Billie Starkz
Billie Starkz in May 2023
Birth nameLillian Bridget
Born (2004-12-08) December 8, 2004 (age 19)[1]
New Albany, Indiana, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)
  • Billie Starkz
  • Pizza Cat Jr.
Trained by
  • Raul LaMotta
  • Rudy Switchblade
DebutOctober 12, 2018

Lillian Bridget[2] (born December 8, 2004), known under her ring name Billie Starkz, is an American professional wrestler currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW). She also appears in AEW's sister promotion Ring of Honor (ROH). She has also wrestled in numerous promotions such as Game Changer Wrestling, Tokyo Joshi Pro-Wrestling, and Major League Wrestling.

Professional wrestling career

Independent circuit (2018–present)

Starkz began training in wrestling at age 13 in Jeffersonville, Indiana,[3] making her professional wrestling debut in October 2018.[4][5] According to a 2023 story by local TV station WDRB, during her first weeks at Atherton High School in Louisville, Kentucky in 2019, "a caring teacher pulled her into the hall to ask questions about her parents and home life" because she showed up with bumps and bruises resulting from wrestling.[3]

In 2020, she began working for Game Changer Wrestling (GCW) and on October 10 of that year, she competed in a 30-person battle royal at Joey Janela's Spring Break 4.[6]

On June 25, 2022, Starkz won the H2O Hybrid Championship.[7] On November 12, at BLP Slamilton, Starkz defeated Calvin Tankman to win the BLP Heavyweight Championship.[8][9]

All Elite Wrestling (2022–present)

On the December 27, 2022 episode of AEW Dark, Starkz made her debut, losing to Red Velvet.[10][11] On April 7, 2023, at Battle of the Belts VI, Jade Cargill defeated Starkz to retain the AEW TBS Championship.[12] Four days later, it was reported that Starkz had been signed by AEW.[13][14]

On June 25 at Forbidden Door, Starkz competed in the Owen Hart Foundation Women's Tournament, losing to Athena in the quarterfinals of the tournament.[15]

Major League Wrestling (2023)

On the February 28, 2023 episode of MLW Underground Wrestling, Starkz made her MLW debut, defeating Kayla Kassidy.[16][17] On the March 21 episode of Underground Wrestling, she faced Taya Valkyrie for the MLW Women's Featherweight Championship but lost the match.[18][19] Starkz then faced B3cca twice at SuperFight[20] and War Chamber, both in a winning effort.[21]

Ring of Honor (2023–present)

On the March 9, 2023 episode of Ring of Honor Wrestling, Starkz made her ROH debut where she lost to Trish Adora.[22][23] Two weeks later, she had her first win in ROH when she defeated Miranda Alize.[24]

In late 2023, Starkz along with Lexy Nair became 'minions' to ROH Women's World Champion Athena. On the November 23 episode of ROH Honor Club TV, Starkz and Athena lost to Ronda Rousey and Marina Shafir.[25] On the following episode of ROH Wrestling, Starkz defeated Shafir in a one-on-one match, with Starkz proceeded to attack Shafir after the match. Athena and Nair come out and feigned announcing that Starkz had graduated from 'minion training'. Athena then announced that only Nair was the valedictorian. Starkz then got upset and attacked Athena. Starkz then met Tony Khan backstage and requested a championship match with Athena, which Khan accepted. The match was then made for Final Battle.[26] At the event, Starkz was unsuccessful at winning the ROH Women's Championship from Athena.[27]

Personal life

Shortly before her 2023 graduation from Atherton High School in Louisville, she had maintained a 4.0 grade point average while taking several honors courses, despite her frequent travel for wrestling shows.[3]

