I recently did an article about getting in touch with our inner roots of pro wrestling. It turned out to be bigger success then I honestly thought it would be. That inspired me to try to get back to my roots myself. As a kid, I was taken to a lot of indie shows. It was those shows that would turn me into the fan I am today.
I think it would only be right to see more Indy stuff put out on the net. So I've decided to do a weekly spotlight on the many talented indie wrestlers out there today. I hope that all of you enjoy it and take some time to check out some of these wrestlers' matches.
Today’s spotlight will be on one of the most talented young ladies ever to grace the ring. She is not only a wrestler, but also a musician and an artist. She is one of the sweetest people you will ever meet outside the ring.
Inside the ring, however, she is an absolute beast. She has wrestled hardcore matches, death matches, and has accomplished many great achievements in her 10-plus years in the indies.
She also made her mark by mixing it up with the men more than women in the ring.
The woman I am referring to is none other than indie great LuFisto. She has been seen all over the world tearing it up in the ring. Whether it was in the U.S, Mexico, or the land of the rising sun, this lovely young lady would always leave a good impression.
Genny Goulet was born 1980 in Sorel, Quebec, Canada. This talented young lady has gone on to achieve many accomplishments outside of the ring. Whether it was music, art or with computers, this queen of the ring is certainly multi-talented.
Her love for the ring though surpasses them all. She would start her career in 1997 when she started training with P. Marchessault and P. Lewis in Sorel. She would start her career as "Precious Lucy," a ring valet for Steve Ramsey.
Goulet would realize quickly though that being a valet was just not meant for her. Her heart and desire was in the ring, not as a spectator looking in. She would make her first in-ring debut in mid-1997 as a gloomy character named "Lucifer."
It was a character that was more than a ring name as it also reflected some of her insecurities and personal feelings.
"Lucifer was inspired especially by my teacher's new gimmick. When he changed his character for 'The Devil's Machine' I thought that Lucifer would be a perfect manager for him (and wrestler later)."
"I was dressed in black only, and I was not smiling a lot although I was complaining all the time to make the crowd angry. My entrance music was 'Darth Vader's Imperial March.' I just love Star Wars and I always had a big fascination about the Dark Side and death."
"Maybe that's because my father died when I was so young. That's the main reason why I loved the Undertaker so much. There was a bit of myself in his character."
"The color [of Lucifer's clothing], black, was also to hide my body. I didn't like the way I looked back then, and it was really hard for me to go out there and perform looking the way I used to.
"I used to be 187 pounds of pure fat. I just hated myself; that character just represented the way I felt about myself."
She was soon turning heads at the young age of 19 with her ring work, and quickly was making a name for herself. In 1999, she was at the top of her game and making TV and was moving higher up the ladder fast.
It was a bittersweet accomplishment, though, because she didn’t like how the promoters in the EWA were pushing her. She felt constricted and was being limited by the brass as far as what she could say or do.
"He wanted me to be his 'Miss Elizabeth' and I tried very hard but couldn't," in regards to the image Jacques Rougeau had set out to derive from her at IW2000. "I could not use chairs, tables, nothing I like."
"It had to be a family show and in the year 2000, I think this thing is way behind. I'm not judging his ideas, it's just that I don't feel good being involved in things I don't like or don't believe in. I felt like I was being held back."
"Plus, Jacques didn't want me to wrestle for anybody else but [at the same time] he is producing only two to three shows a year. I love my job too much to only wrestle two or three times a year."
In 2001, LuFisto would go on to have a year that would ultimately carve her name in stone. She would be pitted against 433-pounder J.C. Owens in a series of matches.
She also would get into an angle where she wrestled none other than Tony Atlas.
During her matches with Atlas, she would learn the art of working stiff. It was Atlas who would push her to work this style. During their matches, she would often kick and punch Atlas in the face, leaving him bloodied and scared.
"As he was wrestling another guy, I showed up, spit on him, kicked him, and punched him many times in the face for real. This whole thing was to set up a shoot match between the two of us," Lucy stated about the initial proceedings of the "angle."
She then jokingly backed her stiff in-ring action against Atlas by outlining that "Tony liked to get hit, what I can say?"
Her matches with Atlas would be a major influence in her style of wrestling throughout her career. She is now known in the business as the queen of hardcore. It is a name that she carries like a badge of honor.
In 2002, LuFisto’s career would be caught in a web of controversy. She was scheduled to appear in the main event of the "Blood Sweat and Ears" against Bill Skullion. The athletics committee would step in and stop the match, though.
