Guest Blogger Diana Desiderio, in her own words, provides us with a glimpse in to the sporting world of women who wrestle…….
“It’s very hard to believe that it has been almost five years since I hit the ring. Growing up in Philadelphia presented a fairly tough upbringing. So why not take the beating with the guts and the glory? In my early 20′s, I was offered an opportunity to train with a lot of well known names on the Indy circuit. Being a native of South Philly, a lot of the greats that you see today came out of Water and Ritner Streets, where the old ECW venue still remains. Without thinking twice, I fell into training three times a week and doing shows every week for next to peanuts all for the love of the labor involved in the sport.
When your involved in what is traditionally considered a “mans sport”, you got to take it like a man. Eventually, I worked for a pay-per-view women’s federation, a completely different world opened up to me there, more glitz and glamour. As my ring savy progressed, I was getting noticed more and more, even on the streets, it was a good feeling. So I contacted a friend of mine who is the producer for the Howard Stern Show. At that time, I was part of the infamous tag team called “Hells Belles”, including the illustrious Annie Social. We were on a roll.
We both worked very hard to try and make in an industry that is very hard for women to be taken seriously, for the skills we possess in the ring.
Unfortunately, during a match, I was badly injured and was forced to resign from my love of taking hard hits. It has been my honor and privilege to have fought with the best of them. It’s even greater to have stories to tell the grand kids.”