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F1RST Wrestling's first all-female show in Minneapolis is a sellout

The wrestling promotion is known for its WrestlePalooza events at First Avenue.
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At F1RST Wrestling's most recent WrestlePalooza extravaganza at First Avenue, Priscilla  Kelly defeated three men to be crowned by the Uptown VFW Champion.

As she gave a victory speech before a packed First Ave., Kelly called for F1RST Wrestling to hold a show comprising solely of female wrestlers.

Minutes later, she got her wish, as compere John Maddening announced the Twin Cities-based wrestling promotion's first all-female event.

It didn't take long before the event at the James Ballentine Uptown VFW on Apr. 9 sold out, with independent wrestlers booked so far for the event including Kelly and other WrestlePalooza regulars including Jordynne Grace and Kimber Lee.

For the man behind F1RST Wrestling, Minnesota's own Arik Cannon, launching the promotion's first all-female show was a no brainer.

"We believe it is something that our fans want to see," he told BMTN, "which makes it an easy decision."

The popularity of women's wrestling has exploded in recent years, something that's become increasingly apparent in the WWE where stars including Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks are now among the main attractions.

The WWE held its first ever women-only pay-per-view, WWE Evolution, in October 2018, and its increasingly strong women's division culminated with Lynch, Flair and Ronda Rousey making history at WrestleMania 35, when they took part in the first all-female WrestleMania Main Event.

With the VFW show already sold out, Cannon has recognized there is an appetite for an all-women's show, and has said it's likely to become a regular thing.

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"There are a lot of amazing women out there on the independent scene, and I am excited to continue bringing the best talent possible to F1RST Wrestling and wrestling fans in Minnesota," he said. 

"This will be another in the long line of blow away events under our banner. The difference? You simply won't be able to boo Darin Corbin (F1RST Wrestling's resident heel) on this night."

Ticket-holders at the VFW can expect a card of 6-7 matches featuring 12-14 women wrestlers.

But while the VFW is playing host to a female-forward show, Cannon says it's unlikely that he'll do the same with F1RST Wrestling's bi-annual showpiece, WrestlePalooza.

"I think we could have an all female WRESTLEPALOOZA event," he said. "But I don't think that's something that we'll do.

"I think part of the allure of those events is the variety. Having a little bit of everything is key."

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