).
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    On April 10, 2010, at the tapings of Volume 29, Anderson and MsChif received a shot at the Shimmer Tag Team Championship, but were defeated by the defending champions Nicole Matthews and Portia Perez.
    More Details Hide Details The team's two back-to-back tag team losses led to Melissa dissolving her team with MsChif in order for her to focus on her singles career. On Volume 30, Anderson was defeated by Madison Eagles in a match, where the winner would receive a shot at MsChif's Shimmer Championship. The following day Anderson defeated Misaki Ohata on Volume 31 and Ayako Hamada in the main event of Volume 32, before demanding a title match from the new Shimmer Champion Eagles. She received her title match on September 11, 2010, on Volume 33, but was defeated by Eagles. The following day on Volume 36 Melissa pinned Eagles to win an eight-woman elimination tag team match, where she, Ayako Hamada, Ayumi Kurihara and Serena Deeb defeated Eagles, Daizee Haze, Sara Del Rey and Tomoka Nakagawa.
    Anderson met Del Rey later in 2010, on July 25, under the guise of her Raisha Saeed gimmick.
    More Details Hide Details It was during her Chikara debut in a tag team match, where she and Amazing Kong were defeated by Bruderschaft des Kreuzes (Haze and Del Rey). On July 3, Anderson appeared as Alissa Flash for the Texas-based promotion River City Wrestling (RCW). At Declaration of Champions, she wrestled RCW Champion Joey Spector in the main event to become the first female champion of the company. The result was however nullified on July 12, after RCW Commissioner Jeromy Sage announced that the contract for the title match stipulated that the length was supposed to be 15 minutes, but the match was 15 and a half minutes long. A rematch was scheduled on August 7 with no time limits or disqualifications, Flash won the match and the championship. On 5 May, Flash teamed with Darci Drake to defeat San Antonio's Most Wanted in a lumberjack match to win the RCW Tag Team Championship. They would hold the title for four months, before being defeated by Gulf Coast Connection (AJ Summers and Rudy Russo) on September 3. As a result of being pinned in the title match, Flash had to leave RCW for 90 days.
    Anderson won the match by disqualification after Hatred interfered, leading to a no-disqualification Three Way match in January 2010 at Back Where It All Began for the title in which Anderson was pinned by Del Rey.
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    After not being used by the company thereafter, Anderson requested her release which was granted on January 21, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details On March 14, 2011, at the tapings of the edition of March 17 of Impact!, Anderson, as Alissa Flash, made a one night return to TNA, unsuccessfully challenging Madison Rayne for the TNA Women's Knockout Championship as part of her open challenge series. On March 17, 2013, Anderson made another one night return to TNA to take part in the taping of the Knockout Knockdown pay-per-view, where she, as Alissa Flash, was defeated by Gail Kim.
    This long series of wins led to her, under the Alissa Flash name, competing against the luchadora Lady Apache to crown the inaugural PWR Women's Champion on January 30, 2010. In losing her first match in 20 months, she lost out on the championship. A year later, on February 5 she wrestled in Shantelle Malawski's retirement match, picking up the victory. On February 23, 2013, Melissa defeated Dark Angel to win the vacant PWR Women's Championship for the first time.
    More Details Hide Details She lost the title to Ivelisse Vélez on April 21 at a pay-per-view held by the Puerto Rican World Wrestling League (WWL) promotion. She regained the championship three weeks later at a PWR event on 11 May.
  • 2009
    Age 26
    Her television return occurred on the edition of July 16, 2009 of Impact! as she wrestled under the revised name of "Future Legend" Alissa Flash, losing to the debuting Sarita and attacking her afterward.
    More Details Hide Details Flash's losing streak continued in the first round of the Knockouts Tag Team Championship tournament where she and Daffney lost to Sarita and Taylor Wilde. As Flash, Anderson had a new outfit which included a streaks of make up around her eyes in tribute to Sherri Martel. She picked up her first victory on the edition of September 17 of Impact! by defeating Cody Deaner in an intergender Lumberjack match. The win, though, was largely due to interference from all the other Knockouts who were lumberjacks. Frustrated at her lack of meaningful victories, Flash interrupted an interview with newcomer Hamada by voicing her frustration at the lack of fanfare her arrival in the company received in comparison to foreign Knockouts Sarita and Hamada. Flash then began to brawl with Hamada, throwing her down the bleachers of the empty arena. The two met weeks later on October 8 Impact! in an eight-woman elimination tag team match; when both were legal members in the ring they brawled out onto the floor until they were counted out and eliminated. The following week on Super Impact! the two met in a Falls Count Anywhere match which Flash lost after taking a moonsault from Hamada through a table. She finally scored an unassisted singles win on November 12 against Traci Brooks.
