Saturday, May 26, 2007

TNA: Traci Brooks

Tracy Brookshaw (born May 22, 1975) is a Canadian professional wrestler and professional wrestling valet, better known by her stage name, Traci Brooks.

Tracy Brookshaw grew up on a pig and chicken farm in St. Marys, Ontario. In 2000, she won the Toronto Sunshine Millennium Calendar contest which led to her being named Miss June 2000 and interviewed in the Toronto Sun. Brookshaw went on to engage in promotional modelling work with the Molson, Labatts and Budweiser beverage brewers.

In her interview, Brookshaw said that she aspired to be "the next WWE Superstar". This led to her being introduced to Ron Hutchinson, a professional wrestler who operated the Sully's Gym professional wrestling school out of Toronto, Ontario. Brookshaw began training under Hutchinson in March 2000, and debuted in January 2001 as Tracy Brooks.

Brooks appeared with numerous independent promotions, including Border City Wrestling and the Apocalypse Wrestling Federation. During her time in AWF, she worked a program feuding with Gail Kim (then known as La Felina) and was managed for a short time by Canadian hip-hop artist, Dan-e-o. On August 30, 2001, Brookshaw(as Miss Apocalypse defeated Joey Knight to win the AWF heavyweight title. To this day she continues to do work for independent promotions, including Blood Sweat and Ears in her home region in Southern Ontario and most prominently NWA Cyberspace where she contends for the NWA Cyberspace Women's Championship.

Brooks debuted in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling on April 30, 2003 in Catholic schoogirl apparel, attacking Lollipop, a dancer who entertained the live audience during intermissions. The following week, Brooks demanded to be entered in a gauntlet match in which the winner would receive a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, threatening to sue NWA official Bill Behrens for sexual discrimination if he did not comply. When her threats failed, Brooks instead attempted to charm Behrens into allowing her into the match. Behrens then placed Brooks in a triple threat match with fellow female wrestlers Desire and Trinity, with the winner gaining entry into the gauntlet match. After Kid Kash ambushed Trinity and David Young accidentally punched Desire, Brooks won the match. Later that evening, she was attacked by Lollipop as she approached the ring to enter the gauntlet match. After she entered the ring, Brooks was quickly pinned and eliminated by Kid Kash.

On May 21, Brooks was paired with David Young in an "Anarchy Alliance" tag team tournament to determine the number one contenders to the NWA World Tag Team Championships. They defeated Kid Kash and Trinity on May 21 and Ron Killings (whose partner, Don Harris, had refused to team with him) on June 4, but lost to America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris and James Storm) in the finals on June 11.

On the June 18, 2003 TNA pay-per-view, Brooks formed an all-female stable known as "Bitchslap" with Nurse Veronica and Valentina. The stable quietly disbanded shortly thereafter when Veronica turned down a proffered TNA contract and Brooks was removed from television for repackaging.

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