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LuFisto's Last Fight (translated from French)
TEXT | JUSTINE DE L'ÉGLISE - PHOTOS | VÉRONIQUE SOUCY - DENIS WONG
Published on March 9th 2020

 

Tears, sweat, blood, torn skin, broken bones ... Geneviève Goulet stopped at nothing to become LuFisto. Against all odds and with a never say die attitude, she established herself as the best wrestler in the history of Quebec.

If Geneviève has given so much, it is for two reasons: To prove that a women can do everything as well as a men, and because she believed in the saying that hard work will pay off and make her dreams come true.

She fell, she ran, broke her arm, two ribs, a kneecap and her nose ... Nine times. She has won about 30 female and male wrestling champion tournaments and belts. However, in her 23 years career, she hasn’t reached her ultimate goal: To be recruited by one of the main professional wrestling promotions like WWE, All Elite Wrestling, Ring of Honor, National Wrestling Alliance or Impact Wrestling.

It was with a touch of disappointment that she confided in me over coffee a year ago. As she looked back on her journey, the feeling of injustice was palpable. At this point in his life, her morale was low. She had just left the United States after four years, exhausted from having to fight with the American health care system to treat cancer cells on her cervix. She was battling depression at the same time and was on the verge of divorcing her husband. There were just no sparks in her eyes anymore. After about an hour and a half interview, she ended up wondering out loud if she should not just move on to a "normal" life, calm, with her weekends off and her cats.

She was telling me all this without knowing that her life was about to turn upside down.

Four days later, I go to Ottawa to attend Femmes Fatales, an all-female wrestling promotion with the main event featuring LuFisto. When I arrive at the scene, at the end of the afternoon, I realize that something is wrong. People come and go in a frantic way, talking to each other in agitation, looking panicked.

I tell a person that I am here to meet LuFisto. "She is not here. She had an accident. She is at the hospital."

It's so stupid that it's almost annoying - even more so for an athlete of her level.

Geneviève is at home. Wearing slippers, she slides down the stairs, her body sags, her knee takes a hit. The wrestler ices up the knee. Everything seems OK. It is while trying to put her suitcase containing her wrestling gear and make-up in the car that Geneviève hears a disturbing "Click!" Her knee swells. Pain overwhelms her body. Geneviève burst into tears on the spot, torn by the shame of having to miss a match.

As her knee swells and hurts, she fears the consequences will be serious. She is right to worry, but it is not the sprain, the problem. The verdict comes three days later: X-rays reveal that the knee is eaten away by osteoporosis. LuFisto must stop fighting very soon. It's time to retire.

When we talk about it the day after her fatal diagnosis, Geneviève does not know how to react. "I'm not ... not ready to stop," she says on the phone. She is upset. “We started from “Making a story on the journey of women's wrestling” to get to “The journey to the end of career.”

But against all odds, it wasn't a bitter retirement that got under way on February 25, 2019. It was rather a spectacular comeback. Between disappointment and resignation, between waves of love and gratitude, something extraordinary happened. Because if Geneviève Goulet has many talents, LuFisto can only do one thing: Fight.

Please note that the following text contains images which may shock you.

 

 

Imposing Herself as a Legend

“I wouldn't say I was strong, but I was strong willed. I wanted to prove people wrong so bad! ”

In 1997, Geneviève Goulet, 16, is fascinated by wrestlers like the American Alundra Blayze and the Japanese Bull Nakano, and, more broadly, by the talent and the iron discipline of the Japanese wrestlers. "The training of the women out there is so tough, it's crazy. I wanted to be like them.”

When a wrestling school opens its doors in Sorel, she decides to join.

“My friends were saying “No, you can't join, you're the only girl!” My stepfather said, "No, you're too small, you're not in good shape, this is not for you." “I made it my mission to prove to everyone that I was capable of doing it.”

