Ashley Bensel is a retired American former professional wrestler best known by her ring name Ashley America. On February 29, 2016, Ashley posted on her Twitter account, she was retiring due to health issues.
Early life & career
Ashley described discovering pro wrestling during high school. She alleges friends of hers were making videos of professional wrestling (excluding performing actual moves as Ashley states everyone involved knew not to do anything dangerous), focusing more on character gimmicks and storylines. After high school, Ashley majored in art education during her college years and graduated in 2010. She described her time in 2010 as having been filled with hardships due to not being able to find a job in her field. She did however, find work as a stage hand in Baltimore, MD where she developed muscle and strength due to the physical demands of the job. She decided to pursue professional wrestling after friends had suggested trying roller derby. She opted for pro wrestling as being the "craziest" of the two choices in what she would consider doing.
Ashley found a wrestling school close to where she lived during November of 2012. A simple barn, facilitating a broken-down boxing ring substituting for a wrestling ring, Ashley mainly was allowed to only trained in taking bumps. She spent three months training there before furthering her training with Monster Factory Pro Wrestling trainers including QT Marshall, The Blue Meanie, Wild Bill Wiles, Danny Cage, Mike Spanos and Louis "The Punisher" Martinez. She cited her favorite wrestlers and sources of inspiration include Ric Flair, Mick Foley, Macho Man, Sara Del Rey, Sherri Martel, Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan, Mr. Perfect, and Cody Rhodes.
Professional wrestling career
Ashley debuted as Ashley America and had her first match on December 13 while training in Monster Factory Pro Wrestling. She wrestled fellow newcomer Miranda Vionette to a no-contest draw. Ashley wrestled throughout the follow year of 2015 for numerous promotions for events held throughout the northeastern United States. She wrestled her final match at a Vicious Outcast Wrestling held on February 13, 2016, where she defeated veteran womens wrestler Randi West.
Approximately sixteen days after her match on February 13, 2016 at VOW Into The Abyss, Ashley announced her retirement via her Twitter account. Reason given simply referred to health issues being the key factor in her early retirement after having wrestled less than two years. No further updates have been given through Twitter or any other public media sources.
- Signature moves
- Whig-Splitter (Enziguri)
- "Zen Warrior"