I had a chance to catch up with Christi Jaynes and get her Pinned Down for a one on one interview. Before we get to the questions, here is a little background on Christi and who taught her some of her wrestling techniques.
CJ: I am From Niterio, Brazil. My parents are Italian and we moved to America when I was young. I Trained at AAPW with George De la Isla and Ray “Papa Don” Campos. I have been training for awhile and still go to Training 3 times a week ( in-ring Cardio is very important). I have been wrestling for not even a blink in wrestling time, but I have met a lot of amazing wrestlers that have helped me along the way to improve myself so much in such a short time.
H/F: What was the toughest thing to give up or sacrifice to be part of the wrestling world?
CJ: Time with family.
H/F: Do you think its harder or just equally as hard to get to the big leagues of wrestling as it is in say the NBA or the NFL?
CJ: I’m not sure. when I start those two sports, I’ll let you know how the road to success goes!
H/F: Do you feel that wrestling has more premature or just a surprising number of earlier then expected deaths compared to other sports? Does this influence you in any way?
CJ: What a depressing question. Like every sport there is always that fear of being injured or dying. I know I love doing this so I try not to think about that aspect of it.
H/F: If you had the power to make any gimmick work, no matter how weird or normal it may be, what would you do?
CJ: love this question YES YES and YES!! But, I can say no more because it may just happen and I don’t want someone else running with my idea.
H/F: If you could change anything about the indy wrestling industry what would it be? What about TNA/WWE?
CJ: Yikes! I don’t think I’ve been in the Business long enough to answer this one, ask me in 10 years.
H/F: Once you retire from being in the ring, do you see yourself walking away fully or would you become a manager, do commentary or announcer, etc? Do you see yourself involved in some way or is it once you can’t work in the ring you have no desire to be there?
CJ: When I retire I would love to stay involved, maybe open a school.
H/F: Do you handle crowds differently depending on size?
CJ: No, not really. I was taught that every match should be treated as if there were a stadium of spectators watching and to give your all. So I do that.
H/F: How do you handle going from a no rules wrestling show to a family first show. Do you change a lot about how you handle things and what you say or do you just try and act the same no matter what the show?
CJ: I am definitely more aware of the things I say when its an all ages show. No rules shows I can relax a bit more.
H/F: Was there ever a moment when you truly felt you have had enough, that maybe wrestling wasn’t for you?
CJ: No broken bones yet (knock on wood). I have been hurt and on crutches, I’ve had people tell me you really do suck or your just another pretty face. However, I almost got to myself, what do they say “you’re, your own worst critic.” I’m still very new to the business and I just need to be patient and realize unfortunately no one wakes up and knows how to do this or any other sport. It takes time, dedication, sacrifice, a lot of training and some tears. Every time I get done with a match, I just smile and say this is why I do this, I can’t really describe the feeling its just amazing.
H/F: Say you were picked up by TNA or WWE and given an over the top gimmick. How would you play it? Go through the motions and hope it fails so you can move on to something better or really try to sell and play up the gimmick?
CJ: TNA? WWE? How much are they paying me? Kidding, kidding. I would definitely try hard to play up and sell the gimmick, they are after all cutting the checks and I did probably sign my life away by signing on the line.
H/F: What promotions do you feel are breaking down the walls separating men wrestling from women wrestling and just making it all Wrestling? How do you feel they are doing that?
CJ: No comment? Like I said I’m new to this business and I’m sure there are amazing promotions that I don’t know about that are doing great things so it wouldn’t be fair.
H/F: Do you feel tag team wrestling has become a dying style/art?
CJ: No WAY! I love Tag matches. When you have two people that work very well together, the stories are endless.
H/F: What are some promotions at the Indy level have you not wrestled at that are at the top of your list to debut at?
CJ: Um… All of them! VIP, Inspire Pro, Lucha Underground, Stardom, Shimmer, WOW, Wild Kat. Should I start on the UK ones now or later?
H/F: Did you wrestle in Brazil?
CJ: Just against my siblings.
H/F: What are your goals for 2016/2017?
CJ: I want to travel outside of the USA, like I said, do I list my U.K. promotions?
H/F: Who have you not faced yet that you really really want to get in the ring with? If more then one feel free to share and why them?
CJ: I really would like to face Brittany Wonder and Santana Garrett. There are a lot of really amazing female wrestlers out there and they all have different styles and something I can learn.
H/F: You have a super colorful and bright outfit in the ring. Was this just part of who you are or did you do it to distract your opponent or stand out?
CJ: My gear is a reflection of me and it’s very entertaining. Who didn’t want to have the Kapoow, Bam, Splat signs following them around?! I know I did.
H/F: You recently did pretty well in the ACW Queen of Queens tourney. What would you have done differently looking back and will you return next year to try again?
CJ: I let my emotions get the best of me at a time when I should of been level headed and thinking. I would love to return to ACW Queen of Queens next year. I love the talent they bring in. Some very scary, weird and dangerous, but they are all worthy opponents.
H/F: Who do you feel was the toughest you wrestled in the tourney and what do you think of the winner?
CJ: I Love Jessica James, she is a really awesome wrestler and person. I am happy that she won. She has been in this business for some time and she used it to her advantage.
H/F: Do you have a name for your finisher?
CJ: No, I am open to suggestions though.
H/F: Chocolate or Vanilla?
CJ: I don’t really have a sweet tooth, but vanilla ice cream with chocolate fudge. Unless it is a protein shake, which I hate both.
H/F: Submission or High Flying?
CJ: Trick question, I like both.
H/F: Cats or Dogs?
CJ: I’m a Dog person. I’m extremely allergic to cats.
H/F: Beer or Liquor?
CJ: I don’t really drink, so that’s a toss up. What’s free?!
H/F: Light Side or Dark Side?
CJ: Light side of course!, However, I’m a closet darksider. I have a go to Darth Vader costume with voice changer and official lightsaber ( it changes to all the Jedi’s saber colors even purple).
H/F: Favorite Opponent ever?
CJ: Not fair, I haven’t retired yet so ever is a long time away.
We learned a lot about what it means to travel away from the US to Japan or Europe, but it is rare we see the other side, where a wrestler has traveled to take on new and different opponents and styles. Not only does Christi do so, she does it in style and has fund doing it. She has some of the most colorful gear I have seen and really wants to take on all different types of wrestlers.
Also, she has an official Lightsaber that changes color! How bad ass is that?