Okay so if you’re big into wrestling and in the NY area you should be familiar with September’s intergender match incident at Tier 1 Wrestling.
August 19th, was supposed to be a remarkable match between friends “Bonesaw” Jessie Brooks and “The American Villian” Marc Hauss in Brooklyn, however, things turned left.
If you’ve read previous reports you should know that the match was actually stopped by a rep from the NYS Athletic Commision, Mr.Orlando; who believed inter-gender matches were illegal.
You can watch the incident in the video above that includes the reffree, Kris Levin blatantly calling his actions “sexist.”
I actually spoke to Marc, Kris and Jessie and reviewed the entire incident with them. Though they still continued with the match, something like this is still surprising as there is no way Mr.Orlando couldn’t of known about this match. They are posted everywhere, they are approved.
There is also no special rules or regulations against men versing women.
So what was Mr.Orlando doing?
Despite the situation, all three of them handled it with poise. They refuse to let something like this tear them down. Kris has been dealing with social media comments with respect; Marc has been more than open to talking about this experience; and Jessie just overall is serving as a role model and a kick ass wrestler.
Encourage these guys to keep it pushing and dont forget to read the Q&A below.
A: Hundreds. I haven’t kept track as good as I would have liked, but in the last few years the ratio has been pretty high in the win column.
A: The first half of my career was mostly women, the second half has been mostly men.
A: All the time, but that’s why I train – to get better. I want to be the best.
A: When I was in junior high school we had an assignment where we wrote what we wanted to be – I wrote professional wrestler. I grew up watching it. It’s hard to explain why, it’s just something I needed to do.
A: No. I’ve had experiences where promoters told me to wear skimpier outfits or wear more make-up – requests which I promptly denied. I’ve also had experiences outside of wrestling where I’ve told people I was a professional wrestler and was met with an incredulous, “you?!”
A: I was really upset by it. For one that they would think that something like that was an okay thing to do, even if it was a rule – which it wasn’t. Two, because the match almost didn’t happen. They prolonged the judgment for so long that I didn’t think that this match was going to happen that I was looking forward to. It affected my focus a bit, but I didn’t want them to take anything else from me that night.
A: In general? We met after we had both been involved in the business for several years already. So long as she is happy and healthy, I am fine with it. If you mean in reference to wrestling that night? I was incredibly proud of her, because with what happened it was so much more important than just a match. It was a statement against sexism and bullying that transcended professional wrestling.
A: I would guess around one hundred, but the number may be higher than that.
Q: What is your opinion on intergender matches?A: As long as it is safe and it makes sense from a creative aspect, anything in relatively fair taste between consenting adults is fair game so far as I am concerned.
A: Yes. I had the opportunity to publicly call Mr. Robert Orlando (and Ms. Dorothea Perry) out for blatant sexism, dress him down face-to-face backstage for his incompetence, felt the euphoria of beating the system that very night when their lawyer relented and allowed the match to continue, and have since spent a considerable amount of time publicly embarrassing them and the NYSAC. That’s my idea of a good time.
A: I’ve heard of the NYSAC stopping matches before, even stopping a friend’s match a few months back for having too many “dives” – a common occurrence on virtually any wrestling show. This was actually the same inspector, Mr. Robert Orlando, who did it. I’ve personally been in the ring refereeing a match years ago in Brooklyn when, you guessed it, Mr. Robert Orlando sent in a flood of police officers to shut down an event that allegedly had licensing issues (why police were needed, I have no idea). Aside from Mr. Orlando, respected independent veteran LuFisto once had an intergender match shut down by the SAC in Canada, which followed in a four year court case that resulted in getting the SAC out of wrestling in that area: