Professional wrestling is seen by many as a man's world. But Platinum Championship Wrestling's Pandora has proven that women can be just as tough as men, if not tougher. She's also proven that her psyche can be very unstable, fluctuating from sadistic villain to colorful fan favorite and back again. Currently embroiled in a bitter feud with former tag-team partner Aisha Sunshine, Pandora will face off against Sunshine in a first blood match Thurs., March 31, at the Masquerade. But before shedding any blood, Pandora took a moment to talk about the upcoming match and the opportunity to show wrestling fans what women's wrestling is all about.
You've gone through a few drastic personality changes over the past year or so in PCW. How do you explain what's going on inside your head?
Last year at this time, that's when my head wasn't right. I was playing like a nice girl and tag-teaming and having a partner and all that. But Pandora doesn't need a partner. Now I'm back to my real self, which is that dark, demented girl.
You used to be a strong, assertive female, but now many say you're under the guidance of this overbearing male figure, Enoch Tsarion. How do you explain that?
I'm not under the guidance of anybody. I'm still Pandora, he's just there for moral support because it seemed like everybody was against me and I stood alone. Now I'm with the Profits of Doom and now people have my back. I don't have to worry about being jumped from behind by Grotesque or Aisha. But I still do what I have to do in the ring and I don't need any help with that.
This time last year you were in a fan-favorite tag team with Aisha Sunshine. What caused you to turn on her and what do you have to prove by challenging her to a first blood match?
I originally turned on Aisha because I got extremely frustrated and bored with all her rainbows and smiling kids' faces and the high five and cheering. I don't need all that. I'm not going out there to have people cheer for me or to make kids happy. I'm going out there to bust people up like I do. This first blood match, this is it. She's attacked me from behind, used an illegal choke — we all know Aisha can wrestle, but can she fight? Now we're taking it to my part of town.
She seems to be coping pretty well by adopting a lot of your horrendous tactics.
That's OK. She can adopt all she wants. But this is a change in her while it's my normal self. She can choke me out and do all this other stuff, but she has to work at it. I don't. It's natural for me.
This show is an opportunity for PCW to potentially be seen by more people than ever before. What does this show mean for PCW?
This show means a lot for PCW, no doubt about it. We're going to have a huge crowd. It's a free show for people over 21 and it's WrestleMania weekend, so there's going to be a lot of people in town. There's a lot of publicity for this first blood match because it's the first female first blood match in the South. What it means for me and her is that we have to kill it. I firmly believe this match is going to make us or break us. We have to work harder than anyone on that card because that match is probably the most sensitive of any match on the card. The Profits of Doom, Vordell Walker, Shane Marx, the [Washington] Bullets — we know they can all perform in the matches they're putting on. But the first blood match? We gotta come with it.
Do you think Pandora is too edgy for WWE or would you like to someday compete at WrestleMania?
I can't say that if they contacted me I'd be like, "Uh, no. Sorry." But I also can't say it would be devastating to me if I never wrestled in WWE. Because let's just throw it out there — Snooki at WrestleMania? Are you freaking kidding me? It's bad enough that Lay-Cool will be in the ring, but Snooki? No. Absolutely not. Totally atrocious. I mean, "Jersey Shore," period, is atrocious. But now you're bringing them into wrestling? No. That does nothing for women's wrestling and to put her in the ring with Trish Stratus, that's another atrocity.
Platinum Championship Wrestling. Free for ages 21 and older; $5 for ages 20 and younger. 8 p.m. March 31. Masquerade (Heaven), 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178. www.platinumchampionshipwrestling.com, www.masqueradeatlanta.com.
$8. 8 p.m. April 1. Academy Theatre, 119 Center St., Avondale Estates. 404-474-8332. www.academytheatre.org.
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