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Real name Sarah Elizabeth Grant Warner
Ring Names Sarah Warner
Sal Warner
Baby Dogg
Bay-B Dogg
BaY-B Dogg
Height 5’6” (167cm)
Weight 146lbs (66kg)
Date of birth 14th April, 1982
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland Flag of Scotland
Date of death N/A
Place of death N/A
Resides Clydebank, Scotland Flag of Scotland
Rutland, Vermont, USA Flag of USA
Thor Compound, Colorado, USA Flag of USA
Yokohama, Japan Flag of Japan
Billed from Glasgow, Scotland Flag of Scotland
Trainer Chris Kaynard (martial arts)
Jon Govern (martial arts)
Alison Murdo (martial arts)
Michel Desmarais (MMA)
Keiron Querns
Mark "Ribeye" Reynolds
Terrence Hopkins
“Raging” Raymond Black
Current
federation(s)
N/A (retired)
Previous
federation(s)
Global Extreme Wrestling
Championship Wrestling Federation
Championship Rasslin' Federation
Phoenix Wrestling Enterprise
Championship Wrestling Council
Full Metal Wrestling (Tournament Participant)
Global Championship Wrestling
Iron City Wrestling
Hardcore Wrestling Alliance
Psychotic Championship Wrestling
Genesis Wrestling
East Coast Wrestling Alliance
No Mercy Wrestling Fedetarion
Wrestling Entertainment 2008
haVoc
Wrestling Society X
Xtreme Wrestling Organisation
Death Company Wrestling (non-wrestler)
Handled by styg
Win/Loss Record 78 / 37 / 12 (total)
58 / 23 / 11 (RP)
20 / 14 / 1 (sim)
Debut Autumn 2006
Retired December 2009

Sarah Elizabeth Grant Warner, known for most of her career under the ring name Baby Dogg (briefly Bay-B and then BaY-B), is a Scottish fashion designer and retired hardcore wrestler and mixed martial artist. She is best known from Global Extreme Wrestling, where she was the winner of the first annual GEW Commonwealth Cup and the second GEW Grand Slam Champion, Championship Wrestling Federation, and Championship Rasslin' Federation where she was the longest reigning holder of both the CRF Hardcore Champion and CRF Extreme Championship. In total she is a three-time world champion, having held the GEW World Championship once and CWF Women's World Championship twice.

She was known as The Queen Of Hardcore for her success in brutal deathmatch environments. She was also recognised for her politically-charged promos, thick Glaswegian accent and use of Scottish slang, her colourful, flamboyant dress sense, and the fact that in all professional public appearances she wears full face paint, a tradition she's carried over to her new career.

Early life

Sarah "Sal" Warner grew up in the centre of Glasgow, with three older brothers. She, in her own words, “learned how to take care of myself” at a young age. At school she did athletics, gymnastics and judo. As a teenager she took classes in kickboxing, and has admitted to being involved in juvenile street gang wars in the alleys of the city, during which time she learned how to use melee weapons. She just scraped into University on an athletics scholarship and took up ninjutsu and tae-kwon-do while there, and ended up captaining the Open Martial Arts team for six months. When she graduated – a year late – with a low 2:2 in archaeology, a friend from a rival team offered her a place in his new MMA promotion. From there she became interested in hardcore wrestling after observing it at cross-promotional shows, and spent some time moving around the British hardcore indies learning the trade. When a friend moved to a training camp in America, Warner made the snap decision to join him.

HWA and WWE

After receiving formal training in America, Warner adopted the name Baby Dogg which soon became Bay-B Dogg to avoid confusion with an independent rapper of the same name. She spent some time travelling around various smaller, independent promotions. During this time she posted a decent success record and won one title in a cruiserweight category. Her first notable American promotion was the short-lived Extreme Combat Zone Wrestling spin-off Hardcore Wrestling Association, recommended to her by her friend Agent Orange. During her time in the HWA Warner registered only a single loss and became one of the company’s top faces. By the time the promotion folded she was the #1 contender to the HWA Heavyweight Championship, and scheduled to main event the next two pay-per-views. HWA was the home of what she later described as the first defining moment of her career, when she pulled a light tube from its housing (it was at the time being used for its intended purpose) and dropped it on her opponent's head. During this time, Warner also tried out for the prestigious Pro-Wrestling Entertainment group but was turned down as they wouldn’t accept a female in-ring performer. After HWA closed its doors, she had a brief spell with the WWE in a farm territory, whom she’d impressed enough to sign for a developmental period. She formed a tag team with Melina Perez and toned down her hardcore gimmick in favour of a ‘dazed and confused’ counterpart to her bitchy tag team partner. They had a run as the territory’s World Tag Team Champions after defeating Lita and Trish Stratus. The pair often appeared in humorous vignettes together during this time, with Melina as the straight woman and Bay-B as the comedy relief. It wasn’t long, however, before Warner was released for drug problems.

