A Thank You From Oni... Dec 14, 2016 10:33:56 GMT -5
Post by Oni Kymiku on Dec 14, 2016 10:33:56 GMT -5
For those of you who know me, it may come as a shock to you that I even bother to address the fans concerning my recent induction into the LAW Class of 2016 Hall of Fame. I have gotten a reputation as being someone who does not cater to the establishment. Be that as it may, I am still very much honored by accolade. I made a point out of wailing against the institution during my time in LAW, yet I could not have seen myself working anywhere else or with a better group of young women. When I arrived on the scene with my sister, Nyako, I never dreamed that I would find myself in main event matches with some of the best wrestlers on the planet, or that I would find myself carrying its banner as champion. Yet, that is exactly what happened and despite individual accomplishments that have been attributed to me, I feel that it is only right that I address the real reason why I was named a Hall of Famer in LAW…
I was supported by good friends, like Alex Yin who never shrunk away from telling me when I was right or when I was wrong. She supported me until she could no longer do so in good conscious. Still, after it was all said and done, I always considered her a friend and I still do. She is a rare person in this business and I hope she finds her way back to stake her own claim in the history books of LAW. She deserves it.
My first major feud came in the form of the finals for my first LAW Championship against Mackenzie Roberts. She was a very different person than the one she has become now, but the heart she continues to display has never wavered. I appreciate her pushing me and giving me the drive to climb to the top of the LAW Mountain. If I have one regret, it was that I never got to face her a second time for the LAW Championship that I felt she was and still is worthy of.
I’d like to acknowledge Fujiko Mine for giving me the absolute fight of my life when she took the LAW Championship away from me…and again when she gave me the opportunity to win it back. She truly brought out something special inside me that likely horrified the fans and the other women in the locker room, but it drove me to make a lasting mark on LAW and in this business. I know that what she and I created together was special because someone decided to masquerade as an amalgamation of the two of us in another organization. They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery!
Gabby Camacho leads LAW as Champion now and I was happy to face her in some of the most classic matches in LAW history, including my very first in the company. Regardless of the slings and barbs that we traded, I have always respected her as a competitor. I don’t know what the future holds for her, but I am proud to have played my part in whatever legacy awaits her.
I fought Kate Steele more times than I care to count. In the history books of LAW, her name and mine will be linked for a series of hard fought matches that I think helped to raise the bar for a lot of women in this business. She is a shoe-in for a place in the Hall of Fame whenever she finally decides that she’s ready to hang up her boots. On that day, instead of sharing punches to the face, I’ll be happy to share a drink with her…but only one, let’s not get crazy, shall we!
Lastly, my sister Nyako. Though we are separated again by the competing tides of what our hearts truly want out of life, she has been and always will be my inspiration. She set the standard for what it meant to be a champion in LAW long before I ever wore a title. Long after she was gone from the ranks of LAW, others looked to the path that she blazed first and made it their mission to follow in her footsteps. I didn’t get to share the accolade of tag team champion with her because of our individual pursuits, but my big sister defined what a champion should be and our time together is and always will be precious to me.
Even though I feel like I could return to LAW and compete at a very high level, I think this validation of my contributions to the company should serve as my final in-ring appearance here. LAW now belongs to a new crop of talent that I am sure will do my class very proud! Nothing gives me more pride than to say that LAW was a special place that I got an opportunity to help contribute to for the ladies that now call it home, building their own legacies within its hallowed halls.
I, the Bloodstained Empress, thank you, one and all!
"ONI" KYMIKU SHINSUZUKI