LuFisto is an independent wrestler who first stepped in a wresting ring on June 19th 1997 and has been going strong for the better part of 20 years. The current Shine World Champion has taken her craft all over the world while becoming an infamous rule breaker when it comes to inter-gender wrestling.
Fearless is the perfect word that describes “The Wounded Owl” based on her various in ring performances. From Incandescent Light Tube battles to Hardcore Death matches, she has faced the toughest opponents around and is one of the most intense competitors you will witness today. Her quest to revolutionize women’s wrestling as a force to be reckoned with is what leads her into battle.
Now a proud member of C4 at Shine Wrestling, she takes her opponents on a one way trip to The Wounded Owl University. In her own words, this is where knowledge is acquired through pain with misery being her pleasure. She has truly been a professional in and outside the ring, which is why the respect she receives from her peers is unmatched.
By following the Independent Circuit and their storied careers, I am able to catch up with some of them and conduct an interview from time to time, which allows them to share with us their story. Recently I was able to catch up with LuFisto and she was gracious enough to put a halt to her busy schedule to discuss her career, future, and accomplishments. This is what she had to say.
* When did your pro wrestling career begin? How did you get started?
The journey began in 1997. I was already a wrestling fan (mainly of the Undertaker) and a school opened its doors in my hometown of Sorel, Quebec, Canada. Many people I knew were joining but most of them thought I wouldn’t be able to go through the classes because I was too short, not in shape enough and that wrestling was not for girls.
What motivated me was proving people wrong. I had just recently discovered Joshi wrestling because of Bull Nakano joining WWE. I just fell in love with Japanese wrestling. I also was a big fan of Luna Vachon so I began researching about Vivian, a legend in Quebec wrestling. My first match took place on June 20th 1997 after only a few months of training.
* What federations have you worked for along the way?
Hundreds. Would be too long to name them all but here are a few:
Shimmer Women Athletes – USA
Shine Wrestling – USA
Beyond Wrestling – USA
Women Superstars Uncensored – USA
Lucha Libre AAA – Mexico
Bellatrix Female Warriors – England
Absolute Intense Wrestling – USA
Alternative Wrestling Show – USA
AtoZ – Japan.
Combat Zone Wrestling – USA
SMASH Wrestling – Canada
Lucha Libre Feminil – Mexico
Alpha Omega Wrestling – USA
Ring of Honor – USA
Jersey All Pro Wrestling – USA
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla – USA
International Women Grand Prix – Japan
Lucha Pop – Mexico
NCW Femmes Fatales – Canada
Deutche Wrestling Allianz – Germany
North Shore Pro Wrestling – Canada
* How could you explain the life on an independent wrestler?
It’s a struggle. You have to go everything by yourself. You train, develop your character, promote yourself and manage your own schedule… It’s a way of life really. If you are serious about it, it affects everything, from friendship to relationships, to the way you train, you eat… You also have to deal with injuries, work around them. However, the beautiful thing about independent wrestling is freedom. You can choose where you wrestle, against who and when.
* Are there any funny/crazy road stories you would like to share?
It’s funny how everybody asks this question. In 20 years of wrestling, many things happened. It’s always hard for me to pick one or actually, remember one… There’s that one time where a midget wrestler was locked outside his hotel room… He was drunk and completely naked running down the hall… This is something that is hard to forget. 🙂
* When did you decide to go full speed ahead to becoming a professional athlete?
Since I’m not signed with any major promotion, I don’t consider myself a professional athlete. If I were a professional, I would have someone dealing with my schedule, my finances and I wouldn’t struggle as much for sure. I’m more of an athlete who is doing wrestling on the weekends, the style of wrestling we call “professional”.
With that being said, wrestling has always been very important for me and I do threat it as such. People come to see me wrestle and I will always give them everything I got when I’m in the ring.
As I mentioned before, when you are serious about it, even if you are not a “professional athlete”, you have to act like one anyway. You have to put in the time needed and make the sacrifices it might require to be successful. You have to promote yourself on social media or via a website just as much as if you were someone like Patrick Kane from the Chicago Blackhawks… Yes Chicago is my favorite hockey team… #OneGoal! 😀
* How did you decide on your name/gimmick?
When I went to Japan in 2003, they asked me to change my then name “Precious Lucy” that was given to me by “The Mountie” Jacques Rougeau so what I did is mix of my old name “Precious Lucy” and Jedi Fisto from Star Wars: LuFisto. It’s easy to remember, easy to pronounce in any language and sounds like something out of a comic book.
The first version of LuFisto was inspired by Mangas and Animes. I really liked also their paradox: extreme cuteness juxtaposed with ultra-violence. I thought it was the perfect fit for me. I inspired my ring attire from actually Anime characters such as Sailor Moon and Cutey Honey. In 2009, I added a manager doll by the name of Pegaboo. However with time, I noticed that too many people started to look like me, even some carrying dolls as well. So I modified it so I could stay unique.
I now use the “Wounded Owl” nickname because it defines the scars and knowledge I collected throughout 20 years of wrestling on the independent circuit. What I wear is inspired mostly by musicians and bands such as Stone Temple Pilot Scott Weiland’s army look on stage or Iron Maiden’s Eddie.
I just want my gear to reflect my own style now. I’m a metal head with tattoos, piercings who changes her hair color often. It has to match my personality so I can stay comfortable with my character. I will play with the style depending if I’m a babyface or a heel.