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Interview with April Hunter - By Gery Roif

GR: WCW were looking for "hot" fitness models to be the "nWo girls" and you were chosen as one of the girls. How did that came about? AH: Being in the right place at the right time! An agent gave my photos to Terry Taylor and they brought me in to put me with the nWo. GR: Going from Fitness Modeling to Pro Wrestling, what was your first impression of our "sport" and who influenced you at that time?

AH: I loved the atleticism of it. I was mostly influenced by ECW. I used to be a gymnast and related to the wrestlers that used acrobatics in their moves. Tajiri, Papa Chulo, Super Crazy, Malenko, Eddie Guerrero. I also liked Chyna, because she was a big girl who could step up to the boys. Ayako Hamada has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I also love Torymon. I finally got to go to one of their shows last time I was in Japan and it was one of the best I've ever seen live!

GR: You first trained in WCW`s Power Plant, then you left and went to train at Walter Kowalski`s school. What was the difference between the two and what did you learn from Kawalski that helps you today? AH: Actually, I never made it the Plant. Plans fell through, so I just went to Kowalski's and also trained a little at UPW. But I learned a lot at Killers, including how to stand out, unique reversals, a lot of technical training and quite a bit about politics, to name a few things.

GR: Comparing your first impression of Pro Wrestling, to your impression and knowledge of it today, what would you say to Fitness Models or anybody else who practise other proffessions, regarding the nature of Pro Wrestling?

AH: I think most people think it's "fake" and a lot easier to do than it really is.

GR: During my research for this interview, I had to sign-up to your website, http://www.AprilHunter.com . I noticed there were planty of nude photos and videos of yourself and various other beautiful women. I, of course didn`t look at your photos and videos(yea right!), however could you fill me in as to what kind of photos and videos you`ve got in there, for those that do want to check you out?

AH: Ha ha! You can't bullshit a bullshitter! But I'll play along with you. ;) I have had my site for about 5 years now through 3 different career changes (nude modeling, fitness centerfold and pro-wrestler), and it's grown into a monster. Over 7000 photos, and a LOT of video. Plus a lot of Behind-The-Scenes" diaries and pictures. And yes, I have quite a few other beautiful women on it as well. The photos and videos range from centerfold nudes, fitness, fetish, girl/girl, wrestling, documentaries, arty-you name it.

GR: WCW fired Chastity because she was featured in an adult film, WCW`s Gorgeous George and ECW`s Jasmine St. Clair have been rejected by the WWE for also being featured in adult films or videos, while they have previously hired adult superstar, Jenna Jameson for several skits. Your thoughts on the matter. AH: Well, any public company is open to critique if they hire someone who may bring controversy. Sometimes controversy is very good for ratings, or the talent supercedes what the person has done before. Soemetimes it'll work against you. I think WWE likes to make their money back on the girls through a lucrative Playboy deal and they can't do that if the girl has already been nude. My personal feelings are that women can do more in the business that just hair pulling matches ending with Playboy. They can wrestle(which we're now seeing at times) and they can be marketed for more than just a nudie magazine. With any luck, that'll change in the future. I'm hoping to help it along. For me, I could never train or work the indies without having my adult site. To go to the school I chose, I had to move to one of the most expensive cities in the US and it's not been easy.

GR: If WWE hired you next week, what kind of program would you like and who would you like to have as your opponents?

AH: Idealy, I'd love to work guys, or mixed tags. Nidia and Jamie Knoble would be fun. Any of the girls on RAW are decent and I'd love to work Jazqueline.

GR: You obviously have learned the wrestling craft very well, the female groups(Joshi) in Japan speak very highly of you. I was very impressed with your submission/ground ability, not to mention the amazing Moonsaults. I have tremendous respect for Joshi Puroresu and you sure make them proud. You`re doing great, both in and outside of the ring as you`ve got a commercial for Toyota over there as well. Also, since I interviewed Chigusa Nagayo and am very fond of the Gaea promotion, would you consider working for them as well? Please share your experiences in Neo and Arsion and tell us when you`re going back there. Who influence you the most these days?

AH: Thanks! I LOVE working in Japan and am very happy I've had the opportunity to do so. I've only been wrestling on shows for a year, so within 4 months of starting, I went to Neo. working in Japan had always been a goal of mine. Both Neo and Arsion were great and I hope to keep working there, so I can get better. The Japanese women are amazing in the ring and I have trouble trying to keep up! It'll probably be quite a while before I can, but I'll continue to try. Every time I'm there, I learn a lot. I'm tenatively scheduled to go back to AtoZ (formerly Arsion) in October. I saw a documentary on Gaea, which was incredible and brutal. I took it into Kowalski's for everyone to see the dedication these girls have. In America,. our training isn't like that. Anyone can sign up to a school and it's more of a recreational thing. (This is in part due to the lack of money. When a girl or guy wants to be a wrestler in Japan, they have to try out. If they make the cut, wrestling then becomes their life and they are paid for it. In the US, there's no money on this level, so you have to hold a full time job. Most of the time, it will really conflict with training and touring.) We train 2-3 evenings a week and might work a 1-4 shows a month on average. Girls don't get much of a chance to wrestle. I may be booked 6 times a month and only wrestle once or twice. The other times, I'm a manager. I'm lucky, though. I manage Slyk Wagner Brown and he gives me a lot to do in his matches when he can.

GR: As somebody who worked both in the states and in Japan, could you please compare Pro Wrestling in the US to Pro Wrestling in Japan.

AH: Oops, I already jumped ahead in that. There are more shows during the week in Japan and more opportunities to wrestle, the fans are different (both are good, just different), and there's more of a serious attitude and respect for pro wrestling in Japan. In America, most people think it's fake or hokey. In Japan, it's respected for it's athletisism and the wrestlers are famous. There's also more money in Japan. Unless you're with WWE, there's very little or no money at all to work independent shows. It's not uncommon to drive 8 hours to work for $25-75. It will cost you more than that to make the trip in travel costs. That's why I work so hard at my website. It really helps me and allows me to train.

GR: Have you ever been in Israel? Any final words to the Israeli Wrestling Fans?

AH: Not yet! One of the things I love about wrestling is getting to travel and see the world, so hopefully, I'll get there soon. Thank you for reading, and come visit me on www.AprilHunter.com! (Oh, sign up for the free newsletter, too. Then you'll be the first to know when I'll be there. Plus there are some great dirty jokes and nudie pictures.)

GR: Thanks very much to April for taking time to answer my questions.


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