WWE Mae Young Classic Competitor Piper Niven (aka Viper) spoke to The Scotsman on changing her look over time, taking a fellow wrestler to the hospital, and women's wrestling in the UK. Here are some of the highlights:
Changing the style of the typical look given to bigger women wrestlers:
"Back then if you were big girl in wrestling, you had to be bad, angry and grumpy and wear dark colors. I went along with it for a while, then I was, 'Absolutely not! I'm gonna have big, blonde curly hair and wear whatever I want.' I do have a black leotard, because well, that's flattering, but I've also got a really nice bright blue one and a bright pink one. I like make-up too, there's this 'greeny' gold highlighter I love and I do big heavy eyes 'cos you want them to go 'oh, she looks nice' from way over there – paint for the back row. I come out to heavy metal and go 'hiya!', 'cos that's just me. Everybody says that doesn't go, but that's the point. I'll like whatever I like, and I'm not going to do what you think goes or fits. I hate being told what to do."
UK women's wrestling scene:
"The UK is an absolute hotbed for women's wrestling. We're some of the best in the world and I think it's because women are good at putting emotion into the fight. Women's wrestling used to be very much treated like a sideshow, but now it's the main attraction for a lot of people. When I first started there were, maybe a handful of girls in the UK, and certainly none that looked like me."
Story about taking her friend to the hospital after they had a match and the hospital staff being confused:
"I broke my friend's ankle and feel absolutely rotten about it, although I know it wasn't my fault. It's the nature of the beast with wrestling. I did a Flip Cannonball and her foot slipped and I came down on her ankle. I expected the hospital to say to me, right you, get up the road, but they made me stay in for an MRI and it turns out I've got a wee abnormality in two of my vertebrates, probably from years of wrestling. They put us in separate wards because they heard we'd been in a fight, then they couldn't understand why we were both asking to be next to each other. We said, we're performers, we do this together, so they said ;okay.' Did they think I'd go on a street fight in a leotard?"
Niven also discussed how she got into wrestling. You can check out he full interview by clicking here.