Lisa Marie, a 1990s wrestling Super Star from New Zealand deserved more of the spotlight. article - TPC photo

It required competing frequently in two continents and defeating a long list of the best that the 1990s women’s submission wrestling world had to offer but in doing so, the beautiful statuesque New Zealand warrior princess with runway model looks named Lisa Marie has ensured herself permanent residence in female wrestling lore.

Her matches primarily took place with a private wrestling company run by an entertaining southern California producer named Ron who had an extremely effective and sometimes comical methodology to motivate his female competitors to wrestle. At times he would raise the question to them in the back dressing room during a break in the most soothing voice saying words to the effect, “I thought you were supposed to be this tough girl but since you’ve been here all you’re doing is losing and complaining. Are you going to do better in the second half? ”

The banter that sometimes took place between he and Lisa Marie was side splitting. At times he would slightly taunt her as well but she always had a quick wit and swift reply to make her case, virtually always in victory.

When she wrestled in jolly old England, she often worked with a super nice gentleman named Phil who marketed a completely different approach that often contrasted the cultural tendencies of the British from the Americans.

This writer ordered an extensive list of videos (for research purposes only) from both Ron and Phil and as a customer got to know them well because their customer service during the paint drying on the wall, video by snail mail days was stellar.

Lisa Marie made a name for herself in both continents by performing some fairly incredible wrestling feats. Once in England, one at a time, she took on three rock solid competitors in the ring; a sexy tanned American named Sasha, a muscular British specimen named Christine and a tough as nails Scot named Jill and handily defeated them all.

When working with Ron in Tarzana, little did they know at the time that she was competing along with and against future Hall Of Fame female submission wrestlers in Robin, Christine Dupree and Kristie Etzold.

What would surprise me at times was that she could certainly defeat the best of the crème de le crème, yet struggle with a young competitor who was new to wrestling. Certainly her victory verses defeat record is stacked heavily in her favor but this aspect to her march to the winner’s circle was a little intriguing and puzzling as well.

Women wrestlers have always traveled the world so let’s travel to Lisa Marie’s native New Zealand.

“I love working in New Zealand. It’s just the most beautiful country I’ve ever been to”.………..Grant Bowler

The informative educational site Wikipedia shares, “New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses – that of the North Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui, and the South Island, or Te Waipounamu – and numerous smaller islands.

New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometers (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometers (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans.

During its long isolation, New Zealand developed a distinctive biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life. The country’s varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand’s capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.”

The country’s official travel site relates, “New Zealand is a small country, similar in size to Great Britain or Japan. With a population of only four million people it’s also gloriously uncrowded.

“When we shot ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ we had special permission to film in wild areas of New Zealand that could be accessed only by helicopter. They would drop us off and we would work all day, and they’d pick us up and take us out again”.………….Viggo Mortensen

Most places in New Zealand receive over 2,000 hours of sunshine a year, with the sunniest areas – Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay and Nelson/Marlborough – receiving over 2,350 hours. As New Zealand observes daylight saving, during summer months daylight can last up until 9.30pm. New Zealand experiences relatively little air pollution compared to many other countries, which makes the UV rays in our sunlight very strong.

You’ll be awed by the New Zealand’s majestic evergreen native forests that include rimu, totara, many varieties of beech, and the largest native tree of them all, the giant kauri. Underneath the trees you’ll find dense and luxurious undergrowth including countless native shrubs, a variety of ferns, and many mosses and lichens.

Over 20 percent of New Zealand is covered in national parks, forest areas and reserves – and these are the best places to observe our native flora and fauna. Our mainland also has two World Heritage Areas – Tongariro in the Central North Island and Te Wahipounamu in the south-west of the South Island.

“Actually, parts of New Zealand remind me of Suffolk. There are not many flat bits, but just the atmosphere there. There’s a kind of a core tranquility about it, a kind of assuredness that this is fairly close to approaching the perfect way to be”.………Bernard Hill

New Zealand has abundant and diverse marine life, and whale watching and swimming with dolphins are two of our most highly recommended experiences. The small Hector’s dolphin is the world’s rarest dolphin and only found in New Zealand waters. Seals, penguins and a whole host of fish and shellfish also thrive in New Zealand’s fertile marine environment.”

WOW! Where do we sign up! 

When someone hears the word Kiwi, the natural inclination is to think of the tasty green fruit. In reference to New Zealanders, a people who are often referred to as Kiwi, the most famous Kiwi are the flightless birds endemic to New Zealand.

Since Lisa plied her trade mostly during the pre-internet age, the information on her may be somewhat limited but for fans like me, her images, personality and dominant victories have created a memory based library that is voluminous.

Thankfully the sun still rises and the moon at times shines bright and yes time changes everything making some things extinct. Due to her tenacity, superior wrestling skills, dominant victories complete with trophy poses over her string of victims; for her legion of fans, Lisa Marie is one beautiful luscious Kiwi who will always be in season.

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Sources:, Wikipedia,,, photos thank you Wikimedia Commons.