Stephanie Sager (March 18, 1984) is an American professional wrestler, known by her ring names Sassy Stephie and Sassy Stephanie. She regularly performs for many independent promotions in the Midwest and the East Coast and one of only a few women wrestlers to wrestle in five different states her first year, a rare feat for a rookie wrestler.
Sager has maintained an extremely hectic schedule and continues to make herself available for a variety of appearances. She is a master inside the ring and has a one of a kind named finisher, the “Kiss My Sass.” Most wrestlers within the Indy circuit are known for their strong work ethic and style. Sager takes it one step further as she trains with the fire needed to be ahead of the curve at all times.
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 Stephanie and she was gracious enough to put a halt to her busy schedule to discuss his career, future, and accomplishments. This is what she had to say.
When did your pro wrestling career begin?
I started originally as a ring announcer. I started traveling all around Ohio, as a ring announcer. One of the wrestlers asked me “Why don’t you train?” it was the epiphany I needed. I found a school that was training another girl. My first match was March 10, 2007. I haven’t looked back since, I love it.
What federations have you worked for along the way?
I’ve worked for a lot of great promotion over time including WSU, Shimmer, Shine, ROH, AIW, and Femme Fatales.
How could you explain the life of an independent wrestler?
It’s an interesting one! You sacrifice a lot to be a wrestler. Your weekends are all gone and your week days are about training and watching wrestling to get better. There is constant travel that causes you to miss birthdays, weddings, anniversaries etc…but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Were there any obstacles on your journey to the ring? If so, what were they and how did you overcome them?
You’ll always have obstacles in your life no matter what you choose to do. It is how you overcome them that matters. Nothing specific that comes to mind, but for sure there were many!
What would you say is your greatest accomplishment in the sport of professional wrestling?
Working with WWE as a Rosebud twice. The experiences I had there were very wonderful, I learned so much from being there.
Do you pay attention to other federations or follow other wrestlers?
Of course, you have to know what the best promotions are to work for and who the top wrestlers are. That way you know how to step up your game….or if you end up wrestling them you have an idea of how to defeat them.
What are your thoughts on the current status of Women’s Wrestling?
It’s in a great state right now. Women around the world are getting opportunities that weren’t open to us before.
What would be your dream match?
It’s impossible, but Sensational Sherri would be my dream match. I still have a lot of women I would love to work with though. I’d be here for a long time listing them all.
What is your most memorable match?
The War Games match with the Midwest Militia (Jessicka Havok, Allisyn Kay, and myself) vs. Team WSU (Mercedes Martinez, Brittany Savage, Alicia)
Who are/were some your favorite wrestlers and why?
The veterans, Jericho, Shawn Michaels, Sensational Sherri, Trish, Triple H….. Currently Ziggler, Cesaro, Bayley, Sasha.
What needs to be accomplished in your eyes to be able to look back and call your career a success when it’s all over?
I don’t think I have to do anything to consider it a success. I love wrestling, as long as I am happy with what I have done (and I am) then it’s been a success.
***Hopefully you enjoyed this interview and learned some new and interesting things about Stephanie Sager. The world of wrestling is a demanding business and the time set aside to do this interview should not be underestimated. I would like to personally thank Stephanie for taking the time to share with me her stories so I could share them with all of you. Her time is greatly appreciated…..
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