Lost in the excitement of WWE Survivor Series is this past Friday’s Shine Wrestling event, main-evented by a tag team match featuring former WWE Diva Kharma (using her old Amazing Kong persona) teaming with former WWE Women’s Champion Jazz to take on long-time independent standouts Mercedes Martinez and Rain.
According to Diva-Dirt.com, Rain broke her wrist in multiple places.
Rain herself confirmed the news on Twitter:
Broke my wrist into pieces last night. This is why we say dont try this ar home. No joke
— Rain Maxson (@Radiant_Rain) November 17, 2012
The most impressive aspect of this? Rain finished the match—as planned. Not only did she finish it, she was on the receiving end of Amazing Kong’s Implant Buster prior to being pinned. This happened after her wrist was broken.
Rain—who has also competed as Ms. Peyton Banks in TNA Wrestling and as Felony in the most recent incarnation of Wrestlicious—had far more to lose than gain in going through with the match as planned.
Rain detailed her life and career in an interview I conducted with her in January 2012 (which can be heard here). She was open about the fact that she’s on “the wrong side of 30” to obtain a WWE contract and also discussed her ventures outside of wrestling. These include her college education and personal training business.
Rain herself described women’s wrestling as a world where hair extensions, make up and breast augmentation are equally as important as in-ring talent and skill. Some might point to the WWE hiring lingerie and swimsuit models as proof that the in-ring talent and skill take a backseat to the more aesthetic side of wrestling.
But nothing—neither aesthetics nor a broken wrist—stopped Rain on Friday night. The fans packed into the Ybor City, Fla. Orpheum Theater and those watching the Internet pay-per-view stream didn’t get a shortened match. Rain, along with the three other performers, delivered on the promised main event.
Rain’s ability to work through the obvious pain of a broken wrist is an element of toughness that we don’t see enough from the ladies we regularly see on television.
The physical risks and dangers are both obvious and great in the wrestling business. In a situation where she would not have been faulted for exiting the match, Rain put the fans, her fellow competitors, the Shine Wrestling promotion and all of women’s wrestling ahead of her own personal health and interests on Friday night.
Her desire and passion should be commended and used as a model for WWE Divas and TNA Knockouts for years to come.
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