Women’s Wrestlers Discuss What It Is Like Being A Female Athlete In 2017


The Mic recently conducted a fantastic interview with a few women’s wrestlers from various promotions to ask them; what is it like being a women’s wrestler in 2017. The likes of Amber Nova, Deonna PurrazzoSession Moth Martina & Jinny spoke on the topic.

Here are the highlights:

What Made Them Become Pro Wrestlers:

Amber Nova: “As an EMT in South Carolina, I would drive around in the ambulance with whichever partner, talking about wrestling and wanting to move to Orlando to pursue it. Finally, I was like, “Now or never.” My family was very supportive and friends and co-workers were very enthusiastic about it. They knew my passion for wrestling.”

Deonna Purrazzo: “When I started watching wrestling and I saw like; Trish Stratus, Lita, Victoria, I knew one day if I tried it, I could be just like them. After that, I simply became obsessed with all things wrestling and at 9 years old, I told my parents I wanted to be a professional wrestler. I think they thought it was a childhood phase and I’d outgrow it, but, 14 years later, I am living that dream every single day. Of course, they were skeptical about my choice to sign up at 18, fresh out of high school, but seeing the success I have gained in such a short time, I think they would say they are more than proud now. I wanted to change the perception of women’s wrestling from that young age.”

Session Moth Martina: “I never dreamed I would ever do it, it never crossed my mind in my youth. But years ago, I found a school for professional wrestling in Ireland and I said, “I’ll give it a go.” [I] never thought it would be anything as serious as it became. Fast forward a few years and I’ve based my entire life around it. All my friends are wrestlers, all I think about is wrestling, it pays my bills, it’s my social life. My family and friends never saw it as more than a hobby years ago, but how it has grown for me. I feel they have come to accept it as part of my career, my dream job.”

Jinny: “I have watched wrestling since a young age, but at the age of 11, I decided that I wanted to be a wrestler. It was the story-lines and the way that you could emotionally invest in the whole show without getting bored, that had me hooked. But it wasn’t until a couple of years that I saw women being used in more segments and it was then; I was fully drawn to wrestling. There were some great wrestlers that I watched growing up, such as Chyna, Lita, Trish, Ivory — who was actually in the original Glow series — Chris Jericho and The Rock.”

Misconceptions About Women’s Wrestling:

Purrazzo: “I think the biggest is one we’re fighting every day; to be athletes and treated with the same respect as the men. We are in the midst of the biggest boom period of women’s wrestling and there are opportunities all over the world for women to learn and experience from, but people still argue this isn’t for women. Hopefully, we as women continue to break down barriers and produce the best quality wrestling possible.”

Martina: “Well, of course, non-fans would have the stigma of the ’90s female wrestling; when there was nothing but models in a bra and panties, stuck in their heads from it being so [highlighted by] the media back then. I like to think non-fans would be pleasantly surprised by the contrast of how most women try to portray themselves these days.”

Jinny:  “I think for true wrestling fans there aren’t any. However, you do have some fans who will still say women’s matches are used as filler on the show or a toilet-break match, but now we are steering away from that. I am sure there are more, but luckily I haven’t had anyone ask me any stupid questions about women’s wrestling.”

If you want to read The Mic’s full great interview with Amber Nova, Jinny, Deonna Purrazzo & Session Moth Martina, click here & check it out.

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