April Hunter is well known to wrestling fans. She’s also widely known outside wrestling circles as a fitness and glamour model, and she even has her own comic book series — “Code Red” and “Stripper Viking.”
The ONE Magazine wrestling writer Jason Cook recently got a bit of time with April to talk about all she has going on.
Jason Cook: Thanks for joining us at The ONE Magazine. I guess to start off, my first question is what is going on in the world of April Hunter?
April Hunter: Oh, you know how I am. A toe in every ocean. Comic Cons, wrestling, modeling, writing, candles and my websites. I’m the character Agony in the new George Perez (Marvel & Boom Studios) comic “Sirens,” so I’ve been doing a lot of comic cons. I also have 2 other comics out, “Code Red” and “Stripper Viking.” My blog, “Putting The Clothes On, Taking The Gloves Off” (AprilHunterBlog.com) is doing really well and I’ve had a few people talk to me about a book deal. I also started a small organic soy candle company, April’s ScentSations. (Etsy.com/shop/AprilsScentSations). We do scents like…Winter Morning Wood, which is cedar, balsam & pine. Grandpa’s Memory: Tobacco & Vanilla Bean. Wake The F’k Up is my favorite. Cappuccino with mocha with Café Bustelo.
I’m still working select wrestling shows and updating my sites too. It’s easy to shoot a lot when you live in the Tampa Bay area. AprilHunter.com is still kicking butt!
Jason: As a fitness model, a writer, a wrestler and an actress is it hard to balance it all in the world of entertainment?
April: Yes and no. Balancing the entertainment aspects isn’t difficult. I’ve found that being the brand “April Hunter” works well across all avenues and they feed into each other. It’s balancing real life vs. entertainment that is the challenge. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that relationships mean more now, and that entails missing work at times for other people and what’s important to them. When I was younger, I’d miss weddings, birthdays and housewarmings for a show on Saturdays. Now, I reconsider. I’ve realized that work won’t be there for me at 4 a.m. if my car breaks down, so…this is the precarious balance that I seek.
Jason: April you have a very successful website that has been going on for about ten or more years. Would you like to tell the fans about it?
April: It’s more of an Over-18 Fan Club. It’s got everything I’ve ever done in fitness, wrestling, fetish and modeling on there…plus all the Behind-the-Scenes, comic cons, conventions, video diaries, on the road stuff, wrestling tour blogs, writings…it’s kind of a one-stop playground for any fan of fitness, wrestling or pretty ladies. Oh…it also has lots of boobs and many of my industry girlfriends in it as well!
Jason: As you know April I’m a very big supporter of female wrestling and I always try and push for the best with the female wrestlers, either it is in TNA or on the independent circuit. Do you feel that other promotions and bookers are catching on to female wrestling? If so can you name some promotions on the indie level that push the female wrestling brand and not treat it like a diva division?
April: To be honest, I have tried to work “smarter not harder” in the past couple years due to injuries, so I’ve limited my bookings. However, 2 places stand out to me right now: Shine Wrestling and HWE in Houston. They both make women’s wrestling a priority and bring in good, solid workers. The fans respond well, too. It’s a shame more promoters don’t understand that concept. Fans like to see women in the ring to a bigger capacity than just eye candy. It’s why movies with strong woman roles have exploded in popularity. Quentin Tarantino was ahead of this time on recognizing this: Give the fans a good, strong woman film and you win both the male fans AND the female fans.
Jason: If you had to name three other females on the independent wrestling scene besides yourself who would you name the best three and why?
April: Thank you! Taylor Made. Allyson Kay. Jessica Havok. Taylor is amazing to watch…she’s a bump machine and one of the most intense wrestlers I’ve even watched. Not to mention, she’s got a great look. Allyson is a powerhouse with a centerfold appearance. That’s one of the reasons I worked so much. This type of look and ability isn’t very common. And Jessica is just unique. She’s an amazon. A force. Scary, tough, brilliant, smart and very, very strong. The antithesis of a Barbie Doll wrestler and I love that about her. Additionally, I’ve worked in locker rooms with all three and know personally that they are decent, sweet ladies who want to entertain the fans and love wrestling.
Jason: What are your thoughts on the Knockout Division from TNA? Do you think WWE will ever treat their females in the same regard as TNA does via letting them wrestle and carry a show or do you think that time is past and it’s all about eye candy to them?