    At May 26, 2009 Impact! taping, Anderson wrestled as "Future Legend" Melissa Anderson in a dark match where she was defeated by Awesome Kong.
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    With both Kong and Del Rey wanting title shots, the two tag teams were actually booked for a contendership match for the Tag Team Championship during Volume 24 on May 2, 2009, which Anderson and MsChif lost.
    More Details Hide Details After this loss, Anderson went on a four match winning streak, including avenging a loss to Wesna Busic (see above).
  • 2008
    Age 25
    On the edition of July 3, 2008 of Impact!, Saeed lost a match against newcomer Taylor Wilde which saw Wilde become number one contender for the Knockout Championship despite outside interference from Kong.
    More Details Hide Details In September her costume became a focal point for angles as Saeed became a more regular in-ring performer. On September 4's Impact! ODB pinned her and then chased her backstage, coming out later with the burqa. Kong hit ODB in the back of the head while Saeed ran to reclaim her attire, her face masked by her hair at the time. Later that month Roxxi used a burqa to disguise herself as Saeed while Kong was facing newcomer Mercedes Steele. After the match Roxxi removed her disguise and attacked Kong with a steel chair, while Saeed appeared at the top of the entrance ramp bound in ropes (implying that she had been abducted by Roxxi prior to the match). Kong took revenge, pinning Roxxi in a tag effort also involving Saeed and Wilde, respectively, but Roxxi would make a return pin on Saeed in a singles match weeks later.
    On the edition of May 1, 2008 of Impact!, Anderson appeared as her signature Cheerleader Melissa gimmick and defeated Daizee Haze in a singles match that was billed as a "try-out" for both women.
    More Details Hide Details However, she reappeared as Saeed later that night.
    In May 2008 MsChif put her NWA World Women's Championship on the line during Pro Wrestling Revolution's debut show but Anderson did not win the belt.
    More Details Hide Details These series of bouts against each other did not stop them teaming together when they main evented Volume 17 on April 26, 2008, taking on an erstwhile enemy of Anderson again in the form of Sara Del Rey, alongside her Dangerous Angels partner Allison Danger. This time it was Melissa making the pinfall after an Air Raid Crash. Despite these string of successes, the tag team did not compete during the Volume 21 tag team gauntlet for the Shimmer Tag Team Championship, but they reunited when MsChif was threatened by both Kong and Del Rey for her Shimmer Championship.
  • 2007
    Age 24
    The two would meet again three months later in England for RQW's 2007 No Pain, No Gain event challenging Eden Black for the RQW Women's Championship but both came up short.
    More Details Hide Details The match served to build up interest for the aforementioned ChickFight VII: The UK vs The USA where Melissa would secure a victory against Black. She also beat MsChif in the semi-final. At RQW's Taking On The World the three met again with MsChif and Black teaming up in a losing effort against Anderson and Black's nemesis Jetta.
  • 2006
    Age 23
    In March 2006 she wrestled a string of matches for Pure Wrestling Association winning their Elite Women's Championship in a match against 21st Century Fox and defending it successfully against her but losing it back to her in a three way match, also including Misty Haven.
    More Details Hide Details Anderson has participated in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) workouts with Ivory, Molly Holly and Jazz. She also had a tryout match on the edition of May 26, 2006 of WWE Heat. Wrestling under her birth name, Anderson fell to a Widow's Peak by Victoria in Las Vegas, Nevada. On January 7, 2007, Anderson won Pro Wrestling World-1's inaugural Queen's Cup tournament. After beating Melissa Strips in the first round, she received a bye through to the final to face Allison Danger. During an autograph session, she attacked Danger to the point where she was said to not to be able to compete, though Danger fought through her injury. By winning, Anderson earned herself a number one contendership for the AWA World Women's Championship. In an attempt to build a strong women's division, Jersey All Pro Wrestling (JAPW) opened 2009 with January's Female Revolution. Under her Cheerleader gimmick, she beat Nikki Roxx and later appeared as Raisha Saeed also winning against Ariel. She appeared again in May losing a return match to Roxx but staying undefeated as Saeed against Daizee Haze. She was scheduled for a rematch with Roxx on November 16 but after Roxx pulled out she defeated Hailey Hatred to earn a match against Sara Del Rey for the JAPW Women's Championship.
