In the time since FaceBrooke first began watching wrestling the entire landscape for women in the business has drastically changed, which means a wealth of opportunities are now both available and realistically attainable.
When FaceBrooke first stumbled across WWE whilst flicking though the channels on Foxtel female wrestling was in the peak of the ‘Divas’ era. The ‘Divas’ era was epitomised by ‘bra and panties’ matches, mud wrestling and overtly sexualised storylines.
In the years since women have been able to redefine their roles in wrestling, and often now outperform their male counterparts with their in-ring skills.
“I’ve only been watching for 10 years and it’s really cool to be able to witness the growth and evolution of the women in that time,” FaceBrooke told J.A.M before adding, “It will be really interesting to see where we’ll be in another 10 years.”
As soon as FaceBrooke discovered wrestling she was hooked and would regularly tell her friends and family that this was what she wanted to do with her life. It wasn’t until her Mum gave her one last little nudge of encouragement though before she was finally spurred her on to begin training.
“I never felt like I was good enough to do it. I felt like I wasn’t strong enough, fit enough or pretty enough. But when I was 18 my Mum said to me, ‘you’ve been saying your whole life that you’re going to be a wrestler, now is the time,’ and I knew I finally had to try.”
Like many trainees though the first day of training was almost FaceBrooke’s last.
“Nothing can prepare you for what wrestling is,” she explained, “After the first session I woke up the next day and felt like I’d been hit by a bus. Honestly I love wrestling but I thought that if this is how I’m going to feel every single day I don’t know if I can do this.”
Luckily for Australian wrestling fans she stuck it out though and is now making waves both here and abroad.
Earlier this year FaceBrooke went on her first excursion to the United States with her trainers Madison Eagles and Shazza McKenzie. Whilst there she managed to impress officials from Shimmer enough that she was able to make her debut for the premier women’s wrestling company.
“Since the day I started wrestling and met all of these girls Shimmer was always such a big goal for me, but I wasn’t expecting to wrestle on Shimmer that trip so that was really surreal.”
As she now looks to the future obviously more international tours would be welcomed but FaceBrooke’s ultimate goal is to follow in the footsteps of fellow Pro Wrestling Academy graduates Peyton Royce and Billie Kay by becoming a WWE performer.
“WWE is my ultimate goal and it feels so much more attainable than I ever thought it was as a kid, especially as an Australian and a woman.”
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