Women’s wrestling: The next big thing? (Part 5)

 

jvarsallone@miamiherald.com

Sarita, a talented wrestler in Japan, Mexico and North America, worked for several wrestling companies including women’s only.

An educated women who speaks several languages, Sarita is smart to the business.

“As for a women’s group, I’ve seen some promotions have success, such as SHIMMER, Lucha Libre Femenil in Monterrey, and STARDOM in Japan,” she said. “Their success depends heavily on a small group of very loyal fans and the quality of the product. When beautiful, athletic women are keeping people on the edge of their seats, I think that’s appealing to a certain group.

“There are supporters who are wrestling fans, supporters who appreciate athleticism and ability, and other supporters who are quite simply aroused by what they’re watching. The stereotypes will always exist. The only thing we as women can do to battle them is to be prepared, be trained and be professionals.

“I used to believe that being a great ‘wrestler’ was the key to being successful, but that belief got smashed long ago, thankfully. To see the reality of the situation and to celebrate the unique advantages and assets of our gender is refreshing and liberating. Not all people want to see girls act like dudes. Knowing that has helped me elongate my career, without taking anything away from my dedication to the athletic aspect.”

Sarita, who finished in TNA in January, was a two-time TNA Knockouts tag team champion. She worked three months in Japan with the women’s group STARDOM. She then returned to Mexico with the Wonder of STARDOM Championship and continued to work with CMLL, a famous promotion there. She is currently touring again with STARDOM in Japan.

A champion bodybuilder in Mexico, Sarita got her start in Mexico in 2003 with the women’s group LLF. She enjoyed her time in LLF as well as with STARDOM.

“STARDOM is such a wonderful company,” she said. “The promoter, Rossy Ogawa, runs everything like a big company would. In April we had a big show at Ryogoku Sumo Arena that drew 5,500 people. That’s an impressive house for a female promotion.”

The women get very physical in STARDOM. Fans respect their in-ring work.

It’s in Japanese, but here’s a link to the STARDOM web site.

http://wwr-stardom.p-kit.com.

American wrestling has borrowed from Japan in the past including the hardcore style.

Now here in the States are we more interested in the models or the STARDOM business model?

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