LuFisto: The Career Retrospective

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LuFisto: The Career Retrospective

Vital Stats

Name: Genevieve Goulet

Height: 5’3

Weight: Unknown

Nicknames: Super Hardcore Anime and Missionary of Violence

Style: Hardcore, High Flying and Striking

Website: www.lufisto.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/lufisto

Titles Held:     UWA Cruiserweight Championship (male)

          Two-time ICW Provincial Championship (male)

Two-time ICW Tag Team Championship (male)

ASW Canadian Championship (male)

LLF Extreme Championship

SAW World Championship (male)

Quebec Super-8 Women's Champion

CZW Iron-Man Championship (male)

Canadian King of the Death Matches 2006 Winner (male)

Quebec Wrestling Hall-of-Fame Inductee

ALF Sherri Martel Memorial Cup Winner 2007

2007 Queen of the Death Matches Winner

CZW Best of the Best People's Choice 2008 (male)

ICW Olympic Championship (male)

ALF Championship.

 

1997 – 2003: Debut, Background and Early Days

In 1995, the death match was born in Japan, producing legendary names, as Terry Funk and Mick Foley were propelled into the limelight.

However the 1990’s presented to the world, Genevieve Goulet; don’t let the soft sounding name fool you. She is one of the hardest hitting and most resilient within the Canadian independent scene. To the fans she is; Lucifer, Precious Lucy and most notably LuFisto.

A woman of many talents and interests; prior to beginning her training in wrestling, Goulet was the singer and bassist in a band. As a day job, she works as a multimedia and graphic designer. But on the weekend she kicks arse and takes names.

 

It is no surprise that she has a strong Japanese influence in her wrestling style and flamboyant costumes. From her attire to her gimmick, the Japanese influence is apparent.

The self proclaimed “super hardcore anime” is one of the most underrated names in women’s wrestling to date, despite winning more men’s titles than women’s.

With a rich experience of over 12 years, Goulet has been in the wrestling industry in some form or another since starting out at age 16. In that time, she has been in a war or two.

Under her Lucy Fer gimmick (a more colourful take on her previously dark, Addams Family-esque gimmick) she began her ascent through the ranks of Canadian wrestling. Her main claim to fame throughout her early days and in particular within the United States are her inter-gender tag team work.

Being a male-dominated sport is the main reason women are lost in the mix. However, as with many aspects of her career, this was one of many obstacles LuFisto overcame.

She succeeded at making a name for herself through inter-gender matches. This along with refereeing saw Goulet get her name out into the wrestling world.

2003: The First Incarnation of LuFisto

During an overseas trip to Japan in 2003 the first incarnation of her LuFisto gimmick was to take place. She attributes that the name LuFisto comes from two cartoon characters, MacPhisto from Batman and Jedi Fisto from Star Wars, and her former wrestling name, Precious Lucy. Thus the name LuFisto was born.

2005: ECCW - The School of the K-nox

The first-ever volume of ECCW Supergirls took place on Sept. 29, 2005, and who else to be in title contention than LuFisto and Rebecca Knox? It was the Canadian against the Irish woman in the first-ever match for the NWA: ECCW Supergirls title.

One of my favourite opponents of LuFisto was Rebecca Knox due to the two of them being able to put on a good solid technical wrestling match and a great one to start a new title lineage.

The match was typical of the LuFisto style with the heel tactics mixed with the cute and innocent facial expressions.

Her dedication and commitment to the sport that she loves is overwhelming, a  prime example of this is her placing in tournaments from 2006 – 2008.

She had had five semi final or above placed finishes in tournaments: from her home country; Canada all the way to the once sleepy state of Indiana.

However for those who have seen LuFisto in action know that she can utilise a weapon or two. Never true were those words as two of those tournaments (which she won) were death match style tournaments.