The regulation in question stipulates that under regulation 52, part 4, line 85 of the Athletics Acts, "No person shall hold a professional contest or exhibition of wrestling where male and female wrestlers are in the ring at the same time.
Since she mostly wrestled men at the time, this ended up with her ultimately being banned in Ontario. It was a ruling that hurt and infuriated LuFisto.
"I really thought it was a joke, this is wrestling. I've been performing against guys for 5-1/2 years and never got hurt." Lucy continued, "The regulation itself is discriminatory. I can't perform with the workers of my choice in an entertainment business."
After being banned in Ontario, she decided to get involved in the training aspect of wrestling. She would start working with the NWA and train new talent. That didn’t mean she was hanging up the boots, though.
In 2003, she would venture into new territories. This time it would be over in the Land of the Rising Sun. When she arrived, she would live and train at the Arsion Dojo. While living there she would luck out and be roomies with fellow North American wrestler Sara Del Ray.
"I'm glad she was the one that made the tour with me. Each of us had a task: She would do the laundry; I would cook and clean our room. It was really easy to live with her."
"Also, not only is she a good wrestler but she also has a very good vision of what this business is about."
In Japan, she would have to adapt to a whole new style of wrestling. A style that would make her work on her technical skills in the ring, although she was already a good technical wrestler, she would learn a lot from her time in Japan.
Her debut match in Japan would be on Aug. 25th against Gumi at Korakuen Hall. She would have an outstanding match that would wind up being one of the staples of her career. It would be an experience that she would never forget.
Her tour would be cut short though after an injury to her already bad knee. It would happen during training as she was climbing the ropes; her left knee would bend the wrong way and cause a severe tear.
While this might automatically put some on the shelf, Goulet would try to work through the pain and wrestle a few more shows. She would finally head home after receiving some advice from a good source.
"I couldn't feel my toes and the knee was starting to turn black so I called my mom, who's a nurse, and explained my problem. She strongly advised that if I wanted to do any sport in the future, I should go back home and see my orthopedist as soon as possible before it would get worse."
"So I told Mariko Yoshida about what my mom had said and she admitted that, from her personal experience and because her mom is a nurse, too, and that she learned a lot from her, it was safer for me to go back home."
"So I did the match, and took my shower...where I removed the tape. The back of my knee was definitely black and we could see some veins or whatever it was...it was not pretty. I then confirmed to the AtoZ people that I would prefer to go back home if it was possible."
"They told me everything was fine and that they would take care of everything. That was before they announced to me that I had to pay to change my plane ticket back home...the day before I was leaving."
In 2004, LuFisto would maintain a very light wrestling schedule. She would mostly go on that year as a trainer. She would pass along the fine art of wrestling at the Torture Chamber. Many of her students would also contend that the name definitely fit the bill.
"The students must expect pain," she explained. "Yes, you'll get hurt and there is no way to get away from it. I like to teach them the Japanese style where we hit hard and where nobody complains.
"This is not ballet and I don't want my students to learn how to dance in the ring, I want them to learn how to fight. So yes, there is discipline. However, I want them to have fun while they are learning."
She would also start to get involved behind the scenes with the CWA. Lufisto would go on to become the graphic and web designer for the company. She even went on to get a degree in multimedia designing.
LuFisto wouldn’t be done in the squared circle though. In 2006, she would return to the ring, when she started wrestling for Shimmer and CZW. It was then she would gain a ton of recognition from the U.S. fans.
On Aug. 13, 2006, she would make history by becoming the first-ever woman to win the CZW Iron Man championship. It is a major accomplishment that she still considers one of her finest moments.
She wouldn’t be done that year, though, because in October she would win the death match tournament by beating Necro Butcher, Juggulator, and Skullion. She would also not only be the first female to ever compete in a "Cage of Death match," which she would also win.
Sadly though, her back problems would get the best of her and she would be forced to forfeit the Iron Man title. She even thought that she would have to retire due to the piling injuries that have taken a toll over the years.
In 2007, she would announce her retirement on her web site. Like most wrestlers who love the business, though, she would return to the ring again. On Sept. 22, 2007, she would come out of retirement.
She would go on and continue to work for the IWS, IWA, and CZW. This only goes to show that she is a competitor who will give her all for the business. She is currently wrestling for Shimmer, where she still continues to be a big draw.
Lufisto has done more for women’s wrestling than anyone else that I can think of. She has held over a dozen titles. A good amount of the titles that were won were men’s titles. It is an honor she holds dear to her heart.
She is not only one of the greatest female wrestlers ever to compete. She may very well be the best female ever to compete in this business.
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