Hearts & Seoul
Julie Chan has taken Nina Wagner up on her invitation to hang out a little further north in So Cal, and over lunch at a restaurant the reigning Lioness of Wrestling is giving the former champion some cultural tips before Wild Hearts April trip to South Korea. Nina tells Julie about the (many) honorific titles for people and how they need to be extra respectful to anyone older, to their fans, and to any producers and managers theyll work with, and after Julie nervously laughs at how much there is to keep in mind and Nina jokes with her to just be cute and remind them youre foreign if she gets into trouble. Julie talks about the pressure she felt to make the right impression when Wild Hearts first started promoting in China before asking Nina how she feels being in a similar position, and Ninawags admits to feeling a lot of pressure because shes going there as the face of the company, and because Wild Hearts is still trying to break in to the Korean market shes worried that if she personally isnt appealing enough then the company wont grow past the level its at now. Julie Chan agrees thats a lot of pressure for Nina to have on her shoulders but shes confident that Nina will do a great job, half-sarcastically saying that if she (Julie) could be the face of Wild Hearts in China and NOT screw it up then Nina can make Korea their next hot territory. Getting more serious, Julie points out that Nina was a station above her when she debuted in wrestling so she followed Ninas career very closely, she tried to learn from Ninas successes and struggles and in a way, even though Nina is younger than her, Julie says that Nina has always been a role model to her, and if theres any wisdom she can give to Nina about representing the company overseas all Nina has to do is ask. From hearing Julie confess all of that it looks like Ninawags is going to start tearing up, but thankfully Julie breaks the tension (and shows that shes learning) by telling Nina I know you can do this. Nina fighting!
Eventually the conversation turns to the topic of Nina and Julies main event in Seoul, where they will be teaming with the former Tigress of Wrestling Meiko against the next title challenger Bella Quinn, Jesminder Kanal, and the Dutch Destroyer Theressa VDM, and Nina admits that she has issues with the booking. Apparently Jonathan Swift wasnt lying when he said he hadnt discussed the match with the wrestlers before floating it out there to the public, and Nina confesses to Julie that if he had she wouldve turned it down. Nina says that shes uncomfortable with the idea of teaming with Meiko given their history, explaining that even if she can trust Meiko not to betray her at some point in the ring she still has a hard time getting over how Meiko tried to make her life hell. Julie asks Nina why she agreed to it then and Nina admits that after she saw how excited their fans got for the matchup she felt like she couldnt turn it down, telling Julie that she put her feelings aside on this one to give the fans what they want. Julie understands where Nina is coming from because she felt the same way about Meiko when she first went out to San Diego to train with Delilah Hansen, admitting that part of her was even afraid she was getting set up. But now Julie believes that the Wild Tigers dont care that much anymore about what she did or what Nina did because they have to be focused on the Alliance, and Julie tries to reassure Nina that if Meiko still hates her then its second to how much more she hates the Alliance. Considering who their opponents are Julie says that both Meiko and herself want to win this match as badly as Nina does, and she cant imagine that Meiko will do anything to put them in jeopardy. With a sigh Nina admits that she actually kind of agrees BUT she still doesnt like Meiko, and she warns Julie that shes not going to have much patience for the Wild Tigers bullshit. Julie cringes and nods and promises Nina that shell use any sway she has with them to make sure they play nice, and before taking a drink Nina says that she hopes Julie is right about this.
Wild Hearts Stars on Weekly Idol Recap
Wild Hearts Comeback Stage on MBC Sports+ is this Saturday, and as part of their promotions for the live event headliners Nina Wagner, Julie Chan, and Meiko stopped by the world famous third level basement set to appear on an episode of Weekly Idol, a long running variety show hosted by comedian Doni and rapper Defconn. The MCs and the wrestlers were all equipped with earpieces to receive translations, and after introducing their guests the hosts joked about it being like the UN. Nina Wagner gave a special introduction to the viewers in Korean but the MCs acted like they couldnt understand her, they asked her to say it again and she did with a smile, and on the second time the MCs got it and praised Nina for memorizing her introduction word for word. To get them back Nina said that a lot of their fans in America will want to watch this and she challenged the MCs to give them a greeting in English, and after asking who was running the show here they played along. The MCs plugged the date and airtime for Comeback Stage from Jangchung Gymnasium and then asked Wild Hearts fans in Korea to sell the building out so Nina, Meiko, and Julie wont get punished, and using posters of the other wrestlers they showed the viewers their opponents in the main event. Nina said something about her idol turned rival Bella Quinn, Julie Chan talked about her teammate turned rival Jesminder Kanal, and when the MCs showed the poster of Theressa VDM they just flipped out at how big she is. Doni asked the trio how theyre supposed to beat this woman when shes as big as all of them put together, and Meiko answered simply were better than them.
