Wrestling / Angela Fong

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Angela Fong is a Canadian XFC dancer, fitness instructor professional wrestler, cheerleader and actress.

She tried out for the 2007 WWE Diva Search. Although she didn't make it to the finals, she was offered a developmental deal and trained at FCW. Reports started raving about her natural athleticism, comparing her favourably to the likes of fellow Canadian stars Trish Stratus and Gail Kim - and even saying she was on par with some Japanese woman wrestlers. Angela became the first Queen of FCW in 2005, defeating Alicia Fox in the finals. She was called up to TV as a backstage interviewer for ECW under the name Savannah, and later acted as a ring announcer. She was abruptly released from WWE in 2010.

Angela continued to wrestle on the independent circuit, becoming the first Ground-Breaking Ladies Pro Wrestling Champion. She eventually popped up in Lucha Underground portraying the character Black Lotus - a marked departure from her Genki Girl persona in WWE. She has stayed with the promotion since its inception.

Tropes:

  • Amazonian Beauty: Her photo shoots are usually of the glamour type but she was once shot arm wrestling Beth Phoenix. (this was after Fong's FCW days, when she had toned up somewhat)
  • Amazon Brigade: The Black Lotus Triad, Doku, Yurei and Hitokiri, OKA Kairi Hojo, Mayu Iwatani and Io Shirai, the STARDOM Aces following Nanae Takahashi and Yuziki Aikawa.
  • Arch-Enemy: Rosa Mendes hated Angela for beating her in the Queen of FCW semi-finals and stopped at nothing to antagonise her afterwards. Ironically Rosa wouldn't become Queen herself until Angela had left the company.
  • Asian Airhead: Rosa Mendes (and sometimes Jenny Cash) would insinuate that Angela was this.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: The first Queen of FCW.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: After defeating Alicia Fox, Angela got an official coronation where she was presented with the Queen of FCW crown.
  • Canada, Eh?: Averted. She was billed from Hong Kong as opposed to her actual hometown of Vancouver.
  • Chickification: She commented on the unusual decision to call her up as an interviewer and ring announcer, especially when the all-women's season of NXT came about. One contestant Jamie Keyes wanted to be an announcer rather than a wrestler, and Angela felt she could have been a good contestant had she not been released. On Lucha Underground she was entirely in a character role, didn't wrestle until the end of the second seasonnote  and hasn't done so again since note .
  • Combat Parkour: As a former cheerleader, Angela would frequently bridge out of pins, Matrix dodge away from kicks and clotheslines and backroll into headscissors.
  • Combat Stilettos: Had no problem brawling with Rosa while wearing six inch heels.
  • Corpsing: In a Slampegs video while wrestling Angelina Love, Angela can be seen grinning as Angelina hams it up.
  • Darker and Edgier: Black Lotus is a significantly darker character than Savannah.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Black Lotus, who isn't physical enough to be an Action Girl, but is dark and manipulative enough to fill this role. She also has personal motivations for her actions.
  • Ermine Cape Effect: Josh Matthews claimed he saw her wearing the FCW crown at the gym and justified, as wearing it everywhere was Fong's way of preventing Rosa Mendes from stealing it after Mendes ruined her coronation ceremony.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Her FCW gear had some sequins and rhinestones on it. And of course she was the first holder of the sparkly Queen of FCW crown.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: When she was called up to TV, her hair was lightened.
  • Face: Her natural athleticism and likability made her ideal as FCW's top face Diva.
  • Femme Fatale: Black Lotus of course. She's out for revenge and doesn't care how she accomplishes it.
  • Finishing Move: An inverted DDT called the Sake Bomb.
  • Genki Girl: Her wrestling character was very peppy and excited. Her entrance had her jumping up and down, waving to everyone.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Layla got on the apron as Angela was going for the Sake Bomb on Rosa. Had Angela hit the move, Layla would have broken up the pin. Angela went to knock Layla off the apron, leaving herself in prime position for Rosa to get a sneaky roll-up.
  • The High Queen: As the first Queen of FCW she was the only Diva to hold the crown entirely as a face. AJ Lee won it as a face but soon turned heel.
  • I Have Many Names: In FCW she went by her full name, just Angela or Miss Angela. On the main roster Savannah and Black Lotus in Lucha Underground.