Tournament - 2006: Bloodstock and Butcher

The date was October 29th 2006, the event: Stranglehold Bloodstock 2006 - "Give Pain a Chance.” My first ever introduction to female death match wrestling and I had been aware that death match wrestling was still rising in the USA and Canadian underground but never knew of women competing.

It was a shock to say the least and as a concerned viewer it hit home the amount of punishment one takes and the dedication they put in to a match under these rules.

The shocking moments were to continue as she faced off against the sadistic Necro Butcher. The Necro Butcher is arguably one of the greatest hardcore wrestlers to come from American soil.

This match was a baptism of fire for anyone who hasn’t seen a death match before, as the unrivalled brutality was outstanding at times.

The match began with LuFisto being hit with the title belt and then they brawled around the crowd.

At one point of the match the crowd begin to chant “Holy Sh*t” as Lu smashed light tubes across the eyes of Necro Butcher with blood pouring down from his face.

Necro gained the upper hand by slamming her down with a steel chair. However, what I found most disturbing was when the classic seated punch exchange comes, to see a grown man smash a woman in the face with punches.

Maybe it’s because she’s a woman or that she gives up just short of a foot in height and almost 100 pounds in weight to The Butcher. Nevertheless, in true LuFisto fashion, she overcame the odds and beat him to win the tournament.

Tournament – 2007: Dusting the Knuckles

One of her biggest rivals in her career is Mickie Knuckles, a dominant force in any death match style promotion; male dominated or not.

Some say IWA created the “Queen of the Death Matches” because they were tired of Mickie Knuckles dominating the men’s tournament.

However on Nov. 27, 2007, Knuckles was no match for the destruction that would be brought forth by LuFisto as she won the coveted title of “Queen of the Death Matches.”

LuFisto faced Knuckles in the tournament final: a no-ropes, barbed-wire, electrified light bulb, electrified light tube match.

 

Putting the devastation into words is no easy task, as the match included everything from illuminated light bulbs to barbed wire wrapped bats.

I’d never seen two women take it to one another like Knuckles and LuFisto did in the middle of the ring. They beat each other across the face until neither could continue.

 

But amongst the bloodbath, was some sound wrestling manoeuvres which was a sign of things to come in terms of LuFisto’s transition from hardcore to the norm.

2007: Injury and Impending Retirement

There was heartbreak for long time fans of the Canadian hardcore sensation in the early part of 2007; sadly Goulet had announced on her website that she was contemplating retirement.

This saw the potential end of her career on the horizon due to a back injury. Goulet left the wrestling world on Jan. 10, 2007, due to injuring two of her vertebrae.

Her time off was surprisingly short and she was back in the ring in full active competition by September of that same year. Most notably is that she returned to active competition without ever having surgery.

Despite facing off against Damian in a losing effort at an IWS show, to the delight of the fans, the injury to her back has not been a clear hindrance on her in ring performances since her return.

2008: The Riveting Return

After a long hiatus from the company (last appearance was in 2006), it was revealed that the Super Hardcore Anime would return. To Shimmer shores she returned in true LuFisto glory, despite her first match being in the battle royal.

LuFisto pulled double duty (sort of speak) as she took on one third of the International Home Wrecking Crew in Rain.

Returning to the Shimmer ring, LuFisto got the inaugural “Welcome Back!” chants and looked to be fiery in the pre-match celebrations.

The tone of the match in all of Shimmer’s events is a light hearted affair, from “Konichiwa” chants to Rain’s classic overconfident expressions.

The demented nature of LuFisto was apparent particularly at one point when she’s pulling at the mouth of Rain and eerily shouting “Smile!” It’s reminiscent of the Joker’s crazy disposition.

Despite the match being a short one, it was a great basis of a return match and it was a welcoming return to the Shimmer ranks.

Taking on a veteran of the Shimmer roster; Rain (has participated on Shimmer volumes) shows that LuFisto has a bright future in Shimmer.

2008: Face Washing a Cheerleader

If ever there was a match that defined her style, her confrontation with Cheerleader Melissa is one of the most successful. Some of the spots in the match are reminiscent of her more “hardcore” days.

