Jaimie Alexander may not look like your typical wrestler, but just try to tangle with this 5’9″ beauty, and you could find yourself in a world of hurt.
That’s because Alexander’s skills grappling go well beyond what you see on the series Blindspot.
In a new report from the Sioux City Journal, the wrestling past of Jaimie Alexander was revealed in all its glory. Apparently, the 31-year-old Lady Sif was a standout at Iowa State University, working with a pair of coaches and frequently drawing press attention for her combination of strikingly dark beauty and obvious skills as a mat technician.
A Texas native, the news site notes, she started her school’s first female wrestling team “as a means of learning self defense.”
“I was so tall. Compared to everybody else in my weight class, I stood out,” she said in a recent interview with SCJ. “I used the same moves over and over because everybody was so much shorter. I was able to sprawl and do the half — that was my pin move because nobody could reach my legs.”
Her background pinning shoulders to a mat sort of pushed her into tough girl roles as seen in Blindspot and her appearances in Thor: The Dark World and its upcoming sequel, Thor: Ragnarok, slated for 2017 — all realities that she’s fine with.
“I never played the girl next door. But everything that’s cliché bad*ss is OK with me.”
She’s also kicked her share of real-life butt, as noted in an anecdote she shared with E! earlier this month about a producer, who tried to untie her bikini at a work party.
“It was at this huge work-related party,” she explained. “He tried to untie my swimsuit. He was really short. I twisted around and my elbow caught his eye and busted it up.”
Shortly following the incident, the unnamed producer was fired.
“He learned his lesson. That was pretty awesome,” she added.
As stories like these and the popularity of Blindspot increases — in which Jaimie Alexander plays “Jane Doe,” a heavily tatted combat expert — it’s only a matter of time before a certain wrestling company in Stamford, Connecticut, notices.
The media attention surrounding Alexander’s physicality has picked up steam this month with the show’s premiere. Fox News recently referred to her as the “female Jason Bourne,” a possibility worth exploring; but an even better one could be sticking her in a match at WrestleMania 32.
The WWE appeared to have its heart set on Ronda Rousey, but any competitive MMA fighter at this point is going to be difficult to get into the squared circle on account of hesitancy from UFC President Dana White.
Since WWE had a round of success with a TV crossover at SummerSlam — the Internet is still impressed with what Arrow‘s Stephen Amell did inside (and outside) the ring — finding a place for Jaimie Alexander could be a bit of a no-brainer.
You need someone believable in the ring, but also someone who could conceivably lose to Stephanie McMahon without Kane interfering.
Ronda Rousey doesn’t fit that bill, nor would she ever.
Jaimie Alexander, on the other hand, is unexpected. Even if stories like this one and the piece in SCJ get seen by a few thousand people, the WWE has a much larger fanbase and many of them wouldn’t know about Jaimie’s wrestling background.
It would be much easier to book the match competitively in other words.
But what do you think, readers? Does Stephanie McMahon vs. Jaimie Alexander make sense for WrestleMania 32, and would you pay to see it? Sound off in the comments section.