  • I Have the High Ground: She liked using springboard moves and crossbodies a lot.
  • Identical-Looking Asians: Claims that when she was on the main roster, people kept mixing her and Gail Kim up. Angela is Chinese and Gail is Korean. They are both Canadian though.
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures:
    • Black Lotus has a Chinese triad made up of Japanese wrestlers.
    • She also had a finisher called the Sake Bomb in WWE. Sake is a Japanese drink. She didn't stop using the move on the independent circuit, but people did stop using that "Name of Power".
  • Ms. Fanservice: In pro wrestling she doesn't stand out much in this regard but Angela Fong was an actress before she was a pro wrestler and appeared as such in indie films such as Ratko: The Dictator’s Son and served as eye candy for MMA promotion XFC.
  • Moment Killer: Rosa interrupted Angela's coronation and stole the crown, proclaiming herself the Queen.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Her Sake Bomb finisher is not a powerbomb or any kind of 'bomb' move; it's an inverted DDT.
  • Perpetual Smiler: In FCW she was always smiling and beaming.
  • Pom-Pom Girl: Was a CFL cheerleader before she was in WWE. In her entrance she would excitedly wave to the fans, almost evoking this.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She was always quite dolled up for her stint as a ring announcer and interviewer.
  • She-Fu: As a former cheerleader, she used plenty of this kind of offence. Lots of springboards, headscissors, Matrix dodges and rolls.
  • Signature Move: Black Lotus "stole" Pentagón Jr's "sacrifice" arm breaker, wanting to get revenge after he broke her arm. As for her own, Fong's known for a couple enziguri variations, a sitdown backslide, a running knee lift and, if necessary, a kip out escape(hook the leg!)
  • Spiritual Successor:
    • Angela Fong seemed to being groomed in preparation for the coming retirement of Trish Stratus, wrestling in a similar manner in developmental, even using the helicopter head scissors, although from a roll rather than a headstand, before being abruptly released without fanfare.
    • Naomi is considered one to Angela, considering their careers have a lot of parallels. Both come from athletic and performing backgrounds - Angela as a cheerleader and Naomi a dancer. Both went for the She-Fu high flying wrestling style. Both were the first title holders in their respective divisions - Angela the first Queen of FCW and Naomi the first FCW Divas' Champion. Both also had questionable call-ups to the main roster that put them in non-wrestling roles - Angela as an announcer and Naomi as a dancing valet. Almost prophetically, Naomi defeated Angela to advance in the tournament for the FCW Divas' Championship.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
    • After she was released, a new ring announcer debuted on NXT called Jamie Keyes, who ended up competing on the all-female season.
    • Her style of wrestling was heavily compared to that of Gail Kim, and the two were mistaken for each other a lot. Character-wise they were much more different - where Gail was more of a serious wrestler, while Angela a glamorous Diva.
  • Token Minority: Filling the 'one Asian Diva limit' in WWE, Lena Yada was released as Angela was rising in prominence, and Angela herself got released about a year after Gail Kim returned to WWE.
  • The Triads and the Tongs: The Black Lotus Triad, assembled by her in Lucha Underground. Never mind that it's made up of Japanese wrestlers.
  • The Unfought: Angela had a couple of issues with Jenny Cash talking trash about her on the Express News & Gossip segment, but they never wrestled each other due to Jenny's sudden ACL injury. They did however wrestle on live events.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: Angela utilised lots of backrolls into headscissors for Rule of Cool.
  • Villain Team-Up: With Dario Cueto at the end of Lucha Underground's Season 1.
  • Waif-Fu: Dr X tried to interfere in a match on Rosa Mendes's behalf. Angela ducked his clothesline and gave him a timely enziguri.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: Inverted in that her pro wrestling career is used to draw interest to her Knockout Networks fitness instruction videos, although Fong's sometimes called a "model" by other wrestlers due them being the majority of the Knockout Networks workforce.
  • You Go, Girl!: Angela advanced to the finals of the Queen of FCW tournament by defeating 'The Girl From Mexico'
  • You Killed My Father: Black Lotus's motivation for revenge on Matanza.
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