Not Your Average Doll: Barbi Hayden Retires From Wrestling

Barbi Hayden

A staple of women’s wrestling on the American independent scene, Barbi Hayden, has announced her plans to step away from pro wrestling. The former National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) women’s champion was Abilene Maverick on WOW: Women Of Wrestling on AXS TV. The 28 year-old Texan became the youngest NWA women’s champion at the age of twenty-three in 2014 and she defended the championship eleven times. There weren’t many aspects of the game that Barbi couldn’t handle from promo’s to commentary to being a valet to competing in several promotions at once.

Barbi Hayden
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Barbi Hayden spent nine years wrestling some of the toughest from pro wrestling’s past and future stars, Tessa Blanchard and Hayden competed in the very first televised women’s match in China on July 31, 2015. SHINE Wrestling, Ring Of Honor Wrestling (ROH) and Title Match Wrestling are also on her resume as well as title reigns for Anarchy Championship Wrestling (ACW) including the TV title. A former four-time Lone Star Championship Wrestling women’s champion, Barbie Hayden has also wrestled for Impact Wrestling on PPV at TNA: One Night Only for a women’s showcase.

The blonde bombshell has laced her boots against everyone from Joey Ryan to Santana Garrett and that hard work didn’t come unnoticed because Hayden received several WWE tryouts over the years. Hayden was going to be in the inaugural WWE Mae Young Classic tournament but she was instead on hand as a backup in case an injury occurred to any of the competitors. Unfortunately, Barbi Hayden didn’t get her time to shine under the bright lights of WWE TV as Deonna Purrazzo and Rachel Ellering did in the following year’s tournament but how can fans not be impressed by the career of Hayden. Brandi Rhodes had a meeting with Barbi Hayden earlier in 2019 about joining the All Elite Wrestling (AEW) roster once her WOW contract was up but Hayden has other career plans altogether.

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Wins over such top stars like Mia Yim, Candice LaRae and Jordynne Grace are under her belt as she heads to different bright lights, that of Sin City. Spiegelworld will be a show including acrobatics, comedy, aerial pole dancing, hula dancing, Irish hand dancing and wrestling in Las Vegas. Opening in September 2019, fans can see Barbi Hayden at The Venetian Las Vegas after it’s world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Far from your average Barbi, this powerhouse had so much to offer to pro wrestling but her new career looks to blend everything she’s learned over the past ten years.

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