G.L.O.R.Y. Legend Of The Ring
|Wrestling fans of the early-60s who were fortunate enough to see Lola LaRay in action will all tell you this same thing: Ms. LaRay was one of the toughest--and nastiest--ladies to ever step through the ropes. This rough pro didn't care what it took to win. If she needed to brawl outside of the rulebook, it was fine with her. Throwing some fists, doing a little choking or grabbing a few handfuls of hair were all in a day's work for this brutal ring warrior. Opponents quickly learned that when they fought LaRay, they were sure to leave the arena with their body, as well as their spirit, bruised and battered. Once Lola LaRay stepped between the ropes, spectators knew that a ring riot was about to be unleashed in the arena!|| ||
Lola LaRay's Profile...
- Height: 5' 7"
- Weight: 120
- Hair: Black
- Eyes: Brown
- Hometown: Columbus, Ohio (USA)
- Currently Residing: Columbus, Ohio (USA)
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- Career In Ring: 1954-1963 (9 Years)
- How It Started: I had just turned 17 years old when a friend of mine, who was a professional female wrestler, introduced me to Billy Wolfe. I was very young and in need of a job at that time. I watched some of the girls working out and I thought to myself: "I can do that!" I was always athletically inclined when I was younger and I participated in many sports during my high school years...so I jumped in with both feet. Not only did I enter into the professional wrestling business, but I also ended up marrying Billy Wolf. He decided to send me to Tampa, Florida to be trained by Cowboy Latrell. Billy felt that because we were married, he might go a little too easy on me. I arrived in Tampa...wide-eyed and green as grass. I went through a few training sessions and before I knew what happened, I was scheduled to meet Elain Ellis for a "fill-in", 15 minute, one-fall match. We both were brand new and really didn't have a clue as to what it was all about. We put on a pretty good show though...considering we didn't know what we were doing! I did learn a very valuable lesson that first evening. Elain used a flip-move on me. I went over her shoulder, but I forgot to tuck my head under when I hit the mat. I ended up with a lump on my forehead that was roughly the size of an extra-large egg. Needless to say, I never, ever forgot to "tuck and roll" after that night! It wasn't long before my career was off and running.
- Gimmick: I had no gimmick. All I did was jump in the ring and fight as hard as I could.
- Wrestling Style: Super-Heel sounds like a pretty good description to me!
- Gear/Outfit/Costume: I didn't wear anything out of the ordinary. Just a simple one-piece suit and boots.
- Biggest Win: Every win was a great win...
- Worst Loss: ...and every loss hurt.
- Favorite Type of Match: I enjoyed them all. It was fun working all different types of matches.
- Favorite Moves/Holds: I loved using drop kicks whenever I could.
- Toughest Opponents: I found Mary Reynolds to always be a tough opponent.
- Career Highlight: Wrestling June Byers three times for the title. We worked in front of crowds that looked like those seen on today's WWF programs.
- What I Liked Most: Having the opportunity to travel and see the country. The money was good, of course. Also being "on stage" and entertaining people. I loved getting reactions from the crowds!
- What I Liked Least: Long, dull road trips when going from show to show.
Lola LaRay's Personal Notes...
Career Info: My marriage to Billy ended after less than a year. I was simply too young at that point in my life and Billy was considerably older than me. We parted, but remained very good friends up to the day he died. My life was good and my career as a professional wrestler allowed me to travel, meet many wonderful people, and provided me and my young daughter with a comfortable lifestyle. About halfway through my career I became pregnant. That's when doctors discovered that I had cancer. After the birth of my son, the doctors recommended that I have surgery. The procedure was successful, but I was extremely weakened by the operation...both physically and emotionally...although the doctors assured me that they had removed all the cancer. It took over a year for me to recuperate, but I was finally given the green light to begin working out. I changed my entire method of training. I had begun practicing yoga during my recuperative time. I then incorporated resistance training and my body became much stronger as my mind became more disciplined. I resumed my career and, by the grace of God, have remained healthy to this day. After nine years in the business, I decided to end my career and devote myself to my family and raising my daughter and son. I had gradually grown tired of the road and missed my children. I occasionally will think back to those days and remember all the action, excitement and interaction with the other girls.
Current Info: I am currently a supervisor for a national retail distributor in Columbus, OH.....My favorite things to do are simply to "hang out" at home with my husband and spend time with our grandchildren. My husband and I both had careers that were exciting and very hectic. My wrestling career was quite thrilling, but it left little time to sit around and relax. My husband was a police officer for 24 years. Needless to say, he also had a very exciting and hectic career. Now, it's the quiet, simple, suburban life for us!.....As for hobbies, I love to work ou. We have a nine station Universal machine, over 400 pounds of free weights, and many other pieces of equipment.....We are also into gardening, cooking, watching great movies, and enjoying each other's company.
May I make a special request? I would like to ask if anyone has photos, articles or film of me in any matches, please let me know. I've had so many photos and other items either lost or taken from my collection. My husband and I recently began searching for photos and related items dealing with my career. If anyone has any material, please contact me at: LolaLaRay53@aol.com. I would also love to hear from any and all fans who saw my matches. Thank you.
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