- Title: London's female wrestling scene boosted by Netflix show 'Glow'
- Date: 17th August 2017
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (AUGUST 12, 2017) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRO-WRESTLER, CLAIRE HEAFFORD, SAYING: "My character is called "Muneca del Trapo", she's a rag doll. And it's kind of like a day of the dead character. So it is a kind of heart to wrestle with a mask on, it restricts your breathing, but it looks kind of different in the ring as well." SHOW ONGOING (SOUNDBITE) (English) WRESTLER, CLAIRE HEAFFORD, SAYING: "I was never into wrestling. It's really new to me. But yeah I've got friends who are kind of like, been Watching Glow, have read the Time Out article, and now are like, "oh this is kind of cool what you are doing. I want to come down and watch." So, yeah, I think it is growing. Glow has definitely helped with kind of broadening the appeal for sure."
- Embargoed: 31st August 2017 15:47
- Keywords: Kate Nash wrestling Glow Secret Rag Doll EVE fighters London life women
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / UNIDENTIFIED FILM LOCATIONS
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM / UNIDENTIFIED FILM LOCATIONS
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Human Interest / Brights / Odd News
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Girls just wanna have fun and for some that means getting into a wrestling ring.
In the day 36-year-old Claire Heafford is a personal trainer, but by night every few weeks she dons a mask and takes on the role of her alter ego 'Rag Doll' to compete in female wrestling night 'Eve'.
There has been more interest in female wrestling and a clearer sense of what it involves since hit Netlfix show 'Glow' came out according to Heafford, who told Reuters her friends now think what she does is 'cool' and they want to come and watch.
Set in the 1980's when pro-wrestling was popular 'Glow' is about a group of women chosen to star in a TV show about wrestling - as well as learning the sport the women have to cope the sexism that was rife at the time.
British singer Kate Nash plays one of the female wrestlers and enjoyed it so much she says she now has the 'wrestling bug' and she comes down to 'Eve'.
The all female wrestling night in London attracts around 200 people per event and is run by husband and wife team Dann and Emily Read. Although it has been selling out since it started in 2016 Dann Read told Reuters that 'Glow' has helped raise awareness of what female wrestling actually is all about.
"We had numerous venues cancelling us when they realized that the professional wrestling was featuring woman, because they thought that was the equivalent of porn" Dann Read told Reuters.
The shows are carefully choreographed, more like a dance rather than a violent fight and there is always a background story - however it's not for the faint hearted.
"You wouldn't go up to a stunt man and tell him what he does is fake, and it is exactly the same thing when it comes to professional wrestling. The risks are real, dangers are real and injuries are very real." Dann Read said.
The audience shouts and participates during the two-and-a-half show, with the atmosphere inside feeling similar to a rock concert.
"Women's wrestling is only opening up, there's just no stopping" audience member Ellen told Reuters while cheering along.
According to the Hollywood Reporter 'Glow' has been commissioned for a second series, meanwhile for those wanting to get up close and personal to the real thing 'Eve' continues at Lucha Libre in London.
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