TRURO – The first all-female wrestling circuit is bringing a show to the Colchester Legion Stadium.
Hearing of a ruckus over the world’s oldest-known spectacle combining sport and entertainment – pro wrestling – you’re likely to picture hulking men ripping t-shirts to shreds and dropping elbows upon their over-sized opponents.
On Friday, however, that stereotype will be dropkicked into orbit when ‘Beauty Slammers: Ladies of Wrestling’ gets underway at the stadium. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the bell rings at 7 p.m.
Atlantic Canada’s first all-female circuit is a Maritime innovation, even for an industry that began nearly 200 years ago. Beauty Slammers will showcase “the world’s toughest and best female athletes,” said a news release on the event.
Historically, promoters scheduled ladies only as an ‘added attraction’ for male-dominated cards. But women’s wrestling has existed almost as early as its first introduction in North America. In the 1920s, Cora Livingston was recognized as the World Women’s Champion and considered among the pioneering stars responsible for the popularity of female competitors; so, too, is late WWE Hall of Famer, Mae Young, who holds the distinction of the only wrestler to have competed throughout nine decades.
A cornerstone of the success of many early promotions was the rise of women’s wrestling in the 1940s and 50s. Then, the 1980s brought ‘GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling,’ the first female wrestling television show. GLOW became an overnight sensation, drawing millions of weekly viewers with a formula of glitzy, hard-nosed brawling, and embellished comedic skits. The release of the critically-acclaimed 2013 Documentary film, GLOW: The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, has sparked a new-found interest in lady grappling among wrestling aficionados.
A host of top-level talent from around the globe will see action in Truro. Among the colorful circuit of glamorous combatants, two ladies in particular are widely considered the world’s greatest:
- Former TNA Impact Wrestling Knockout, Sarita - Born in Canada, made in Mexico, and big in Japan, Sarita is widely considered the greatest female wrestler on the planet today. A 12-year veteran, Sarita‘s boundless passion and discipline are unprecedented: she holds a record seven titles of CMLL (a leading Mexico circuit) Bodybuilding Champion.
- Former WWE Superstar, Serena Deeb - Serena began wrestling in 2005 at Ohio Valley Wrestling, where she became a record six-time Women’s Champion. Along the way, she also became a mainstay for Shimmer Women Athletes and performed many times in Ring of Honor. In 2010, Serena moved on to WWE, becoming world-famous as a member of CM Punk’s ‘StraightEdge Society.’ Since, Deeb has earned international acclaim, honorably wrestling in four Japanese companies. She continues to be amongst women’s wrestling’s elite.
Advance tickets to the show are $12 for bleacher seats and $15 for ringside. Tickets can be purchased at MacQuarries Pharmasave and the Marigold Cultural Centre, online at www.ticketpro.ca or by calling 1-888-311-9090. VIP passes are also available for $22.