This was one of my personal favourite matches as it features two great female talents: the hard hitting stiff strikes of both women are bone tingling which gained a great reaction from the crowd. This combined with a few dark comedy aspects was worth the price of admission alone.

For a past article I asked LuFisto to comment on her match with Melissa. She responded:

"I was really nervous when I learned that I would be facing Melissa on Volume 20. I had seen some of her work and read some comments on boards and websites about her great wrestling abilities. Honestly, I didn't know if I could be as good as her and live up to the Shimmer fans’ expectations that night.

‘However, when we first exchange a few forearms in the battle royal (Shimmer 19) l, I felt some strong chemistry... And when I got into the match with her, everything felt right. Wrestling her is a wrestling clinic and I felt like I could give her all the energy I had.

“Melissa is the kind of wrestler who pushes my limits and makes me better as a worker. I can't wait to face her again in September at NCW Femmes Fatales in Montreal."

2008: The Suicide Blondes

Now we arrive in 2008, one of LuFisto’s most successful years wrestling in North America and the dawning of a new tag team; LuFisto and Jennifer Blake. However to my knowledge, the pair first faced off against each other at an LLW show in May of that year.

They competed in one of her home matches sort of speak; a no holds barred match. Also in true ‘Fisto style she shot a comedy promo prior to their encounter, wrapping up “I’m going to kill Girl Dynamite” in a black comedy style is a sign of LuFisto’s character and ability to present a great promo.

This match was a great showing, especially by the young Blake and was a sign of things to come for the next 12 months.

Having had good chemistry as opponents they were to make a natural transition into a tag team. The stage for their debut is Shimmer Volume 21 and on October 19th 2008 they debuted amongst the Shimmer tag team ranks. Automatically placed within the tag gauntlet they debuted in great fashion:

The match began with the Canadian Ninjas being their obnoxious selves, until they faced off against the impressive debuting; Pink Ladies.

Once the first elimination occurred, it was The Suicide Blondes’ turn to it up in the ring as they ferociously begin their onslaught to The Canadian Ninjas which is no surprise for a LuFisto match.

They had performed a solid lung blower (from the middle rope) power bomb. This is a credit to the synchronicity and ability of both women; this was to seal the second elimination of the match.

On to their second opponents of the night and home promotion favourites the International Home Wrecking Crew (IHWC) and boy does LuFisto chop the hell out of Jetta’s chest.

Despite losing the fall, The Suicide Blondes left a lasting impression on the Shimmer tag team division and were one of the stand out teams of the night (just behind the debuting Pink Ladies).

I guess the main way they made an impact within women’s singles and tag team wrestling is through their cute appearance.

Neither lady looks dangerous or has a menacing demeanour when they enter the ring or in the early going of a match but when they need to turn it on they do it well.

2008: The Taming of the Panther?

This is one of the greatest matches I’ve seen LuFisto wrestle in throughout her career. Forget the hardcore, forget the highflying and forget about anything you’ve seen before in women’s wrestling. One of the greatest matches I’ve seen out of two women is this one. If LuFisto’s transition from hardcore wrestling to serious in ring competition was ever in doubt then this match proves she can go. The match in question is LuFisto taking on The Croatian Panther; Wesna Busic.

Enough of the hype, both women get 100% credit as it was definitely the show stealer of volume 22. It had sound technical wrestling to comedic spots and hard hitting striking. The tables were stacked against LuFisto and it was apparent the match was going to be an uphill battle. Just looking at the comparison of stats, Busic is a towering 5’9 thus giving Wesna a staggering 6 inch advantage.

The match went back and forth, inside the ring and out and both women looked to be at home brawling on the outside. From reverse hurricanrana’s to suplexes galore, this match is one for any fan of women’s wrestling.

