Friday April 18th 2014

Watch women wrestle: Superhero Lady Armwrestlers

By: Shannon Bryan

Superhero Lady Armwrestlers of Portland

7 pm Saturday, May 4, $7, Superher0 Lady Armwrestlers of Portland on Facebook

There’s a brawl about to break out at Mayo Street Arts.

This ain’t no schoolyard scuffle – unless your schoolyard was full of strong-armed women with names like Voom Voom Valhalla, Sally Slam, Black Mamba, and Lumberjack Sally.

The fight is an organized one. And competitors will duel without weapons – unless you consider a rock-solid bicep a weapon. I know I do.

Photos by Steve Abbott

It’s the third Superhero Lady Armwrestlers of Portland event – also known as SLAP. The event pits lady wrestlers against each other in one-on-one matchups, until an ultimate champion is crowned. Duos faced off on a regulation arm wrestling table, and judges (in striped shirts and really, really short shorts) made sure elbows stay down and both feet remain planted.

Wrestlers adopt larger-than-life personas, arriving with entourages and a theme song. It’s all wonderfully dramatic and aggressive.

And despite all the posturing and smack talking, SLAP is a do-gooder event at its core. The $7 admission (which includes “Slap Bucks” to bet on your favorite wrestler) goes to support a great local organization: A Company of Girls. So shoving a few more dollars into the buckets isn’t a bad idea.

Doors open at 7 pm and yes, Mayo Street has a cash bar. Live music by Zombie Beach.
Superhero Lady Armwrestlers of Portland on Facebook

The lineup:
VOOM VOOM VALHALLA
LUMBERSMACK SALLY
BLACK MAMBA
SALLY SLAM
ER”NASTY”NE TOMLIN
SUPERHERO ACOG GIRL
and more