Jessica Soto (Black Ice, Jesse Bennett, Bionic J)
The only female wrestler in the Bodyslammers class was Jessica Soto. She is an important figure in womens' wrestling. Jess was a tremendous athlete, just out of high school, who leveraged her volleyball experience into her wrestling style. When she came back to Lima for her first GWF show, she had to wrestle a man because there were very few other female wrestlers. In Jess' time, womens' wrestling in America was as replete with hair-pulling as it was with slams and suplexes. She wanted to change that by wrestling just like men did. Adopting the name of "Black Ice", she defeated a man called the "Masked Unknown" in Lima, and eventually moved out to California and wrestled there as Black Ice. She eventually caught the eye of promotions in Japan, and moved there to be part of the womens' circuit. In Japan, she first worked as Jessie Bennett (teaming with veteran female star Reggie Bennett) but is more commonly known there as Bionic J, the name she wrestled under in the Arsion promotion. Jessica eventually left wrestling and moved back to the states. She proved to the wrestling world in America that women could wrestle like men and be taken just as seriously...paving the way for future generations of female wrestlers at every level.