Catherine Power is a Canadian wrestler, better known by her ring names, Cat Power and Haley Rogers. She is a former Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (ECCW) Women’s Champion and has held the Pro Wrestling Xtreme Woman’s Championship. Cat’s name is well known all over the world and is widely viewed as one of the most technically sound veterans inside the ring. This type of reputation has elevated her to the top of several prestigious lists such as Pro Wrestling Illustrated where she ranked 42nd in 2010.
Cat has wrestled all over the world, including her high profile time spent in Japan. She was fascinated with the sport on every level at a very young age and was determined to make it her career. Her hard working attitude and attention to detail has helped her solidify her place in the industry as she continues to form a friendly following all across the country.
By following the Independent Circuit and reading about the wrestlers and their storied careers, I am able to catch up with some of them and conduct an interview from time to time, which allows them to share with us their story. Recently I was able to catch up with Cat and she was gracious enough to put a halt to her busy schedule to discuss her career, future, and accomplishments. This is what she had to say.
* When did your pro wrestling career begin? How did you get started?
My career began in May of 2005 when I first started training at the Can-Am Wrestling School under Scott D’amore, Johnny Devine, and Tyson Dux. I was living at home in North Sydney Nova Scotia and I was doing my research into the best wrestling schools in Canada and Can-Am was the one. I had my first match in Toronto for a company called BSE (Blood Sweat and Ears) in July of 2006. It definitely took me a while to get the hang of things. I was in no way a “natural.”
* What federations have you worked for along the way?
I’ve gotten to work for some amazing promotions including Border City Wrestling, Maximum Pro Wrestling, Shimmer, and most recently Reina, Stardom, Big Japan, and Smash Wrestling.
* How could you explain the life on an independent wrestler?
It’s very much a constant hustle. It’s like anything in freelance work: Your last job is your last job, so you have to constantly keep promoting yourself and stay relevant to people in order to get out there. We are independent contractors so we don’t have managers or agents taking care of bookings for us. You have to take responsibility and promote yourself and be willing to work extremely hard to be successful.
* Are there any funny/crazy road stories you would like to share?
None that are funny in type LOL
* When did you decide to go full speed ahead to becoming a professional athlete?
I was 3 years old when I watched wrestling for the first time and that was it. I wanted to be a pro wrestler since that time. I was 17 when I went to WrestleMania 18 in Toronto and when I came back from that I thought: To be among 70,000 people was intense, but what’s it like to be in front of 70,000 people? And that’s when I decided wholeheartedly that I was going to find a school and train.
* How did you decide on your name/gimmick?
That one was easy: It’s my actual name.
* Were there any obstacles on your journey to the ring? If so, what were they and how did you overcome them?
I’m really not athletic in anyway. I’m always very jealous of naturally gifted athletes because I just cannot make my body do some of the things you see other wrestlers pull off. When regular people find out what I do the standard question is always: Oh so do you do any moves off the top rope? And my standard response is Hell NO! Look at me. Seriously I am not a high flyer in any way. I am a great base/catch and I am very comfortable with that but as far as my athletic abilities go that is a massive obstacle and I try and work really hard in other areas to make up for that.
It took me a really long time to grasp the actual art of Pro Wrestling. I really think its only in the last 2 years that I have become the most comfortable with wrestling and my place in it. I’m having the most fun I’ve ever had and it was all worth any difficulties I had.
* What are your thoughts on the current status of Women’s Wrestling and how it has been growing?
It is the best time in women’s wrestling right now because the grand stage has finally taken notice that there are girls that have come from wrestling schools that are properly trained and have paid their dues on the independent circuit and now we are getting the chance to showcase what fans have known for a while and that is when you showcase passion you can watch magic happen.
* What would be your dream match?
A huge dream match of mine is Cat Power vs Charlotte. I am a MASSIVE Ric Flair fan and I am the hugest Charlotte fan so for me to get to work with her would be the ultimate dream come true.
I would say my other dream match is any time I get to wrestle Nicole Matthews. Just when I think I have nothing left in me creatively or physically Nicole busts it out of me and any day I get to wrestle her is a good day.
* What would you say is your greatest accomplishment in the sport of professional wrestling?
At this point I would say my time over in Japan has been my greatest accomplishment. I have wrestled at Korakuen Hall multiple times, I have had some of the most amazing matches of my career, and I’ve become the best version of myself as a wrestler to date because of my experiences overseas and I could not be more grateful.
* What is your most memorable match?
I would say some of my favorite matches to date would be a No Holds Barred match vs Nicole Matthews in Vancouver. That match is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a5T6CsfnRk
I also wrestled Pete Powers in an inter gender match in front of a sold out crowd at The Fabulous Commodore Ballroom in down town Vancouver. That was one of my most favorite nights and matches I’ve ever had.