April Hunter

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April Hunter
April Hunter glamour.jpg
Ring name(s) April Hunter[1]
April Kincaid[1]
The Prize[2][3]
Big Red[3]
Beautiful Soldier[2]
Billed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[3]
Billed weight 150 lb (68 kg; 11 st)[3]
Born (1974-09-24) September 24, 1974 (age 39)[4]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[3]
Resides Clearwater, Florida[3]
Billed from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Trained by Killer Kowalski[3]
Debut 1999[3]

April Hunter (born September 24, 1974)[4] is an American professional wrestler, professional wrestling valet and fitness and glamour model. She has appeared in many publications, from MuscleMag International to Playboy Magazine and has her own comic book series, Code Red by Pickle Press.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Championship Wrestling (2000)[edit]

In 1999, after Hunter appeared in Playboy, she was hired by World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as a member of the nWo Girls.[3][5] Along with four other models (Tylene Buck, Kim Kanner (Shakira), Midajah and Pamela Paulshock), she accompanied members of the nWo to ringside for their matches.

Independent circuit (2001–2007, 2009–present)[edit]

Hunter trained to become a professional wrestler with Killer Kowalski in Boston.[3] She was the only female in the class and soon began working on the independent circuit and overseas. Hunter formed a tag team with fellow Kowalski graduate Nikki Roxx in World Xtreme Wrestling known as The Killer Babes.[6] She then worked as the manager for Slyck Wagner Brown. Together they held both Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling's 3PW Tag Team Championship and Jersey All Pro Wrestling's JAPW Tag Team Championship. April was the first female in pro wrestling history to hold the (male) tag team title.

She traveled to Canada for the first time in December 2005, working for Action Wrestling Entertainment and wrestling against Sarah Stock.[7] In February 2006, Hunter worked for Carmen Electra's Naked Women's Wrestling League (NWWL).[8] While in the NWWL, Hunter broke her nose, which limited the moves she could perform while working for the promotion.[8]

In Women's Extreme Wrestling (WEW) in April 2006, Hunter formed a tag team known as T & A with Talia Madison.[1] On April 6, they defeated Team Blondage (Amber O'Neal and Lollipop) for the WEW Tag Team Championship.[1] A month later, Hunter and J.D. Maverick debuted together for TNT Pro Wrestling.[9] In September, Hunter challenged Madison for her TNT Women's Championship.[9] She defeated her for the title on September 23.[1] During her time in TNT, Hunter appeared in the Glamour, Glitz & Divas—The Untold Story of American Women's Wrestling DVD, alongside Madison and Michaels.[10]

Hunter won Queens of Chaos's World Queens of Chaos Championship in November 2006 by defeating Sweet Saraya in the final round of a championship tournament.[1] She vacanted the title on In May 2012. She also won Great Canadian Wrestling's GCW W.I.L.D. Championship from Miss Danyah on April 13, 2007.[11] She held the title for one day before losing it to Cherry Bomb in a four-way match.[11] Because of wrestling-related injuries Hunter retired from professional wrestling later in the year.[3]

Hunter (right) with Lorelei on TNA Impact!.

In late 2009, Hunter returned to the ring from retirement. Her mother was diagnosed with stage four cancer and her return to the ring was to help out financially.[12] Hunter toured Europe with American Rampage Wrestling between November and December 2009 with Rob Van Dam, Sid Eudy (aka Sid Vicious) and Sabu.

Hunter was part of the AWR (American Wrestling Rampage) European Tour in November 2010 in France with Booker T, Sandman, Scott Steiner and Kai.

On September 21, 2012, Hunter debuted for Shine Wrestling's SHINE 3 event as the villainous manager of Made In Sin (Allysin Kay and Taylor Made). All three women would align with Rain and Ivelisse to form the Valkyrie faction at SHINE 6. At SHINE 7, Hunter made her in-ring debut for the promotion, teaming with Made In Sin in a victorious outing against Mia Yim, Su Yung and Tracy Taylor.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling[edit]

On August 28, 2002, Hunter appeared for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). She was introduced (and defeated) by then-Miss TNA Bruce as part of his Miss TNA Challenge.[1] She returned for several other appearances in TNA, including matches against Desire, Eric Watts and John Walters.[1]

On the December 31, 2009, edition of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Impact! television show Hunter made a special appearance as a villain, teaming up with Lorelei Lee in a losing effort against the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champions Sarita and Taylor Wilde.[13] On June 15, 2010, Hunter claimed that she had turned down a contract offer from TNA the previous month.[14]

Other media[edit]

Hunter posing in a fitness competition

Hunter is currently competing in Figure and Fitness. She was placed third in her first NPC sanctioned Figure competition 14 November 2009.[15] She competed in Figure on 18 June 2010 at the Junior Nationals in Chicago.[16]

