Hey everyone! My name is Xenia and today my guest is the current and reigning IWF Russia Women’s Champion Laura DiMatteo, all the way from Great Britain! Hi everyone, hello! Thanks for having me again! Thank you for being here! And yes, tonight we’re here right before the tapings of IWF “Strike” and you’re going to defend your title
– Yeah And you’re back in Russia again! It’s your second time performing here right? Yes, second time I’m so happy to be back. It’s always like… It’s always so nice being here I’m just happy to be back Hopefully I can defend my title and come back again Does Russia feel more familiar now? Do you feel like you know better what to expect from your opponents tonight? Yeah I definitely do There’s Kasey in the match, obviously I’ve wrestled her before so I know her But Elita – I don’t know much about her But yeah, hopefully it will be a good match and I’d be able to defend my title It’s been 6 months, about 6 months since you last were here on my channel, and in Russia, and in IWF Russia and you have been the champion throughout this whole entire time and you you’ve traveled with the title and do you feel like there was an added level of responsibility with you carrying a title from another country? Yeah, definitely yes I felt like, in a good way, it adds pressure where you feel like you’re representing, you know, Russia you know, me being Italian, wrestling in London, representing Russia Such a mix! But it’s so… It’s very exciting it’s very exciting for me to carry this title, the Russian title Especially because people don’t know much about Russia they don’t always, like- Especially in terms of wrestling, I would say Yeah, exactly, yeah So yeah, it feels good Throughout this time that you have been away you’ve had a match against Chris Brookes who I like a lot Me too But again, in terms of inter gender wrestling some people who aren’t big fans of it (like I am a fan of it) still feel that there should be some sort of a realm of “sports-based’ entertainment that you should stay within and you guys are obviously very different in size Yeah And have you had comments made about that or have people been excited about it or have they been critical about it? No, I only got positive comments on the match from the fans and I personally love that match, it’s one of my favourite matches I’ve ever had, I really enjoyed it The thing is that there was a really good story behind it He was being a bully and I was being, you know and then the fans really wanted me to win, and then I ended up winning the match and everyone was really happy So I think if there’s a really good story behind it And you know the people want it, and you have the match with the good story I don’t know why people can’t enjoy that Everyone was really positive about that match Also Chris Brookes is a part of the faction that does their own shows right now Shadenfreude and you have been a part of several independent shows in the UK and recently everyone has been talking about how NXT UK is destroying the local British wrestling scene Do you feel like it’s true? And how’s the scene been doing recently? Are there many independent shows? Or is there less talent? I don’t- It has changed, obviously, a bit And yes, some NXT people can’t do some shows they can’t wrestle some people, so things have changed but I think we’re still doing pretty well, the independent scene in the UK is still doing really well I don’t think it’s as bad as people make it out to be So what does it feel like to be an independent wrestler in the UK right now? Does it feel hopeful? Or does it feel empty? No, it feels good If anything, it feels better because you have more bookings there’s more opportunities For me it’s very exciting to wrestle WWE people and probably try to beat them and I think it’s very exciting Good for you! And you just released new merch right? Yeah! A new shirt that you guys have to buy, to support Laura Do it! Just to wrap it up, can you give us a short insight What do we expect from your match tonight? It’s a triple threat match Triple threat, yeah, a triple threat match is always very tricky especially if you’re then one defending the belt you can not even be pinned and still lose the title so it’s very tricky, I’m not sure what to expect I just I don’t know, we’ll see and hopefully I can be successful and defend my IWF Women’s title We wish you good luck tonight! Thank you! We’re so excited to see your match and to see it you guys need to subscribe to the IWF Russia YouTube channel and wait for the “Strike” issue where it will be aired and thank you so much for being here! Thank you for having me! And you guys, if you liked the video give it a thumbs up write a comment, subscribe to my channel Follow Laura on her social media I will leave all the links in the video description down below And goodbye!