The only girl in a group of guys, the teenager is introduced to wrestling. She applies herself seriously, never misses a class or an opportunity to practice. “Are we learning a new move today? She is the first to jump on her feet and try. "I wanted to show that I was not afraid, even if I think I was afraid sometimes! But I just wanted to prove them that it’s not because I was "the girl" that I wouldn't do it. "

However, her will to succeed is not unanimous. Already behind her back, people are say that she has an inflated ego.

She is only 17 years old when she participates in her first match on June 19, 1997. Just before entering the ring, one of the wrestlers pours water on her saying. “You, you will never last in this business, not even a year!” Geneviève will fight, then burst into tears. "I cried so much at first," she recalls. “I felt like a piece of trash [...] “Why are they doing this to me? I didn't do anything to them! Back then, you were constantly tested to see how tough you could be.”

And Geneviève wants to show that she is tough. She will even fight in Vermont with a broken arm in cast, not to miss any opportunity - and especially because at the time, you were not missing a fight because of an injury. Being seen as weak? No thanks.

The young woman grits her teeth and stays focused on her goal:  To become the best.


Mobster 357 is one of the first men who accepted to fight Geneviève Goulet, at the beginning of her career.
PHOTO: RADIO-CANADA / VÉRONIQUE SOUCY

 

Men’s Wrestling

Except there’s a catch. To become the best, you have to fight. And to fight, you need opponents. In the late 1990s, there were hardly any wrestlers. Her regular partners, Sophie the Queen and Julie David disappeared from the scene after a few fights.

Geneviève wants to face the remaining adversaries: The men. She finds herself wrestling more often outside the province, to begin with - because in Quebec, inter-gender wrestling is really not a thing.

“Among those who learned [to fight] in the 70s and 80s, there are many who had a mentality of “I cannot fight against a girl, because in a real fight, I would destroy her. [...] It cannot be credible. ” But that was another time" says Patric Laprade, author of several books on the history of wrestling in Quebec and co-promoter of the Femmes Fatales promotion.

Behind the scenes of her Quebec fights, she becomes the target of taunts.

You're weak, huh?
Are you a weak?
Can’t do it?
You got hurt?
Are you going to cry?

Some wrestlers refuse to fight against Geneviève. Among those who accept, there are those who play it rough. They have fun beating her up in the ring by giving her the roughest maneuvers and hits they can.

I don't think I will reveal any professional secrets if I say now that the fights are scripted. The blows are meant to be as safe as possible. However, some of her opponents physically attack her as part of the show. "Some people hit me as hard as they could, to see if I was going to get up, or they wanted me to give up.”

It made me get up and hit so hard she says with an amused laugh that contrasts with the violence of the subject.


LuFisto is laughing before a match, May 11 2019.
PHOTO: RADIO-CANADA / VÉRONIQUE SOUCY

 

There is one match in particular that remains in her memory. Without naming her opponent, she recounts the ordeal he caused her to experience. "He pulled me so hard by the hair that I felt my scalp rise. I was panicking. He dragged me into the ring as if I were a garbage bag. ”

I was being manhandled in the ring because they just wanted me to give up and quit. It was said
"There won’t be a woman wrestling men". I don't have a crooked nose for nothing. - Genevieve Goulet

Matches with very difficult opponents, she estimates to have known about ten. Despite everything, there were good players. Real professionals who wanted to put on a good show. The tide really started to turn in 1999 when Serge Proulx, - one of the toughest wrestler in Quebec - and promoter of the Montreal promotion Inter-Championship Wrestling (ICW), said he was ready to fight against her.

The public got their money's worth. This first inter-gender match at ICW almost started a riot, recalls Geneviève, as intense as the reaction of the crowd was. The surprise to see a man attacking a woman, but above all the excitement of seeing the opposite, the woman brutalizing the man ... "When I hit him, everyone was happy! They kept screaming “Punch him in the mouth!” she says, eyes sparkling.

