BREAKING: NZ’s Candy Lee Becomes First Transgender Women’s Champion

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Photo: twitter.com/MarcusKool

History was made in the pro wrestling world today at Impact Pro Wrestling: New Zealand‘s Nightmare Before Christmas show, when 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.

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.

Photos: Amanda (Photo: Missouri Wrestling Revival); Harley Ryder (Photo: Harvey Hook/Hot Spot Media)

Kiwi wrestler Leilani Tominiko is a force to be reckoned with #NZHFocus

Posted by nzherald.co.nz on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

 

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