Despite a fair amount of interaction over the past few years, I’d never actually met Monica of Monica’s Wrestling Centre in person until last week.
I’d booked sessions at both her old and new venues, interviewed her for this blog and engaged over social media plenty of times so it was high time I got my ass down to one of her shows to meet the great woman at last.
And I sure as hell picked a fabulous first MWC event to go to! Over a week later and I’m still buzzing about it! All eight girls who competed in a total of nine matches were amazing – real stars of the sport.
(Antscha and Lexi battle it out! Pic: Monica’s Wrestling Centre)
I’d never met any of the competitors in person before and had only seen Antscha and Gabi on video so it was fresh and exciting to see all “new” girls in action.
I was delighted to meet three of the gorgeous IMAX girls who have made quite an impression since they burst on the scene – Kat, Lexi and Viper. Not only good looking but sweet to talk to and rather brilliant in the ring!
It was delightful watching newcomer Desi along with Gabi, Eli and Leila in action too. As well as being rather easy on the eye and full of smiles, they sure can wrestle!
(Eli and Viper wrestled hard in their bout! Pic: Monica’s Wrestling Centre)
And it was an absolute honour seeing Antscha. I have to admit, I was actually a little star struck seeing her. Heard so much about her and watched so many videos – she is a phenomenal professional.
I wanted to go up to her and tell her how much I admire her but I was scared I’d embarrass myself like an idiot fanboy!
They weren’t the only girls there, of course. As well as meeting and having a great laugh with Monica, it was a pleasure meeting the legend that is Ina Black.
I’m also delighted to report that MWC has signed a rather gorgeous girl Havanna (Picture by Victor Kurzweil above)! She was there for a photoshoot before the action started and she hung around for a while afterwards. I’d be lying if I said she hadn’t caught my eye…! 😉
And, last but certainly not least, there was Inferno. I’d gone to the show with her, her friend and her delightful pup Badger. Now, the five-month-old is already a star in my eyes and he certainly charmed and made many friends at this show.
What was also lovely to see was the goodwill so many had for Inferno. She is nearing a return from her broken leg and she certainly felt the love from people there.
(Inferno with her delightful pup Badger! Pic: Tall Martin)
I obviously won’t go into too much detail about the matches as Monica is selling the clips in her store here.
But I will say that they were incredible. The standard of wrestling on show was outstanding. All matches consisted of three, six minute rounds but they seem to fly by in the blink of an eye!
I was asked for my favourite at the end of the show but I’ve changed my mind a number of times so I’m reluctant to pick one now!
(Gabi and Leila go at it! Pic: Monica’s Wrestling Centre)
The girls gave it everything and that created some instant classics! It was a real joy to be there. The crowd were well up for it too and got involved in the fun.
That was another great thing about the show – the guys who’d come to watch were great! It’s always a treat to meet other session wrestling men at such events and be able to talk freely about our passion.
As well as a couple of old faces, it was nice to meet the likes of “Tall” Martin, Gorbash, Dave and Richard and finally put a face to names I’d heard on social media.
(Kat and Lexi in the Battle of the IMAX girls! Pic: Monica’s Wrestling Centre)
A truly wonderful day. And it was all made possible by the magnificent Monica. She’s quite a character and has the devil in her when it comes to winding the punters (and wrestlers) up. But she’s a sweetheart with it and made us all feel welcome.
We are extremely blessed in the UK session wrestling scene and it’s because of the efforts of the likes of Monica that we get to enjoy so much. Her next show is in November. I’d seriously recommend you get yourself along if you are around!
Back (L-R): Eli, Gabi, Desi, Monica, Inferno, Kat and Viper.
Front: (L-R): Antscha, Leila and Lexi