    The loss saw Anderson demand a special attraction rematch—the match would be Shimmer's first hardcore match, fought under Falls Count Anywhere rules and helped Anderson gain the victory after nearly thirty minutes of wrestling on February 12, 2006, at Volume 4.
    More Details Hide Details MsChif took her revenge at Volume 5 by distracting Anderson during a match with Allison Danger, causing her to lose the match. Naturally the rivalry was not abated and their next match, main eventing Volume 6 on 21 May, was declared a Last Woman Standing match with MsChif eventually coming out on top. Further interferences took an interesting turn at Volume 7 when Anderson came out during MsChif's match against Rain. However, before she could interfere, Rain's partner Lacey pushed her to the ground while trying to distract the referee in order to allow Rain to use an illegal weapon; an incensed Anderson fought back against Lacey in time for the referee to see the foreign object in the ring and declare MsChif the winner via disqualification. After Anderson had won her main event match, Lacey and Rain (The Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew), ambushed her with a beat down until MsChif ran out, saving her nemesis before leaving her to celebrate the victory. The Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew had threatened Anderson for involving herself in their plans against MsChif and similarly threatened MsChif for being in the way of ambushing Melissa and, after declaring themselves the best tag team in the world, demanded a match with the two for Volume 8 which became the penultimate bout of the evening. The Home Wrecking Crew's experience won out over MsChif and Anderson when a double team maneuver led to MsChif being pinned; after the match Anderson and MsChif shook hands as a sign of respect.
  • 2005
    Age 22
    Her first match with the promotion was on November 6, 2005, for Volume 1 in a losing effort to MsChif, starting a wild feud between the two.
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  • 2004
    Age 21
    After Anderson returned from Japan, she became a full-time wrestler. Moving on from her pre-Japan feud with Nikki, she continued to wrestle for APW winning its Above The Law Championship from Robert Thompson in July 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Under her reign it was renamed the Future Legends Championship, the title under which she lost it to Daizee Haze the following year before winning it back and retiring the belt. In October, APW associated itself with the newly formed, all-female tournament-cum-promotion ChickFight (CF). In the first event, staged under the APW banner for their Halloween Hell weekend, Anderson made it through two rounds only to be defeated in a steel cage match for the final round by luchadora Princess Sugey. She would become a staple of ChickFight, appearing at the first ten of their major events, missing the eleventh event due to injury sustained less than a week before the show. She made the final in the first two tournaments but exited the third in the first round after a double disqualification during a match with former rival Nikki, now under her better known name Sara Del Rey. Melissa won ChickFight V tournament, beating Jazz in the final, and she also went on to win ChickFight VII: The UK vs The USA tournament when it moved from the United States over to the United Kingdom pinning "The Jezebel" Eden Black in the last match. However, the focus of ChickFight VII was on the controversial ending to her first match that saw Sweet Saraya's head hung in the ropes, Anderson continued to assault her despite being trapped until the referee ended the match and Saraya was stretchered from ringside.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2002
    Age 19
    The following year, in the summer of 2002, Anderson was personally invited to wrestle and train for three months in Japan for the promotion Arsion.
    More Details Hide Details She was selected alongside Taylor Matheny who had recently received exposure in World Wrestling Entertainment's Tough Enough program, and thus Anderson received much internet attention by association. Among the rigorous training schedule she wrestled what she claims to be some of her favorite matches, particularly a 15-minute draw against Rie Tamada and her loss to Mariko Yoshida. Also as a present for her 20th birthday, she was allowed to tag team with veteran female wrestler Lioness Asuka.
  • 2001
    Age 18
    In 2001 she entered into Ultimate Pro Wrestling and lost a tag team match alongside Looney Lane which led to a feud between the two.
    More Details Hide Details The first lost in the tag team match would be her only one with the company as she went on to win a grudge match between the two followed by a succession of mixed tag matches, first with Shannon Ballard and then alongside both Ballard Brothers, beating Lane and Frankie Kazarian in the mixed tag team match as well as Nova in the final six-person intergender tag match.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1982
    Born
    Born on August 17, 1982.
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