On Friday October 7, 2016, Sabotage Wrestling will host an all women’s wrestling event that will be held in Covina, California. Several women are scheduled to be on the card that night and we had the opportunity to catch up with one of them, Kat Von Heez, who has an interesting story outside the world of wrestling.
In addition to kicking butt and taking names in the ring, Kat is a weightlifting champion, has worked with a Hart family member, enjoys helping others and has even sung in the Winnipeg Symphony. You can read everything that we discussed below.
H/F: How long have you been in the wrestling business?
KVH: I broke in as a ref in February 2011, began training in June 2011 and had my debut February 8, 2012.
H/F: You were a weightlifting champion in high school, correct? Talk about how this has helped you in your wrestling career. Has it helped you to stay in shape and stay ready for matches?
KVH: I was actually and amateur wrestler, dragonboat athlete, field hockey, football, track and field athlete and later did body building and some power lifting, as well as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. But amateur wrestling was what changed my life and got me to lose 85 lbs and started to make changes to my life. Bodybuilding and the self critiques is what mentally started to prepare me for the sport. All my athlete ventures helped me build the strength I needed to do what I do and use it as part of what I do in the ring for my move sets.
H/F: I noticed you like to motivate and uplift everyone, talk about how this came about and what that means to you to be able to help people?
KVH: I like to motivate and help people because most of us are so busy being ourselves, it kills the drive and spirit in people that haven’t even had a chance to blossom when no one reaches out and helps them. Everyone needs someone to believe in them. If it wasn’t for my wrestling coaches back in high school, whom were the only coaches to give me a shot, I may have gained more weight and dug myself deeper into the hole I was already in. Instead, I was given a hand and the tools to succeed. Sure, I still had to do the work, but they believed I could do it and opened the door for me to walk through and it helped change me.
H/F: Talk about your experience in tag teaming with Jim Neidhart.
KVH: Jim was such an interesting person to work with and it was such an honor to work with him in the Pavilion, the home of Calgary Stampede. One of the moments that marked a special day for my career and I will never forget it. We were considered the power tag team of the match. Every time I see him, he is so kind and we catch up and I am so glad to have had the opportunity to work with him.
H/F: You have done a little bit of singing, you even sang with the Winnipeg Symphony. Is this another one of your passions and can we expect any type of album from you in the future?
KVH: Yes, I sang with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and we did a live recording of the “I believe” project for Holocaust Survivors and awareness, which was one of the most emotion and fulfilling things I have ever done. I have also done Queen tribute shows and song recordings for other albums. Music is a huge passion of mine and I would never count me out for an independent album in the future and I still do like to write songs, I just need to put wheels in motion. We did travel to Austria for shows through our choir and it holds a special place in my memories, and got the honor of performing at the cathedral where Mozart first played as a young boy.
H/F: You have won the Pure Power Wrestling Cruiserweight championship, talk about what that felt like and what it meant to you.
KVH: Well I cried (haha) and was so overjoyed with happiness. The confidence I felt winning my first belt, and a men’s title at that, I felt that I could be a role model for young girls. But I was also grateful a company had such faith in me to give me that opportunity. One of the best days in my career, you never forget your first as they say haha.
H/F: Let’s talk about this Sabotage event that is coming up. Tell me how you became involved with Sabotage.
KVH: I became involved with sabotage with relationships I had built with the other women talents that will be appearing on Sabotage. I feel as though this is a wonderful thing to be a part of and showcase all the female talent that the world has to see.
H/F: What does it mean for you to be a part of this event?
KVH: I truly feel honored to be a part of such a worldly and multifaceted female roster and excited to work amongst some of the best. It’s an opportunity I take with pride.
H/F: What can fans expect from yourself and all of the other wrestlers on this card?
KVH: Fans can expect us to all do what we love to do for them and that is to wrestle and put on a show that they can walk out saying, “I can’t wait to do that again!” And especially with this Women’s Wrestling Revolution stage that we are in, seeing a mix of old school and new styles. Athletic abilities that showcase everything that women are capable of and at times break new ground. And honestly, make the experience unique and personal to them, connect with them.
H/F: Is there anyone you are looking forward to seeing the most from this card?
KVH: I can’t say that one individual in particular really. I think the card itself and how the show will come off is what I’m excited to see most. All styles coming together from all walks of experience meshing together.
H/F: Do you think there will be other events like this in the future?
KVH: I sure hope so! People like Brian and Mel are giving the opportunity for workers to get noticed and with such a professional look and class A advertising and marketing. It’s very impressive, it’s hard not to be excited for it.
H/F: Anything else you would like to tell the fans?
KVH: I hope to have them follow, not only my career, but support all the talent at the Sabotage show and spread the word. Thank you for supporting us, because without fans, there would be no wrestling and now that would be a shame. I hope to see everyone out at Sabotage and I can’t wait!!
This great event is just under three weeks away and tickets for the event can be purchased here.