In sad news, indie star Faye Jackson revealed earlier today that, following her appearance at Game Changer Wrestling (GCW)‘s WrestleMania Week event, Allie Kat’s Real Hot Girl Sh*t, on Friday April 9, she will be stepping away from pro wrestling “for good.” It comes just days after she sustained a serious injury on March 28 at Hardcore Hustle Organization (H2O)‘s charity event, Family: A Tribute to Terra Callaway, where she dislocated her elbow in the main event against Dan Barry.
Due to the injury, Jackson has had to withdraw from all of her WrestleMania Week matches, but her final appearance will be as the host of Faye Jackson’s Grey Sweatpants Battle Royal at the GCW event. “I’ve told close friends and now I’m making it officially public,” she said in her Twitter post on Friday. “After Tampa I am stepping away from wrestling for good. I want to thank everyone that has ever been a fan of Faye Jackson. Y’all gave me inspiration to do something I never thought I could do. I hope somehow I made an impact on professional wrestling. Now it’s time for me to take a bow. So come party with me in Tampa and make lasting memories!”
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Originally hailing from Toledo, Ohio, Faye Jackson started out in the U.S. indies in 2014, originally billed as Big Booty Trudy, where she worked for Jersey Championship Wrestling (JCW, the precursor to GCW) and others, before joining the Ring of Honor Dojo in 2015. In February 2016, she made her ROH debut as Faye Jackson on a Women of Honor special, where she was defeated by ODB. As well as being a part of ROH’s revamped Women of Honor women’s division, she began to work in the Northeast indie scene, with the likes of BriiCombination Wrestling (BCW) and East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA), as well as women’s promotions like Queens of Combat and RISE Wrestling.
After being relegated to mostly dark matches with Ring of Honor, Jackson left the promotion in 2016, diving headfirst into the indie scene. At Queens of Combat, she captured the QOC tag team title with Willow Nightingale in Thick & Juicy and also won the BCW women’s title, which she held for 375 days. Over the next two years, she expanded her presence in the U.S. indie scene, working her home state Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW), as well as Beyond Wrestling, H2O, Pro Wrestling Magic (PWM), IWA Mid-South, Carolina Wrestling Federation (CWF) Mid-Atlantic, and Women’s Superstars Uncensored (WSU). In December 2017, she made her return to JCW – now rebranded as GCW – where she defeated Allie Kat in the latter’s GCW debut. Jackson also made her Canadian debut with Ethan Page‘s Alpha-1 in Oshawa, Ontario.
In 2019, she made her European debut, traveling to Germany to work for Xtreme Westside Wrestling (wXw), where she faced the likes of Killer Kelly, Toni Storm, Leyla Hirsch, and more, including two challenges to wXw Women’s Champion Amale Winchester. During her time in Europe, she also made her United Kingdom debut with Pro Wrestling EVE in a SHE-1 qualifier against Rhia O’Reilly. She closed out 2019 with some huge matches, facing Thunder Rosa on the West Coast, teaming with Nick Gage to take down Rickey Shane Page & Jody Threat at The Butcher & The Blade’s annual TID The Season, and defeating Chris Dickinson at Pizza Party Wrestling for her final match of the year. Between Europe and the U.S. indies, 2019 was Faye Jackson’s busiest year as a professional wrestler.
Despite the Covid restrictions of 2020, Faye Jackson remained a huge presence in the U.S., despite only wrestling a handful of times. She was a frequent host on events she didn’t wrestle on, but still managed to work a few matches for the likes of GCW, Freelance Wrestling, Prime Time Pro Wrestling (PTPW), and Black Wrestlers Matter. Her online presence was explosive, with her Creep Squad embroiled in a heated online battle against Suger Dunkerton‘s Wholesome Gang, while becoming one of the matriarchs of the surging Black wrestling community throughout the year. In early 2021, she competed twice at GCW Fight Forever, GCW’s 24-hour event, defeating Erica Leigh in a great match during the Allie Kat’s Real Hot Girl Sh*t block, while also reuniting Thick & Juicy to face The REP at For The Culture.
Faye Jackson’s personality was a beacon of hope, joy, and perseverance in the U.S. indies, for both women and Black wrestling, and her wit and wisdom were a backbone for both during the pandemic era of pro wrestling. Last Word on Pro Wrestling wishes Faye Jackson all the best in her future projects and hopes she’s even more successful than ever, as she leaves behind a short but sweet legacy that will be remembered for years to come.
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