Sue Sexton - 21st May 2003
What's your background?
in Australia, Perth, small town, started learning
out of boredom and needing to get out of the house.
No one else in my family did anything like this, just
the normal type jobs. My dad wanted a son and had
me riding horse from the age of 5, so I programmed
pretty well to move into a "man's world."
and why did you get in the wrestling business?
to the matches at Perry Lake
Stadium one night and saw an ad on the side
of the ring for a wrestling gym so called and started
learning with a guys club. There were no women wrestling
in the state of Western Australia, just me. I had
to go and find and train a girl to wrestle if I wanted
to be included on the guys local shows. I had watched
wrestling my whole life, and had been riding horses
since I was 5, so when I saw the sign on the ring
it seemed like a good way to get out of the house.
Musa the Turk.
He wrestled in England most of his career. He was
old school and knew all the great technical moves
are the worst injures you encountered?
coxit when in Japan, being knocked unconscious didn't
particularly appeal to me either. Dislocated jaw stayed
with me for a long time also.
are your stats?
Height, 5' 6" Weight in the "day" 150lbs,
now 121 lbs.
have you found to be the better promoters?
For the most part promoters are sharks, and I don't
mean to be insulting to sharks. There have been a
couple of small time guys who did the promoting as
a way of being involved with the sport that would
treat you with some respect, or another wrestler putting
on a show, would often be fair with you, but for the
most part you were happy to get paid what you were
championships have you won, and what do they mean
I was the L.P.W.A champ
for four and a half years, it was nice to have a little
be of clout, and it's hard not to buy into it when
your the "champion"but once it's over, it's
over. But being a champion was a lifetime goal, so
I was glad to reach it, for whatever it was worth.
are a few of your favorite opponents and matches?
I loved wrestling people like Lelani
Kai, Judy Martin or Velvet
McIntyre. I also enjoyed some of the matches
with really green girls who were hungry to learn.
The match was more of a "classroom" and
I love the art of wrestling so much, any chance to
pass it on, I seize it. I had very few opportunities
to use most of the moves I knew because the American
girls didn't know them, and the match would just go
no where. Wrestling is like a dance, the other person
needs to know the reversals or the "get outs"
for the match to move forward, and if the hold wasn't
a finishing hold, merely a strategic hold and they
didn't know what to do with it, you just had to let
the hold go and start again. It could be frustrating
media coverage have you previously received?
in lots of wrestling magazines, even before I left
Australia. Did the Mike Douglas
show, that was a 100 years ago, other stuff,
probably tons I don't even know about.
TV shows have you appeared on?
Douglas, some celebrity shows in Australia, like fund
raisers that sort of thing. Not having a press person,
I didn't get a lot of the promotional exposure that
other athletes received.
information can you share about the wrestling business
that may not have been documented in book or wrestling
documentary so far?
me it is a lot like other "creative" careers.
The only time it means anything was when you were
in the ring "doing your thing" and also
for me, when I was training people who were hungry
to learn. It's a tough sport, beyond the physical
aspect. You have to toughen up inside, close off your
heart, and every one is your enemy and your friend,
usually at the same time. It's the kind of life that
takes over every aspect of your whole existence. Everything
is your life is somehow connected to wrestling and
you find yourself unaware of what is going on out
in the world that isn't directly related. News, new
bands, trends, you get out of rhythm with world as
a whole. It can feel like family when it's working
for you, and like you are trapped in a place you can't
get out of when it's not working for you.
is the biggest misconception about you?
knows? I stay away from the main stream places where
people run into the fans a lot. I'm surprised how
many people have been following my career, especially
when they contact me through my website. But, I know
I'm not sounding like a lot of fun, but wrestling
was what I did and outside opinion never concerned
and why did you expand your skill set to include writing,
acting and metaphysical practices?
have been psychic. Shut it down for a lot of my life
because it caused me feel more weird than I already
did. Tough question. Came to a point in my life where
the wrestling wasn't happening anymore and I needed
answers. I needed to survive, to transition to my
next step and I turned to metaphysics and acting as
options, and it turned out I was good at them. Writing
was just a natural progression.
motivates and inspires you?
motivates and inspires me is watching people grow
and "get it". Get life, get what they are
doing that is not working for them and making the
changes to move past it. To watch people become more
tolerant and compassionate. To be given the opportunity
to effect someone's life in a positive way whether
through my writing, readings or wrestling. To watch
myself grow also. To look back on my life, and see
how far I have come from point A, and pretty much,
by my own doing.
is the best advice you have ever been given?
think in the context of wrestling, when the L.P.W.A
wanted me to be a "good guy" champion and
I ran into Greg Valentine,
and I asked him, what did he do when he had to become
the "good guy" and his answer was, "
don't change anything." Wrestle the same you
always have, and the let the crowd decide whether
or not your the "good guy."
do you do to relax?
Ah yoga, hide out at my house, walk my dogs. Write.
plans to return to Australia?
love to return to Australia. No plans, but yeah it
would be cool. Actually I have a film I have written
that starts in Australia and moves to America, I 'm
hoping when I get that off the ground, I'll be able
to visit then.
else would you like to share with our audience?
that is it nice to do something for an Australia media
company. For the most part I don't think Australians
even know my name. That makes me sad. When I started
everything about me promoted Australia from my boots,
to my ring jackets to my image, I was determined to
put Australia on the map as far as women wrestlers
went, and for the rest of the world I did, but Australians
don't know and probably for the most part don't care.
