Kia Michelle Stevens, b. 1977 in Carson, California
, better known under her ring names, Amazing Kong
, Awesome Kong
, was trained by Jesse Hernandez in the states and had her first match in the Empire Wrestling Federation before making her debut in Japan under the name Amazing Kong after further training from Kumiko Maekawa in the AJWP dojo. She has wrestled for various promotions such as All Japan Womens Pro Wrestling
, Ring of Honor
. Among her MANY achievements, she is a 2x TNA Knockouts Champion
, a 1x TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion
with (Ayako) Hamada, a 1x NWA World Women's Champion
, a 1x (women's) WORLD-1 North American Champion and a 1x HUSTLE Super Tag Team Champion
as Margarete with Erica (Aja Kong
.)The Other Wiki
has a good writeup about her career.
- Action Mom: Subverted. She left WWE due to an overdue pregnancy and made her return less than one month after giving birth, becoming the third woman ever to participate in the Royal Rumble. However, she later revealed the baby didn't survive the birth.
- Arch-Enemy: Gail Kim in TNA, their feud eventually becoming the focal point of the company's "knockout" division. Taylor Wilde after Gail Kim departed for WWE.
- Ax-Crazy: Her defining trait in TNA, though it later turned out Raisha Saeed was crazier (though less dangerous without Kong around).
- Awesome but Impractical: She did an intricate series of twirls with a kendo stick in an attempt to intimidate a steel chair wielding Roxxi Laveau, only to be laughed at, then kicked and battered. Kong got her revenge, though, once she managed to get her own chair.
- Badass: Did double duty defending both the NWA Women's championship and AWA women's championship actively.
- Badass Cape: Usually limited to her entrance attire, though.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished
- Before she went to Japan and became the fearsome Amazing Kong, the producers on Discovery Health Body Challenge had a fit when American Dragon busted Vixen's lips and nose, but she cleaned herself up, said it was not ballet, and went back at it with him.
- Amazing Kong was to be featured in Japanese game show but was politely asked to leave the set after busting open a contestant. She was supposed to backhand him (ala Masahiro Chono) but hit a little too hard.
- Belly Flop Crushing: The Amazing Press. Also tends to give her opponents a Hope Spot by missing a corner splash.
- Berserk Button: When Bubba the Love Sponge made a rude comment about the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, the normally mild-mannered backstage Kong went off the deep-end and beat the living hell out of Bubba.
- Braids of Action: Meant to be harder to grab, though The Beautiful People still used them to their advantage, tying her hair to the chain links of a steel cage.
- Brawn Hilda: By Amazing Kong's descriptions of herself, she would fit, such as her (false) claims to have an Adam's apple. To her displeasure, men are undeterred. Dragon Gate ran an angle about her having to deal with a persistent stalker, culminating in fighting off him and a friend he called for a handicap match.
- By the Hair: The promotional photo shoot hyping Amazing Kong, LuFisto and MsChif's triple threat match for the SHIMMER championship was cut short when Kong latched onto the hair of the other two and dragged them.
- Chain Pain: She and SHARK Tsuchiya made use of a chain in their cage match against Yumiko Hotta and Nanae Takahashi, which ended up being their downfall when Hotta turned it on Tuchiya.
- Defeat Means Friendship: After being defeated by Aja Kong, they team up as a tag team.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Margarete's dilemma.
- Dragon-in-Chief: While working with Raisha Saeed. Awesome Kong was already excessively violent, but Raisha coaxed her to be more vindictive. Gail's sister would have never became involved in their feud if it wasn't for Saeed, for example, and the Kongtourage was Raisha's idea.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Her various leopard printed gear. For that matter, her "street clothes", for lack of a better term, though the latter would come back at times.
- Enemy Mine: With Angelina Love in SHINE due to Valkyrie. It was business as usual back in TNA.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Her "sleeper giant swing" (spinning around while holding someone in a sleeper hold, then letting go)
- Evil Laugh: Kharma's defining trait in WWE, it even accompanied the first few notes of her entrance music.
- Evil Versus Evil: With the Beautiful People, who were convinced Awesome Kong needed a makeover.
- Facial Markings: Black spots under her eyes when she teamed with Sara Del Rey. This seemed to be inspired by MsChif's own face paint when one looked at her and Melissa at the same time as Kong and Del Rey.
- Finishing Move: A modified King Kong Buster, not officially named on WWE television but known in TNA as the Implant Buster. Also the Awesome/Amazing Bomb, a sit-out powerbomb (similar to the one used by Mike Awesome). Though if WWE '12 and WWE '13 are to be believed, they fully intended to keep the Implant Buster's name during her run with the company.
