W.O.W. (Women of Wrestling) became the topic of conversation.
In 2019, Diamanté and her significant other Kiera Hogan competed at the W.O.W. (Women of Wrestling) tapings. They won a tournament to crown new WOW World Tag Team Champions.
Diamanté looked back on her time in W.O.W. as she was doing a virtual signing for Captain’s Corner. She shared that she thinks the original plan when it comes to her and Kiera was to pair Kiera with someone else. Diamanté added that the powers that be thought her and Hogan would be a better fit. She felt they helped make other talents look good.
So Kiera (Hogan) was with the company (Women of Wrestling) a whole taping, a whole year before I ever showed up. I believe the original creative idea was for her to be teamed up with somebody else. But once I came into the picture, I believe that they liked that tag team a lot better, because you know, W.O.W., there’s a lot of independent wrestlers but also, a lot of them are actresses so they specifically only wrestle at W.O.W. and they only train for W.O.W. so I felt like creative thought it was better to just pair two wrestlers and we made a bunch of the girls there seem like legit professional wrestlers. You know, they’re wrestling every weekend so, it was cool.
Before going on to win the organization’s Tag Titles, Diamanté experienced a medical emergency which she described as one of the scariest she’s been through.
This occurred when she was competing at an independent show and took a move that cracked her neck. She did not think much of it at the time. She mentioned that it got to a point where her speech started to deteriorate. Diamanté went to a hospital in Long Beach, California and she claimed she was not treated well at the facility.
She was in the hospital for 10 hours and doctors told her she had a ‘complex migraine’. Diamanté went to the W.O.W. filming location to shoot promos and she wrestled for three consecutive days. When she got to AEW, she told the medical staff about the experience and they told her it sounds like she had a concussion.
Oh man, it was — I’m not gonna lie, I had one of the scariest medial experiences right before winning them (WOW World Tag Team Titles). I’m not gonna go too deep into the story. However, I did an indie show for a company called FEST Wrestling, they’re in Gainesville. Super hype, super crazy, awesome show. I took something in that match that kind of cracked my neck. Didn’t think anything of it. I was just like, oh, my neck cracked because I was loose, right? Couple hours later, I had a pounding headache right before I was ready to go to sleep. Couldn’t go to sleep, woke up with the same headache. The show, like I said, was in Gainesville. At the time, I lived in Miami. Well I wasn’t driving, a friend of mine was driving. I couldn’t even think properly. I was incapacitated all day. My body ached, I just couldn’t move. I packed a bag at maybe 1 o’clock in the morning, my flight was at 7 in the morning. Flew to Los Angeles, trained on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, I woke up with a crazy headache that I couldn’t think anymore, I was crying and it turns out I — it was just a crazy, crazy story. The hospital, they treated me kind of bad. It was crazy. (The hospital was) in Long Beach. Long Beach, they treated me like I was just on some crazy stuff and I was partying. I was like, ‘No, I’m an athlete.’ Literally, by the time I got to the hospital, I could not physically speak. I couldn’t say my name, I couldn’t say my address, I couldn’t say my phone number, I couldn’t say what city I was in. My speech just deteriorated. My condition, I was just spiraling downwards and it was not good. Yeah, it was crazy. I was in the hospital for like 10 hours. Got out of the hospital, went straight to makeup, sat in makeup, in hair and makeup, got my hair and makeup done and then we were shooting promos at midnight and then I wrestled for three days straight winning the tag tournament after that. It doesn’t sound like a great thing, it doesn’t sound smart but when you want it that bad, nothing is gonna stop you. I literally showed up to pretape these promos and I had this sticky stuff. They ran a bunch of tests for like E.K.G. and all that kind of stuff so I still had stuff attached to me shooting promos and I was like, oh, I guessed I missed that one. It was rough but, the outcome was good. I’m fine, I’m fine you guys. I did realize later, speaking to the doctors at AEW, telling them what happened, they were like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s definitely a concussion.’ Oh, well that’s good to know. At the hospital, they said it was a complex migraine. Crazy.
Both Diamanté and Kiera Hogan compete under the AEW/ROH banner. Hogan is going after the ROH Women’s World Championship which is in Athena’s possession.
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