I dont want to be the next Trish Stratus," says ITV star wrestler Mariah May

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British ITV wrestling star Mariah May immediately hit back when asked if she wanted to be like one of the most iconic female wrestlers to ever step foot in the ring.

The 23-year-old Tottenham-born wrestler and actor might look somewhat like Trish Stratus, but she does not want to be her.

“I want to be the first Mariah May,” she said.

"I met her recently in the United States, and she is the definition of a superstar, so kind and progression, and someone I look up to.

“There are certain traits of hers that I aspire to have – she has definitely had a big influence on me, but I want to be the first Mariah May, that's for sure.”

The leggy blonde with a feisty attitude has been taking the wrestling world by storm in recent months.

From becoming one of the most well-known females on the British scene, to spending Wrestlemania week wrestling on multiple shows in the United States, her career is on an upwards trajectory.

She has even had some interesting chats with some of the world's biggest wrestling companies – but she was remaining tight-lipped on that.

And she made her mainstream acting debut as part of ITV 2's Deep Heat in March.

Playing Roxy – a feisty, self-obsessed wrestler with a hint of Mean Girls, which has shades of her actual in-ring persona – the six-part show is available to watch on ITV player or on Monday night's at 10pm.

She said: “The actors did all the wrestling themselves, which I was amazed by, because obviously, I trained to become a wrestler and that does not happen overnight.

“You wouldn't believe how difficult wrestling is.

“It's not just like, oh, you learn to do it.

“It's like, you learn the mechanics of it. and then you have to learn your facial expressions.

“And then you have to learn your body language, and there's so much to it.

“It took me a year shows to feel like, okay, I'm actually getting good.

“Now. I'm not awkward any more.

“I thought maybe I was going to be a stunt double – I didn't realise I was actually going to be like playing an actual part.

“They killed it, they really did a good job, and that was really cool to see.”

Mariah has been wrestling for around four years – although she doesn't count the pandemic era which saw her have to pause her career entirely as wrestling as banned due to Covid restrictions.

Her recent trip to America, however, gave Mariah, who is also known as The Glamour, a much more different perspective of the British wrestling scene than before she went.

She became a focal point of the Speaking Out movement, which was wrestling's own version of Me Too, when she detailed her story of being abused.

Her story is available to read on her Twitter page.

Wrestling in the UK has underdone somewhat of a revamp, especially internally, as a result of what happened – it also saw government intervention with the creation of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Wrestling.

But for Mariah, she feels the industry in this country is too far gone to fix.

She said: “The thing is, for me, it's like I didn't ask to be a focal point, I just very much stood up for what I believed in, and tried to help people.

“And through doing that, I think I did end up becoming a focal point and ended up having a lot to carry.

“I often forget now, because I'm doing so well, how hard that was and how hard it was to have a brave face when during all of that.

“Wrestling in the UK isn't governed and having now wrestled in America, it's completely different.

“Their scene is so much better than ours, the money is better, the medical care, like the shows actually have help, they have catering, they have people who will look after you and check on you. “And everyone is so attentive of each other versus British wrestling, which I have to say by contrast is abysmal.

“So beyond all the other things that are happening, our scene just need help.

“A year on, I think pretty much nothing has changed, but I don't regret doing it because I can say that I tried and I will always try and help people and I try my best.

“As someone who was in British wrestling, I can say hand on heart, I don't think anything has changed.”
She did clarify that there are promotions that are doing much better and are “more conscious” of issues raised during the Speaking Out period, but that “bullying” is still a big issue in the industry, and that wrestler pay is “abhorrent”.

“I just don't think people want it to change,” she added.

Away from the ring, Mariah was forced to find other outlets to keep herself going during the pandemic.

She turned to YouTube and Twitch streaming – as she is a big gamer – and used those platforms to give herself an income to support herself during hard times.

“I don't want to be a wrestler, I want to be a superstar,” she said.

“It did break my heart not to wrestle, but you have to keep moving forward.

“One piece of advice I'd give to anyone aspiring to be a wrestler is that they need to have some kind of backup plant – it could all end tomorrow with one injury.

“Wrestling will drive you up the wall, so you need other things.”

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