Transgender Women’s Champion crowned

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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!

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