Wymondham mother swaps the quiet life for the wrestling ring
- Credit: Roger Alarcon.
A mother from Wymondham has swapped the quiet life of the historic town for the ropes of the wrestling ring.
Emily Read, 31, now runs an all women's wrestling show called EVE, a live feminist, punk rock, underground wrestling show that is run out of a disused railway arch in Bethnal Green, London.
The mother of two took inspiration to create the show after coming up against a wave of sexism while training to become a wrestler.
She said: 'I've been a fan of wrestling since I was six, my dad used to put it on and we all complained but I became obsessed with a wrestler called Ron Simmons and I thought he was incredible and I fell in love with wrestling.
'When I was 19 I started to train to wrestle in Portsmouth, that was the only wrestling school I was aware of but there was a hefty amount of sexism, I loved wrestling but there was a lot of barriers to break down and sadly I didn't have it in me. At that time I was a 19 year old girl who had grown up in the country.'
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It was after meeting her now husband Dann Read, a wrestling promoter, that Mrs Read was able to go behind the scenes of the ring as a runner, becoming fascinated with how the shows are controlled and storylines are made.
'It was a big shock and a steep learning curve moving away from Norfolk,' Mrs Read said, 'Wynomdham is such a safe and idyllic town to grow up in but the knock on affect was it was a huge shock to go out into world.I hadn't grown up around discrimination that was so strong.
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'Once I got over the shock of it gave me such a desire to fight to stand up and say this is wrong and this is not okay, that's how I fell into the punk wrestling lifestyle. I love it, the community reminds me of Norfolk as it is so welcoming it's like I found a home away from home.'
The EVE wrestlers are given more complex storylines that allow the performers to progress through their career by giving them a platform to show off their talents.
Mrs Read said: 'The driving force is that female wrestlers deserve the same platform and opportunity as the men. In most case they are given five minutes in a features match. How can you get a main event if that's all they get. I thought it was unacceptable and I launched EVE.
'I'm not going to take it. I will stand up against them and say I'm a feminist. I'm a stubborn women. You should ever mess with a Norfolk Girl.'
For more information and for show dates click here.