2009: Joining the Revolution

January 10th 2009, a small building with the ring centre stage a small gathering of women stood, there stood the Female Revolution. From Del Rey to Sassy Stephie, the ring was to play host to a strong bunch of women, from all over the United States and Canada. This was to be the premiere show of JAPW’s women’s division. This is the Female Revolution.

Main eventing the debut women’s show for a promotion shows how far LuFisto has progressed over her tenure in the wrestling industry. Being ranked up there with Sara Del Rey, ODB and Daizee Haze is a showing of the calibre wrestler she is.

On to the match; a Last Woman Standing match against the effervescent ODB and it saw some good brawling spots and a great table bump. The weight of expectation wasn’t enough to put the French Canadian off her stride.

Despite a failed attempt at spraying ODB with a can of soda, the match was an all round great contest with each woman put the other over well. This was a deserving main event and has certainly set a bar that will likely be contested each and every time JAPW puts on a female match.

2009: Rattling the Rookie and Punishing the Panther

The 23rd Shimmer taping took place on May 2, 2009 and on the card was young upstart; “The Rate Tank” Kellie Skater. After running her mouth to the crowd stating how good she was, Skater challenged anyone in the back to a match. Out walks LuFisto and she taught the young and promising Rookie a lesson.

The next night and the twenty fourth taping of the DVD series saw the Super Hardcore Anime take it to Wesna Busic who had Annie Social at ring side.

The match was to be a rematch from Volume 22, which was mentioned previously. This was a good match but with a Dusty finish through interference.

2009: Manipulating MsChif and a Shimmer title shot

Shimmer Vol. 26 and the first segment with LuFisto sees her asking MsChif a lot of questions to which she replies “yes” to each and every one. This wasn’t to bode well for the champ as she finally says yes to a title match later that night. Before realising what she had agreed to in the midst of tedious questions LuFisto was out of the shot. But certainly not out of the mind of the champion.

LuFisto was set to be the 11th title defence of MsChif and it was to be the first match ever between the two. The match dynamic was different compared to most others on the card that night.

This is due to the split reaction from the crowd who were split down the middle. Despite the booking of two baby faces the match was a winner amongst the fans and full credit goes to both women in that match.

2009: Daizee Meets Pegaboo

I usually don’t buy ROH pay per views as I’m not too interested in their product but I went out on a limb and recently bought their Contention DVD. The sole reason for the purchase was for the Daizee Haze vs. LuFisto match after reading some reviews online.

I was not disappointed; despite the crowd being quiet at times it was a great match up in Montreal. What would have made it better was if they were to keep the pace quicker as that seemed to be what the crowd preferred but more importantly in the match we saw Lu’ debut in ROH as a heel.

The opening seconds of the match were the most eerie as LuFisto came out with her “manager” Pegaboo. For anyone who doesn’t know; Pegaboo is a freaky looking plastic doll.

As the Haze holds out her hand for the shake, ‘Fisto slaps the head of Pegaboo into the hand of Daizee and so begins the match after blind sighting a surprised Haze. If you get the chance to watch this match, despite it being short it is a great all around match.

2009 - ????: The Future

This takes us to the end of the road for this career retrospective. My final thoughts on the career of Genny Goulet, from the death matches to being one of the most successful women in a male dominated sport is that she remains as down to earth and willing to interact with fans.

So here’s hoping that the next 10 years of LuFisto’s career are as fulfilling for her as it is entertaining for the fans. Before this ends I want to leave you with something from her own Myspace and a quote from “A day in the life of LuFisto at CBC.”

“Heroes are people who usually save you from a bad situation, people you admire.” She a hero of mine in the ring and outside: “I’m teaching now, I’m giving back and I’m teaching people something. I’m keeping the kid’s off the streets” That’s the reason why LuFisto is a hero, an entertainer and a role model.

Until next time check out a special interview with the Super Hardcore Animé herself here at Off the Record.

- Steven D

[Disclaimer] Thank you to Jeff Gorman for the pre post edit and help.

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