It’s time for one of the biggest matches in the career of Mia Yim at NXT Takeover: Toronto against Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s championship. It just so happens to be taking place during Yim’s tenth anniversary as a pro wrestler.
The thirty-year old debuted in August of 2009 and she hasn’t looked back since. Wrestling across the globe on a mission to be known as one of the world’s best females in wrestling. Mia Yim has adopted many different ring styles during her time in various promotions and her determination has finally brought her to the bright lights of WWE. After competing in the first WWE Mae Young Classic in 2017, ironically losing to Shayna Baszler in the Semi-Finals, Mia returned to the second WWE Mae Young Classic tournament in 2018 and signed a contract with WWE.
Rising from valet to champion can’t be easy, but that’s exactly what the all-rounder did after taking an early interest in volleyball. Mia went from managing Adam Cole in Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) to standing atop SHINE as the SHINE champion. Both Mia Yim and Adam Cole were trained by DJ Hyde at CZW and her time in CZW hardened her, after wrestling in intergender matches and wrestling Mickie James just one year into her career. After starting in Jersey All–Pro Wrestling (JAPW), Yim also trained at the Ring Of Honor Wrestling Academy and became a valet for The Embassy. Mia Yim and Stokely Hathaway are now in NXT together too.
“The Head Baddie In Charge” also spent time in Impact Wrestling where she certainly turned heads with her reign as the Knockouts Champion after breaking out of the highly-sexualized Dollhouse faction with Taryn Terrell and Marti Bell. It was during this time as Jade in Impact Wrestling and starting in SHIMMER that she became the total package with wins over Hikaru Shida, Gail Kim, Toni Storm, Kimber Lee and Madison Eagles, just to name a few. As Jade, she main-evented Impact Wrestling TV against Rosemary in a Six-Sides Of Steel match and a Last Knockout Standing match for the Knockouts championship. This was on Yim’s way out of the company.
The former Queen Of Southside champion has constantly evolved her look with different ring gear and hair colors. She has also gained charisma through the years in a business that is constantly “what have you done for me lately?” That drive has pushed Mia Yim to adopt the dangerous Package Piledriver as a finishing move in the past. Mia Yim has previously challenged Io Shirai for the Wonder Of STARDOM championship in 2015 and toured Japan for Reina Joshi Puroreso. The career of Mia Yim has had many ups and downs but nobody can take away the fact that she has cleanly defeated Keith Lee for BEYOND Wrestling in a special intergender match before they both signed with WWE NXT.
There has always been a certain swagger about Mia Yim because she picked up the wrestling business very quickly but her confidence is at an all-time high with her current “Blasian Baddie” persona, embracing her African-American and Korean roots fully. The microphone seems like it was meant to be in Yim’s hands after she has spent a career making waves with incredible women on the American independent scene but not really refining her mic skills. WWE is lucky to have Mia Yim, she can have a great match with anyone and isn’t afraid to get hardcore after wrestling in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match in the past. After being a Rosebud to Adam Rose for WWE in 2014 and 2015, Mia Yim is where she should be in WWE and this first decade is just the start for Mia Yim.
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