PCW and CRF

Bay-B moved to Psychotic Championship Wrestling and quickly became a fan favourite. Unfortunately the federation dissolved only a few months after her debut and she switched to Championship Rasslin’ Federation after a recommendation from Jake Jones. She graduated from the tryout brand Judgment without even competing for the CRF Training Championship, a rarity, and chose to stay there rather than move to the major brands. She was popular with the fans and posted a successful record, including a cage match victory over Sting, but found herself without a good angle until she won the CRF Extreme Championship, pinning champion Lethal in a match which also involved Lady Mistress of Pain. She successfully defended it on a number of occasions and was the reigning champion upon the dissolution of the promotion. She would then be contacted once more by World Wrestling Entertainment.

World Wrestling Entertainment: second run

Following her time in PCW and CRF, Warner was recontracted to the WWE, in their spin-off promotion HaVoc. She was signed to HaVoc’s ECW brand as its first brand-exclusive female performer and almost immediately made a splash as a contender to their variant of the ECW World Heavyweight Championship. She failed to claim the title, however, and was entered into a program with Nikki Payne. It wasn’t long before she was once again suspended for violation of the WWE’s wellness policy. Initially on ECW she was a member of the Rebel World Order stable (and was responsible for their nWo parody advertisement promos), but when the group’s leader JS2 was released, the stable disbanded. This occurred during her suspension; upon her return, her time with the Order was quietly ignored. Warner had reputedly been expressing concern over the Order’s direction anyway, annoyed with their lack of a single storyline as a unified group; at the time Bay-B was challenging for the ECW title, Psyno was defending his TV Championship and JS2 was engaged in a feud with Kyle Warren. This lack of a specific identity as a faction has subsequently been cited by Warner as the main reason the Order failed as an angle in HaVoc. Frustrated with the seeming randomness of the company’s creative direction, she handed in her notice, claiming she was done with the WWE for the foreseeable future. She briefly appeared with xWo, but was to her chagrin kept in the women’s division, and was rarely included on the match card. Consequently, she chose not to re-sign after her initial contract period was up.

Championship Wrestling Federation

Warner was one of the first wrestlers approached by veteran promoters Anthony Romeri and Ralph Wilson Wade to join the rebirth of their promotion and ended up as the first in-ring performer to sign a contract. Bay-B, along with Ironsides, Asylum and Judgment, was one of the four original main event performers of the CWF. She headlined their first ever show, defeating Lisa Jones for a shot at the CWF Heavyweight Championship against her friend Richard “Ironsides” Dawkins, who had also won his debut. When the match came Dogg took out Ironsides but was then disrupted by new signee Judgment. Judgment, Asylum, Ironsides and Dogg fought the following week in a fatal fourway. Dogg eliminated Judgment, but he returned to the match to attack her, leaving Aslyum to win the match and the title. Judgment and Bay-B Dogg went on to feud for several months, each costing the other the CWF Heavyweight Championship on several occasions. Their rivalry culminated with Dogg winning an horrifically violent street fight at Blind Justice, the first CWF pay-per-view. The match saw both wrestlers take many dangerous bumps and is widely considered to be one of the most important matches of CWF’s early days. Later, Bay-B was injured during Dane West’s debut. During her rehabilitation, old alcoholism problems began to surface again, and she came to an agreement with CWF regarding some downtime.