April: I miss the Chyna/Trish/Lita/Stephanie/Molly Holly era of WWE. That was when it was both good and entertaining. Storylines, mixed tags, Hardcore/Intercontinental title matches. WWE put out there that women could do anything…not just be a ‘women’s champion’. To me, that was really neat to watch. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but…yeah. That seems to be over now. Never say never in wrestling but it doesn’t seem a priority. TNA is smart in that they took what WWE dropped the ball on –women and cruiserweights-and made their impact (ha!) upon those two adored yet ignored areas of wrestling.
Jason: April when I look at you I see wasted money. What I mean is you had the look and still do to be a huge TV star in the wrestling business. You look like an amazon in size but have the looks of a playboy model and most importantly you can wrestle. Why do you think you never worked for WWE? Was it by choice or did they not show interest in you for some reason?
April: Thanks! Actually, WWE did offer me a contract. I turned it down at the time. It was a timing issue for me, something was going on at home and I couldn’t move or go on the road full time. A year or two later, they called me in for another tryout. At that point, I was told that their timing was off…when I was a Playboy centerfold, they wanted wrestlers. Now that I was a wrestler, they wanted Playboy centerfolds. LOL. I figure it all happened for a reason. I now know I’d never have been able to keep up with that kind of constant travel. It’s HARD. I did it for WCW and they didn’t fly as much as WWE does.
Jason: You worked a big independent wrestling show last July which saw Jessica James vs. Athena in front of 1400 fans. What were your thoughts on that match going just over thirty minutes? Would you say that was a contender for female match of the year from any promotion period?
April: Oh my gosh. They beat the ever living f’k out of each other. Both girls are such talented wrestlers and would say that yes, without a doubt…it was one of my favorite matches of the year. I pushed to bring them into Shine Wrestling after seeing that and Jessica finally debuted there in January. Athena made her way back to Shine shortly after that TX match.
Jason: As you know, the company I co-own Houston Wrestling Entertainment is huge on legit female wrestlers. Would you be game to challenge Jessica James for her gold in an HWE ring?
April: Jessica is very, very tough. For a small girl, she packs one hell of a punch. But I’m not one to turn down an offer OR a challenge –especially if it means I get to come to Texas to make it happen, so I’d say yes!
Jason: I hear you’re trying out for a part on a ShowTime TV series. Would you like to give your fans some information about that?
April: I *could* tell you…but then I’d have to kill you. 😉
Jason: Do you think the wrestling business (Our business) will ever see a major boom period again or is that long over from happening in your opinion?
April: I think it’s possible we could hit another boom again in certain areas that are more Latino. Lucha Libre is part of the Latino culture, so if anyone were to be able to revive wrestling and make it thrive, it would be Latinos.
Jason: MMA after years of being mainstream figured it out about how females in full contact sports can draw massive amounts of money if promoted and booked right. What are your thoughts on that?
April: I’m thrilled. And I wish others would take note. Seems we’re a bit slow on the uptake at times. Women can do the same things men can…except in short shorts and halter tops. Sex and violence sells, so anyone who is in business can figure that out. Anyone who is in this as a hobby, can’t.
Jason: Do you have any advice to any up and coming female wrestlers in the business that want to make it to WWE or TNA?
April: Tape. ATHLETIC TAPE. Use lots of it. It’s easier to tape up and PREVENT an injury than it is to heal or rehab one. If you’re going to go all the way in this business and earn money, don’t get injured. Also, look good. Again, sex sells. Have TV quality gear. Learn how to do your makeup. False eyelashes work well on camera. Work out. Study your videos and photos to see what poses work and how you look WRESTLING on film. Film doesn’t lie. Ask others’ opinions and listen to them. We have 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason. And work every aspect of wrestling, from being a valet and manager to one half of a solid tag team to individual wrestler…if you can do anything, you’ll always have a spot in the business.
Jason: Would you like to say anything else before we end this interview?
April: Thank you for your time, Jason – and thank YOU for reading this, dear wrestling fans! Look me up and say hi: www.AprilHunter.com. Twitter: @AprilHunter. Instagram @RealAprilHunter and my blog: AprilHunterBlog.com
Jason: Thanks so much for coming out and talking with us April. We all wish you the best of luck in all that you do.