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May 24, 2004: Joe Rules is at it again...this time interviewing a favorite of many G.L.O.R.Y. fans, Ms. Tiffani Monroe. Read what Tiffani has to say about her career in the ring, her physical status and her newest pursuit: pro wrestling promoter!
JOE RULES: Tiffani Monroe, in the time you've been involved in professional wrestling, you have achieved great success as both a manager and a wrestler. Now you are promoting events under the banner of Pro Wrestling Entertainment. What made you decide to become a promoter?
TIFFANI MONROE: It has been something that I have wanted to do for quite sometime and finally decided it was time to do it. I wanted to put out a really good product that was suitable for the whole family. I wanted to give quality entertainment without vulgarity and violence.
JOE RULES: Your first event at the Silver Spring Fire Hall in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania featured an impressive roster which included The "Boogie Woogie Man" Jimmy Valiant, "Lightning" Mike Quackenbush (who would ultimately become the inaugural PWE Champion), "Luscious" Johnny Graham, and G.L.O.R.Y. Girls Fantasia and Lady Victoria. How do you determine who will appear on one of your shows?
TIFFANI MONROE: I wanted to have a variety of styles so that everyone can find something that pleases them. Mike is a great high flyer, Lucha-style wrestler. Fantasia, Lady Victoria add that element of technical old-school style, along with Johnny Graham, who is also a great fan entertainer with his mic work. I only use the best that is out there. I choose the matches that I put on very carefully. Everything has to click. For instance, I chose Lady Victoria and Fantasia because they both have technical styles that compliment each other. They both are very muscular. Especially with this being our first show, I wanted to portray women's wrestling as a sport, rather than a T&A show. These were just a few thoughts that went into the ladies match.
JOE RULES: Obviously, it takes a lot of thought, time, and effort to put together a quality show. Explain to our readers some of the difficulties that go into running a wrestling promotion.
TIFFANI MONROE: Wow, where do I begin??? LOL. First, there is getting the license. The paper work and bonding that is involved can be quite intimidating. With the shows, in Pennsylvania you MUST have a doctor in attendance. It is really difficult to find doctors who are available on Saturday nights, believe it or not. The work that is involved in working out the card, I let Johnny Graham handle that. He has the expertise in booking who he feels will work best on the different shows, although I do take care of the ladies bookings myself. Johnny also works out all of the storylines on the shows, plus I throw in my 2 cents sometimes. The advertising is grueling. I run several business ads in our programs. This basically pays for the talent we bring in so that everything is covered ahead of time. This can take hours and hours of leg work. Also, I run my own concessions at the shows, and I do all of the cooking ahead of time so that my concession workers just have to sell it. I have so many great friends and family that also help out for minimal pay, such as ticket sales, T-shirt sales, and concessions, etc. Plus, there is way more than I can write here. Maybe I could write a book! LOL.
JOE RULES: Well, hey, you've been a manager, wrestler, and now a promoter ... so why not add best-selling author to your resume?
TIFFANI MONROE: You never know. Only problem is that this is not my main job. I will have wait till I retire so that I can find some time.
JOE RULES: It would certainly be something worth reading. But getting back to the subject at hand, ultimately, what are your goals for PWE?
TIFFANI MONROE: I would like PWE to be one of the best promotions in Pennsylvania. One that is talked about among wrestling fans young and old, and one that is greatly respected by the wrestlers themselves. Joe, you know what it is like--there are some feds that you go into, and you are just a "worker" doing a job for a couple bucks if you are lucky, and maybe you would wrestle for 20 fans?
JOE RULES: Without a doubt.
TIFFANI MONROE: That is not what I want. That is not what PWE is about. Maybe because I am a wrestler, that is why the wrestlers who work for me are just as important as the fans. This is what PWE does for the wrestlers, and this will be on every PWE show: Wrestlers are paid what is negotiated upon from the start, and that is usually what they ask or more; the wrestlers are treated with respect; they are fed at intermission; and the wrestlers will have a quality crowd to perform in front of.
JOE RULES: It definitely sounds to me like you're running a classy promotion, and I'm glad to see you take care of the boys (and gals) .... Now, I understand you'll be out of action for some time, due to a recent surgery. Would you care to elaborate?