Championships and accomplishments

References

  1. ^ "Billie Starkz - Gerweck.net". Gerweck.net. Archived from the original on June 24, 2023. Retrieved June 24, 2023.
  2. ^ "Lillian Bridget". Genickbruch.com.
  3. ^ a b c Corsey, Gil (March 24, 2023). "Louisville high school student becomes pro wrestling sensation". Louisville, KY: WDRB. Archived from the original on October 11, 2023. Retrieved October 1, 2023.
  4. ^ Lambert, Jeremy (July 26, 2021). "Billie Starkz Files Trademark On In-Ring Name". Fightful. Archived from the original on June 22, 2023. Retrieved June 22, 2023.
  5. ^ "Louisville high school student signs national wrestling contract". Louisville, KY: WDRB. April 14, 2023. Archived from the original on October 11, 2023. Retrieved October 1, 2023.
  6. ^ Toro, Carlos (October 7, 2020). "Best Of WWE Special Airing On FOX, One-Hour Iron Man Deathmatch Announced For ICW NHB-Fight-Size Update". Fightful. Archived from the original on November 1, 2020. Retrieved June 22, 2023.
  7. ^ Guzzo, Gisberto (June 25, 2022). "H2O Wrestling 6 F'N Years Night One Results (6/25): Billie Starkz, EFFY, Colby Corino, And More". Fightful. Archived from the original on June 24, 2023. Retrieved June 24, 2023.
  8. ^ Lambert, Jeremy (November 13, 2022). "BLP Slamilton – Part 1 Results (11/12): New BLP Heavyweight Champion Crowned". Fightful. Archived from the original on June 22, 2023. Retrieved June 22, 2023.
  9. ^ "Black Label Pro Slamilton Parts 1 & 2 Results". 411Mania. November 13, 2022. Archived from the original on June 22, 2023. Retrieved June 22, 2023.
  10. ^ Defelice, Robert (December 18, 2022). "AEW Dark Universal Studio Spoilers (12/17): Kenny Omega, Jeff Jarrett, Britt Baker, More Compete". Fightful. Archived from the original on June 22, 2023. Retrieved June 22, 2023.
  11. ^ Defelice, Robert (December 27, 2022). "AEW Dark (12/27) Stream & Results: Billie Starkz, Daddy Magic, Angelico, More Set For Action". Fightful. Archived from the original on June 22, 2023. Retrieved June 22, 2023.
  12. ^ McGuire, Colin (April 7, 2023). "4/7 AEW Battle of the Belts VI results: McGuire's review of Orange Cassidy vs. Dralistico for the AEW International Title, Jade Cargill vs. Billie Starkz for the TBS Title, Rey Fenix and Penta El Zero Miedo vs. Powerhouse Hobbs and QT Marshall for the ROH Tag Team Titles". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Archived from the original on April 8, 2023. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  13. ^ Nason, John (April 11, 2023). "Tony Schiavone: AEW has signed Billie Starkz". Wrestling Observer. Archived from the original on June 22, 2023. Retrieved June 22, 2023.
  14. ^ Tessier, Colin (April 11, 2023). "Tony Schiavone Says AEW Has Signed Billie Starkz". Fightful. Archived from the original on June 22, 2023. Retrieved June 22, 2023.
  15. ^ Powell, Jason (June 25, 2023). "AEW-NJPW Forbidden Door results: Powell's live review of Bryan Danielson vs. Kazuchika Okada, Kenny Omega vs. Will Ospreay for the IWGP U.S. Championship, MJF vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi for the AEW World Championship". prowrestling.net. Archived from the original on June 25, 2023. Retrieved June 25, 2023.
  16. ^ "Underground Recap: Hennigan Hunts Davey Richards For National Openweight Gold". Major League Wrestling. February 28, 2023. Archived from the original on March 1, 2023. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  17. ^ Tessier, Colin (March 1, 2023). "MLW Underground Results (2/28): John Hennigan vs. Davey Richards, Billie Starkz In Action". Fightful. Archived from the original on March 31, 2023. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  18. ^ "Underground Recap: Alex Hammerstone vs. Jacob Fatu 2, Billie Starkz Battles Taya Valkyrie". Major League Wrestling. March 21, 2023. Archived from the original on March 22, 2023. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  19. ^ Clark, John (February 5, 2023). "*Spoilers* MLW SuperFight 2023 Results (2/4/23): Matches Taped For REELZ TV". Wrestlezone. Archived from the original on August 15, 2023. Retrieved June 22, 2023.
