In This Fetish Wrestling Event, Women Face Off Against Men -- and Always Win (NSFW)
|Rain DeGrey's infamous pussy ribbon|
The tournament on Saturday was only moderately publicized and attracted an unlikely group of young fashionables. They still seemed to dig the spectacle once it got going. An older woman in front of me kept yelling things like "I want to see more pain in the face!" at the scantily clad Jennifer Thomas, who kicked off the tournament. I heard "Bite her nipple!" echoing from the other side of the ring.
The physical audience on Saturday seemed somewhat incidental. The match was filmed and live-streamed on the Beat Down Girls' website to cater to the real audience: mixed-wrestling fetishists who often prefer to lurk in the woodwork and breathe heavily in peace for a few bucks, rather than trek out to this eerie warehouse, which was formerly used to film scenes from the horror film Saw. Some exhibitionist fetishists, however, were on the premises. On the way to the refreshment stand, the male wrestler who fought Hollie Hotstuff asked me if he could kiss my shoe. I said yes; I thought it was the polite thing to do.
While each of the four girls featured in the tournament are legitimate fighters, formally trained in at least one genre of sparring, they all offer private wrestling sessions for men or perform for videos sold in the fetish vein. The girls' reaction to the inextricable sexual nature of the female wrestling scene was startlingly varied.
Got Your Eyes Rain Degrey announces TigerLilly as the winner of the match.
"I wish it could purely be an athletic type of adventure where I don't have emails from guys asking me if they could have a release on my bicep," said Thomas.
DeGrey's take was a bit different: "You know, sometimes the people that do pure submission wrestling kind of look down on the girls that also throw in some of the sexual aspect. I think that it's hypocritical and they can fucking shut it."
Lee hopes that the launch of the Beat Down Girls will help fetishists come out of hiding and into the light of self acceptance, as well as allow athletic women to take pride in their guns and girlhood.
For information about the Beat Down Girls go to beatdowngirls.com.