History has been made in the pro-wrestling world as Impact Pro Wrestling: New Zealand crowned the first ever transgender women’s champion.

Transgender wrestler Candy Lee defeated IPW:NZ Women’s Champion Britenay to become the company’s new Women’s Champion. Candy Lee becomes the first transgender woman to win a major indie women’s title.

According to Last Word on Pro Wrestling, Candy Lee (real name Leilani Tominiko) is a 22-year old Samoan wrestler who trained at the IPW Training Academy, making her debut with Impact Pro Wrestling last October. While not the first transgender pro wrestler – American wrestler Amanda “The Blood Thirsty Vixen” debuted first in 2011 with American Wrestling Alliance (AWA) and in the UK, Harley Ryder made her debut in 2013. Amanda also won a title, winning the WILD Women’s Championship from Lucky O’Shea in 2011, in the now defunct World Independent Ladies Division (WILD) Wrestling promotion in California.

Learn more about Candy here and in the videos below:

The Diva Dirt team sends its congratulations to Candy Lee on breaking down barriers!

What do you think of this news? Sound off in the comments below.

  • Monkey Tennis

    Bit late, but fair play to DD for showcasing this.

    I’m not hugely familiar with Candy’s work, there are only a few of her matches on YouTube as far as I can see. Bottom line though, she’s a decent worker and that’s what matters in the ring.

    Breaking down barriers is cool. And when we stop seeing certain things as barriers, that’ll be even cooler.

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  • ???

    Wow! I thought this isn’t legal? But this is very interesting! Because after all if she does see herself as a female then this is how she should be.

    • Vito

      its legal because shes a woman. when you transition you are able to legally change the gender on your birth cirtificate etc. so as far as anyone concerned candy is a woman fighing a woman

  • Wasn’t there a controversy a couple of years ago because a transgender wrestler won the women’s title in some indie promotion?

  • Shayna will be very unhappy about this… she won’t be the first now ?

    • ???

      Ugh, just imagining her being women’s champion one day makes me disgust.

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    • KaiKai

      Oh come on…..that’s just not right, cool it with the transphobia

    • Hoooshi

      Is transphobia really necessary just because you don’t like someone?

      • Maddox

        An insensitive comment yea, but how is it Transphobia?

        • Hoooshi

          Okay my mistake, not a transphobic comment, but still insensitive.

    • Number One

      Dude, SHUT UP

    • Brittany Smith

      Yall need to stop DRAGGING Shayna like this. It ain’t right??????

  • AlexV

    Perhaps there should be a transgender title Too? Ah well, not my Circus not my monkeys. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d44959421f9e819e755b8d55eec56a56042dde8acf5161b764f1b8cb9bc442d4.gif

  • John Finnie

    Good for her & i hope that glassceiling keeps getting smashed ???

  • TorrieTrishStacyLita

    Yes Candy. And yes to double sided tape ?

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    Yesss go head!!! #Iconic

  • Sable’s Bumps

    isnt this sort of like Eva wrestling with guys? this trans wrestler is still biologically male at the end of the day, and doesnt that give her an unfair advantage over biological women?

    • MinervaCoretex

      Its a scripted, choreographed event. What do you mean unfair advantage.

      • Sable’s Bumps

        remember when eva trained with kendrick, and the girls complained that she was training with a guy and working with guys always makes you look better? wont it make her look better if shes that much stronger than her opponents?

        • MinervaCoretex

          Candy barely has any muscle definition. Literally the only difference between her and a “biological woman” is that Candy wouldnt have that lower center of gravity most women have.
          By your logic, the women working with Candy would look better, not necessarily Candy.

        • Laquane Anderson

          Wouldn’t that make her opponents look better?

        • Royalty ?

          That’s not what they was complaining about idiot. They was complaning because she had a private trainer ( Kendrick ) and she’s getting all these privileges instead of just going down to the performance center NXT to train like Cameron. That’s what they was upset about. Brie said “ I would have loved to have a private trainer when I first started but I had to go down to FCW and get better we all did But YOU “.

      • Super Mateo

        Yes it is scripted, so there is no real advantage. Even if there was an advantage, it wouldn’t be unfair. It really makes WWE’s restrictions on intergender wrestling look silly.

        • IconicTrio

          No it doesn’t. Because a lot of people still are not comfortable with the idea of men hitting women. And what’s the point of it is all one sided?

    • Neutral

      What about small girls that go against girls like Kharma and Nia Jax, doesnt that give them an unfair disadvantage? Thats how wrestling works.

    • Asa ?

      It’s pro wrestling. It really doesn’t matter who the opponent is.

    • E-Force

      No, to be a trangender athlete she should have the same amount of testosterone in her blood of a born woman at an adult age

      • Royalty ?

        That’s what what hormone pills are for. Don’t be ignorant!

        • E-Force

          How in the world am I being ignorant?

          • IconicTrio

            Your opinion doesn’t fit. Dont take it to heart boo.

  • Parasite

    Imagine her in WWE xo

  • Congrats and big step for her, hope one day WWE do the same thing.

  • Kendra

    she kind of look like eva marie

  • Omar Zaal

    This is my first time hearing about Candy Lee. She seems decent, would be cool to see her in WWE someday.

  • ssilva872

    Congrats to her.

    That belt having the same side plates as the iconic KO Title is cool I guess.