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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Counting Down The Hours To Her Big Day - Fighting Females Interviews Stephanie Scope

Courtesy of Piledriver Online's Steve Ashfield:

What first sparked your interest in professional wrestling and what made you decide you wanted to be a wrestler rather than just a fan?

As a child I grew up with wrestling and as I became older my passion just grew! My friends would say I should become a wrestler because I talked about it so much so after about a year of thinking about it I bit the bullet and found a wrestling school in Nottingham. As I trained week after week I found it more and more exciting doing wrestling rather than watching it on TV!

Who trained you as a wrestler and what was the hardest part of that process?

Initially Keith Myatt trained me when I first started training but left after about a year of me starting. From then on Stixx was my trainer. The hardest thing in the beginning was being the only girl at the school. I found it a challenge just to try and keep up with the guys and some of them were quite hostile towards me at first until I proved I wasn’t there to mess about or be a ‘ring rat’! It was hard to fit in and be seen as a wrestler because wrestling is so male dominated but the hard work has paid off and some of those hostile guys I’m now friends with and are even coming to my upcoming wedding!

Your marriage to ‘Stixx’ is not too far away, how excited are you about the big day?

Yes not long now! August 30th is coming round fast! It’s very exciting and I can’t wait until Paul becomes my husband, it will be a very special day!

How much does it help you having your partner in the business?

There are pro’s and cons. People at shows saying ‘hi are you with Stixx?’ or not even saying hi at shows because they think I’m just his girlfriend coming to watch the show!! I’m like ‘er no I’m a wrestler in my own right!’ That really annoys me!! But being able to go to shows together and talking about a show we have just done is great, there’s nothing worse than when I hear other wrestlers on the phone back stage saying how much they miss there other half‘s so I’m fortunate to be able to spend time with him as well as doing shows!

What do you think of the women’s scene in the UK at present?

I don’t think it has enough coverage and we definitely need more women on the scene. There only seems to be handful of women up my way and a handful down south and then there are the women I can’t mention that are giving the hard working women a bad name. But I think there is a definite improvement in the way we are now treated and thought of as wrestlers compared to the guys.

How can my readers find out more about you and your career?

They can find me on Face Book or My Space under Stephanie Scope.

The full interview can be seen at http://www.piledriver-online.co.uk/ccount/click.php?id=18 in the new ‘Fighting Females’ e-zine where you’ll find out just why she’s changed her attitude in SLAM, her toughest opponents in the ring and whether she prefers to be a wrestler or a valet. Also in that edition are interviews with Terri Runnels, Mercedes Martinez, Jetta, Eden Black, Wesna, Amanda Storm, Team Blossom, WSU and more.