At the turn of the 20th century the business would be taken to another level when there would be often matches contested either Woman Vs. Woman or Woman Vs. Man held at burlesque theaters. Quite often the women would also taking part in boxing contests. It has been noted that they were legitimate contests, but with theatrics involved, more so in the wrestling bouts than the boxing. Of course, wrestling is often dictated by the changes in society with the business falling in line with them as can be seen repeatedly for the history of this great industry. This would only benefit the elite of the women though as the majority continued to work on carnival shows or lower down at burlesque shows.
As a woman who accidentally found herself becoming a fan in her twenties, I admit I always liked professional wrestling without realizing it. Here's how to sell it. Girls love manufactured drama for the same reason that everyone loves it -- it gives us an excuse to get fired up without any of the consequences.
In the spring of , I was more than a little girl-crazy. The summer Pride season was on the horizon and I knew there was a lot of trouble and girls in this city that I wanted to get into. There's no leader, very few rules, and a strict invite-only policy. My new friend, a buxom queer femme named Castella, was my ticket in the front door.