Global Extreme Wrestling

BBD Karnevil

BaY-B Dogg as a member of The Karnevil

After some time off, Bay-B Dogg debuted for Global Extreme Wrestling in a triple threat with Nic Williams and The Rock. When Kadence tried to interfere on behalf of The Rock, Dogg and Williams teamed up to eject Kadi from the match and eliminate The Rock, with Bay-B scoring the pinfall. Not long after that she and Williams – now known as Phreak – formed a tag team and joined Klown in the stable The Karnevil. They proceeded to feud with Kadence and The Rock over the vacated GEW Tag Team Championship, with Kadi and Rocky winning the belts at Hell On Earth. The angle was intended to go on for longer, with the teams feuding over the belts and potentially trading them back and forth for some time, but was put on hiatus when Phreak was badly (and legitimately) injured. Bay-B Dogg then switched her attention to the Extreme Chaos Championship, defeating the reigning champion Edge in a non-title match as part of the GEW Championship tournament. She followed that up with an Extreme Chaos Championship victory at Extreme Extravaganza, unseating the longest-reigning champion in GEW history in the process. At the same PPV she also made a run-in to save Klown from a double team attack during his tournament final match against “Swift” Tony Wright, although Wright eventually won the match and the title. She lost the Extreme Championship at the following pay-per-view, Deadly Game, to Kade Michael Morrigan. After a partly-worked shoot on GEW management and the wrestling world as a whole, during which she exposed that a fellow GEW star was addicted to heroin, Bay-B retired from the industry indefinitely, citing an overburdened workload and homesickness. She returned to Scotland, although she parted on good terms with GEW. She would later rejoin the company in a staff position as an archivist, production assistant and talent liaison.

Return to the ring

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BaY-B Dogg's new image following her return to CWF.

Throughout December 2007 a series of teaser vignettes aired on Championship Wrestling Federation programming, concurrent with the preparation for the introduction of the CWF Women's Division. The person behind the teasers was revealed as BaY-B Dogg when she made a surprise return on the January 6th broadcast of CWF Ignition, appearing the in the seed-determining match of a tournament to crown the inaugural CWF Women's World Champion, ultimate placing second in the rankings after losing the final fall to Kim Riggs. The following week she also returned to Global Extreme Wrestling, challenging her former tag team partner Nic Williams. Their match would result in double disqualification when Williams and Dogg insisted on using weapons, and would reveal that they were in fact allied, along with several other younger GEW stars, to fight Triple H's attempts to outlaw hardcore wrestling. Concurrently, Dogg reached the finals of CWF's Women's World Championship tournament at Red Dawn, which she won by pinning Dominique Matthews in a triple threat match also involving Riggs. She became a double champion at Auld Lang Syne 2008 upon defeating Dane Jerrus for the GEW Omega Championship. She would later issue an open challenge to defend the CWF Women's World Championship against any contender, which would be answered by Riggs. Dogg lost the title in an ambulance match when Johnny Gunn interfered. At Extreme Extravaganza 2008 she and Kirsten would split a unification ladder match for Dogg's Omega Championship and Kirsten's GEW International Championship, with Dogg losing the former but winning the latter. The following week, at CWF's Blind Justice, competing despite sustaining an injury previously in the week, Dogg won a five-woman gauntlet match to reclaim the Women's World Championship, successively pinning Nightshade, Cammy Carnage, Ginger Ale and Riggs. Shortly before No Man's Land 2008 she teased a heel turn, retaining in a title match against the number one contender, the returning Matthews, by being disqualified after hitting her in the face with the Women's World Championship. In GEW, meanwhile, she joined Sah'ta Thor's Empire of Blood stable, despite Thor's bloody rivalry with her friend Kameron Chase. To date she has not assisted the Empire in any of its actions against Chase. Around this time she also recorded a victory over GEW World Heavyweight Champion Triple H, although it was by stoppage rather than pinfall or submission. She defeated Matthews at CWF No Man's Land 2008 in a hardcore match, and the feud between the two appears to have been settled. Following the death of her brother Edward, Dogg took a few weeks out from both promotions during which time it's known she resumed drinking. She returned under the name Baby Dogg, to feud with Cammy Carnage in CWF (with Dogg holding the championship until CWF's closure in January 2009) and to compete for the Commonwealth Cup in GEW, which she would eventually win at GEW Collision Course 2008 following a draw with Reese Black at GEW Open Season in a triple-threat concrete cage match, also involving Adam Ramsey. During this time the GEW International Championship was vacated by then-General Manager Shawn Michaels as she had not defended it in more than thirty days, but she was named #1 contender to the GEW Extreme Chaos Championship after defeating Troy Gafgen and Devin Rhys. She would claim the championship against Mark Chapman on the 20th November edition of Thursday Night Chaos, although she lost it at the following pay-per-view, Boiling Point, in a bloody I Quit match which saw Chapman whipping Dogg with the belt and later Dogg choking Chapman with barbed wire. Dogg quit when Chapman and his ally Gafgen threatened to injure Dogg's friend Reese Black, after Black had (unbeknownst to Baby Dogg) come out threatening to injure Chapman's daughter. She and Thor would go on to defeat James Airington and Shane Tallin for number one contendership to Chapman and Gafgen's GEW Tag Team Championship, albeit after Chapman and his stable/band Critical Acclaim interfered, assaulting both teams and dragging Dogg on top of Airington.