The MCs asked the guests if they have a team name and they kind of awkwardly tried to explain that they havent teamed up before, and in fact Defconn pointed out Nina and Meiko actually fought each other the last time they had a show in Korea. Nina talked about her history with Meiko and how that makes this a very rare match to see, and to that point Defconn (he always does he research) also brought up how Julie Chan and Meiko have had their own fights in the past, and he asked how they can come together and hope to win. Julie said that a mutual friend helped smooth things over between her and Meiko and explained that despite their past battles Meiko, Nina, and her all have a ton of respect for each other, and because their opponents are extra bad people they are even more driven to work together. The MCs call that sentiment inspiring and wish the women luck right before trying to divide them by asking who is the best wrestler between them, and Julie, Meiko, and Nina each tried to politely argue why they are the best. Of course Nina Wagner is the champion and that speaks for itself, but Julie respectfully pointed out that she beat Meiko before Nina did just to raise the question, and Meiko claimed that shes still better than both of them technically and they cant argue that. They tried to though and obviously they werent going to get close to an agreement so the MCs called for peace before a match broke out in the studio, and while they couldnt determine the best wrestler today they could find out who was the best dancer
with Weekly Idols signature Random Play Dance challenge!
In the Random Play Dance challenge idol groups attempt to do the right choreography to segments of their own songs played at random with both prizes and punishment at stake, but for the wrestlers the challenge was just to jump in when they thought they knew the choreo. The best dancer as determined by the MCs would get to eat some premium Korean beef grilled on the set, and the worst dancer would get hit on the head with a squeaky toy hammer. Amazingly the translation the North American girls got mustve left out the toy part because Julie was ready to protest, and she laughed at herself when she saw the toy hammer. Before the challenge began the MCs asked the wrestlers who the best dancer is between them and both Julie and Nina pointed to Meiko, getting a laugh from the MCs for how unanimous they were. The challenge started with popular enough songs that Meiko and Nina seemed to know pretty well (for just being fans at least) but Julie only knew a move or two from a few of them, she mostly was trying to do what she saw Meiko doing and Doni and Defconn called her out for it. Meiko seemed to know a few more dances than Nina did and the MCs took notice of how into the challenge she was, especially during TWICE songs when they said she transformed from scary to cute and when that got translated to her Meiko almost lost track of the choreo from laughing. The challenge came down to Meiko and Nina and that meant that Julie had to get hit with the hammer, she asked if it would hurt and the MCs said it would just be a little bop on the head, but then of course Doni hit her with it full force and Julie started laughing. Defconn raised the tension for the winner reveal by letting the hungry wrestlers sniff the cooked BBQ, and as predicted the MCs named dancing queen Meiko the winner!
Ninawags sighed and clapped her hands while Meiko celebrated her victory and sold how delicious the food was when she took a bite, and the MCs suggested that to help build their team unity she could share the food with her teammates. Meiko thought about it and then said that she would share her food but Julie and Nina had to earn it
and she popped the MCs by saying she wanted to see Nina and Julie do aegyo (a type of over the top cuteness). Nina openly cringed and Meiko teased her with a bite to eat, and for their aegyo challenge the MCs asked for Nina and Julie to lip synch to the viral Oppaya
clip. The wrestlers saw the clip and laughed and cringed and Julie said that she might not be hungry anymore, but everyone encouraged her and Julie popped the room by going for it! Julie looked like she wanted to try after finishing and Meiko rewarded her with some BBQ, the MCs tried to pump Nina up for the challenge by pointing at how cute she is naturally, and with a sigh Ninawags transformed into her aegyo self to a road warrior pop in the third level basement! Meiko almost cried from laughing and she gave Nina TWO pieces of meat, and to get her back Julie Chan said she wanted to see Meiko do the Oppaya song! The MCs popped and called for Meiko to do it but she tried to beg off and claimed that she doesnt have aegyo, but they saw it when she was dancing and Doni actually took the BBQ away from Meiko, holding hostage until she did the song. The Unchained Tiger hung her head in shame and then did pouty aegyo when the song started, and she killed everyone with her shocking cuteness! Julie gave her a hug while Nina applauded her and the MCs marveled at how cute even tough wrestlers can be, and with no time left in the episode Doni and Defconn thanked the girls for coming on the show and plugged Comeback Stage one more time, and Nina said another message in Korean asking the fans to watch the show and saying she hopes to hear a sold out crowd cheering for her, Julie, and Meiko.