It's been years in the making but producer Chris Bournea's much anticipated wrestling documentary "Lady Wrestler: The Amazing. Untold Story of African-American Women In The Ring" is now available for preorder, online.
The film chronicles the story of three sisters named Babs Wingo, Ethel Johnson and Marva Scott, African-American women who garnered international success with their athletic grace and distinctive style decades before another African-American “sister act” — Venus and Serena Williams —captured the world's attention by doing the same.
As teenagers in the 1950s, Babs, Ethel and Marva were recruited by famed wrestling promoter Billy Wolfe, who was described in the press as the “self-made Maharajah of Muscle who had lifted women's wrestling out of the murky confines of carnivals and burlesques to make it one of the top-drawing attractions in America.”
Wolfe's operation was based in Columbus, Ohio —Babs, Ethel and Marva’s hometown, and where Lady Wrestler director Chris Bournea was born and raised.
As African-American women, Babs, Ethel and Marva were in a unique position, not only battling sexism, but racism as well to succeed in the male dominated world of professional wrestling in the 50's, 60's and 70's.
In addition to the grappling sisters from Ohio, dozens of other, seemingly forgotten African-American women's wrestling trailblazers are profiled in the film as well.
A digital copy of the movie is yours to keep by preordering the film now for $12.99 US at www.ladywrestlermovie.com.