Circuit

Towards the end of 2008 Warner, along with fellow GEW stars Kameron Chase, James Magnum and Eli Keaton made guest appearances with Dean Jackson's independent promotion Iron City Wrestling, with Warner becoming the first and only Iron City Hardcore Champion, but ICW would soon be bought up by Chris Carter's Global Combat Wrestling. She and Magnum would both make the transition to the new company, along with fellow GEW star Scott Simmonds (see Greatest Ever Wrestlers). Warner made her first appearance with a run-in during a dark match at Wrestling of Mass Destruction, to save Jay Dee from an illegal triple-team attack from The Conclave. She made her televised debut the following week, defeating The Conclave's Lee to become the inaugural GCW Ironman Champion, which she successfully defended until voluntarily forfeiting it at the end of the year due to a personal emergency. She also made appearances on the final pay-per-views of the year of both Phoenix Wrestling Enterprise and the re-opened Championship Rasslin' Federation, losing to Johnny Gunn in an ambulance match (a reference to Dogg's long feud with Gunn's former ally Kim Riggs) in the former, and returning as a member of Nail's Team Hardcore at the latter promotion's Conflict event. Although Team Hardcore was ultimately unsuccessful, Dogg was responsible for both of the group's victories at the event, finishing with a personal record of 2/1. She and Nail went on to reform his stable Hardcore Uproar alongside Hardcore Harry. Since then Hardcore Uproar have gone on to join Magician and other CRF stars in opposition to the regime of new Chairman Draven. Early in 2009 Dogg was named as one of GEW's representatives in the Full Metal Wrestling Invitational, successively defeating Ashe Matthews and Skyler Striker to advance to the third round before the tournament was cancelled, and was also announced as a particant in RISE's ill-fated King of Trios 2009 tournament. Towards the end of March 2009, Warner made her in-ring return to competition with GEW, announcing that she was cashing in her Commonwealth Cup winner's contract and would be challenging Magnum for the GEW World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Extravaganza 2009. On the Chaos before the event, Dogg and Thor successfully defeated Chapman & Gafgen for the GEW Tag Team Championship and at the event itself she unseated Magnum to because the first female GEW Heavyweight Champion in history, albeit controversially as the returning Kameron Chase tripped Magnum up as he was about to go for his finisher. Dogg and Magnum were also both inducted into the GEW Hall of Fame at the event.

GEW Main Event Scene

Following Extreme Extravaganza, Dogg learned of Chase's actions and argued that she was as unhappy with Chase's interference affecting the match as Magnum was, and that Magnum deserved to lose the title cleanly or not at all. A couple of weeks later on The Richter Scale, Chase turned on Dogg as he had done on Magnum, busting her open and prompting a three-way feud between GEW's main eventers. At Open Season 2009 she successfully defeated Magnum to retain her championship without Chase's assistance, albeit via rollup. All three participated as GEW representatives in the Championship Wrestling Council's thirteen-person gauntlet match at CWC Golden Dreams to crown the inaugural holder of the CWC Light Heavyweight Championship, which was ultimately won by Chase. However, at the following CWC event Dogg won an eight-person hardcore scramble match (also involving Sah'ta Thor) to be crowned the inaugural CWC Hardcore Champion.

