Buckeye: Treading the Line Between the Field & the Stage

10 Mar

Joining us today to tell us a little more about herself is Buckeye!  Learn how she got involved in arm wrestling, and what BRAWL means to her, and don’t forget to come cheer her on this Friday, March 14th at RIT!

buckeye

buckeye

“Hey there BRAWL Fans, Friends and Participants! In my boring everyday life as a Nurse people know me as Liz, but when it comes to BRAWL I go by Buckeye! I was asked to write a guest blog post about why and or how I got involved with BRAWL….so here’s my story:
In late September or early October of 2012 an acquaintance of mine mentioned on Facebook that she was going to be arm wrestling for a charity event and they needed more wrestlers. This piqued my interest for a few reasons.
1. I’m super competitive.
2. The opportunity to create a persona and become someone else for an evening was exciting.
3. A chance to raise money for charities and organizations that benefit women and children is hugely important to me.
4. The theatrical aspect of the events is so entertaining that I (a closet attention wh@re) just had to be a part of.
I filled out the online application to become a wrestler and then spent a few days coming up with a persona that I felt suited me and would truly encompass something I am passionate about that would also be entertaining and translate well to spectators of all ages and backgrounds. After much consideration and many hysterical but failed costume trials “Buckeye” was born.
I’m a die hard Ohio State Buckeyes fan and so my persona incorporates an athletic based outfit in Ohio State school colors.
Late in October of 2012 I nervously stepped in to the Skylark Lounge dressed as Buckeye having no real idea what I was in for. I met with Grace, Cheryl, and Kristin who are the founders and organizers of BRAWL and they gave me the run down. Then they introduced me to the woman who would be my first ever opponent–that was Afrolicious who’s persona was this fantastic larger than life charismatic disco chic from the 70’s era and a huge fro. Fantastic and intimidating all at once. I suddenly felt out of my league but hung in and wrestled anyway.
The minute my persona was announced and the wrestler wrangler was leading me on to the stage I fell right in to character. Nerves suddenly disappeared adrenaline kicked in and the playful theatrics between myself and Afrolicious began. Ultimately she whooped me but I held my own and did not make her win an easy one. I was hooked! The friendships and camaraderie that have been established between the wrestlers the organizers and everyone involved at every level is something I cherish and I can honestly say I have fallen in love with BRAWL and all that it stands for. We have raised thousands of dollars for charity while at the same time empowering girls and women.
I have now wrestled in several events and as of our most recent event which was held this past October 2013 I am the reigning champion and I’m set to defend that title this Friday March 14th at RIT. I hope to see many of our loyal followers there as well as many new faces. I also hope some of you might take a chance on a new adventure and try your “hand” as a wrestler too! Its a win, win for everyone! — Liz (Buckeye)

Buckeye

Buckeye

Thanks Buckeye!  Come see if she can hold onto her title this weekend!

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