The same year, Geneviève defeats Serge Proulx and takes his title belt, becoming the first Quebecer to win a male championship. The fight also had chair blast in the barricades, under the eager eyes of a delirious crowd. “I really liked the reaction “Wow, a girl can do this!” So from then, I always wanted to push the limits”

And to "push further", Geneviève Goulet went all out. In Quebec and Ontario, for the Hardcore Wrestling Federation, she immersed herself in extreme wrestling - these fights which involve, yes, chairs, but also thumbtacks, exploding lights tubes and other accessories that can lacerate the skin. Even though she looked like a "bloody mess" after certain matches - a memory that makes her giggle - she kept going.

“At the turn of the millennium, it was something exceptional in Canada”, said wrestling specialist Patric Laprade. "She was the only one, alone, alone to do that," he insists. Girls weren't doing extreme wrestling. She is a pioneer at this level. Geneviève, she wrestled like a guy. [...] And was for a long time the only woman guys accepted as an equal, which means that she had to be able to deliver, to retaliate, to follow. And that’s why she was a pioneer” he says.

 

 

In 2006, she becomes the very first woman to dare to fight in the CZW's Cage of Death, an American federation known for its extreme wrestling, where we fight in a huge cage among shards of glass and barbwire. She remains the only woman to have done so, in addition to being the only woman to have won the CZW Iron Man Championship, as well as the Canadian equivalent of the King of the Death Matches tournament, held here by Stranglehold Wrestling, by defeating a star in the world of hardcore wrestling, Necro Butcher.

"It was always about doing the thing that was going to surprise people, that was going to shut up the naysayers, that they could say" the girl ", she can do it, and she can do it better than you guys." LuFisto stopped being involved in hardcore matches in 2007, feeling she had proven herself enough in that style.

In December 2012, LuFisto became the first Canadian to win a "major" male championship. It is the largest wrestling promotion in Quebec, the North Shore Pro Wrestling (NSPW) that gave her the honor.

 


LuFisto during a wrestling match on February 8th 2020
PHOTO: RADIO-CANADA / DENIS WONG

 

The Law that Pins LuFisto to the Mat

Geneviève's fight for equality also took place outside the ring. An Ontario law governing boxing, martial arts and wrestling stipulated that a woman and a man could not be in a ring at the same time. On April 9, 2003, a complaint about LuFisto's intergender matches was filed with the Ontario Athletic Commission, they then had no choice but to ban the wrestler from subsequent events.

I was very insulted. I thought to myself, "I can't believe they are stopping me from doing something because I'm a girl!" - Genevieve Goulet

Geneviève then appealed to the Ontario Human Rights Commission, which recognized that she was discriminated against on the basis of her gender. They hear her case, and after more than three years of bureaucracy, phone calls, paper filling, she receives the phone call she longed for: She won her case. The law was amended on May 10, 2006. The new regulations completely abolished the athletic wrestling commission. The sexist law is no more.

Nothing can stop LuFisto.

 

 

The Unfulfilled Dream

What is heartbreaking in the story of LuFisto is that the wrestler has always dreamed of the big leagues without reaching them ... and that everyone around her is convinced that there would be a place for her. In the independent underground world, the reputation of LuFisto is undeniable.

I spoke about her with a dozen people from the wrestling world: wrestlers, male and female, historians, writers and promoters. The compliments poured without restraint. They emphasize her professionalism, discipline, will to succeed, but also her friendly, unifying side, concerned about the well-being of her partners. Her colleagues speak of her as a woman who never gives up, who has no limits.

And above all, they highlight her talent.

“Everyone knows and admired LuFisto. She is a legend. She worked so hard; she made a name for herself all alone. And she represents who you want to become: Her heart, her spirit, her work etiquette, her talent…”- Nyla Rose from All Elite Wrestling, first Trans woman to sign with a big wrestling promotion

“She is awesome. To fight someone that talented, it helps getting the best out of me. She is Canada’s sweetheart when it comes to women’s wrestling. She is one of the best persons I have ever wrestled.” – Tyson Dux, independent wrestling in the last 23 years

“It’s something special to see a girl get hit with light tubes, without telling the referee or her opponents not even once ‘Stop, that’s enough’. It seems like she is a girl that was built on a man’s frame. She can take the hits, a lot more than some of the boys in the sport”. – Mobster 357, independent wrestler, one of the first men who fought LuFisto in the ring