Controversy

Warner is a vocal critic of the portrayal of women in many professional wrestling organizations and has admitted that her gimmick is in part an extension of her own disgust with how some companies have expected her to behave. Some equalitarian and feminist groups and independent promotions have praised her for daring to buck the trend of the model-like ‘Diva’. However, other groups have criticised her for entering male leagues and fighting in hardcore matches as encouraging violence towards women. Warner has countered these claims by saying that she portrays a positive role model of a woman “Not afraid to back down… …stands up for herself and doesn’t take **** from anyone.” Nonetheless, some companies have refused to let her compete in the standard ranks, and some male performers have refused to face her. She remains a figure of minor controversy in the field of women’s combat sports.

Personal life

Sal has had well-documented problems with drugs and alcohol in her past, which fed a daring gimmick that made her a popular performer but unreliable backstage. Although generally considered friendly and intelligent, she has been described by peers as vacant and often turned up to shows drunk or missed them entirely. She has claimed that she “stretched herself too thin, too many times” vis-à-vis working arrangements and each such period brought her closer once more to alcoholism. While in GEW, at the behest of her friend Klown, she went through detox. Dogg and Klown chose to keep this information private at first, and she admitted it publicly shortly before retiring. She has since begun drinking again, and on the 3rd of July 2008 she and Kameron Chase received minor charges for public drunkenness and causing an affray while on a plane from Orlando to Newcastle upon Tyne, while later in the year she was put on minimum wage for three months by GEW as punishment for assaulting a business associate of the company backstage, although no formal charges were brought.

Sal Warner has two older brothers, one of whom, Jack, is also a professional combatant as a member of the growing British MMA scene. He had a cameo appearance in one of his sister’s vignettes during her time in xWo. Sal and Jack's eldest brother Edward died in a car crash on the 25th of May 2008, and both took time off to grieve. Jack has recently opened a multi-discipline training school and gym in New York State, and Warner is listed as one of the guest instructors, although she has yet to perform in such a capacity.

In a blog entry on the 8th of July 2008 she announced that she had begun dating after some time single, but has not yet publicly identified whom. The nature of the relationship remains the subject of speculation as Warner has admitted to being celibate.

In an open letter directed at fellow GCW star Antonio Lopez published on the 14th of December 2008, Warner discussed and defended both her current and former drug use, as well as confirming her celibacy.

Warner is an avowed enemy of corporate influence in wrestling, as well as other sports, journalism, politics and religion. She is known to have annulled her merchandising contracts with the companies she works for, and produces her own merchandise through her website, where she also writes an occasional blog entitled 'Baby Blogg'.

Warner is a huge fan of music of all types, particularly breakbeat, trip-hop and drum & bass and the labels Warp and Ninja Tune. She enjoys mixing and DJing in her spare time, and has hosted a radio show entitled ‘The Dogg House’ in which she and a guest explore and discuss the guest’s musical preferences. She also collects comic books, variously citing as her favourites Phonogram, Nikolai Dante, Tank Girl, Wynona Earp, Transmetropolitan and Hell, Michigan.

Although her stage makeup is usually abstract, tribal or Celtic in nature, she has in the past painted her face as Death from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novel series and former Atari Teenage Riot member Nic Endo.

She has several tattoos; a series of small blue stars up her right wrist, a Celtic knotwork pattern around her belly button, a thorned axe on her right breast, and an angel-phoenix hybrid creature spreading its wings on her upper back.

She is agnostic, and has said that she’s not inherently irreligious, but can’t decide between Ásatrú or Theravāda Buddhism.

Warner has had major surgery as a result of in-ring injury on two occasions; the first was during her CWF career, when her right shoulderblade was fractured and her right teres minor was torn during Dane West's debut appearance. The second was a re-tearing of the weakened teres minor, which occurred during her match with Kade Morrigan at GEW Deadly Game 2007.

In the summer of 2007 (shortly before her teres minor operation) Sal Warner had breast reduction surgery, moving from a 34DD to a 34D.

Warner physically owns four championship belts - the CWF Women's World Championship, the CRF Extreme Championship, the ICW Iron City Hardcore Championship and the NMWF Cruiserweight Championship.

