Breaking gender barriers, wrestling diva set for title shot

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By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario -
In a sport dominated by testosterone, a Cornwall-based wrestling league is on the verge of crowning the province's first woman to win a major title outside her gender.

'The Queen of Mean' Persephone Vice.

Ottawa wrestler Persephone Vice, a six-foot-two towering inferno, will be going head-to-head with defending Mecca Pro Wrestling (MPW) world champion, Payne on April 26 at Infiltration, live from the Agora Centre in Cornwall.

The self-proclaimed 'Queen of Mean' emerged victorious from a 15 Superstar Battle Royal last month, becoming the first woman to earn a shot at the MPW world championship.

"The fact that a woman in a male dominated sport has come this far is nothing short of remarkable," said MPW management. "It's not everyday you hear of a woman vying for a shot at a heavyweight title."

Other featured matches signed for this must-see TVCogeco taping include Randy 'The Rage' Berry taking on former friend and partner Joey Valentyne in a street fight, Derric Hamilton defending the Pound For Pound title against KL Shock, The Incredible Hunks squaring off against the MPW Tag Team titles in an open challenge, Decker "The Ax Man" Leduc vs. The American Barbarian, and more.

MPW management is encouraging fans to bring signs and props for a better chance to be seen on TV.

Tickets for Infiltration are $12 in advance, $40 for a family four pack or $15 at the door. They can be purchased at Nativity Bowling, Poppy's Pawns Plus or the Lotto booth at the Cornwall Square. For ticket reservations, call 613-936-1551. Bell time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Organizations: Agora Centre, Superstar Battle Royal

Geographic location: Ontario

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