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lipstick and dynamiteFor most wrestling fans today, there is nothing strange about seeing women (or Divas as they are called today) in professional wrestling in this day and age. What if I told you that there was once a time when it wasn’t common place to see that? What if I told you that womens wrestling was banned in some of the states of this country? Well, it’s true and I decided to watch a documentary from Ruth Leitman called Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies Of Wrestling for this week’s Wrestling Docs. The documentary follows the original women who broke the barrier in the sport of professional wrestling through testimony from the like of Fabulous Moolah, Ella Waldek, Mae Young, Gladys “Killem” Gillem, Rita Cortez-Lee, Ida May Martinez, Penny Banner, and so many more though some amazing archived footage like Classy Freddie Blassie, Captain Lou Albano, Mildred Burke, and so many more.

mae youngThere is a lot of great footage of early women’s wrestling in this documentary and some great stories from the ones who paved the way for everyone else like the great and late Mae Young and the late Fabulous Moolah. It does seem however when you watch this doc, that you’ll figure out that Moolah was really liked by a lot of the girls. You’ll also find out how mistreated some of these ladies were by the male promoters in the business as well as learning about a lot of them like Billy Wolfe, Jack Pfefer, and so many more. These women sacrificed so much for the supermodel age that we are used to seeing today, but there is always a group that has to so that everyone else will benefit. The film also follows a lot of ladies who bicker about anything and a lot of them have issues with each other as I said before, but that doesn’t mean the stories aren’t cool to hear. I am going to give the documentary a B for a final grade.