- Flipping the Bird: Both birds to TEAM SUN when Double Kong came back together to take them on at ZERO1 Celebration Return in Zeros. (They had been together already that year, but in HUSTLE mostly)
- Foreign Wrestling Heel
- As the "American Kong", against the Japanese Aja Kong. Also in a way in SHIMMER, since she was billed from Tokyo, Japan.
- Teamed with Steve Corino against Hikaru and Masato Tanaka in a Japan vs United States match in Pro Wrestling SUN. Later vowed to take the AWA Women's Championship out of SUN and back to America.
- Lead Team USA in Smash against Team Canada, lead by LuFisto, where the latter would finally get a win back.
- Friend or Idol Decision: Decided to save Solo Darling from Valkyrie rather than continue to fight Radiant Rain for the SHINE championship (though at the time, Solo was more the friend of a friend out of Valkyrie's reach).
- Fun with Acronyms: Her team with Allison Danger and Panther Claw (Rhaka Khan) in ZERO-ONE USA (Toshie Uematsu and Wesna Busic were also there in SUN): Real Evil Makers.
- Funny Afro: Has been seen in Afro puffs. They didn't seem to adversely affect her anymore than her usual choice.
- Girlish Pigtails: Margarete had them, still braided and in various shades of blonde, naturally
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Amazing Kong and Nanae Takahashi ended up battering each other with Toshie Uematsu as Kong was trying to recruit Uematsu into REM and Takahashi was trying to recruit her into the Dream Catchers.
- Hero Killer: Was being built up as one until her pregnancy got in the way.
- Hidden Depths: Amazing Kong's offense mostly involves hitting and throwing people, but she is a well versed mat technician too (which helped at SHINE 12 when she and Mercedes Martinez tried to do something different to prevent damaging an already damaged ring). She can't duplicate MsChif or Daizee Haze's stunts, but is surprisingly flexible for her bulk. She also has a decent grasp of Spanish and Japanese.
- Hired Guns
- Mia "The Scandinavian Sweetheart" Svensson brought her in to defeat the Ring Wars Carolina FLOW Champion Allison Danger.
- Paid by Vinny Fenucci to stand in between The Backseat Girlz and the PWS Bombshells champion La Rosa Negra.
- Hoist by His Own Petard
- The reason she lost to Gail Kim in many of their TNA matches, as she would repeatedly sabotage herself and then blame the referees for it. In one instance, she power bombed the "offending" ref for not giving her the count she wanted and then was about to do the same to the replacement, which allowed Gail to roll her up while she was performing a lift to get extra leverage using the poor man.
- Amy Lee often passed out in matches with Awesome Kong. The second time this happened in WSU, Kong was going to hit Lee with a chair but she fell over, causing the chair to bounce on the ropes the chair back on Kong's own head, leaving them both down.
- I Have Many Names: Vixen, Amazing Kong, Awesome Kong, Margarete, Kharma, The Masked Marvel, T-1 Mask #1.
- I Have the High Ground: Used a diving senton to win the AWA World Women's title after several amazing presses failed to put away then champion Nanae Takahashi.
- Kick the Dog: She's beaten up LuFisto quite a few times, but possibly the biggest and definitely most unnecessary insult Amazing Kong gave "The Super Hardcore Anime" was using Peegaboo to scratch her butt. Incidentally, that was one of the few matches LuFisto didn't lose(they broke even) and lead to a triple threat match where Kong would suffer her first pin fall loss in SHIMMER (to MsChif but she had been worn down by LuFisto first.
- Lightning Bruiser: Big, strong enough to slam people larger than herself, and can do splashes and dropkicks from the second rope! Also running high cross bodies, as Roxxi Laveaux found out.
- Make Way For The New Villains
- The first thing she did was take out former top Diva Michelle Mc Cool. The amount of time it took for her to get so over with the crowd that they pretty much explode whenever her music hits? One night.
- By Smackdown, male fans were chanting "ONE MORE TIME" after killing Alicia dead.
- While Beth wrestled Layla at Over The Limit, the fans were chanting "we want Kharma" (to which heel Beth responded "shut up!")
- Meaningful Name
- When she made her WWE debut, seemed to be focusing on the Heel Divas. In other words, Kharma's biting them in the ass HARD. WWE has been criticized in the past for giving some of its talent roster names that are goofy, strange, or just plain bad, with the notorious "Braden Walker" being considered a lowlight. Many people were pleasantly surprised when word got out that WWE had trademarked the name "Kharma," which was generally agreed to be pretty damn cool.
- Not to mention the fact that her logo◊ was stylized with the first and last letters a noticeably lighter shade of purple, emphasizing the harm of KHARMA.
- Multicolored Hair: Most of her braids are black, but several of them are yellow and some of them are white. On her 2015 return to TNA, she sported red braids similar in shade to Havok's red strands.
