WWE News: Former Impact Wrestling Knockout MaryKate Duignan Glidewell makes NXT debut
Former TNA Knockout makes her NXT debut and is assigned to the WWE Performance Center.
What’s The Story?
Former TNA Knockout MaryKate Duignan Glidewell made her NXT debut at NXT’s live event in Crystal River, Florida as part of a six-woman tag team match. Glidewell initially wrestled under the ring name Betsy Ruth and used the name Rosie Lottalove during her on-again-off-again performances in Impact Wrestling.
She wrestled under the name of ‘Andrea’ and ‘Andrea Mother’ in several independent pro-wrestling promotions across the States as well as in Japan.
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The 6’1” ex-Knockout who weighed a mammoth 319 pounds in her early days (2007-12) had retired from professional wrestling due to injury scares in 2012. After losing more than 120 pounds and getting her weight down to about 190 pounds, Glidewell who goes by the name of Andrea had a WWE tryout and wrestled Emma in October of 2015 in NXT.
However, she would go on to wrestle in the indies until January of this year when WWE announced that they’d signed a deal with Glidewell.
The heart of the matter
Glidewell wasn’t really a prominent name in TNA. Her first venture into TNA as Rosie Lottalove was in 2010 and involved her being used as a jobber to get ‘The Beautiful People’ alliance over. That was followed by a few years on the independent circuit after which she made a grand total of one appearance in Impact Wrestling’s PPV Knockouts Knockdown 3 on February 14th, 2015, where she was seen getting squashed by Awesome Kong aka Kharma.
Nevertheless, here’s what the Amazon Woman (yes, that’s supposed to be her NXT gimmick) posted on her Instagram page:
After Andrea’s dismal run with Impact Wrestling, she seems to be serious about making an Impact (pun intended) at NXT. Here’s a tweet from the Amazon Woman herself, with her confirming the NXT gig in a conversation with Bubba Ray Dudley-
Glidewell has come a long way as far as her fitness and weight are concerned. However, why the WWE has chosen to sign a TNA jobber (and a bad one at that!) to an NXT contract is a bit puzzling, to say the least. That said, with several talented and athletic female wrestlers such as Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Naomi, Becky Lynch and several others on its roster, the company might need a few jobbers her and there as fillers in some of its weekly live events.
Nevertheless, Glidewell is a hard-worker and has taken the long and rough path to success by toiling endlessly in the indies. With that in mind, we can’t help but applaud the Amazon woman’s resilience and hard work and hereby, wish MaryKate Glidewell the best of luck in her NXT run.