Velvet Sky has become one of the most popular Knockouts in Impact Wrestling history.
The 32-year-old also is the reigning Knockouts champion and a former Knockouts tag team champion, a titled she earned with partner Angelina Love.
Sky will wrestle March 22 at the Cabarrus Arena & Events Center as part of TNA Impact Wrestlings Road to Slammiversary World Tour event.
She was born in Connecticut as Jamie Lynn Szantyr. In high school, the all-around athlete competed in cheerleading, softball, cross country and track.
Still wanting to pursue athletics after graduation, she decided on wrestling.
Szantyr started training to become a wrestler in 2003 at Jason Knights House of Pain Pro Wrestling Dojo in her home state. She made her TNA Impact Wrestling debut in 2007.
Since then, shes won the Knockouts tag team championship with Lacey Von Erich and Madison Rayne. She earned her first Knockouts individual championship in 2011.
Under the pseudonym Velvet Sky, she and Angelina Love formed TNAs most popular womens tag team, known as The Beautiful People.
She doesnt have children yet, but said if any child of hers followed in her footsteps, she would be supportive but concerned about their well-being.
Cabarrus News asked Velvet Sky five questions via email about her upcoming event.
Q: On your website it says you watched a lot of wrestling with your dad. Whats your favorite wrestling memory you shared with him, and whats your favorite wrestling memory of all time?
I watched wrestling for the first time when I was 7 or 8 years old. I was watching TV with my dad, and I remember asking him who the good guys were and who the bad guys were. I didnt care about anything else. I loved Macho Man Randy Savage. My favorite memory of all time is teaming up with Angelina Love to form The Beautiful People.
Q: Whats the worst injury youve sustained during a live performance?
Ive never sustained any serious injuries, luckily. Only bumps and bruises.
Q: What does it feel like to get body-slammed, clotheslined or hit with a chair?
What do you think? Im always sore, always stiff and in pain. Its not pretty. You have to be tough. You cant complain, because its going to happen. Youre lucky if you can roll out of bed in the morning. But Im used to the pain; its second nature.
Q: Did you ever think youd end up a pro wrestler?
I knew Id do something sports-related, but wrestling became my dream after watching it on TV, and I never take no for an answer.
Q: If some young girl is reading this and wants to be the next Velvet Sky, what advice would you give her?
Stay dedicated. Dont give up. You have to have thick skin. Focus. Keep your mouth shut and your ears open.
Q: We hear youre also an animal lover. So youre a bad girl with a heart?
I love animals almost more than people. I donate to as many animal charities as possible. I have rescued cats that I didnt get from an animal shelter. I actually saved them from the streets; they were sick, hungry and needing a good home. My long-term goal is to open a no-kill animal shelter for any animal in need of a good home.
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