- Nice Hat: Standard issue All-Star Squad tiny top hat, tilted.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis
- Nearly always, excepting her masked and Margarete gimmicks. However, this was less so in Sun when dealing Toshie Uematsu and the Dream Catchers. And its completely obliterated in her Slam pegs done at Lexi Fyfe's.
- Also subverted in the NWA, when she threatened to call Al Sharpton after being excluded from the the World Heavyweight Championship Tournament and urged the fans to write protest letters.
- Oh, Crap: The Divas' reaction to her.
- Only in It for the Money: Her "feud" with Sojourner Bolt in TNA because Bolt was training Sharmell and Awesome Kong was training Jenna Morasca. While Bolt was enthusiastic about fighting on behalf of her student and Sharmell's success, Awesome Kong showed next to no emotional investment in the whole thing. Jenna Morasca pushed her over the limit, though, when she thought she could get away with slapping Awesome Kong just because Kong was paid-she thought wrong.
- One Steve Limit: Even though they probably should have done it before she debuted as Amazing Kong, TNA changing her name to something else made sense, since they already had an Amazing Red running around. However, what they chose, Awesome Kong, was already the name of a male wrestler known for runs in Texas and WCW. That would not have been so noticeable if TNA did not mine WCW for material and thus draw attention to this.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Ignoring that the prior T1 Mask was sort of pale skinned, she also didn't come up to Kong's shoulders. Down played in that this was mostly just to disassociate their identities, rather than convince anyone they were the same person.
- Poke the Poodle: Flicked Kelly Kelly in the head, after weeks of destroying everyone else around.
- Power Stable
- (in M's Style and AJW): Makai Majo Gundan with Makai Majo #s 1, 2, 3 and Tachiyo Oba.
- (in TNA): The Kongtourage, with Rhaka Khan, Raisha Saeed and Sojourner Bolt.
- (in SHINE) Daffney's All Star Squad, replacing Nikki Roxx.
- Pregnant Badass: Despite having a high-risk pregnancy, she can still intimidate a bitch. Unfortunately, the pregnancy didn't end well.
- Put on a Bus: Due to her pregnancy. The Bus Came Back for an one night appearance at the Royal Rumble before hopping right back on it. In July, find out she's been released.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Got written off of TV a month after her WWE debut because she got pregnant.
- Real Song Theme Tune: (in SHIMMER and ROH): Kurupt and Daz Dillinger's "Who Ride Wit Us".
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Beat all of the Beautiful People accept Angelina Love (including Cute Kip in stretcher matches after they messed up her braids.
- Run the Gauntlet: Defeated Andrea at the 2015 Knockouts Knockdown to qualify for the subsequent Queen Of The Knockouts Battle Royal, which she won.
- Sassy Black Woman: In the National Wrestling Alliance at times, as well as Zero 1 and Sun. A look at her shoot interviews will show it wasn't an act.
- Scare Chord/Hell Is That Noise: Her WWE theme music, Bad Kharma. It's very effective.
- Signature Move: The Accordion Rack, a particularly sick version of the bow and arrow stretch but elevated on her back. Despite not being a go-to finishing move, it often does get submissions even from the resilient MsChif. Also the spinning back fists from Aja Kong; though not quite as deadly as hers (perhaps because this Kong mostly spins on whiffs), they have drawn blood and knocked jaws out of place.
- Shout-Out: Via the ROHbots, "Kong's gonna kill you!"
- Slasher Smile: Kharma, whenever she was not laughing outright.
- Something Completely Different
- Awesome Kong arrived out of nowhere and squashed TNA knockout champion Gail Kim, no selling all of her offense and terrifying all the other knockouts who had either lost to or had to cheat to beat Gail.
- WSU's "Boy Diva" Ric Cataldo and Roxxie Cotton had gotten together backstage and announced their intentions to avenge their losses suffered at the hands of Amy Lee, then came out into the ring to prove how formidable they could be against a "mystery" opponent. Cue Awesome Kong squashing them both and becoming Amy Lee's next challenge.
- In WWE, the main feud saw the "Divas Of Doom" Beth Phoenix and Natalya against the rest of the roster for allegedly being effeminate Barbie Dolls, divas champion Kelly Kelly in particular. The secondary feud saw former champions Laycool at each other's throats. At the end of the secondary feud, Kharma arrived, sent Michelle McCool off with authority, and displaced Beth and Natalya as Kelly's biggest concern.
- Tag Team
- She had runs with the Ladies Legend Pro Wrestling tag team titles alongside Eagle Sawai, the NEO Tag Team Titles with Haruka Matsuo, then with Kyoko Kimura and the Knockout tag team titles alongside Ayako Hamada in TNA.
- However, her most frequent and successful team was Double Kong, with Aja Kong. They also teamed up in HUSTLE as Ericanote and Margarete, doing a comedy gimmick as girly-girl babyfaces.
- Death Kongs in SHIMMER with Sara Del Rey.