“She is a pioneer of women’s wrestling. [...] Now, we are in an era of evolution, where the girls are part of the show as much as the boys. It has been a long road, and she is one of the reasons why it happened here” – Sweet Cherrie, former wrestler

"She brought a new wave of female wrestling who know how to fight, who are as tough as the men, even more sometimes. [...] She is able to deliver and take on guys who are twice her size, without flinching. She is very inspiring.” – Nick Reznor, independent wrestler

"What defines her is her strength of character”. She is so hard on herself. She had an international career; she has a presence and everything but she has been so tough on herself and it is out she succeeded. She is someone who has a lot of discipline.” – Kath Von Goth, independent wrestler

 

"There are probably girls in Ontario that wouldn’t have the career they do if it wasn’t from her, if she didn’t fight for them. And God knows how good the female wrestlers from Ontario are. [...] All this because of ONE person. One person has changed the lives of, maybe, an immeasurably amount of people.” – Éric «Oz» Ouimet, manager and promoter

   

 

In terms of fighting quality, longevity, international career, LuFisto supplanted the Quebec star of the 1970s and 1980s Vivian Vachon. No Quebecer has caught up with her since, says wrestling historian Patric Laprade.

"She is a wrestler who manages to perform well in several styles, which is not given to everyone", he explains, stressing also the finesse of the execution of her moved, as well that the fluidity of the transitions between them.

He recalls that at the beginning of her career, the wrestler aligned aerial maneuvers easily, but that a first injury occurring in 2002 slowed her down - she practiced back jumps from the third rope, and falling on her feet, her right knee gave up. “At that time, she reinvented herself. And that is another strength of Geneviève,”says the specialist. She knew how to develop a more technical fight, "more on the ground, of submission, more impactful maneuvers, but which are perhaps less damaging for the knees".

“The best fights I’ve seen from her are after that switch. I would say it did not affect the quality of his fights in any way, on the contrary. ”

 


LuFisto takes on wrestler GAMI in Tokyo, Japan,
in 2003

LuFisto faces in 2007 wrestler Kevin Owens, formally from Ring of Honor who entered WWE in 2014.


LuFisto against Kimber Lee at Femmes Fatales in Montreal in 2013.


LuFisto versus Shotzi Blackheart in 2018, at Beyond Wrestling in Worcester


LuFisto faces Toni Storm in Germany in 2018. Her opponent won the WWE Mae Young Classic women’s tournament the same year.


LuFisto against Kobe Durst in Hamilton, Ontario
in 2019.

And her success was not jealously kept by LuFisto. Patric Laprade says that the wrestler used her notoriety on the independent scene to clear a path for her Quebec colleagues.

“There are a bunch of Quebec wrestlers who fought for the biggest promotion for women in North America, Shimmer, because of LuFisto. [...] All these girls had opportunities in Ontario, in the United States, because of her. She opened the doors for them. ”

 

Misunderstanding

Those around her and colleagues oft LuFisto find it hard to understand why WWE did not recruit her over his career. "It's a farce," said American wrestler Nyla Rose, who works for All Elite Wrestling. "Companies should fight to have her."

"She has practically toured the world: the United States, Japan, Germany ... Her name is circulating widely enough in the independent world that she is not unknown to WWE, insists Quebec wrestler Nick Reznor. She has the potential to perform at the highest level. ”

Geneviève has heard rumors suggesting that she could have been "blocked" by someone inside; a "political" decision. “For a year and a half, I almost got sick and asked myself," What did I do? What did I say?" There were no answers coming to me. ”


It may also have been her medical history that hurt her. Some of her injuries have been widely publicized, and not always in the right way. LuFisto also published a post in January on her website to correct certain rumors, adding that her cancer cells had been eliminated, her knee had healed. "Why don't you hire me?" she wrote.

Could she have done something more? “I’m so tired. I gave everything. I broke my body, sighs Geneviève. I could have been followed by a trainer to be leaner, and have the "look" maybe more?” she asks herself out loud.


