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April Hunter - Pro Wrestling Manager, Model, Journalist, & Photographer
Submitted By James Walsh
|Thanks to April Hunter for the below:
Date: Jan 16, 2008 6:29 PM
Subject: In-Ring Retirement
Body: The "Retirement" Rumors...
April Hunter - pro wrestling manager, model, journalist & photographer:
In the words of Ric Flair: "I will never retire!"
Unless of course, the doctors tell me I pretty much have no choice.
And they did, so I am…
That's right, I'm a manager now and I will no longer be wrestling.
I'm going to miss being beaten up several nights a week, breaking
bruising my body, having my ass spanked in front of thousands, and most
all having "nip slip" shots posted on the Internet. Damn it, those were
But as they say all good things must come to an end...
The results are in from both my US and Canadian doctors (yup, I even
"abroad" for a third opinion!). I have to stop wrestling as soon as
possible. Not only will I be crippled, but I'm headed towards internal
failure as well. Oh, the injuries... there are others besides just my
and neck. I'm in constant pain. My femur doesn't fit correctly into my
socket. Mondays I go to the doctors for ART chiropractic therapy trying
fix the sciatica and discs that are pressing on my spinal cord, making
arms, hands and feet numb. Every day I have a laundry list of exercises
do. I have a special chair cushion (that keeps my spine straight) for
work on the computer... a neck pillow to convince my C spine to curve
normal backwards instead of forwards, like it's now fused. But I do it.
Needless to say though, when sitting in a chair is a pain in the ass
the best idea to go flying off any ropes anytime soon.
Once you throw one or two things off with an injury, it's easy to throw
the rest while you're babying the other stuff. And since we only get
when we work, I tended to tape up and work through way too many
Now I can't ignore it any longer. And I refuse to take pain killers.
just seen too many in this business destroyed by them.
So what's to blame? Too many big bumps? Definitely! Too many bad
Probably. Hell I've even had my elbow broken by a tag-team partner.
I'll be honest and say the current state of women's wrestling in the US
hasn't helped me. I've lost count of the times I've worked with girls
were more or less completely untrained but just so happened to be
girlfriend… or somebody wanted them to be their girlfriend.
That's not to say that good looking girls shouldn't get a push in pro
wrestling. Sex sells and be honest, what would you rather look at – a
thing with a tight butt or a man-beast who hits a mean enzuigiri? Hell
my break in WCW at a time when I was far from a refined technical
but before I got in the ring I busted my ass, got myself into a
school and trained, trained and trained some more. Good looking girls
always have their place in wrestling – it
just shouldn't be inside a wrestling ring unless they can actually
The secondary reason I'm pulling out is that there is a staggering lack
in ..professional' wrestling.
It's not uncommon to drive on a six-fourteen hour round-trip for less
you'd make in eight hours at your day job only to be told the promoter
wanted to cut your rate or your travel money. To be honest, I just got
of fighting for everything that in every other realm of entertainment
standard and not even discussed. The people of the adult (XXX) world
much more professional and aware of networking than the ones in
It doesn't make sense, but not much does.
At one point, you start thinking, "I'm kind of a grown up now. Why am I
driving that far for those amounts of money to play-fight in a ring and
someone try to cut my pay even further?" It just stopped making sense
unless I was working overseas. That I never got tired of, but it's more
Wrestling is a selfish business and it'll treat you like a racehorse if
let it… they'll ride you into the ground and make as much off your
they can while feeding you just enough to get by… then if
you break a leg, it's out to pasture with a rifle and on to the next
horse. I don't want that to happen to me, so the time is now - while I
still get on my knees to play with my (future) kids
Of course I've not given up on the business entirely. I still love the
of being in front of a crowd.
I love the traveling too, for the most part.
So I'm a manager now - I simply will no longer be wrestling. I've
loved managing actually, and am pretty excited to be back on that side
the ring. I always thought there was a lack of GREAT
female managers who truly knew their way around the ring and can
alter and add to a match... more than just a fifth ring-post rack of
anyway. The Sherri Martels and the Tammy Sytchs are few and far
Wrestling has been a huge part of my life and I've gained a lot from my
experiences – I have a lot to
be thankful for.
