Many try-out for Ultimate Women's Wrestling
By DARREN LUM -- Toronto Sun
DEFINITELY OUT OF THEIR LEAGUE|
SUN REPORTER Darren Lum gets "roughed up" by Ultimate Women's Wrestling league
hopefuls Natalie Hilton, left and Laura Stewart. League officials say they are
more interested in athleticism and brains than beauty. -- Zoran Bozicevic, Toronto Sun
Women grappling with fantasies of becoming pro wrestlers brought
their toughest headlocks and flashiest full-nelsons to a Toronto studio
Dozens turned out as the Ultimate Women's Wrestling league held its first
auditions. The group will stage pay-per-view matches that could earn
performers $300 to $500 (possibly $1,000) per match and potentially a share of
revenue from the sale of calendars and T-shirts.
At 5-foot-4 and 110 pounds with shoulder-length, brown hair, Lesley Wood,
in her last year of commerce at McMaster University, does not look like your
"It's a new experience, even the audition itself. If I don't get it, that's
fine," the 23-year-old said.
Wood, an actress and avid wrestling fan, said friends think she's "nuts"
for trying out.
Auditions include a 10-part intelligence test, a talent portion and a
run-through of wrestling move exercises demonstrating athletic prowess.
This league distinguishes itself from others by promoting the talents and
intelligence of the wrestlers, with less emphasis on beauty, UWW officials
"There's an audience out there that doesn't want (T and A) as much ...,"
league commissioner "Victoria" said.
Matches will take place in such non-traditional spots as the beach or a
forest. The first broadcast is slated for early May.
To audition, call (905) 336-0959.