Hunter has appeared in the films Â! Ikkenya puroresu (2004) and Just Another Romantic Wrestling Comedy (2007).[17] In the United Kingdom, she has appeared on the James Whale Show, and in Japan, she appeared in a Toyota Fun Cargo TV commercial. In the United States, she appeared in a MSNBC documentary entitled Body of Work, on The Howard Stern Show, and in the video for the Outthere Brothers' "Boom Boom Boom"/"Don't Stop Wiggle Wiggle." She appeared in a W-FIVE documentary in Canada TruTV Most Daring Wild Women and several independent films, including Ultimate Death Match II and Hell House in 2009/2010.[18]

In 2012 Hunter appeared in horror film 'The Meat Puppet" playing the role of "Jade" [19] For her performance she nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Feature Drama in the Downbeach Film Festival [20]

In 2013 Hunter appeared in the film "Gravedigger", playing the role of Marie Spiegel.[21]

Additional media featuring April Hunter:

  • Line of Comic Books: Code Red, Code Red II, Stripper Viking, Stripper Viking II.
  • Featured in various trading cards and art, comics & books (by Jay E Fife, Scott Blair, Monte Moore, Julie Strain, Boris Vallejo)
  • In 2013 Hunter was one of several models chosen to work with artist George Perez on his new comic "She Devils". She served as the model for the character "Agony". [22]

Personal life[edit]

Hunter is of German, Scottish & Italian descent. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but moved to Enterprise, Alabama with her father when her parents divorced.[5] Before entering the world of professional wrestling, Hunter worked as a fitness model.[8] She placed in Ms. Fitness Philadelphia and Ironwoman Tri-Fitness in Tampa FL. She also worked as a Playboy model and Met-RX spokesperson.

On August 30, 2006, Hunter married Canadian wrestler, Jordan Danyluk (known as J.D. Maverick) in Las Vegas, Nevada.[9] They first met at a wrestling show in December 2005 and were engaged after Valentine's Day in 2006.[9]

She studied photography at the New England School of Photography.[3] She also runs her own small business.[8]

In 2013 she started a new Blog entitled "Putting The Clothes On, Taking The Gloves Off" where she provides intimate details of her life and personal victories and struggles.

In wrestling[edit]

Hunter applying the Hunter's Hangman

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Hunter at an anime convention in 2008
  • Far North Wrestling
    • FNW Women's Championship (1 time)
  • German Stampede Wrestling
    • GSW World Women's Championship (1 time)[24]
  • Jersey Championship Wrestling
    • JCW Women's Championship (1 time)
  • USA Pro Wrestling
    • USA Pro Women's Championship (1 time)[1]
  • Other titles
    • Best Independent Female Wrestler (2005)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "April Hunter's profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Lethalwow profile". Lethalwow. Archived from the original on 23 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "April Hunter's profile". GLORY Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  4. ^ a b Email correspondence with April Hunter, forwarded to OTRS
  5. ^ a b "April Hunter Interview". extremenutrition.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2007-06-25. Retrieved 2007-07-30. 
  6. ^ Official site
  7. ^ Oliver, Greg (January 18, 2006). "The Harsh Reality: AWE PPV tonight". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  8. ^ a b c d Oliver, Greg (February 2, 2006). "The recent rough road of April Hunter". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  9. ^ a b c d Kamchen, Richard (August 30, 2006). "Wedding day for J.D. Michaels & April Hunter". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  10. ^ Mackinder, Matt (April 23, 2009). "Big Vision DVD potpourri outstanding". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  11. ^ a b c "GCW W.I.L.D. Championship". Great Canadian Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  12. ^ Gerweck, Steve (2009-12-19). "April Hunter explains her ring return". WrestleView. Archived from the original on 23 January 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
  13. ^ Parks, Greg (2009-12-31). "PARKS' TNA New Year's Knockout Eve Report 12/31: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of the special, including TNA Knockouts Tournament". PWTorch. Archived from the original on 3 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  14. ^ Gerweck, Steve (2010-06-15). "Potential knockout turns down TNA". WrestleView. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  15. ^ "April Hunter's bio and NPC competition results". BodyBuilding.com. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  16. ^ "Pictues". musculardevelopment.com. 
  17. ^ Â! Ikkenya puroresu (2004) - IMDb
  18. ^ April Hunter - IMDb
  19. ^ The Meat Puppett
  20. ^ Downbeach Film Festival - Best Supporting Actress, Feature Drama
  21. ^ Gravedigger
  22. ^ SHE-DEVILS #1 (2014) Boom! Studios
  23. ^ a b c Sokol, Chris (November 3, 2005). "A Slyck upcoming star". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  24. ^ "German Stampede Wrestling". Online World of Wrestling. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  25. ^ "3PW 5 Star 4 Way". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Archived from the original on 21 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  26. ^ "Queens of Chaos". Online World of Wrestling. Archived from the original on 22 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  27. ^ "The PWI Female 50 Rankings: Who Is The Top Women's Wrestler In The World?". PWPix.net. 2008-09-18. Archived from the original on 19 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  28. ^ "Independent Wrestling Results: April 2006". Online World of Wrestling. Archived from the original on 28 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  29. ^ "Independent Wrestling Results - November 2003". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 

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