Audrey Rose is one of the top noobz in season 9. she was beaten by Holly Heart in week 7, but has the size and developing skillset, that has her on the path to becoming a future contender. ranked 14th heading into the match, a win over a veteran, would put her on the short list for rookie of the year candidates. Audrey also has one tag match under her belt, teaming with Rain in a losing effort, against Holly Heart and Bryn Blayne in last month’s update.
Serena Blair was ranked 8th (by Matt) heading into this match. she holds a victory over Shae Simone in week 16. a season 8 rookie, who has four matches under her belt, including an appearance in last year’s Summer Vengeance. Serena also looked impressive in leading her team (along with Emma Haize) to a victory over Gia DiMarco and Lyla Storm in November’s update.
this turned out to be one of the more hotly-contested matches of the season. one of the few times where size wins out over experience, as Audrey pulled away in round 3. both girls were able to execute submission holds, but neither was able to make the other tap. full marks to Serena and Audrey for turning in a candidate for Match of the Year. they both appear to have bright futures at Ultimate Surrender.
no sooner had we elevated Iona into the top 10, than word came down that the Machine of Loving Grace was sidelined indefinitely with an injury sustained outside of Ultimate Surrender. we have promoted Beretta James to #10. the rest of the rankings remain unchanged. Holly is 11th, Audrey 12th, and Serena 13th.