Madi Wrenkowski gives professional wrestling a reality check
SAN ANTONIO – Miss Reality character Madi Wrenkowski in the ring is arrogant, talented, and would do anything to win.
Even if that means vertically suplexing her opponent on stage and winning by count just like she did at the River City Wrestling (RCW) Breakthrough show. She usually finishes off her opponents with her signature move, reality check, which is a scissor bite.
“Count, reff, count,” she cried.
Her theme song begins with the intro to the hit Spice Girls’ single “Wannabe”, but is interrupted by a scratch and followed by the single “Bossy” from the Harlem singer Kelis.
The song’s lyrics compliment Wrenkowski: “You don’t have to love me. You don’t even have to love me, but you will respect me.”
She exchanged words with fans and told ring announcer Carolina Teague to get out of her camera shot.
It was one of the biggest games of her career as she challenged Kamille Brickhouse for the NWA Women’s World Championship in the main event. This is something that would have been unprecedented years ago.
“But, at least now we’re getting the platform that we deserve, for me, what I’d like to see is maybe not just focusing on just ‘oh yeah, the main female event’ anymore. Yeah, that’s cool, but let’s call it a main event, ”Wrenkowski said.
She doesn’t get the chance to fight 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 to the mic and storytelling in the ring.
They then made names for themselves in independent promotions like RCW, led by Brandon Oliver. There has been a huge wave of women’s wrestling both at the major and independent level and they are stealing the show.
Christi Jaynes has struggled for seven years and been part of that shift in what she calls a male dominated industry.
“It’s cool because they’re like ‘wow these women are just as good, if not better than men,’” Jaynes said.
It’s the kind of fuss that can help increase Jaynes and Wrenkowski’s shares in the business.
Wrenkowski saw his stock skyrocket after appearing in several episodes of All Elite Wrestling’s “AEW Dark” shows. She has worked on programs with the legendary wrestling name Vickie Guerrero and is currently mentored by AEW superstar Thunder Rosa.
“Having all of these appearances kind of sparked interest in me, as it should be… Every weekend was booked,” Wrenkowski said.
She says constant travel can be grueling, but that’s part of the game.
Even though women’s wrestling is booming, Wrenkowski still deals with promoters stuck in the past.
“There have been reservations that I had to turn down because they weren’t willing to pay me what I deserve, but they’re willing to pay a guy more or double because he’s a guy,” Wrenkowski said.
But Miss Reality knows her worth, and even though she didn’t win Camille’s championship, she knows her status has risen even higher just by being in the game. It goes back to Kelis’ lyrics in his theme song.
Despite being a heel, Wrenkowski received a standing ovation after the game because RCW fans knew how important this moment was to his career. She says she would prefer her name to be in the history of promotions that will respect her.
“If you can’t see my worth because I’m not a man and I’m 200 pounds or whatever size, then it’s yours.” You’re just not going to have my name in your story, ”exclaimed Wrenkowski.