- In SHINE and Florida Underground Wrestling: Rhythm and Bruise, with Jazz.
- The Dreaded: To most if not every other female wrestler. For context even as a face she would head out, stalk the likes of Kelly Kelly who at the time was a multi time champion and face of the divas, before attacking her heel opponent. All this time Kelly would be frozen in fear, hoping, praying that she escapes notice, despite Kharma acting as an ally.
- The Quiet One: Amazing Kong didn't speak much, and when she did, it was mostly Japanese. Though this was less the case in Zero 1/SUN as part of REM. Where she had a lot of English trash to talk. She kept talking for awhile when coming back to the USA but gradually went quiet again, even quieter than before. She said one word during her entire TNA run and remained stoic in most contemporary to it up until she announced her sabbatical at the end of her short WWE run. It has become less a thing after Jazz talked Amazing Kong into returning to wrestling at SHINE 5, as the return was preceded by Kong cutting a 28 second promo, which doesn't sound like much, but soon enough she was back to talking regularly.
- The Rival
- Her biggest in Japan, and possibly her entire career, is Nanae Takahashi, particularly in AJW but also in Zero 1 and Sun. Considering how long they've been at it, they made a surprisingly good team in NEO Women's Pro Wrestling, though Kong's best known for beating Takahashi's regular partner, Saki Maemura.
- Seems to have picked up Ayako Hamada from Aja Kong; she rotates between friend and foe, but any bitterness seems to have washed away. Also picked up the mysterious Arisin Z.
- While Gail Kim and Taylor Wilde were her most frequent and most bitter opponents in TNA, ODB was a persistent one as well. Though it was kind of one sided, ODB did managed to beat Kong a few times and did a much better job in F1rst Wrestling. The two even teamed up against The Beautiful People.
- After losing to SHIMMER Champion Sara Del Rey by count out, Kong threw Del Rey out of the ring and demanded the referee count her out when defending her own NWA Women's World Championship. Instead the referee gave the win to Del Rey by DQ. The two teamed up after they both lost their belts to MsChif, but ended up back at each other's throats before long.
- Too Many Belts: Two too many around the waist of her most common black gear set. She used to go without them.
- Tournament Arc
- Won her first when Amazing Kong defeated Nanae Takahashi in the AJW Japan Grand Prix Final.
- Amazing Kong and Chikayo Nagashima defeated Aja Kong and Ayako Hamada in the finals of the OZ Academy Iron Woman Tag Tournament.
- In the finals of the the Neo Ladies Mid Summer Tag Tournament V, Amazing Kong and Haruka Matsuo defeated Kyoko Inoue and Etsuko Mita.
- Won Chick Fight IX after beating Eden Black in the last round. The real story there, however, was both of them getting byes in the tournament thanks to Cheerleader Melissa making a mess of things.
- Had to go the extra mile to get booed during her SHIMMER run. When Kellie Skater debuted and declared herself invincible Kong was the first name chanted (LuFisto got a big pop though)
- By her second appearance in WWE, she was getting louder pops than the rest of the Divas locker room combined, and she hadn't even been in an actual match yet! She antagonized everyone too, but the villains got it the worst.
- Unexpected Character: An Ensemble Darkhorse to the degree that she showed up as DLC in WWE '12 despite the fact that she still hadn't wrestled a televised match. Oh, and around comes WWE '13 and she's back again, around one of the first confirmed, despite still not having a televised match! Hell, she wasn't even with WWE anymore.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Kharma interrupted an 8-Diva tag match, instead of beating everyone up like she usually would, she fell to her knees in the middle of the ring and began crying as the divas surrounded her. The next week we found out why.
- Wardrobe Malfunction: When she was being eliminated from the Bound For Glory gauntlet battle royal, her outfit got caught in the ropes and completely flipped up. And fans got a view of raw Kong in prime condition.
- We Used to Be Friends: Kong and Havok were tag team partners prior to their TNA "reunion". If Awesome Kong was proposing they team again, she was a bad communicator, as Havok first tried to avoid her and then tried to fight.
- Worked Shoot: During one of her AWA title defenses at Neo World 2007, a referee shouted "Kia" at Amazing Kong when urging her not to put Kyoko Inoue through a table.
- Worthy Opponent: Amazing Kong eventually came to consider MsChif and Amy Lee as this, in spite of not liking their tactics, due to their determination. She and Jazz used to think such of Mercedes Martinez in WSU.
- Wrestling Monster: Punctuated by her brutality, such as her trashing of Team SUN in Zero 1 and lack of selling (fisherman's buster? Two count, try again!).
- You Have Failed Me: Awesome Kong put up with a lot of Raisha's Saeed's antics, but after she accidentally cost her a chance to regain the Knockouts title she lost to Angelina Love, she Awesome Bombed Saeed off the Impact stage.