She worked mainly on the independent circuit in Southern California, using the name Desire, competing for promotions, including Revolution Pro Wrestling, Ultimate Pro Wrestling and the Empire Wrestling Federation (EWF).
In July 2002, she teamed with Threat to win the EWF Tag Team Championship.
She has been in 11 celebrity relationships averaging approximately 2.8 years each.
She is one of the most unique personalities in women’s wrestling.
Even when offering criticism of her peers, Shelly is quick to point out positive qualities (where present) of these individuals and own up to her own shortcomings, which is quite refreshing. Gertner begins in chronological order, asking the basic questions related to Shelley breaking into the wrestling business.
The interview, which likely spans three hours when the bonus features are accounted for, is lengthy enough to require two discs, leaving customers with a feeling of getting a good “bang for one’s buck”.
As an extra bonus, Diva Dirt audio contributor Amber Gertner (Untitled Allison Danger Show) delivers as host, utilizing a conversational and friendly approach that comes off as more of a conversation between friends rather than the traditional hotseat interrogation approach.
As the interview begins, it becomes clear that Shelly has had many ups and downs in not only her professional wrestling career, but in her personal life as well.
Shelly handles extremely sensitive personal topics with candor and confidence, showing that she has come to terms with her life experiences.