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April Hunter - Pro Wrestling Manager, Model, Journalist, & Photographer

Submitted By James Walsh on 01/17/08
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
bones,
bruising my body, having my ass spanked in front of thousands, and most
of
all having "nip slip" shots posted on the Internet. Damn it, those were
the
days!

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
went
"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
organ
failure as well. Oh, the injuries... there are others besides just my
back
and neck. I'm in constant pain. My femur doesn't fit correctly into my
hip
socket. Mondays I go to the doctors for ART chiropractic therapy trying
to
fix the sciatica and discs that are pressing on my spinal cord, making
my
arms, hands and feet numb. Every day I have a laundry list of exercises
to
do. I have a special chair cushion (that keeps my spine straight) for
when I
work on the computer... a neck pillow to convince my C spine to curve
the
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
it's
probably not
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
out
the rest while you're babying the other stuff. And since we only get
paid
when we work, I tended to tape up and work through way too many
injuries.
Now I can't ignore it any longer. And I refuse to take pain killers.
I've
just seen too many in this business destroyed by them.

So what's to blame? Too many big bumps? Definitely! Too many bad
opponents?
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
who
were more or less completely untrained but just so happened to be
somebody's
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
cute
thing with a tight butt or a man-beast who hits a mean enzuigiri? Hell
I got
my break in WCW at a time when I was far from a refined technical
wrestler –
but before I got in the ring I busted my ass, got myself into a
wrestling
school and trained, trained and trained some more. Good looking girls
will
always have their place in wrestling – it
just shouldn't be inside a wrestling ring unless they can actually
wrestle
too.

The secondary reason I'm pulling out is that there is a staggering lack
of
...professionalism'
in ..professional' wrestling.

It's not uncommon to drive on a six-fourteen hour round-trip for less
than
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
tired
of fighting for everything that in every other realm of entertainment
is
standard and not even discussed. The people of the adult (XXX) world
are
much more professional and aware of networking than the ones in
wrestling.
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
have
someone try to cut my pay even further?" It just stopped making sense
to me,
unless I was working overseas. That I never got tired of, but it's more

business-like there.

Wrestling is a selfish business and it'll treat you like a racehorse if
you
let it… they'll ride you into the ground and make as much off your
ass as
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
fastest
horse. I don't want that to happen to me, so the time is now - while I
can
still get on my knees to play with my (future) kids
without assistance.

Of course I've not given up on the business entirely. I still love the
buzz
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
always
loved managing actually, and am pretty excited to be back on that side
of
the ring. I always thought there was a lack of GREAT
female managers who truly knew their way around the ring and can
believably
alter and add to a match... more than just a fifth ring-post rack of
boobies
anyway. The Sherri Martels and the Tammy Sytchs are few and far
between.

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
of
interesting people and made some new friends. I've taken tons of
pictures
and have some incredible memories... all because of pro wrestling.

However, the fact is that you only have one body to last your lifetime.
And
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
more…and
that's always a good time to exit something. Honestly, I am proud that
I
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
and
ballsy. I was tested under pressure and now know I can hold my own,
speak
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
cool
Maple Leaf)! But it's time for me to move on, while I'm still young
(and
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
small.
Some promoters may drive me crazy - some co-workers even more so - and
there
have been a hell of a lot of ups and downs. But when all is said and
done
will I regret giving the last eight years of my life to this business?
No.

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
learning experience.

Wrestling changed my entire life. I learned a lot about LIFE - and
people -
from this career. These lessons will serve me well in ANY future I
choose.
While I was always challenged by wrestling, it was
never my first love or where my heart was. I fell into it, saw the
great
opportunity and tried to do it to the best of my ability. But in my
heart, I
am and always have been a writer, model and
photographer. It was a dream I dared to chase, but ultimately it wasn't
MY
dream.

So, what I'm doing now is just concentrating on getting healthy and
dropping
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
knows...
maybe even the Arnold Classic or American Gladiators, brother! And this
is
the longest I've gone without a single bruise! :)

Something a fan sent me this week, which was… wow. Very awesome: "Big
Ups to
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,
so
with some luck and hard work that will go well. And yes, if you dicked
me
over, you should be nervous! ;-)

But to all my fans and supporters I say ..thank you'. It's been
awesome. And
the ride isn't over yet. It's just heading in a different direction –
I hope
you'll still be on-board with me – I'd never have lasted this long
without
you. So thank you again.

Here are some of the dates/results of my final matches. Hopefully I'll
be
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 &
Amy
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,
Paris.
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!
Check my
schedule for more! www.aprilhunter.com

- Kisses! April xo

You Can Sleep With A Blonde, You Can Sleep With A Brunette. But You'll
Never
Get Any Sleep With
A Redhead!

www.AprilHunter.com
myspace.com/aprilhunterofficial

Appearances...

-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,
OH
-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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