Mickie Knuckles talks about the dangers of women using the #SpeakingOut movement for personal gain

Sep 16, 2020 - by Steve Gerweck


Deathmatch female wrestler Mickie Knuckles, who has worked in Chikara, Juggalo Championship Wrestling, TNA, and all over the indies, joined VOC Nation’s In the Room podcast to talk about her career path, the deathmatch genre, the #SpeakingOut movement, and much more. Here are some highlights:

On why she chose deathmatch wrestling as her nice: “I trained for a year and a half…one thing that that Hero, Bull, and Tracey Smothers and all of them were kind of preaching to me was (to make) myself a commodity – making me something that would add to a wrestling show. If you look at me I’ve always been a stout girl, so I knew I wasn’t going to be the bells and whistles/the pretty one on the card. So I’m like ‘ok so what do I have?’ Well I have an incredibly high pain tolerance, I always have. I’m pretty stubborn; when I get my mind set on something I’m going to do it, so I was like ok…what can I do to make myself that people are going to want to see? To make myself an oddity in a world full of circus freaks? Deathmatch wrestling just seems like it would be a natural fit.”

On psychology in the deathmatch genre: “I was lucky enough to have some of the best deathmatch wrestlers around me to get the feel of the psychology. Believe it or not, deathmatch wrestling is supposed to have psychology in it just like every other wrestling. Nowadays it’s (who) can do the craziest bumps and there’s no psychology to it…so I kinda got to pick the brains of some really amazing people. I remember getting to sit down to talk to Terry Funk one time at ‘The Gathering’ a little bit about deathmatch wrestling, and he basically told me that I was a dumbass if I did it.”

On the #speakingout movement: “You’ve got this list, and you don’t know who has put these names on there or the stories behind most of them. The stories you do hear are just heartbreaking and should have never happened. Here’s what I’m hoping with this: I’m really hoping we can take this massive negative…and I’m hoping that with through some positive, that we can turn this around and make things better. However, my biggest fear with any movement, let alone with this one, is you’re going to have those true stories. You’re going to have those people who have gone through heartbreak and have been through horrendous things in their lives, especially with wrestling and with other people; and then you’ve going to have people who are going to be vindictive because someone dated them or made them mad and then they’re going to take advantage and throw themselves into the movement to play a victim…it’s going to bring down this movement that’s so powerful right now.”

Link to the interview here:


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