Beauty Slammers coming to Springhill

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Women’s wrestling program on May 2

Women's wrestling will be at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre on May.

Women's wrestling will be at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre on May.

SPRINGHILL – 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, dropping elbows upon their over-sized opponents.

On May 2, however, that stereotype will be drop-kicked into orbit when Halifax-based Headline Entertainment introduces Beauty Slammers: Ladies of Wrestling to Springhill’s Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre.

The card begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.ticketpro.ca; or charge-by-phone: 1-888-311-9090.

Tickets will be available at the centre’s box office April 10.

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 during the premier 15-date Nova Scotia and New Brunswick tour.

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!

Women fought courageously to prove their worth to wrestling; in 1935, promoter Billy Wolfe introduced his protégé, Mildred Burke on the carnival circuit, matching her against men, awarding $25 to any man who could pin her within 10 minutes. Legend holds that she was never beaten.

“Many promoters refused to book female wrestlers because they were positive we wouldn’t draw,” said Burke. “But the facts always proved them wrong because every place we women appeared was a complete sellout. Male wrestlers everywhere turned against us. They didn’t like us cutting into their territory - especially since we were drawing better crowds!”

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 TV 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 Springhill. 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 7 Titles of CMLL (a leading Mexico circuit) Bodybuilding Champion! Sarita has a deep-seeded love of the Maritimes; much of her early development happened here during her 2-year stint as “Sweet” Sarah, with MSW in 2003.

Former WWE Superstar, Serena Deeb. Serena began wrestling in 2005 at Ohio Valley Wrestling, where she became a record 6-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 Straight Edge Society. Since, Deeb has earned international acclaim, honorably wrestling in 4 Japanese companies. She continues to be amongst women’s wrestling’s elite.

For the complete tour schedule, visit www.beautyslammers.com.

 

Organizations: Headline Entertainment, World Women, Straight Edge Society

Geographic location: Springhill, Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia New Brunswick North America.In Mexico Japan

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