At the beginning of her career, Geneviève Goulet was wrestling under the name Lucy Fer – a name she kept until 1999. This picture is from 1998.


From 1999 to 2003, she took the name Precious Lucy. This picture was taken in 2003 by a Mexican newspaper.


It from 2003 that Geneviève Goulet officially
becomes LuFisto.


LuFisto in 2008.


LuFisto was accompanied by her manager, the doll Pegaboo, from 2009 until her death in 2013.


LuFisto in 2009.


LuFisto in 2017.


LuFisto in 2018 in Germany.

 

There was a time when having a certain look was what mattered to make it in the bigger leagues, according to specialist Patric Laprade. “For a long time, WWE was only about girls who looked good. We didn't care how they fought. There were types of matches, like the Bra & Panties, where the first one who ended up in a bra and panties lost the match. The “real” wrestlers who were able to give good wrestling matches, we didn't see them in WWE. ”

He added that the situation changed around 2012 to 2015. The league began to recruit higher caliber wrestlers - a revolution that came a little too late for LuFisto, according to the specialist. “When Geneviève was in her peak, these opportunities did not exist for her, analyzes Patric Laprade. I am sure that if she had been 10 years younger, she would have been among the [new recruits]. But at some point, it's a question of timing.

A year ago, in February 2019, when LuFisto first told me about it, part of her was overwhelmed by not being able to have a place among the biggest federations.

When you've given so much, and you don't see anything happening in the end, it's sounds stupid to say, but it always feels like there is something  that tells you “ There is no way I did all this for nothing. Something is going to happen at some point. ”

“How can you work so hard, defend the cause of women so hard, and you, in the end, don't have the pay-off? And you see all the others passing in front of you? I’m not complaining, I’m not bitter. I would say more than I wonder. I'm not pissed. It’s more… Why?

At this point in his life, LuFisto was at a crossroads. At twilight in her thirties, she wondered, "Do I stop or try one last time to fulfill my dreams? Then, four days later, she injured her knee. Not by jumping off the top of a steel cage, but sliding down the stairs.

 

And her success was not jealously kept by LuFisto. Patric Laprade says that the wrestler used her notoriety on the independent scene to clear a path for her Quebec colleagues.

“There are a bunch of Quebec wrestlers who fought for the biggest promotion for women in North America, Shimmer, because of LuFisto. [...] All these girls had opportunities in Ontario, in the United States, because of her. She opened the doors for them. ”

 

The Final Impulse

I need to talk to you. I need to talk to you. I have to talk to you” wrote a feverish Geneviève to her new lover.

But ... What just happened? It's August 14, 2019, about six months after she was told it was the beginning of the end. The wrestler sits in her car, incredulous.

The events of a few minutes ago replay in her head and she barely begin to grasp the meaning. She sees the exam room again, the doctor; she hears the diagnosis again in space.

- You can keep doing what you do.
- Which means?
- Give yourself rest weekends, but you’re good to wrestle!

LuFisto took care of herself this year. She lost 30 pounds. Cortisone injections improved the condition of her knee. She's healed. When she had been told that the joint would no longer hold up, that she had to stop everything before requiring emergency surgery, she is now told that she can continue to fight, that 'she won't need to worry before she turns 80.

Her thoughts are spinning in her head. She announced to everyone that she was retiring. The fight was over, right?

Before her eyes the first half of 2019 scrolls, where a wave of love overwhelmed her. She had made up her own game plan: to draw up a list of her favorite opponents, and to face them before bowing out. For the grand finale, she wanted no one other than Tyson Dux, according to her, the best Canadian wrestler.
He’s one of the wrestlers who never signed anywhere either, and I think it shows how unfair the sport can be. He's so good. When I started fighting against men, he had offered to fight against me. There was never a problem, he always treated me as an equal. I feel like it's going to close the loop the right way."

