SAN ANTONIO — Miss. Reality Madi Wrenkowski’s in-ring persona is arrogant, talented and would do anything to win.
Even if it means vertical suplexing her opponent on the stage and winning by count-out like she did at River City Wrestling’s (RCW) Breakthrough show. She usually finishes her opponents off with her signature move, the reality check, which is a scissors kick.
“Count, reff, count,” she shouted out.
Her theme song starts with the intro to the Spice Girls hit single “Wannabe” but is interrupted with a record scratching and followed by Harlem singer Kelis’ single “Bossy.”
The lyrics to the song compliment Wrenkowski: "You don't have to love me. You don't even have to like me, but you will respect me."
She exchanged words with the fans and told ring announcer Carolina Teague to get out of her camera shot.
It was one of the biggest matches of her career as she challenged Kamille Brickhouse for the NWA World Women’s Championship in the main event. That’s something that would’ve been unprecedented years ago.
“But, at least, now we are getting the platform that we deserve, for me, what I would like to see is maybe not solely focus anymore on, ‘oh yeah, women’s main event.’ Yeah, that’s cool, but let’s just call it a main event,” Wrenkowski said.
She doesn’t get an opportunity to wrestle for a prestigious title overnight — it starts at places like the Hybrid School of Wrestling on San Antonio’s Northside, where students learn to take bumps, talk on the mic and tell stories in the the ring.
They then build names for themselves at independent promotions like RCW, which is ran by Brandon Oliver. There’s been a huge wave of women’s wrestling both on the major and independent level and they are stealing the shows.
Christi Jaynes has wrestled for seven years and has been a part of that shift in what she calls a male-dominated industry.
“It’s cool because they are like ‘wow, these women are just as good, if not, better than the men,’” Jaynes said.
That’s the kind of hustle that can help raise both Jaynes and Wrenkowski’s stock in the business.
Wrenkowski has seen her stock skyrocket after she was featured on multiple episodes of All Elite Wrestling’s “AEW Dark” shows. She worked programs with legendary wrestling name Vickie Guerrero and is currently being mentored by AEW superstar Thunder Rosa.
“Having all of those appearances kind of spiked the interest in me, as it should… Every single weekend have been booked up,” Wrenkowski said.
She says the constant traveling can be exhausting, but it’s a part of the game.
Even though women’s wrestling is booming, Wrenkowski still deals with promoters who are stuck in the past.
“There have been bookings that I’ve had to turn down because they’re not willing to pay me what I deserve, but they are willing to pay some dude more or twice that because he’s a dude,” Wrenkowski said.
But Miss Reality knows her worth, and even though she didn’t capture the championship from Camille, she knows her status elevated that much more just by being in the match. It goes back to those Kelis lyrics in her theme-song.
Despite being a heel, Wrenkowski received a standing ovation after the match because the RCW fans knew how big this moment was for her career. She says she’d rather have her name be in the history of promotions that will respect her.
“If you don’t see my worth because I’m not a male and 200 pounds or however tall, that’s on you then. You are just not going to have my name in your history,” Wrenkowski exclaimed.