Cheyenne Jewel is a shining example demonstrating how we can evolve. article, photo credit utopia entertainment article, photo credit utopia entertainment

Like ancient centurions, tanks stand menacingly behind barricades. Soldiers have weapons at red alert. Shirts are drenched in sweat and the smell of poverty and death is pervasive. Yet among the squalor just a mile away is unbelievable, unmatched tropical beauty. This is Indonesia in the 1960’s as the Vietnam War is simmering.

This is also the backdrop for one of the best films ever created; The Year of Living Dangerously.

The legendary film critic Roger Ebert explains, “The Year of Living Dangerously is a wonderfully complex film about personalities more than events, and we really share the feeling of living in that place, at that time. It does for Indonesia what Bogdanovich’s “Saint Jack” did for Singapore.”

Along with keeping my eyes, mind and heart in a hypnotic trance, it was the impacting quotes that occurred at often the most unexpected moments in the film that would haunt me and stay with me to this day as I knew they had real life application.

The character Billy, played to perfection by Linda Hunt, is the ultimate puppet master who can reward you with life’s elusive gifts and if you are not appreciative, orchestrate them away.

“I shuffle like cards the lives I deal with. Their faces stare out at me. People who will become other people. People who will become old, betray their dreams … become ghosts”

Decades ago, the mid-twenties for many men who chose the pathway of business, family and faith was a duty bound world. For some, the deeper the entrenchment, the more pervasive the troubling questions. I’m doing so much for everyone else, what about my own dreams, desires and abilities? What about my own passions?

Is life passing me by?

Am I turning into a ghost to be used up by others and then discarded when a better deal comes along?

Then he watches other men who take risks and pursue their passions and over time become other people.

When this writer first met Cheyenne at a Fewmin event in Los Angeles a few years ago, previously I had heard very little about her and as we sat and talked watching another match, I wondered if she was going to stay in the game or be like so many who enter and exit like a whisper.

A group of us would later dine by the ocean at a quiet, tasty Thai restaurant and as the night closed I said my good byes to all and Cheyenne in particular under the stars outside.

Recently I had a session with Cheyenne here in San Francisco and was glad to see that not only did she stay in the industry but clearly she has evolved into someone else far more prominent than when we met some time ago.

I can’t say enough how when I cover events or shoot video as a producer and Cheyenne’s name comes up that many of the female competitors are frightened of her. Her ascension as one of the top female wrestlers in the world has been steady and swift.

After wrestling her, what amazed me most was how shapely yet solid and strong she is. She has trained in the martial arts but humbly admits she wishes she had done more.

Cheyenne resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Female Competition International (FCI) continually expresses how female submission wrestlers travel the globe as Cheyenne has so we often ask what their favorite city is and why?

For Cheyenne it’s Cleveland Ohio because there is so much to do.

Let’s take a boat ride up the Lake Erie shore and visit Ohio’s most populated city. article, wikimedia commons photo article, wikimedia commons photo

A great information site, Wikipedia shares, “As of 2010, 88.4% (337,658) of Cleveland residents age 5 and older spoke English at home as a primary language, while 7.1% (27,262) spoke Spanish, 0.6% (2,200) Arabic, and 0.5% (1,960) Chinese. In addition 0.9% (3,364) spoke a Slavic language (1,279 – Polish, 679 Serbo-Croatian, and 485 Russian). In total, 11.6% (44,148) of Cleveland’s population age 5 and older spoke another language other than English. article, wikimedia commons photo article, wikimedia commons photo

Cleveland’s melting pot of immigrant groups and their various culinary traditions have long played an important role in defining the local cuisine. Examples of these can particularly be found in neighborhoods such as Little Italy, Slavic Village, and Tremont.

Local mainstays of Cleveland’s cuisine include an abundance of Polish and Central European contributions, such as kielbasa, stuffed cabbage and pierogies. Cleveland also has plenty of corned beef, with nationally renowned Slyman’s, on the near East Side, a perennial winner of various accolades from Esquire Magazine, including being named the best corned beef sandwich in America in 2008. article, wikimedia commons photo article, wikimedia commons photo

Other famed sandwiches include the Cleveland original, Polish Boy, a local favorite found at many BBQ and Soul food restaurants. With its blue-collar roots well intact, and plenty of Lake Erie perch available, the tradition of Friday night fish fries remains alive and thriving in Cleveland, particularly in church-based settings and during the season of Lent. The award-winning Great Lakes Brewing Company, located across the street from the historic West Side Market, offers several locally styled beers and ales.

Cleveland is noted in the world of haute cuisine. Famous local figures include Chef Michael Symon and food writer Michael Ruhlman, both of whom achieved local and national attentions for their contributions in the culinary world. On November 11, 2007, Symon helped gain the spotlight when he was named “The Next Iron Chef” on the Food Network. In 2007, Ruhlman collaborated with Anthony Bourdain, to do an entire episode of his Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations focusing on Cleveland’s restaurant scene.”

In speaking with FCI, Cheyenne is a person of varied interests including being an animal lover and establish equestrian barrel rider. We’ll talk about that in more detail soon.

What we can say now is that if you are a new fan to the women’s wrestling industry and haven’t heard of Cheyenne Jewel, we are happy to introduce her to you.

She clearly has taken steps, trained, competed against the best and defeated virtually all.

Cheyenne lives a life that is filled with responsibilities, duties and expectations but clearly along the way, with her dedication to training and her willingness to take on the greats, has evolved into an industry giant.

If the puppet master displayed her shadow on the candle lit wall as he did so many others that dark night in Jakarta, the poetic prose on Cheyenne would be that she has quietly taken her place in the dynamic group that did not let life pass them by.

She is one of the people, who became……other people.

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