But I wouldn't change a thing about it, and I will
always hold being Aussie as my "flag," and
that's what counts the most.
if you want to get an interview with my trainer, write
me and e-mail and I will forward it to him for you.
I'm also attaching an article that I wrote for a metaphysical
magazine about how I went from wrestling to the spiritual
path, best Sue aka Shanon.
- 4th April 2004
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Kai tribute website by Greg Tingle
Action official website
Test - 5th January 2004
Glory Days of Australian Professional Wrestling (project)
WARRIOR TO SPIRITUAL WARRIOR
was born in Perth, Western Australia. The product
of a disrupted childhood, I developed different gifts
just to survive my physical reality that constantly
threatened me. I could always see spirit. They were
always guiding me, but I leant at an early age when
someone would ask me "what are you looking at?"
to always answer, "oh, nothing."
of the few things my family did do together was watch
the wrestling on television every Saturday. All the
greats like Bobo Brazil
and Killer Carl Cox.
It was our weekend ritual. I spent many a happy afternoon
wrestling myself out in the yard. Quiet a feat in
itself. Actually, it only looked like I was wrestling
myself, I had plenty of company!
my teens I was going to see the matches when they
came to town and this one night on the side of the
ring was a phone number and address of the people
who put up the ring. Within a week I was learning
to wrestle in the annex attached to my local church.
It was so close I could walk. The wrestling school
was run by Ali Musa the Turk,
a veteran wrestler who had wrestled extensively in
London. He taught me well, and being the only girl
I learnt to wrestle like one of the boys.
passed. I became Sue Sexton and one of the top 10
women wrestlers in the world. Held the world title,
and to this day, still the only woman wrestler to
come out of Australia and international fame.
During the wrestling days my spiritual growth was
probably non-existent. I was too busy trying to survive
physically, the spiritual world was beyond my comprehension.
But by the 1980's the wrestling was starting to dry
up for the women. I was now in New York waiting tables
and writing the music and singing with my rock band
at night. I don't know how it started, but somehow
I started getting tarot readings. I went through the
co-dependant stage of calling my reader every other
day wanting answers to my life. I'm sure I drove him
nuts. Finances forced me to become more self sufficient
and I bought my first deck and started reading for
myself. Soon all my "old friends" started
talking to me again. Back then, I was dabbling in
white magic, burning candles, casting spells. It turns
out my reader was the head of a witches convent in
lower Manhatten. Who knew?
to get work with one of the local federations I went
to Atlanta, Georgia as the south was one of few areas
where wrestling still thrived.
was scarce, so I went in search of a reader to help
me with my life. I found a place called The Inner
Space. I had never considered reading for someone
else, never the less for a living. Through a course
of events I found myself sitting in the front room
of the Inner Space day in, day out, waiting for my
chance to read someone who wandered in who wasn't
with one of the more established readers. It took
time, but I held out.
think the main thing I had to overcome as a reader:
if I was going to be of any help to anyone I had to
be okay with being the "bad guy." It was
important to me to deliver the information to the
people truthfully, not just telling them what they
wanted to hear. In order to do that I had to first
trust that my intent was pure and I was a "good
person". I had been the "bad guy" for
many years as a wrestler. I knew someone had to play
that role in order for things to play out in the way
that was necessary. I had perfected that. Trusting
I was a good person took more work. It took a lot
of work, but finally the two worlds did meet and the
physical warrior transcended into a spiritual warrior
and I've never looked back.
(Credit: Glory Wrestling)
the mid-70s through the mid-90s, Sue Sexton was one
of the most-respected women competing in the wrestling
ring. But the name also struck fear in the hearts
of many women wrestlers who were finding out that
their opponent for the night was the tough and nasty
Ms. Sexton. Sue was quite an accomplished technical
wrestler, but she never let that stand in the way
of doing what she really liked: punishing opponents.
A heel at heart, this legendary Australian-born beauty
could dish-out the pain with the best of them...while
still holding onto the highest standards of respect
for the business. Although Sue has officially retired
from public competition, she is still active in helping
train new wrestlers who are just starting out. You
didn't think Sue Sexton could completely give up dishing
out a few bodyslams now and then, did you?!
was at the local matches in my hometown and there
was an advertisement on the side of the ring for a
wrestling club. I was intrigued by it, so I went in
and and joined! It was held in the annex of a church
and just a few blocks from my house. I was the only
girl in my town to wrestle, so I learned with the
guys. My trainer had wrestled in England and was named
Ali Musa "The Turk".
Sexton's Personal Notes...
even though I don't wrestle public shows anymore,
I still enjoy doing some training and try to pass
on some of the skills I have learned.....My life mainly
revolves around my movie writing, my spiritual work,
the readings and energy work, etc.....Many times I
just enjoy relaxing and hanging out at home.....I
miss the music industry which I used to be a part
of. That is on hold right now.....As for hobbies,
besides writing, I do yoga. I find it a lot more rewarding
than pumping iron, which is what i did when i was
wrestling full time.....I'm also hoping to get more
going on my web site for fans to buy and see.
Sexton official website
Kai Tribute website (Greg Tingle's)
Kai official website