'Impressive' Indi Hartwell

Over the course of just a few short years in the wrestling business Melbourne’s Indi Hartwell has toured all over Australia and throughout the United States, winning championships and earning her ‘Impressive’ moniker along the way.

Whilst this may sound like her journey has been easy she is quick to point out that it has been far from easy, particularly in regards to her strict physical training and nutrition regime.

“I first found wrestling when I was eight years old after my older brother introduced me to it,” Hartwell recalled. “The main people I was watching back then were Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Undertaker, Jeff Hardy and of course Trish Stratus, who I idolised and wanted to be exactly like.”

It wasn’t until over a decade later when Hartwell was 19 that she finally decided to step between the ropes to begin training, and despite having an extensive athletic background nothing could prepare her for the difficulties that would follow.

“I played basketball, soccer and danced for 10 years so I had good cardio but wrestling training is a whole different ball game and I don’t think anything can really prepare you for that.”

A typical week of training will see Hartwell attend in-ring training at her wrestling school twice a week as well as training in the gym five times per week.

To complement her extensive physical training Hartwell must adhere to a strict nutritional regime where she must track everything she eats. In order to hit her nutritional targets Hartwell will often be seen travelling with pre-prepared meals, but she will occasionally reward herself after a big match with a box of donuts. Whilst this is tough Hartwell said, “It’s the price you pay if you want to be taken seriously in this business because it’s not just about being a good wrestler you also have to have a good look.”

Obviously this dedication is beginning to pay dividends as Hartwell has been collecting championships throughout Australia and is also beginning to make waves in the United States.  Just this year Hartwell has claimed the Riot City Wrestling (RCW), Newcastle Pro Wrestling (Newy Pro) and Battle Championship Wrestling (BCW) women’s championships. There is still one company that Hartwell would love to see introduce a women’s championship though.

“I would love for MCW [Melbourne City Wrestling] to introduce a women’s title but I don’t know if there is any competition for me because I’m the most impressive one there,” she said. “We’re on the right path but still have to keep building women’s wrestling and hopefully later this year or next year we might see a women’s title in MCW.”

Read similar interviews by subscribing to J.A.M Zine over on Patreon.