TIFFANI MONROE: I tore an abdominal muscle about four weeks ago and was bleeding internally. Actually, it was from lifting my mom's wheelchair out of the car, not wrestling. Anyhow, I had to have emergency surgery, which keeps me out of the ring until June. Well then, I already have surgery for a torn rotator cuff, which is scheduled for June 15th. And that will keep me out till December, the doctor said. I will be able to start training in October to come back. The rotator cuff tear is due to a match I had last year, and I have been doctoring with cortisone shots for a while, and now they are not working. It can be quite painful, especially in doing hair, so it is something that I have to do.
JOE RULES: At the time of the surgery, you were holding no less than nine championship belts! But due to all the time off, you'll be required to relinquish many of not all of them. How do you feel about this?
TIFFANI MONROE: Hey, ya gotta do what you gotta do and take what life throws your way. I have been very fortunate to have held that many belts in some very respectable feds. Fantasia has actually picked up a few of these belts, and I am proud that she is holding these ladies titles. BUT I will be back to challenge her to win them back eventually.
JOE RULES: Well, once you're back in action, do you plan to compete in Pro Wrestling Entertainment yourself, and perhaps even challenge Fantasia for the championship? (Provided, of course, Fantasia is still champion at that time.)
TIFFANI MONROE: No. Personally, I like the ring announcing gig. That way I can be out at ringside the whole time to make sure that things are running right and to read the crowd's reactions so I know how I can improve on the PWE shows. Johnny Graham is in the back running the locker room, and he keeps a tight ship back there. To elaborate, I really enjoy the ring announcing, and I hope to be used in a few other feds as a ring announcer until I can return to the ring to wrestle.
JOE RULES: Hopefully, promoters will keep you in mind for that. You have plans to run all women's shows in the future, is that correct?
TIFFANI MONROE: Eventually. I have a few venue ideas in mind for areas that I think would appreciate good ladies' wrestling.
JOE RULES: Not to put you on the spot, but who are some of the G.L.O.R.Y. Girls you would be interesting in signing for such an event?
TIFFANI MONROE: There are so many great talents on G.L.O.R.Y. I would really not like to say until I have gotten in touch with the ladies themselves. I can tell you who some of the ladies are that I am using on upcoming PWE shows, even though I have not listed all of the shows yet.
JOE RULES: Please do.
TIFFANI MONROE: Of course Lexie Fyfe on our next show, Persephone, Allison Danger, and I am also hoping to bring in Violet Flame in the near future. And Lady Vendetta. Plus, there are many other G.L.O.R.Y. talents that I am in touch with about coming in on future PWE shows.
JOE RULES: That's definitely a strong roster of female talent. The next PWE show is coming up May 29 at the Little Buffalo Family Campground Recreation Hall in Newport, Pennsylvania. What should the fans expect to see at this event?
TIFFANI MONROE: Well, as far as the ladies go, they will see one of the strongest technical ladies matches they could hope for on the East Coast as Fantasia defends her PWE Ladies' Title against Lexie Fyfe. Both girls are very excited about this match, and let me mark out by saying so am I! LOL. Plus, we have the Original ECW Superstar Glen Osbourne taking on Brock Singleton in a first contender's match for the PWE Heavyweight Championship. Also, The Italian Stallions will face FNA in tag team action. The Wolfman will be there to run rampant through the campground woods when he takes on Johnny Graham. The kids should love that one. And we also will see Night Prowler, Shane Shadows, and more. Also, there will be giveaways. We really try to make our shows a lot of fun. Plus, we always benefit a charity. This show will benefit the Newport Public Library.
JOE RULES: Great lineup you have there. How can fans get tickets, directions, and any other info they may need?
TIFFANI MONROE: They can just go to the PWE website at www.PWE.name. The ticket outlets are listed, along with the PWE office phone number and address, plus fans can order by PayPal. The tickets are all only $8, and kids under 5 are free. Also, when fans visit the PWE website, we invite them to join our Yahoo! Group which is listed on the homepage. We have an active message board where there is a lot of discussion going on about the PWE shows.
JOE RULES: Tiffani, thanks for taking the time out to do this interview. I wish you a speedy recovery, the best of luck with your wrestling career, and the best of luck with Pro Wrestling Entertainment.
TIFFANI MONROE: Thank you, Joe, for helping me get the PWE word out there. It has been a lot of fun. Take care everyone!
Fans in the Newport, Pennsylvania area should seriously consider attending the next PWE show on May 29th at the Little Buffalo Family Campground Recreation Hall. Support an indy fed dedicated to promoting the G.L.O.R.Y. Girls in a positive, family-friendly manner...Tiffani Monroe's PWE!