APRIL HUNTER - 2004
|PRO WRESTLER APRIL HUNTER|
Have tights, will travel!
Biggest Wins -my
very first pin was Simon Diamond in an intergender tag match with himself and
Dawn Marie. Favorite wins include defeating Taylor Matheny, getting Nikki Roxx
to tap out, pinning Edward G. Xstacy in a tag match with ONS, leading Slyk to
win both the ACW Heavyweight Title by defeating Chris Hamrick and the Jersey All
Pro Heavyweight Title by defeating Homicide.
Favorites to work with -
Sumie Sakai, Homicide, Trinity, Ariel, Shimoda, Dan Maff, Chris Hamrick,
Frankie Kazarian, John Walters, “Tough Enough” Taylor Matheny, Dylan Cage
|I started out as a showgirl,
then fitness model. I went on to WCW where I was one of the original n.
W.o. girls. I was a valet for Scott Steiner (yes, I was a ‘Freak’),
Jeff Jarrett, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Bret Hart and the Harris Brothers.
After that-and now still-I am getting full training at Kowalski’s and
working the indies.
At the time of writing this, I’ve been in the wrestling business for about 2.5 years, but really, only 1 year. That’s all I’ve been doing Indies, which are the “minor league” independent shows. I’ve made lots of mistakes, but hopefully have grown up a bit and learned from them. I travel all over on most weekends and do shows, trying to gather experience in front of a live crowd and perfect what I do. It’s not uncommon for me to travel 6-8 hours to spend all of six minutes in the ring. I work managing my travel partner “Slyk” Wagner Brown, as a tag team (Team SWB & Big Red) and/or will do singles matches. I’ll tape the action, watch it back quite a few times, cringe and learn. Doing these shows also gives me a chance to meet fans from all over, too.
I mostly play a heel (bad guy)-and prefer to, but can also work as a face. My character is tough, cocky, arrogant, annoying, thinks she’s “all that”, knows everything, that everyone owes her something, and is under the delusion that she can kick anyone’s ass. Male or female.
I’m currently booked with “Slyk” Wagner Brown, who is the head trainer at Killer Kowalski’s Wrestling School. (www.slykwagnerbrown.com) We are a hot, interracial heel team people love to hate. With Slyk’s cockiness, but excellent high flying/technical wrestling style, fans more often seem to end up cheering him. The ladies love him and the guys want to BE him. Especially with “The Prize” April Hunter on his side. When I manage, I don’t just stand pretty at ringside. I’m very involved in the matches and usually have a lot to do with the outcome. Feel free to check out our video clips, and SWB has more on his own site in SWB TV. Slyk and I also offer full-length videos for sale. Often I’m booked to manage him and work with one of the feds ladies as well. If you’re interested, drop me an email. We are based out of Boston, MA.
Q & A WITH APRIL HUNTER
This month we are with the lovely April Hunter, she is a Wrestler, Model, and even a Writer, she combines brains and brawn into one sexy package. We are privileged that she was able to squeeze in this Q & A session for us, especially since she has been feeling under the weather at the time of this interview.
April, thank you for joining us today, I know that you are dealing with your Bronchitis so I will try to make it short and sweet, so you can get your rest.
AH: I was a valet for WCW and our
check in time was 1 pm. I used to sit in the arena and watch the
cruiserweights work on new moves and wish I could do that, too.
AH: I was scared. I went to an
all-male school and was very self conscious at first.
AH: I came up with it. It's not so
much a gimmick as it is an exaggeration of my personality. I'm not a
great actor, so figured that was the best way to go.
AH: I was the overprotective sister to
a wrestler. I was the brawn and athlete, he was the brain. That ran it's
course and I began to work with Slyk Wagner Brown at the same time.
People seemed to respond to us well, so we kept going.
AH: My home and one of my favorite
promotions is Jersey All Pro. I also work ROH, WXW, up and down the east
coast and overseas in Japan and Great Britain.
AH: I work on computers doing video
editing. Gold's Gym and Barnes and Noble have big parts in my life as I
spend a lot of time at both. Am a big book and movie fan.
AH: I would be content if I could pay
the bills, but the money on the Indies doesn't exactly allow that. Other
than that minor complaint...
AH: No. I like wrestling and got into
it for that. I would say "I'd like to write a book" but 2372
people beat me to it already.
AH: It's good and bad. It'll push us
to work hard and not take a day off, but it also jades the audience, who
may only be happy when someone nearly (or does) kills them self.
AH: Considering it's the main place I
work, I think it's great. Not unlike Indy brands, the Indies have a lot
to offer fans of wrestling.
AH: More competition. More federations
on the top level. When we lost the feds, we, as wrestlers, lost both a
lot of work and power. And less politics. People who are good at what
they do should be allowed to rise. Too many are blocked from doing just
that. There are a lot of guys who may become the 'best athletes you've
never heard of' simply because someone else's position is threatened.
Rather than doing what's good for the federation/company as a whole,
what often ends up is weaker talent remaining on the main events because
AH: I like good food, soft sheets, hot
showers, my mom, ice cream, a good book, not having to get up in the
morning and when my car runs. I hate smoking, humidity, having to fly
(not the flying, but entire process of getting on and off planes, crap
food, ignorant people and being cramped), HMO, people who can't seem to
figure out that they don't have EZ Pass before they get in the EZ Pass
lane, cell phones and doing laundry. I'm half Italian, half
British/Scottish, both sides of my family were born in their respective
countries. I was conceived in Hawaii, born in Philadelphia and raised
off of military bases. I can understand Italian and have a great British
accent. We moved around a lot but Philly is home to me. I have a cool
cat, wish I was thinner, am not married, pay too much for rent, went to
college for English and Chemistry, am currently doing nothing with
either English or Chem except getting Jeopardy questions right, love
tacky, glittery makeup and really am a natural redhead.
AH: I hit the gym 3-5 times a week, as
much as time allows. I'll usually do 2 body parts a day, plus abs and
30-50 mins of cardio. I used to train 2-3 times a week in the ring, too,
but our school recently closed. That does suck for me. Right after it
closed, I went to Japan to train and tour for a month, but now I'm
AH: No one, really, but I do admire a
lot of different people who influence(d) me. A.J. Styles, Akino, Mima
Shimoda, Cima, Eddie Guererro, Kurt Angle, Tajiri,Chris Daniels, Chyna,
Essa Rios, Papi Chulo, Dean Malenko.
AH: Well, you wanted this interview
pretty quickly, and I had Bronchitis all week, so it's late. Because of
that, it's probably lacking somewhat in entertaining values, but I'm
hacking, so I'm sorry!!If you want anecdotes and dirty jokes, sign up
for my weekly newsletter on my site. It's free and I put together
stories and ribs from each road trip. http://www.aprilhunter.com (Or get
the uncensored versions in my Members area!)
April, I have to thank you again for letting us conduct this interview with you especially when you have been dealing with your Bronchitis, Hope that you feel better and I am sure that our next interview will touch on other subjects that we can elaborate on. Make sure to visit April Hunter's website and get the latest and see what beauty and strength is all about. We urge those promoters that have yet to bring in April Hunter and Slyk Wagner Brown to do so, it may increase your box office receipts.
Photos Courtesy of April Hunter
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