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Wrestling: Sara Del Rey

Sara Amato (b. 1980 in Martinez, California) is an American Professional Wrestler, manager and trainer as Sara Del Rey. She started with All Pro Wrestling in Hayward in 2001, before going to work for the Japanese ARSION promotion. She worked for various promotions in the U.S., Mexico and in Japan, including appearing on the first ever SHIMMER show. Along with SHIMMER, she is best known for her work in Ring of Honor and CHIKARA. She has also competed for Wrestling Society X, All Japan Pro Wrestling, and did two house show (non-televised event) matches for TNA, one in 2009 and one in 2010. Among her in-ring achievements, she was the first ever SHIMMER Champion and a 1x SHIMMER Tag Team Champion with Courtney Rush as the Queens of Winning, and a 1x Pro Wrestling SUN Champion. She is considered one of the best wrestlers in the world today regardless of gender. She is currently working as a trainer for WWE.

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"All hail the Queen of Wrestling's Tropes":

  • Action Girl -> Dark Action Girl -> Action Girl: By way of the turns wrestlers tend to go through. She was especially on the dark side during Chikara, making lots of firsts for females in the organization despite being(or perhaps because of being) a ruda.
  • All American Face: As the American Angel
  • Amazonian Beauty: Played up after she was unmasked in LLF, well before then too but just more so afterwards. Larry Sweeney was also of this opinion in ROH.
  • Arch-Enemy: Originally Daizee Haze in JAPW and Ring of Honor, then everyone in CHIKARA during the BDK run, the Canadian Ninjas in SHIMMER. Her last feud in CHIKARA was with the Batiri.
  • Ass Kicks You: Hip attacks and the running butt-to-the-head spot done by Umaga in WWE has in the past been a regular feature of her offense.
  • Badass: Trained by Bryan Danielson, defeated Claudio Castagnoli and and beat the crap out of Jakob Hammermeier. She pinned Tim Donst to win the 2011 Torneo Cibernetico, making her the first and so far only woman to do so. Earlier in the same match, she pinned the BDK's monster Tursas. Past opponents such as Chuck Taylor, who she also defeated, have put her over on commentary for being this.
    • Badass Boast: Claims to know one million different submission holds.
  • Bash Brothers and Sisters: Claudio Castagnoli, Chris Hero, Daizee Haze, Madison Eagles, Saturyne, Courtney Rush
  • Break the Haughty: Defeated Claudio Castagnoli, leading to her getting kicked out of the BDK.
  • Cameo: A blink and you miss it one on Total Divas, of all things.
  • Crowd Song: During her match against Kellie Skater at PWA Queensland's December 20, 2008 show, at one point some people in the crowd started chanting (a la Taz in ECW or Samoa Joe in TNA), "Sara's gonna kill you, Sara's gonna kill you!" She's gotten that chant in SHIMMER and CHIKARA too. The ROH bots chanted the very Tazish "fuck her up Sara fuck her up!" at her when 21st Century Fox had visited for a night.
  • Defeat by Modesty: She and Eddie Edwards faced Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis at ROH Boiling Point on August 11, 2012. Edwards scored the win for his team by forcing Bennett to submit. Meanwhile, Sara had chased Maria under the mat and emerged with Maria's clothes.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Prior to the tournament to crown the first SHIMMER Champion, she had only suffered one loss during her run there, to Cheerleader Melissa on Volume 8, October 22, 2006. She won the title on June 2, 2007 and would hold it for 10 months, losing it to MsChif on April 26, 2008.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To her trainer, Bryan Danielson. During her and Saturyne's match against the Batiri at Chikarasaurus Rex: How to Hatch a Dinosaur, June 2, 2012, her kicks sparked the same "YES!" chants that Daniel Bryan's do in WWE.
  • Enemy Mine: Put aside her differences with rival Amazing Kong to destroy MsChif, whom she had multiple unsuccessful run ins with and lost the Shimmer title to. They eventually became tag team "Death Kongs". When Cheerleader Melissa decided to stand with MsChif against them, this lead to her rival, Wesna, joining up with the Death Kongs. Fortunately for the rest of the roster, that trio was short lived.
  • Facial Markings: As "Death Rey" she sometimes seemed to have painted on another set of eyebrows.
  • Finishing Move: Royal Butterfly, Piledriver
    • Combination Attack: In the Death Kongs, Sara would "splash" opponents by being implant busted by Amazing Kong, usually finishing the opponent while leaving Sara no worse for wear. Make of that what you will.
  • Foreshadowing: At Cibernetico Increible, October 18, 2009, she and Daizee Haze cut a promo in which Daizee talked about how she didn't want "to be treated like a little lady" and how she and Sara were better than the guys, naming Eddie Kingston, Ophidian, Brodie Lee and Green Ant. Sara said, "There's something going on that I think we might be perfect for." That "something" turned out to be the BDK, which formed at the end of the 2009 Season Finale Three-Fisted Tales on November 22nd, and they took part in the big riot that marked its formation, attacking whoever they could find.
  • The Hostess: Of the weekly "Throwdown Lowdown" segment on CHIKARA's YouTube channel, which were clips showcasing great moves from different CHIKARA shows. As a heel in the BDK, she also hosted their weekly segment, the "VDK".
