This Saturday night in Logan Square one of the fastest rising stars in the world of women’s wrestling headlined an historic event for Chicago independent promotion AAW, making her dreams a reality in front of an emotional, sold-out crowd of diehard, hometown fans.
26-year-old Kylie Rae has been wrestling full time for just three years, after getting her start with WWE Hall of Famer Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling promotion. Her career gained ground in 2017 debuting for several promotions including Chicago’s Freelance Wrestling, RiSE, SHIMMER and even CZW.
Kylie made her AAW debut during last year’s tournament to crown the inaugural AAW Women’s Champion, defeating Su Yung in the first round before eventually losing to Mae Young Classic competitor Rachel Ellering.
The eternally bubbly superstar-in-the-making returned in 2018, scoring huge victories over former and current Impact Wrestling stars including Scarlett Bordeaux, Marti Belle and Sienna before being granted a rematch with now-former women’s champ Kimber Lee.
Saturday night an anxious and giddy Kylie returned to her hometown stomping grounds, face aglow as she made her way to the ring enraptured by the sounds of an entrance theme that could put a smile on the face of any true child of the 90s — the original Pokemon theme song. (Here, let me save you the trouble of looking it up on YouTube. Don’t worry, we’ve been listening to it on replay for hours now.)
It was a celebratory affair, with booming chants of “LET’S GO KYLIE!” and multiple, prolonged verses of “KYLIE IS THE BEST, KYLIE NUMBER ONE!” The sold-out crowd was behind their local hero one-hundred percent, appropriately jeering Kimber Lee, whose excellence as a champion over the last six months should not go without recognition.
After a fast-paced and clearly personal grudge match between two stars whose on-screen personalities may clash in every conceivable way, our ultimate underdog applied one final submission to cement her rise to the top of the Windy City wrestling world.
Kylie Rae — your new AAW Women’s Champion, and the greatest Pokemon trainer that you ever did see.