I have been able to travel and work all over the world. I've met lots
interesting people and made some new friends. I've taken tons of
and have some incredible memories... all because of pro wrestling.
However, the fact is that you only have one body to last your lifetime.
no offense to wrestling, but in my view it's not worth getting crippled
over. Not much is.
Truth be told, it was all a blast... until it just wasn't any
that's always a good time to exit something. Honestly, I am proud that
went for it. And that, in moments of uncertainty, I remained
true to who I am... even when I was playing someone a lot more brave
ballsy. I was tested under pressure and now know I can hold my own,
several languages (not very well!), adapt to
nearly anything (including snails, squid and French espresso/rocket
fuel)...and even acquired some damn fine friends (and stuff, like a
Maple Leaf)! But it's time for me to move on, while I'm still young
still cute from not having my nose broken that fifth time.)
I'd like to thank everyone who's been a part of my journey, big or
Some promoters may drive me crazy - some co-workers even more so - and
have been a hell of a lot of ups and downs. But when all is said and
will I regret giving the last eight years of my life to this business?
Well, not all the time! ;-)
And as a final point - just for the record - the vast information and
knowledge I've gained about men, interplay between the sexes, politics,
hierarchy, manners, et al, has been a hugely satisfying
Wrestling changed my entire life. I learned a lot about LIFE - and
from this career. These lessons will serve me well in ANY future I
While I was always challenged by wrestling, it was
never my first love or where my heart was. I fell into it, saw the
opportunity and tried to do it to the best of my ability. But in my
am and always have been a writer, model and
photographer. It was a dream I dared to chase, but ultimately it wasn't
So, what I'm doing now is just concentrating on getting healthy and
weight (six lbs since October - the thinner I am, the less stress on my
joints, ligaments and spine). I'm still able and happy
to model, do appearances and conventions which is what my schedule is
currently starting to get loaded with.
It's been a fun ride. When one door shuts, others open. Like, who
maybe even the Arnold Classic or American Gladiators, brother! And this
the longest I've gone without a single bruise! :)
Something a fan sent me this week, which was… wow. Very awesome: "Big
Big Red". http://www.lethalwow.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=9362
Speaking of doors opening up, I've been writing a book for a bit now,
with some luck and hard work that will go well. And yes, if you dicked
over, you should be nervous! ;-)
But to all my fans and supporters I say ..thank you'. It's been
the ride isn't over yet. It's just heading in a different direction –
you'll still be on-board with me – I'd never have lasted this long
you. So thank you again.
Here are some of the dates/results of my final matches. Hopefully I'll
able to see some of you there!
*USA Final Match Results:-Mixed tag: Daffney & Damian Wayne defeated JD
Michaels & April Hunter for UWF in hometown Philly babeeeeee!
*Germany Match Results:-Wesna defeated April for German Stampede
*Canada Final Match Results:-April Hunter & Jen Blake defeated Danya &
for PWX, Ontario Canada.-Intergender tag: Jennifer Blake & April Hunter
defeated Cheap Heat.HUGE THANKS to PWX for allowing me to have a
"retirement" show moment—you guys rock!
**France Final Match:-Spring 2008 TBA::Queens of Chaos Tournament,
April Hunter (USA) vs "The Alpha Female" Jazzy B (Germany)
Thank you for watching me! See lots more of me on my site or DVD's!
schedule for more! www.aprilhunter.com
- Kisses! April xo
You Can Sleep With A Blonde, You Can Sleep With A Brunette. But You'll
Get Any Sleep With
-January 26 & 27::Las Vegas, NV - Photo shoot Saturday/Sunday:
Autograph appearance for Power Play Sports Cards autograph signing.
Galleria @ Sunset www.powerplaysportscards.com
-February 2nd:: OCW Wrestling, Ashland KY (Armory). JD Michaels w/
April Hunter vs. Mason Raige
-March 1&2:: The Arnold Classic convention(to be confirmed) Columbus,
-March 15:: MMA Convention, Frankfort KY
-April 5th::MMA Show (Autograph/presenting the title)Bardstown KY
-August 27/28: Playboy/Glamourcon convention, Chicago IL"
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