There are women all over the wrestling world. Some wrestle, some work as valets and managers, and some wear the black and white stripes. While many promotions (especially a certain large promotion) still treat them as eye candy and restroom break matches, others are realizing that women can not only wrestle as good as the boys, they can main event AND steal the show.
I’m working on a new project to pay honor to the women of wrestling. If you’re a current, former, or even aspiring wrestler, I want your best story for this new project.
Here’s how you can be involved.
Option 1. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a 2-3 sentence bio and your best story. It can be something that happened in the ring, in training, on the road, or in the locker room. It can be funny, it can be touching, or it can be the best match you ever had. (Would like to keep it PG, but if it’s really, really good, will consider any story.) And please, send a photo that you have the rights to that I can use. (If the photo belongs to a photographer, please get their permission or have them send me an email granting permission to use it.)
Option 2. Send me an email at email@example.com with your contact info so that I can get in touch and write down your story. I know not everyone’s as good at writing things down, so if you prefer to share it orally, we will work that out. I’ll still need a photo, too.
The tentative deadline for this project is September 1.
Update: I’ve had a few people ask what kind of stories I am looking for in the book. Right now, I’m looking for anything and everything, but here are some ideas to get you started.
Stories about training
Stories about family – how you told them you were going to be a wrestler; how they have supported (or not supported) you
Stories from the road – funny things, scary things, crazy things (try to keep it PG, or at least PG-13)
Stories about matches – best you ever had, worst you ever had, funniest thing that ever happened
Stories about fans
Stories about discrimination – what’s it like trying to break in and be taken seriously in a male-dominated sport?
Stories about injuries
The end goal is to show people that the women of pro wrestling are dedicated road warriors who can fight, talk, and draw money just as good as the boys. This is about shining a light on women’s wrestling in order to make believers and fans out of people who have never seen real women’s wrestling.
Please pass this on to any women connected to the wrestling business with a good story to tell. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.