I was recently given the honor to interview one of the true Pioneers in the wrestling business. Women wrestlers in general have always had to overcome more to succeed. Lufisto is a not only a woman who made it in this business.
She would go on to become a legend in the squared circle. Whether it was her time in CZW, Shimmer, or just over coming her own personal struggles. Lufisto became a cult icon in the world of professional wrestling.
It is my pleasure to give you my interview with Lufisto
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At what age did you realize that you wanted to be a professional wrestler, and how supportive were your friends and family when you made that decision?
Around 14. I used to watch wrestling as a kid but I really got interested in becoming a wrestler with the Yokozuna-Undertaker feud. That’s where I really noticed that wrestling had everything I liked: sport performance, characters, performance and working with a crowd. Also, that when I discovered great women wrestlers such as Bull Nakano, Alundra Blayze and Luna Vachon. I was already playing in a band but I needed more challenge… Wrestling was the way to go!
My mom always supported me although she was and is still scared that I will get really hurt. Many members of my family didn’t understand my choice and only 2 of my friends were supportive. I was told that I was too fat, too small and just a girl… Wrestling was not for me… I wanted to prove people wrong.
I have read a few times that Benoit was one of your big influences. Who other than him did you look up to early on?
The Undertaker, Bull Nakano, Akira Hokuto and Owen Hart were my first influences.
When you wrestled your first match how bad were your first match jitters?
I was very nervous because most of the workers were laughing at me. One guy even threw water on my costume just before I went out. I didn’t like the way I looked but I took everything I had of courage and crossed the curtain. The match was OK but it would be the beginning of a very hard road to travel.
You have wrestled under many different characters. My personal favorite was your Lucifer gimmick. Was that your own idea and if so how did it come about?
My teacher needed a manager and his name was Devil’s Machine… Lucifer was then the perfect name. It was based on Morticia Adams and the Undertaker, two of my favorite characters then. I kept the gimmick for a few months only and it turned into a more flamboyant devilish woman as Lucy Fer later.
In the late 90s when you were with the EWA. I remember reading real quick that you were unhappy with how they were pushing you. If you don’t mind me asking what was it you had a problem with?
I liked my time at EWA. However, they used me as a valet well, I trained to be a wrestler so I wanted to wrestle. They did let me wrestle in the end but it took very long. Sometimes you have to be patient but in the meantime, I wasn’t learning and practicing my skills in the ring.
Whose idea was it to have you mix it up with the men in the ring?
There were no other women in my area for a while so the only way I could become better as a wrestler and perfect my craft was to wrestle against the guys. I was the only girl in my first wrestling classes so it wasn’t anything new to me. A few promoters were not too happy about the idea but a few were… I kept doing it since…
When you wrestled your first man in the ring, which was more nervous you are the guy?
I can’t remember… That was a long time ago… I can’t say who was more nervous but I know I was. I wanted to be credible against a male opponent and have a great match with him.
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