It’s difficult enough for a man to make it ‘big time’ in the world of professional wrestling but to do it as a woman in this male-dominated avocation is an even greater challenge.
Men far outnumber women in nearly all wrestling organizations, including TNA Wrestling and WWE in the United States and AAA and CMLL in Mexico. Landing a spot in one of those promotions is quite the accomplishment, especially for women.
Sarita, 33, signed with two -- CMLL and TNA Wrestling. So credit her for not only making it in the United States but Mexico as well, and she is busy, also working Japan, another strong wrestling country.
How did she do it?
Well, don’t let her attractiveness fool you. During her 10-year career, indies, main and abroad, Sarita proved her skill and toughness wrestling women and men. Respecting the business, constant training and challenging herself to improve, she is one of the top women’s wrestlers going today.
In 2009, Sarita teamed with another fan favorite Taylor Wilde to become the first TNA Knockouts tag team champions. In 2011, she made a formidable heel tag team with Rosita, again winning TNA Knockouts tag team gold.
Masks are important to the history of wrestling in Mexico, and in CMLL, Sarita donned the headwear as Dark Angel.
With or without the mask, she is successful.
Wrestling is just one facet of Sarita’s life. Well versed in academics and athletics, she is diverse, educated and hard working with a strong aptitude, leading to her overall accomplishments.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Sarita attended the University of Manitoba, where she was an honors student graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. She speaks English, French, Japanese and Spanish.
Athletically inclined, she trained in Muay Thai kickboxing for several years before entering wrestling. She also participated in soccer, track and field, cross-country running and horseback riding.
Academics and athletics aren’t everything, and the beautiful Sarita is also physically fit, competing (and winning) bodybuilding competitions in Mexico. She vies for her seventh consecutive victory in the CMLL Bodybuilding Contest on Nov. 29 at Arena Mexico.
“All the girls go out to the stage together,” Sarita said. “There are six compulsory poses that we have to hit. After that, we’re given a short time for free posing, where we can do any poses we choose that best show off the work we’ve done on our bodies.”
The number of competitors in the bodybuilding contest varies. Prior years, Princesa Sugehit, Dalys, Marcela, Luna Magica, Medusa, Lluvia, Seuxis, La Seductora, Amapola, and Estrellita registered for the event.
“Every year it’s different,” she said. “You never know how many women will compete until the day arrives. It’s open to any wrestler who is currently working with CMLL.”
Winning means money, trophy, satisfaction.
“For me, it’s all about trying to reach my potential,” she said. “I get a lot of satisfaction out of setting a goal for myself and reaching it. Every year my body has been a little different. This past year I changed my training dramatically so that I could present a more streamlined, less bulky physique at this year’s competition. Although it’s a bodybuilding contest, I decided to focus less on trying to add mass and more on achieving the lean and toned body that I envisioned.”
Either works well for her.
“I train throughout the year, but about 12 weeks out from the competition, I start to change my diet and increase the intensity of my workouts,” the 5-6, 120-pound Sarita said. “It’s a lot of chicken, eggs, fish, beef, vegetables, and some oatmeal and little fruit. I start to do more plyometrics, push-ups and jumping and do more high-intensity interval training. I also continue to train wrestling so that my body adjusts, and I’m able to remain agile and balanced in the ring as I’m dropping weight.”
It’s not just about bodybuilding..
“It’s a really fun day and a great time,” Sarita said. “Weeks before, everyone’s talking about their diets and comparing bodies. We are wrestlers, not bodybuilders, so it’s an interesting challenge trying to reach your body’s potential while dealing with traveling, wrestling, training and carrying food with you on every road trip. Everyone looks at the contest as a way to get into great shape and show dedication to our fans, to the sport and to CMLL.”
• Sarita, as Dark Angel, recently returned from a successful tour in Japan.
• Website: http://sarah.newscott.com/