  20. ^ Lambert, Jeremy (February 5, 2023). "MLW SuperFight 2023 Spoilers (2/4): Multiple Title Bouts, Matches Taped For REELZ Debut". Fightful. Archived from the original on June 22, 2023. Retrieved June 22, 2023.
  21. ^ Lambert, Jeremy (April 7, 2023). "MLW War Chamber 2023 Spoilers (4/6): Three Title Changes". Fightful. Archived from the original on April 9, 2023. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  22. ^ Pulido, Luis (March 9, 2023). "Ring of Honor TV (3/9/2023) Results: Samoa Joe Returns to ROH, Eddie Kingston, Athena, More Compete". Fightful. Archived from the original on June 22, 2023. Retrieved June 22, 2023.
  23. ^ Malkasian, Mike (March 9, 2023). "Ring of Honor TV Results 3/9/23". Wrestling Headlines. Archived from the original on June 22, 2023. Retrieved June 22, 2023.
  24. ^ Pulido, Luis (March 9, 2023). "Ring of Honor TV (3/23/2023) Results: Samoa Joe Competes, Sydal & Daniels vs Aussie Open & More". Fightful. Archived from the original on June 22, 2023. Retrieved June 22, 2023.
  25. ^ Robinson, Sam (November 24, 2023). "ROH on HonorClub results (11/23): Robinson's review of Ronda Rousey and Marina Shafir vs. Athena and Billie Starkz, Katsuyori Shibata vs. Trent Beretta for the ROH Pure Title". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved November 24, 2023.
  26. ^ Robinson, Sam (December 1, 2023). "ROH on HonorClub results (11/30): Robinson's review of Komander vs. Gringo Loco, and Evil Uno vs. Dalton Castle in Survival of the Fittest qualifiers for the vacant ROH TV Title". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved December 1, 2023.
  27. ^ Mueller, Chris (December 15, 2023). "ROH Final Battle 2023 Results: Winners, Live Grades, Reaction and Highlights". Bleacher Report. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  28. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip (August 22, 2020). "BLP Heavyweight Championship". Cagematch – The Internet Wrestling Database. Archived from the original on December 16, 2022. Retrieved March 19, 2022.
  29. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip (August 22, 2020). "BLP Heavyweight Championship". Cagematch – The Internet Wrestling Database. Archived from the original on January 2, 2022. Retrieved March 19, 2022.
  30. ^ "CCW Global Fighting Championship « Titles Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". Archived from the original on June 22, 2023. Retrieved June 22, 2023.
  31. ^ "Girl Fight Championship « Titles Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". Archived from the original on November 29, 2021. Retrieved June 22, 2023.
  32. ^ "H2O Hybrid Championship « Titles Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". Archived from the original on June 22, 2023. Retrieved June 22, 2023.
  33. ^ "PHW Party Monster Championship « Titles Database « CAGEMATCH – The Internet Wrestling Database". Archived from the original on June 22, 2023. Retrieved June 22, 2023.
  34. ^ Ross, Patrick (October 27, 2022). "Full 2022 PWI Women's 150 list revealed". aiptcomics.com. Archived from the original on October 28, 2022. Retrieved October 27, 2022.
  35. ^ Ruth, Sondra (September 14, 2023). "Complete 2023 PWI 500 List Revealed, Top NJPW Star Absent". tjrwrestling.net. Archived from the original on September 15, 2023. Retrieved September 17, 2023.
  36. ^ Luis, Perez (October 12, 2023). "Spark Joshi 10/11/23 Rising Heat West Results". PWPonderings. Archived from the original on October 14, 2023. Retrieved October 12, 2023.
  37. ^ DeFelice, Robert (October 8, 2023). "Billie Starkz Wins Wrestling Revolver Women's Grand Prix; Praises Trish Adora and Marina Shafir". Fightful. Archived from the original on October 9, 2023. Retrieved October 27, 2023.