 


LuFisto hugs one of her favorite opponents, Tyson Dux.
PHOTO: RADIO-CANADA / DENIS WONG

 

In 2019, she was offered rewarding fights. She won two championships. Wrestlers paid tribute to her in the Femmes Fatales ring in Quebec City. She was even inducted into the NSPW Hall of Fame.

Gradually, Geneviève Goulet remembered why LuFisto was fighting. Having heard from her for a year, I saw her morale and her love of wrestling soar. I felt her pride to get back in good shape, and to hold on during intense matches. And it’s after a fiery fight against Kobe Durst of Ontario in July that the fun came back without warning. That night, the fire came back and LuFisto started fighting again with passion. To the point where almost no one believed in her retirement, she recalls.

And then, there was a complete surprise awaiting her at the turn of a much more glorious year than expected. Geneviève asks me not to divulge details, but ... She tells me that major promotions started to contact her this summer, when she was on her farewell tour. For the first time in her life, there were people behind the scenes campaigning for her. Her dream was almost at hand, when she was still planning to hang up her boots. “At one point, I said to myself… things are starting to move. Well, is that a sign?”

Sitting in her car, after having received the approval of her doctor, Geneviève wonders what to do. The hesitation to make a decision lasts a month and a half. Then the wrestler makes up her mind. On October 5, LuFisto wins a tournament in Germany.

 


LuFisto won the German tournament wXw Femmes Fatales in 2019 and announced that she wouldn’t be retiring after all.
PHOTO: JANICE MERSIOVSKY

 

She takes the microphone and announces to the crowd that she is continuing the adventure. Anyway, her final fight with Tyson Dux is constantly postponed. Retirement is impossible, right?

This is how LuFisto allows herself the chance to realize her dream.

 

 

Hope

LuFisto! LuFisto! LuFisto! LuFisto! LuFisto!

The crowd chants the name of the wrestler. She enters on the note of Faith from the metal group Ghost. With her coat and black feather headdress - which go hand in hand with her character, The Wounded Owl -, she radiates an aura of power. She climbs into the ring, removes feathers and cape, and reveals her combat outfit: a two-piece blood-colored suit.

Nyla Rose, her opponent nicknamed "The Native Beast", joins her. The two women are facing off in the middle of the ring.

Sitting in the front row, a little girl brandishes a large photo of her idol above her head. “Let’s go, LuFisto!” His little high-pitched voice made its way through those of the 300 people who attend the fight.

The crowd is on edge as it is announced that this is the very first all-female main-event in the history of the Fédération de Lutte Québécoise (FLQ). In the ring, the fight is intense, in the movements, the screams of pain or the insults that the women launch out.

"Bitch!" Shouts LuFisto to her opponent before attacking her. Nyla Rose takes control and crushes her on the floor with her foot, scolding: "Who's the bitch now?”

 


Nyla Rose crushes LuFisto in a corner of the ring during a fight at Bain Mathieu on February 8th 2020.
PHOTO: RADIO-CANADA / DENIS WONG

 

This is awesome! This is awesome! This is awesome! In unison, the crowd lets us know what they think of the fight between Nyla Rose and LuFisto: It's great! She is good!” says a man in the crowd. A woman shouts at LuFisto to aim for the crotch. She turns around and plays with the audience a little before executing. “Let's go, LuFi, finish it!” yells a fan.

 

 

Tonight, nobody seems to have the upper hand. The fight is tight, intense. Then, after a series of shattering moves where LuFisto found herself thrown to the ground several times...

1… 2… 3! Nyla Rose wins over LuFisto.

 


LuFisto and Nyla Rose during a match at Bain Mathieu on February 8th 2020.
PHOTO: RADIO-CANADA / DENIS WONG

 

A few hours before this main event, I find LuFisto with Nyla Rose, in the basement of Bain Mathieu, in Montreal, to ask her about the ups and downs of 2019.

It's February 8, 2020. It's been a year since I met Geneviève Goulet for the first time. As if to remind us that wrestling was at first a men's affair, the wrestler is surrounded by around twenty other wrestlers: men in chest, tight tights or short shorts preparing for their matches. They all greet or embrace her - everyone here seems to know and appreciate her.

