Melissa Marie Anderson (born August 17 1982), better known by her ring name Cheerleader Melissa, is an American professional wrestler. She is also the manager of Awesome Kong under the name Raisha Saeed in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
Melissa got her cheerleading gimmick when she became the valet for the Ballard Brothers, a Canadian tag team. She credits them with helping her in the ring when she was first starting out. She also received training from Christopher Daniels for a short period of time before moving on to All Pro Wrestling where she trained under the tutelage of Robert Thompson and Bryan Danielson.
On January 7 2007, Anderson won Pro Wrestling World-1's Queen's Cup tournament, earning herself a number one contendership for the AWA World Women's Championship. Though known for touring Japan, Melissa also toured the United Kingdom in that same month. On the tour, she won the seventh ChickFight tournament, and competed at Real Quality Wrestling's No Pain, No Gain 2007, where she faced MsChif and Eden Black in an unsuccessful attempt to take Black's RQW Women's Championship.
On the May 1, 2008 edition of iMPACT!, Anderson appeared as her signature Cheerleader Melissa gimmick in TNA, defeating Daisy Haze in a match. However, she still came out as Raisha Saeed alongside Awesome Kong later on the same night. On the July 3, 2008 edition of iMPACT!, Saeed lost a match against newcomer, Taylor Wilde. The stipulation was that if Taylor won, she would become the number one contender for the Knockouts title. At Victory Road, Taylor defeated Kong for the title. Kong and Saeed attempted to attack Wilde post-match, but Abyss came out to intervene and stared down Awesome Kong. This lead to Saeed to slapping Abyss; Abyss responded by delivering a Black Hole Slam on Saeed. Later, on an edition of iMPACT! Kong and Saeed again attacked Taylor and Abyss came to the rescue again. This time Saeed slapped Abyss and escaped. On the September 4, 2008 edition of iMPACT! Saeed lost via pinfall against ODB. ODB chased her backstage and about 3 seconds later came out with her head wrap. Awesome Kong hit ODB in the back of the head while Saeed ran out with her hair covering her face so no one could see her face.
Melissa's favorite opponents include Mariko Yoshida (who innovated the Air Raid Crash finishing move that Melissa herself also uses), Wesna, and Tiffany.
Melissa won Attack of the Show!'s "MySpace Girl of the Week" contest on September 6 2006. She appeared on the show in person rather than the usual via webcam format and went on to participate in later segments of the show. Video of the appearance can be found on the G4 website.
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