SAN DIEGO -- Mariah Morena -- aka Amanda "The Blood Thirsty Vixen" -- is making history in the world of professional wrestling as the first known transgender woman competing in the entertainment sport.
Amanda is currently performing with the American Wrestling Alliance (AWA), which is based in El Cajon, Calif.
The AWA will be hosting its next live event on July 20 at the SkyBox Grill in the Clairemont Mesa neighborhood of San Diego. Amanda will be competing in a Women's Three Way Dance Match against two other opponents.
In an exclusive interview with San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, Amanda opens up about how she is treated by pro wrestling fans, whether she considers herself a pioneer in the transgender community, and whether someone has stolen her heart.
SDGLN: How long have you been wrestling professionally and why did you choose this profession?
AMANDA: I’ve been wrestling for a little over three years now and fell in love with the sport because of the ladies of wrestling. Watching them go out there and perform stole my heart.
SDGLN: How do American Wrestling Alliance fans treat you as a transgender female competitor?
AMANDA: They have been very open to my gender. I’ve yet to run into a fan in any wrestling organization who has a serious problem with me.
SDGLN: Do you feel you have an advantage or disadvantage over opponents by being transgender?
AMANDA: No, I don’t think I do. Wrestling is about the technique, speed and strategy. It is not always about strength, it’s more about being one step ahead of your opponent.
SDGLN: Do you wrestle against women only?
AMANDA: I wrestle against all comers, both men and women. In fact, at a recent AWA event, I gave the Heavyweight Champion SoCal Crazy a run for his money.
SDGLN: What are your thoughts behind developing this persona as “The Blood Thirsty Vixen”?
AMANDA: As you can see I look like a Vixen “LOL”and here’s the whole Blood Thirsty part ... lol. My first major appearance was at XPW’s 10th Year Anniversary show at the world famous Arena nightclub in Hollywood. I came out with my BFF Angel formally known as “The Hardcore Homo” in his hardcore death match against “The Human Horror Show” Supreme. I stuck my nose where it didn’t belong and paid for it with tables, light tubes and barbwire! I got a taste of the hardcore side of pro wrestling and wanted more! So that’s how I came up with The Blood Thirsty Vixen.
SDGLN: Doesn’t your stage name of Amanda carry a double meaning?
AMANDA: Hehehehehe! Yes. I gotta say, I love subliminal messages. Wink, wink!
SDGLN: What is your background? Where were you born and raised? When did you realize that you were transgender? Where’s home now?
AMANDA: I am Mexicana born and raised in Long Beach, Calif., and currently back and forth from Long Beach to Glendale, Ariz . Deep question now, I see ... lol. Well, when I went to kindergarten, I realized I was different. The teacher divided the boys from the girls and I instinctively went with the girls. She told me I belonged with the boys and that’s where it hit me. I knew I was different in some way I didn’t understand. It was very scary and lonely till I reached my teen years and decided to become who I feel I am on the inside.
SDGLN: Do you consider yourself a pioneer for transgender rights?
AMANDA: No, I'm too preoccupied with the future to consider myself a pioneer. Currently I’m focused on my wrestling career here in the American Wrestling Alliance. But my dream is to open a Transgender Center to assist homeless, troubled and those in need. I want to give back to my community.
SDGLN: Do you think you are a role model? And who is your role model?
AMANDA: I would be humbled to be considered a role model. It’s not an easy thing to be. My role models in wrestling are the ladies of wrestling, specifically Lita, Luna Vachon and Ariel.
SDGLN: Single or taken? Do you date men or women?
AMANDA: I’m engaged to a wonderful man who is the sweetest of all men on this planet.
SDGLN: What is something that your fans don’t know?
AMANDA: I have a love for architecture and I collect wrestling action figures! Too many to count; some are in boxes stored away, lol.
SDGLN: If you could have a dinner party and invite three guests, living or dead, who would they be and why?
AMANDA: It would be a wrestling dinner party. Luna Vachon: She’s one of my favorites and I would LOVE to pick her brain about everything wrestling. Vince McMahon: It would be an opportunity to talk business and possibly convince him to give me a shot. Haha! And Selena: An amazing entertainer. She can show me how to do the "washing machine."
In closing, thank you Mr. Ken Williams for the opportunity to get my voice heard. And I hope to see all your readers at the next American Wrestling Alliance event on July 20 at 8 pm from the SkyBox Sports Grill located at 4809 Clairemont Drive in San Diego. I will be facing Kitana Vera and Terra Calaway in a Women's Three Way Dance Match.
Ken Williams is Editor in Chief of SDGLN. He can be reached at [email protected], @KenSanDiego on Twitter, or by calling toll-free to (877) 727-5446, ext. 713.