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 an Impact Zone Wrestling Women's Champion, the first ever SHIMMER Champion and a 1x SHIMMER Tag Team Champion with Courtney Rush as the Queens of Winning, the only Canadian Wrestling Revolution Women's Champion, a Pure Wrestling Association Tag Team Champion with Juan Ortiz, a 1x Pro Wrestling SUN Champion and Remix Pro Wrestling's first Women's 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.As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki.
Originally Daizee Haze in JAPW and Ring of Honor but then they teamed up and it became everyone in CHIKARA during their BDK run. Her last feud in CHIKARA was with the Batiri.
The Canadian Ninjas in SHIMMER, Portia Perez in particular, who faced Sara regularly in 2CW. She got along a little better with them in the NWA, ROH and AAW. A little.
However, her most hated enemy is Cheerleader Melissa, who doesn't overshadow all others only because the feeling is not mutual to Melissa, she just insults and assaults people out of habit. Still, Melissa has acknowledged Sara Del Rey is more that "just" another opponent. Even when Del Rey wasn't around, Nikki was fighting Melissa. When Melissa wasn't around, Del Rey was fighting Raisha Saeed and Alissa Flash. It had looked like American Angel had learned to tolerate her in 2006 after hostilities lead to two "draws" under the APW banner but the "truce" wouldn't last.
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, defeatedClaudio 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.
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.
Curbstomp Battle: In the winter of 2010, Sara Del Rey and Daizee Haze were demanding more competition from Ring Of Honor, who had been pitting them and the rest of the roster against OVW wrestlers. After being given another match with Taeler Hendrix, Del Rey scoffed and picked her apart, only relenting to let Hendrix get an open shot, which Del Rey no sold. She then stretched and choked Hendrix until Hendrix couldn't even attempt to get a shoulder up.
David Versus Goliath: One of several Goliaths Absolute Intense Wrestling threw at its women's champion Angel Dust. This has less to do with Del Rey being exceptionally large, though 155 lbs makes her bigger than the average wrestler (women wrestlers and Spike Dudley anyway, she's out weighed by the shorter, bulkier Tsunami), and more to do with the fact Angel Dust weighed in at 90 lbs, small even by non athlete standards.
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.
Sara's "earned" the friendship of Christina Von Eerie after beating her at SHIMMER Volume 38, though she seems to oblivious to the idea Von Eerie enjoys her company. Christina isn't oblivious to the fact Sara is not an enthusiastic friend but is mistakenly convinced she gained Del Rey's respect after successfully defending the Alternative Wrestling Show Women's title and then beating Del Rey by count out at SHIMMER Volume 37. (what Von Eerie gained was a small bit of sympathy)
Sara Del Rey: "She's delirious. I think I kicked her too hard."
Saturyne became her fangirl after losing to Del Rey at CHIKARA Caught in the Spider's Den and CHIKARA Aniversario: A Horse of Another Color
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.
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 FinaleThree-Fisted Tales on November 22nd, and they took part in the big riot that marked its formation, attacking whoever they could find.
Hard Head: Before she really became established as a technician or a striker, her head was a central part of Del Rey's offense. She has tried to out hard head Manami Toyota.
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 See this clip. 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.
It's All About Me: And this is why she, Kong (and Wesna) were doomed to split. She had no real interest in supporting either of them as champion and lacked the drive for a prolonged chase after tag team champions Ashley Lane and Nevaeh. Reached absurd levels at SHIMMER Volume 47, where she revealed she did not even know Lane and Nevaeh had lost belts or that her frequent opponents Nicole Matthews and Portia Perez operated as team while trying to convince Matthews to be her partner.
Kick Chick: Uses a wide assortment of kicks. The Koppu kick is one of her trademarks, she also uses roundhouse kicks, a running push kick and occasionally an axe kick to the crown of the head.
Kick the Dog: Let's just say Del Rey didn't approve of Allison Danger's other tag team partner in SHIMMER and made Leva Bates feel it.
Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Off set, loves cats. On set, has little time for the animal or wrestlers themed after it such as Puma, Fighting Cheetah Rie Tamada, Cat Power Hailey Rogers or Super Shisa. Seemed to get along okay with La Malcriada at least.
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 on set interviews tend to be about snapping joints and knocking people unconscious, even as the "good guy", to say nothing of her Death Rey runs. 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...
Mini Dress Of Power: Sort of, because that was not likely the intended image. American Angel had skirt tassels hanging off the back of her trunks (like a flag, get it?)
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 (they had fought in Arison and Pro Wrestling Unscripted too but in tag matches where Ai Fujita and PWU Women's Champion Annie Social were Del Rey's main concerns)
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]).
Power Trio: The Kings Of Wrestling with Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli.
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.
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)
Signature Move: Used to be a power bomb, which was considered an outdated move when she started. She later became known for mixing various holds and chokes with a gory special as well as a bridging fall away slam.
Straight Man: Striving to be calm collected and always serious Del Rey was very much so to the hyperactive and gleefully optimistic Courtney Rush, whom Sara did not even like very much, except for the fact Rush was always stroking her ego.
With Daizee Haze in Chikara, never officially named but called "Death Haze" by fans.
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 StrikeForce, 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.
Tournament Arc: She's been in several but the tournament to crown the first Canadian Wrestling Revolution Women's Champion was one she managed to win when she beat Danyah in the finals. (Del Rey, incidentally, would be their only women's champion)
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.
Ur Example: Besides the Shimmer and Remix Championships, Del Rey was also the first woman to hold a Pure Wrestling Association tag team title and was the first and only JAPW women's champion, successfully defending the belt for at least three years.