Championships & Accomplishments

Championship Rasslin’ Federation

Championship Wrestling Council

Championship Wrestling Federation

  • CWF Hall of Fame
  • Number 1 contender to CWF Heavyweight Championship
  • First in-ring performer ever to sign with CWF
  • Voted joint first in Best Face and Overall Best Promos in the first CWF awards
  • Voted second in Best Individual Promo, Most Creative Promos and Best Image in the first CWF awards
  • Voted Best Face in the second CWF awards
  • Undefeated on CWF pay-per-view (8-0)

Global Combat Wrestling

Global Extreme Wrestling

Hardcore Wrestling Association

  • Number 1 contender to HWA World Heavyweight Championship

haVoc

  • Number 1 contender to haVoc Extreme World Championship

Iron City Wrestling

  • 1 x Iron City Hardcore Championship (only)

No Mercy Wrestling Federation

  • 1 x NMWF Cruiserweight Championship

Wrestling Entertainment 2008

  • 1x WE2k8 World Tag Championship variant (w/ Amy Ngoudje)

Finishing & Signature Moves

  • Arterial Splash – Double rotation moonsault
  • Breakdown - Backflip reverse DDT
  • Black Widow Drop / I Drink Your Whisky – Elevated standing inverted headscissors choke
  • BaY-B. Toklas Cookbook - Standing shiranui lungblower
  • Dogg Pound – Springboard shiranui sitout facebuster
  • Finished Symphony #1 / Finished Sympathy #1 – Stalling vertical suplex into falling facebuster
  • Finished Symphony #2 / Finished Sympathy #2 – Front facelock into falling facebuster
  • 420° Splash - 420° diving splash
  • Glasgow Kiss – Kick to stomach followed by elbow jab to face or European uppercut
  • Golden Shower - Frog splash whilst wearing championship belt
  • Hardcore Kiss - Knee or kick to crotch followed by uppercut to jaw
  • K-Hole - Jumping gutwrench impact DDT
  • Old School Armdrag – Armwrench into Frankensteiner-style armdrag
  • (HMS) Thunder Child - Diving spear with rollthrough into cradle pin
  • Trophy Kick / Double With Chaser – Superkick followed by roundhouse legdrop bulldog
  • Uncoiler – Combined jumping uranage/ankle wrench
  • Uncoiler Stretch – Grapevine armbar
  • Signature foreign objects: Empty alcohol bottle; Bubble-wrap sack used as rope or hood to choke opponents

Miscellany

Theme Songs

  • Position Normal - "Spingo" (CWF first run, GEW first run, NMWF, HWA, WE2k8, PCW)
  • 2 Many DJs - "9 to 5 vs. Eple" (ECWA, WSX, Genesis)
  • The Freelance Hellraiser - "Smells Like Booty" (haVoc, xWo, FMW, DCW)
  • Basement Jaxx - "Do Your Thing" (WE2k8, used when teaming with Amy Ngoudje)
  • Mushroomhead - "Solitaire Unraveling" (GEW first run, The Karnevil's collective theme)
  • Gorillaz - "Left Hand Suzuki Method" (CWF second run, CRF first run, GEW second run)
  • Nine Inch Nails - "Starfuckers, Inc." (GEW, during The Dead Precedents tenure)
  • Marilyn Manson - "The Beautiful People" - (GEW, The Dead Precedents' collective theme)
  • The Prodigy - "Baby's Got a Temper" (CWF second run)
  • Gorillaz vs Disturbed - "Left Hand Suzuki Method vs Parasite" (GEW, used when teaming with Sah'ta Thor)
  • Bomb The Bass feat. Justin Warfield - "Bug Powder Dust" (ICW, GCW, PWE [non-Empire of Blood related], CRF second run)
  • Lunatic Calm - "Sound of the Revolution" - (PWE [Empire of Blood related])

Nicknames

Catchphrases

  • Corporate Wrestling Still Sucks - Often abbreviated to "C-Dub-Double-S".
  • This Bitch Bites
  • Not a Diva
  • “I don’t do bra and panties matches… I don’t do lingerie shoots… and I’ll no’ be your bloody valet! I’m just here to kick your arse!”

Managers

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