Tonight, LuFisto faces a top caliber wrestler, and also the first Trans woman to sign with a large professional wrestling federation - the All Elite Wrestling. Sitting a little afar, I watch them prepare their fight. The two wrestlers explain their moves with animation, moving in space, listening to each other. They apply themselves with obvious seriousness.

 

Beside me is Geneviève's boyfriend, Quebec wrestler Judas Judd Cassidy. Eyes on her, he whispers to me how talented his girlfriend is. How much pressure she puts on being the best all the time. How much she wants the match to go well, because she would like to use it to show a large promotion that she too is from a higher level.

It was not just LuFisto who is nervous that evening. Nyla Rose was also stressed to face LuFisto, whom she considers one of her idols. This is what she explained to me after her intense fight, her body and forehead beaded with sweat, short of breath.

She remembers a not so distant time when she always heard the word: LuFisto, LuFisto, LuFisto. "I swear, I thought it was a move, initially. I was like, what is a LuFisto? Is it a jump from the highest rope? Can I do it too? I did some research, and I saw that ... Oh! It's a person! I watched her videos, and I thought, "Oh my God, this is the coolest girl I have ever seen!" I felt drawn to her, because she was so badass, gorgeous, and a little geeky - all things that resonate with me.”

She believes she had a good match tonight, although everything did not go as planned. The two wrestlers go over the match, making sure the other was not injured. Despite a few small skirmishes, they seemed both satisfied and relieved, hugging each other.

 


LuFisto and Nyla Rose hug after their intense match.
PHOTO: RADIO-CANADA / DENIS WONG

 

“You tore the place down girls”, assured them the promoter of the FLQ, Dina Marneris, by embracing them.

 

LuFisto, what’s next and… The End?

In a year, LuFisto has traveled a very long road. She found love, self-confidence, support and pleasure once again. It with this a new state of mind that she will give it one last try.

My boyfriend has a lot to do with everything that has happened. “You worked way too hard not to achieve your goals.” He really supports me. I can say that he is the main reason why I decided to keep going. Yes, there was the injured knee, but it was so much more at the same time. I was rally sick and tired of it all. You see everyone around you jump in the band wagon, you even help them get in, but never there is someone who gives you a hand to pull you up there. I was burnt out. My boyfriend really helped me by encouraging me non-stop. He made me feel like what I had to offer was important.

 


LuFisto with her boyfriend, wrestler Judas Judd Cassidy.
PHOTO: RADIO-CANADA / DENIS WONG

 

Hope vibrates in her. Without saying too much, Geneviève allows me to write that she recently had a new "interesting call". The future will tell us more.

She just celebrated her 40th birthday and feels ready to continue. She takes the example of Quebecer Pierre-Carl Ouellet, who still wrestles despite his age. “He is extraordinary. He's a dreamer. He's a guy who always wanted to be successful, she describes. He's really an example of determination: 52-year-old Ring of Honor champion, he's everywhere, and he's fighting like a 20-year-old guy.”

With 23 years of experience, LuFisto is also be ready to play several roles within a promotion. Wrestler, yes, but also agent – the person in charge of helping wrestlers setting up their matches - or even coach.

Teaching is attracting her more and more, and she feels she has a lot to offer.

She doesn't give herself a deadline before realizing - or not - her biggest dream. “If there's one thing I've learned over the past year, it's not to give set any date. You never know what can happen,” she says, laughing.

Even if she in the end signs nothing, she believes it will be fine. It makes her happy to fight for independent promoters who believe in it. “These days I’m having great matches. When I’m done wrestling, I feel like I did something good, which I didn’t necessarily have anymore.”

Thus, LuFisto will continue to fight as long as she is having fun doing it. As long as she feels capable of doing it. "I just think that when I get sick and tired of it, I will stop. I won't necessarily announce it! I'm just going to slow down and then stop, and that's it.”

And there will be no one around her to say that she has not done enough.

 

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