With pretty much all of our historical articles now available in the SlamWrestling.net archives, a fun thing that we like to do is to go back and re-read some of our favourite stories from years gone by.
Other fun things we like? Boobs.
Yes, we can confirm that many of us here at Slam are big fans of boobs. Or fans of big boobs. Or a combination of both.
Now, in these sensitive times, we should qualify that statement.
To clarify, we’re big fans of boobs only where the owner of said boobs specifically expresses their deliberate intent to titillate us with the boobs. If it’s not their specific intention for the boobs to be admired on an aesthetic level, then we don’t want anything to do with those boobs. In fact, we don’t even acknowledge that those boobs even exist. #MootBoobs, as the kids say.
One more thing. Lest anyone think otherwise, our appreciation for boobs is limited to only female boobs. Male boobs – or “moobs” as they are commonly called – are not at all enjoyable as far as we’re concerned. That said, no judgment here. So, if you are in a #MoobMood, here are some pictures of them in various shapes and sizes for you to enjoy.
With those caveats out of the way, let’s get back to the boobs. And let’s do it in a way that combines the aforementioned fun things: by re-visiting our old write-up of the Naked Women’s Wrestling League show that our own Bob Kapur wrote about back in 2006. Take a look. We hope you’ll agree that the story – unlike many boobs – holds up pretty good 15 years later. We’d rate it an A. Or maybe even a Double-A.
In revisiting the story, we thought it would be fun to hear from one of the stars of the show. Or at least those who wanted to talk about it. Some of them declined, you see, wanting to distance themselves from the tawdry nature of the show. And at least one cited the experience as being one of the worst of their life, accusing the promoters of being unscrupulous and dishonest (it is noted that the producers were sued by actress-model Carmen Electra for failing to pay her contractually-agreed upon fees for hosting the show and having her name attached to the DVDs and other marketing materials; the case was eventually settled).
But one of the stars – our friend, wrestler-model April Hunter – was more than happy to share her mammaries – er, memories – about the event, noting that her experiences were entirely positive.
“I was actually really impressed with them,” she told SlamWrestling.net from her home in Tampa, Florida. “They were probably the most professional company I’ve ever worked with, and that includes all the major companies. They made sure we were taken care of. They were professional, and they paid very well. They were everything you would want in a wrestling company. Except we weren’t wearing clothes.”
The nudity wasn’t unfamiliar territory for Hunter, having done nude modelling in the past, including having appeared in Playboy magazine, but it wasn’t something she was particularly interested in doing at that time of her life.
“When you’re training to be a wrestler, if you’re a former model, you’re already stereotyped or watched very carefully,” she explained. “You’re pre-labelled as a slacker – they question if you’re going to simply try to get by on your looks. You have to prove that you’re not, that you can keep up and work hard. So I was trying to stay away from the nude stuff. They reached out to me several times, and I kept saying no.”
They kept knockers – er, knocking – at the door, and eventually made an offer that Hunter couldn’t pass up.
“The (dollar amount) kept increasing and increasing. It was kind of like Power Girl’s boobs, where the (titular comic book character’s artist) kept submitting the issues and the boobs just kept getting bigger and bigger. (Eventually), the money they offered was (so good), I took it.”
And Hunter certainly deserved it, given the pain she experienced in prepping for the show. Unlike some of the others, Hunter had some wrestling training (at Killer Kowalski’s school). But some of the others didn’t, and unfortunately, this led to Hunter getting injured when going over her match.
“I put the match together, and it was going to be pretty standard. We were doing the run-through of our match – we were going to start off with some technical wrestling – and right from the start, I was taking a hip-toss, and I got elbowed right in the face. I wasn’t halfway over when I realized what happened, and I knew I was messed up.”
TruTV got hold of footage of the accident which can be seen online.
“They had told us to be careful with the mat,” she noted wryly,” because they wanted to keep it looking pristine for the pay-per-view. I landed on the mat, and there was blood splattered everywhere from my nose. Just everywhere. And it wouldn’t stop.”
“I asked (Annie Social, one of the other wrestlers on the show) to get me some tampons and I shoved them up my nose. I got taken to the emergency room, where they told me my nose was broken, They straightened it out, cauterized it, and packed it.”
“The next day, I had to come up with an entirely new match. Something really basic,” she laughed, “because I didn’t’ want her to even touch me.”
While her feelings were a bit raw at the time, Hunter bears no lingering ill-will over the accident.
“No, we’re all good. I talk with her on a regular basis,” she said. “It sucks, but it happens. It’s not ballet.”
Well, certainly ballet doesn’t usually have as much nudity.
Or porn stars.
Or wrestling legend Jimmy “Mouth of the South” Hart.
“He was so cool!” she gushed about Hart, who was in her corner during her matches. “It was so great to get to work with him.”
That opportunity was like the icing on the cake for Hunter, who enjoyed the show, maybe even more than the capacity crowd in attendance.
“The place was packed,” she remembered. “And they were excited – it was such a loud crowd. I just wish we could have done the match that I’d originally planned, instead of what we had to come up with. But besides that, it was a great experience.”
“They really produced it well,” she praised. “They brought in somebody to do our hair, our makeup, our body makeup. They lighting was beautiful. They cut away (the camera) if we landed weird or whatever to avoid any spread shots. They kept it classy.”
Classy as it may have been, that was not the universal impression. Hunter notes that she has lost potential opportunities because people tend to jump to conclusions about the company based solely on its name.
“A lot of people are so narrow-minded, that they don’t care how professional it was,” she confirmed. “They don’t see that side. They just assume that anything involving nudity automatically means it’s porn. That part concerned me when I was trying to work legitimate companies and make a name for myself.”
Despite that, she has no regrets about being on the shows.
“They were good to me, and I really enjoyed my time with them. It was some of the most fun I’ve ever had, and a definite highlight of my career.”
While Hunter still occasionally appears at wrestling conventions doing signings and does the occasional “fluffy wrestling shoot,” wrestling on a full-time basis isn’t something she would consider anymore. Instead, she’s concentrating on other creative pursuits, including cos-play, making and selling artisan candles and soap/scent products, and writing.
“I graduated last year with a degree in Creative Writing, so when the world gets back on track, I’m hoping to do some more creative things on the other side of the camera. In the meantime, I’ve been writing essays now, as opposed to screenplays.”
She posts her essays on her blog page, AprilHunterBlog.com, which she maintains in addition to a number of other social media channels. Earlier this week, she announced a new future project: a podcast that she will be doing with Aron “Damien Sandow” Stevens.
“I appreciate it when people follow me and stay in touch. So,” she joked, “come for the boob pictures and stay for the articles.”
Just like our archives, if you think about it.
APRIL HUNTER LINKS
- Jan. 11, 2010: Nearly Naked Ladies of Wrestling Calendar targets breast cancer
- Aug. 30, 2006: Wedding day for J.D. Michaels & April Hunter
- Feb. 2, 2006: The recent rough road of April Hunter
- Jan. 1, 2006: Turned off by naked women wrestling
- April Hunter social media: Twitter * Instagram * OnlyFans * Patreon