Apparently I need to start checking my FaceBook feed more often, because this morning I got all excited about a competition to win tickets to this weekend’s London Film and Comic Con, with entry to a special screening of an episode of Game of Thrones, featuring live commentary by several cast members… only to check the rules, and realise that the window for entries closed last night! DAMMIT!! In case anyone’s curious, notable actresses appearing at the event include Carrie Fisher (Star Wars, 30 Rock), Helen Slater (Supergirl), Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks), Juliet Landau (Buffy, Ed Wood), plus Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer, and Ellie Kendrick from GoT. Weirdly though, the name I was most excited about was Amy Dumas, aka “Lita” of WWF/WWE Diva fame!
A friend got me into watching pro-wrestling in the late-90s just as Lita was breaking out as the valet of Essa Rios, and I had a big crush on her back in the day. I know a lot of people scoff at the sport because they think it’s all “fake”, but I prefer to think of it as “choreographed”, in the same way that any dance performance would be… I mean, just because the dancers in a fancy ballet company aren’t making it up as they go along, doesn’t take anything away from them as performers, does it? Yes, the storylines could be very silly, and the between-bout acting was often unconvincing, but the outsized characters were pretty entertaining, and the stamina and athleticism on display was always impressive, regardless of the match results. (Flashback to the episode of Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends show where he called a couple of WCW wrestlers fake, and they made him train alongside them until he puked his guts out. Eep!)
I kinda lost interest after Ch4 stopped broadcasting Heat on Sunday afternoons, but since then Dumas has written a best-selling memoir, been inducted into the wrestling Hall of Fame, and also forged a new career as the lead singer of a punk rock group called The Luchagors, whose awesome self-titled album is blasting through my speakers even as I type this! Sadly, checking their FB page this morning, I discovered that they’re playing their “last show ever” at the end of the month (in Atlanta)… so it looks like I’m missing out on all kinds of fun this summer!