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    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    No Holds Barred: Jennifer Thomas, from Pro Wrestling to Catch Wrestling 

    On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with wrestler Jennifer Thomas.

    Formerly a noted competitor in bodybuilding and a performer in the staged pro wrestling, she has recently started training in real catch wrestling with Raul Ramirez of the Catch Wrestling Alliance.

    Her first catch wrestling match will be on the card of the Catch Wrestling Alliance International Invitational: The Rebirth. This event will take place Saturday, June 7, in Collins Court in the John Wooden Center on the campus of UCLA, at 221 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, California 90095-1612. Her opponent will be named shortly.

    This invitational event will be held under catch wrestling rules, where you can only win by pin or submission.

    We spoke with Jennifer Thomas by phone Monday.

    "Pro wrestling has given me -- even though it's more based on entertainment, it's a work, it's everything, you know -- it's given me a good foundation to start with catch," she said.

    "The pro wrestling in my life has been a gift to me, but now it's time to expand it, and go into a different chapter, and I think that catch wrestling is the perfect chapter for me to be in right now."

    We discussed her athletic background, how she found out about catch wrestling (hint: thank keywords), how she is making the transition to real catch wrestling, why she believes that catch wrestling can once again become a major popular spectator sport, and much more.

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