  • I Can't Dance: Before her match with Courtney Rush on SHIMMER Volume 44, Courtney tried to get Sara to do a dance-off, complete with CHIKARA's own Bryce Remsburg as the referee and Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" playing.note  Sara says, "I don't know how." Courtney proceeds to do some bad dancing, which must have sparked some kind of Berserk Button for Sara, since she SCREAMS and just gives Courtney a big boot that sends her down to the mat.
  • Improvised Weapon: In ROH, the Kings Of Wrestling came up with a metal elbow pad to give Sara an edge over Amazing Kong.
  • Kick Chick: Uses a wide assortment of kicks. The Koppu kick is one of her trademarks, she also uses roundhouse kicks and occasionally an axe kick to the crown of the head.
  • Masked Luchador: What her American Angel gimmick started off as, while wrestling in Mexico. Also in Wrestling Society X, to mask the fact she was not really Vic Grimes's sister. Also known for teaming with one, Saturyne.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Sara Del Rey's work interviews tend to be about snapping joints and knocking people unconscious, as a face, to say nothing of Death Rey. She has a reputation for being a good sport with the fans though, enduring the abuse and sarcasm thrown by the ROH bots with a smile.
  • Meganekko: She's quite beautiful without glasses on, but whenever she puts them on...
  • Nicknaming the Enemy: The Minnesota Homely Wrecking Crew
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Usually, there are exceptions such as was when she admitted to being a fan of April Hunter, though they were both managed by Gorgeous Gary Garvin in United States Championship Wrestling and so it took awhile for them to become nemeses.
  • Power Stable:
    • The Kings of Wrestling, with Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli
    • Larry Sweeney's Sweet 'n' Sour Inc.
    • Die Brüderschaft des Kreuzes (BDK) (with Ares, Tursas, Claudio Castagnoli, Daizee Haze, Pinkie Sanchez, Tim Donst, Lince Dorado, Delirious, Derek Sabato, Jakob Hammermeier, and Dieter Von Steigerwalt [Hydra]).
  • Real Song Theme Tune:
  • Real Women Don't Wear Dresses
    • On the July 28, 2012 episode of ROH TV, there was a clip of Sara attacking Maria during a brawl between Eddie Edwards and Mike Bennett. This cut to an Edwards promo where he said that he could do anything he wanted to Mike Bennett but he couldn't put his hands on Maria, so he got someone who could. Sara walked into the scene and called Maria "disgusting. You worry about your hair and your nails when a real woman would break you in half." (See Defeat By Modesty above.)
    • In Ring Of Honor, she rejected Larry Sweeney's offer to groom her for a WWE contract because she was not a "diva". (Off camera, Sara had applied to WWE but was not accepted, for whatever reason).
    • Death Rey subjected XFC cage doll dancer (and former queen of FCW) Angela Fong to an extended squash to prove models can't be wrestlers, at least not good ones. Sara had no problems tagging with Santana Garret, the model, before that incident but later became dismissive of her too, demanding Jazz after pinning Garret at Evolve.
  • Red Baroness: "The Queen of Wrestling", "Death Rey"
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: She tosses you in butterfly formation. She earned that title "Queen" by proving herself to the Kings Of Wrestling, so its to be expected.
  • Shout-Out: Besides Bryan Danielson's, The Kings Of Wrestling and BDK themes, she's also came out to "Boss Of The World" (Bull Nakano's Theme)
  • Tag Team:
  • Token Evil Teammate: CHIKARA King of Trios 2010, Night I, April 23, 2010 was supposed to have featured a match between Team Mexico (Skayde/Turbo/El Valiente) and the BDK team of Claudio Castagnoli, Ares and Tursas. Team Mexico didn't appear due to El Valiente getting double booked and wrestling on the CMLL show instead. Skayde apparently tried to hold up CHIKARA for more money, leading to the company cutting all ties with him. Names were drawn out of a hat for a replacement team. The first names were Well Dunn, but, sadly, Steve Dunn had passed away a year earlier. Then they drew Strike Force, who were not there. Then they drew CHIKARA regulars the Osirian Portal (Amasis and Ophidian), who, of course, were there and came out to the cheers of the crowd. Then Sara's name was drawn, meaning the Portal was teamed with a BDK member against three BDK members. During the match, Sara broke up the Ophidian Death Grip on Claudio by kicking Ophidian low. She couldn't be DQ'd because it was her own partner. The BDK won, of course, with Ophidian taking the Ragnarok for the pin.
  • Tomboy: Has said that she was this when she was young.
  • Unnecessary Roughness: At A World of Comforting Illusions, Incoherence (Hallowicked and Frightmare) defeated Sara and Daizee by DQ for this reason after Sara piledrove Frightmare four times without bothering to go for a cover. This is also why the Death Kongs were unable to win the Shimmer tag team championships, they were too interested with hurting people to let disqualifications stop them.
  • Unrelated Sister: To Vic Grimes in Wrestling Society X, as "Nic Grimes."
  • Wearing A Flag As Wrestling Attire: In her All American Face role in SHIMMER in 2007.
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