I am a female professional wrestler and my husband is a wrestler as well. In the professional wrestling business, there’s A LOT of traveling, usually in a group to save money. My husband and I usually traveled together, almost always actually, and I’m always the only woman in the group. Most of this time it’s not an issue since pretty much everyone sees me as “one of the boys”.
On one trip a few months ago, I was the only one booked on a show and money was tight, so my husband stayed home. I was traveling with guys I’d rode with before, but I didn’t really know the guys since they trained at a different school. I’d never had an issue with them before. There’s also a lot of trust needed to be in a ring with someone and I’d had to trust my life with a few of them before.
After the show, I was walking back to the car with one of the guys to put our gear up. He asked if he could talk to me a minute in the car. I knew he was upset about his match and it’s normal for the guys to use me as a sounding board. Once in the car, however, he proceeded to convince me to “cheer him up.” When I told him to no, he got violent and thankfully I fight back and get out of the car. I ended up with some pretty nasty bruises and scratches and a ripped leather belt and jeans.
I was very freaked out and I didn’t know how I was going to get home, so I didn’t say anything then. I really didn’t want anyone to know either. I managed to make it back home and told my husband what happened. He convinced me to contact the police. Pretty much my entire police interview consisted of a male officer berating me for traveling alone with men and how I should expect this to happen again unless I “dedicated myself to my husband and my children and stayed home.”
They haven’t followed up on anything despite me giving them the guy’s full name and address, locations of the surveillance cameras where the incident occurred, and my obvious injuries. That’s okay, he can be the man trying explaining his reputation to the booker, I’ll be the chick on TV with my future only getting brighter.
But according to the cops, it’s #MFIF because any woman in a “man’s” business is only looking for one thing.