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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD July 9. 1974 Pm an says woman wrestler Is there room in a world full of flying body head figure four leg locks and drop kicks for a pret- ty 20-year-old woman. Susan Green says there is. She is a professional wrestler. aren't many other pro sports for girls that have the body contact and the one-on-one type of competitiveness that wrestling has except maybe the roller Susan says. like the challenge of wrestling. It's a sport where you don't have to rely on anyone else If you lose it's your fault. I love the travelling that's involved too Susan travels over miles a year by car plus thousands more by plane She has wrestled all through North America and Europe as well as in Hong Kong and Japan I was in Japan and Hong Kong I had to fight girls that would use karate and judo and that really scared me because I know nothing about that kind of stuff Susan Green was made to order for pro wrestling. She stands six-foot one- inch and weighs 174 pounds She first stepped into a wrestling ring at Corpus Texas on August her 17th birthday. lost that first fight I was so scared my knees were knocking out the national she laughs took me to my first wrestling match when I was just a young kid. I didn't want to go but mum made me She threatened me by saying no baseball for a week So I went never missed a match for the next 10 years I just love wrestling. In fact it was my dad who helped me get started in the Susan says Exercise is an integral part of Susan's life jump- ing rope and jogging are all daily routines When the opportunity presents itself she works out in a gym lifting weights She usually works with 150 pounds but has pressed as much as 250 pounds in a single lift. Pro wrestling gained Susan through the unavailability of a professional out- let for Susan's favorite swim- ming love water sports. The competition is like one-on-one went to the Junior Olympics with the Texas Hustler swim team and if swimming had professionals I probably would be a swimmer instead of a wrestler. Susan turned to wrestling after spending three short weeks in college on a swimming scholarship turned my back on rny swimming coach when a promoter told me he could get me some big bouts and offered a trip to Hawaii. So I left swimming to go after the money in She wrestles about eight months out of the year and says she earns anywhere from a year up. I Not bad for just a She was and still makes ner permanent in Texas. Susan claims she was the original have two brothers and two sisters and I always tried to keep up to particularly the chas- ing pigs or chickens and riding Everyone at school used to run scared when Susan came around. They even said she was even too rough for the football team. Being and on the road hasn't caused any problems that Susan can't handle. had no real problems from including the other wrestlers. I just tell them to buzz off if they're bothering me and that's usually all it Susan considers her height to be her greatest asset in the ring. Most of the other girls are shorter and she uses her height and reach to good advantage. Good girl Susan at work that's the villain of the match on the bottom injuries are a deterrent She has suf- fered cracked broken a concussion and numerous scrapes and bruises but her main problem has been a trick left knee hurt the knee in high school and it bothers me from time to time and just recently I twisted it badly and tore some ligaments in a motorcycle wreck She keeps it taped while in the ring but finds it provides a ready target for her opponent to work on during the match I get a girl in trouble in a match I try to finish her with a back- breaker or bull dog but since my knee has gone bad I don't have the photos by Garry Allison T lira in a cnrtrt strength in that leg to support a girl when I lift her or to put enough power in my bull dog hold. But it'll come Wrestling fans are different from the usual sports feeling free to abuse the competitors both verbally and physically. fans want to know what girl wrestlers look like so that brings them out to the matches They seem disap- pointed when we aren't all hairy and burly like the Susan feels the average fan believes wrestling is on the up and even if they say they think it's only a show. am an not an entertainer. I'll admit there is a particle of showmanship in the but I've been carried out of that ring on a stretcher and I don't consider being hurt that bad as being entertaining. An entertainer rniildn't take the Dunishment I take. I'm an Verbal abuse rolls off her back like water off a duck. people who are hollering at me are usually just letting off others picture themselves in my place They'd like to be doing what I'm doing. If people get physical with me I try to avoid a confrontation but if I have to I'll clobber them Susan accepts the bad along with the good in her wrestling from the plush dressing rooms and crowds of 000 in Madison Square Garden in New York to the litter-filled dress- ing rooms in Lethbridge with 500 people in the stands. She works on a gate percentage basis rather than a flat rate. may cost me money in some of the smaller towns but in the big places I do all she says. Susan has no idea of the number of bouts she's had over her four-year nor of the total miles put in. used to try to keep track but I'd need a full time bookkeeper to do Susan will contact a telling him her services are then if he accepts she will sign a contract to work for that promoter for a week or whatever length of time he wants her to stay Stereotyped as a in the Susan is her own gal outside it. She believes in a live-and-let-live philosophy and while she's not against women's lib she says she'll do nothing to help it do what I go where I when I want. I live my not someone elses. I love doing what I'm doing and I'll keep doing it until I lose interest in it. I have no time for causes Susan was in Lethbridge to battle husky old foe Paula Kaye in the featured match on the card. She won the battle but lost the war when she was disqualified for illegal tactics. Though the gals shared the same spartan dressing room prior to their bout. Susan claimed there is little love loss between and it works that way with all her opponents. Though she may like some better than others she still doesn't have any idea except winn- ing when m the ring often there's a lot of tension in the dressing rooms and it can erupt after a Susan said. losing girl will usually slam things sputtering obscenities I've even been jumped from behind in the dressing room by a girl I've just beaten Separate rooms would be Women's wrestling seems to continue on the same with about 450 girls in- volved on a world-wide level. 'I'd like to see more girls get in and stay in They come in look for a fast don't find it right away and get out You've got to establish yourself before the money comes After she's through with wrestling Susan will probably turn to the roller derby She's had contacts already with some of the teams and it wouldn't take long to pick up the skating and move into the game. She'd also like to open a school to teach young girls the rudiments of wrestling Horseback riding and swimming will also take up a lot of her time and Susan has an eye on coaching the latter like to try girls' football They have a few teams now and they draw real well I played on a team in high school and I really liked it They have women's boxing too in some but I don't know about trying Marriage is something that is in the distant future for Susan. I do decide to marry you can bet it won't be to a wrestler. He'll probably want me to retire and stay at and that's not for At the top of her business she's ranked among the top 10 in the world Susan never finds her life boring. have the conception that women should be pregnant and in the kitchen. I don't go along with that I enjoy my I live it like I want to in the wrestling ;