Whoever taught Sonja Vanderbeck of TPC Wrestling that life is to be lived to the full need not worry about repetition.

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fciwomenswrestling.com article, tpcwrestling.com photo

Sonja got the message right the first time around.

Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.…………Pope Paul VI

Ready with quick verbal comebacks, random protests, crowd encouragement and dominant bantering, with Sonja there was never a dull moment. So many of her matches were easy to commit to memory along with her classic lines. Words to the effect……

“Well you don’t have to be nasty about it!”

“Why are you helping her? Why aren’t you helping me?”

A shapely brunette with a girlish face and beautiful mildly wide hips, our star primarily wrestled during the 1990s.

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fciwomenswrestling.com article, tpcwrestling.com photo

Let’s review the scouting report on her by rewinding through some of her matches.

In a match against arguably one of the sexiest girls at TPC in Anne Marie, Sonja struggled and mostly fought from the bottom on her back as Anne controlled the action on the famous yellow mats inside the apartment. Interestingly while her beauty made her a show stopper and creator of whiplash, Anne was not considered one of TPC’s top wrestlers.

Sonja also struggled against Lori Dean as well with the brunette woman handling her every step of the way.

I always felt that Sonja’s matches against the feminine shapely Kelly was hers to win as she demonstrated one time in the ring.

Wrestling newbies brought out the tigress in her as she wore purple and essentially tortured a sexy blonde with 1980s hair in an apartment setting. She easily handled Louise Marks as well in another apartment setting, smiling and mildly taunting her along the way. Our Dutch beauty gave blonde Brandi a hard time too.

The sexy girl next door blonde Sam Jones was no match for her either as Sonja dominated her with lots of pins and grapevine holds. Sam upset Sonja as she was accused of resorting to biting.

When she wrestled Kelly Blair, Stacey lane or Angela Scott, there was a little less excitement for me because they seemed to be a part of her inner sorority in the TPC sisterhood. Her signature match for me was when she wrestled Luna at an event on the yellow mats.

Sonja wore a sexy bright red bathing suit and Luna looked stunning in a light aqua blue bikini. At the TPC events there seemed to be more on the line than the competitions at the apartment or studio ring. There was clearly an amped up electricity between the two beautiful young women.

The Italian starlet and model, Luna was an interesting case study. She looked like she had just finished a Right Said Fred Video being too sexy for her tall model like body.

So often I would have to say she performed like a beautiful jobber who loved to get dominated, once performing in a semi-competitive match where she was completely controlled, dominated and place in awkward erotic positions including folding pins and put up very little resistance except for sound bites.

Other times she could bring her “A” game as she did against an American in South Florida who was a newbie yet surprised Luna with a submission. Clearly annoyed Luna recovered and woman handled her there after complete with trash talking.

So here, once she faced Sonja I really didn’t know what to expect.

It began as a titanic struggle and a protracted ground war. Sonja often fights from her back so as Luna was often on top, that by itself was not a strong indication of victory. Luna had beautiful long, strong legs and kept Sonja trapped between them. It was when Sonja finally escaped and could have submitted Luna through her own body scissors but let the dark hair beauty escape that the match seem to turn. Luna took control and again and soon submitted Sonja with a crunching body scissors. Sonja was so upset that she stormed off the mats.

If you don’t take the chance to live life, what can you say at the end of it?….Naveen Andrews

What I loved most about Sonja was there was never a dull moment in her matches. Witty banter and cutting humor was a staple in her contests. At an event where she took on the New Zealand Kiwi and tall terminator Lisa Marie, Sonja was very vocal in her struggle against Lisa. She had a great sense of humor and loved to play to the audience. It didn’t hurt that she looked gorgeous in every color and style outfit that she wore.

Though she clearly had a British accent her TPC resume lists her as being from Holland. FCI has never taken our readers to the land of the wind mills so let’s give Sonja a little bit of a break and spin over to that side of the world.

Where do you start when trying to describe one of the more upscale and fascinating countries of the world?

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fciwomenswrestling.com article, Wikimedia photo

Let’s begin with generics. Wikipedia is exceptional at that. “Holland is a region and former province on the western coast of the Netherlands. The name Holland is also frequently used to informally refer to the whole of the country of the Netherlands. This usage is commonly accepted, especially outside of the Netherlands, but some individuals, particularly from the other parts of the Netherlands, dislike the use of “Holland” as a substitute for the “Netherlands”, or even find it insulting.”

Did you know that? I have to admit that I didn’t. Let’s penetrate a little further by looking at some of the cities of this region. Amsterdam is probably most familiar to many but what are the next two most prominent cities there?

The in the know site holland.com relates, “Rotterdam is a young and dynamic city with a world-class port. The city is internationally known for its modern architecture and design.”

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fciwomenswrestling.com article, Wikimedia photo

The well respected travel site lonelyplanet.com shares their sentiment in focusing on the young.

“Rotterdam bursts with energy. Vibrant nightlife, a diverse, multi-ethnic community, an intensely interesting maritime tradition and a wealth of top-class museums all make it a must-see part of any visit to Holland, especially if you are passing by on a high-speed train on your way to Amsterdam or the south.”

Okay. That sounds good to me and now for some details.

Rotterdam is the second-largest city in the Netherlands and one of the largest ports in the world. Starting as a dam constructed in 1270 on the Rotte River, Rotterdam has grown into a major international commercial center.

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fciwomenswrestling.com article, Wikimedia photo

Its strategic location at the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta on the North Sea and at the heart of a massive rail, road, air and inland waterway distribution system extending throughout Europe is the reason that Rotterdam is often called the “Gateway to Europe”.

Located in the province of South Holland, Rotterdam is in the west of Netherlands and the south of the Randstad. The population of the city was 624,799 in 2014. The population of the greater Rotterdam area, called “Rotterdam-Rijnmond” or just “Rijnmond“, is approximately 1.3 million

Rotterdam’s port is the largest in Europe and one of the busiest ports in the world.

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fciwomenswrestling.com article, Wikimedia photo

Now since we’ve never traveled to Holland before, I want to spend a little more time there and visit another city. The Hague is the seat of government in the Netherlands, and the capital city of the province of South Holland. With a population of 515,880 inhabitants (as of 1 January 2015) and more than one million inhabitants including the suburbs, it is the third-largest city of the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government and parliament, the Supreme Court, and the Council of State, but the city is not the capital of the Netherlands which constitutionally is Amsterdam.

Thank you Wikipedia.

Boy could we go on about this place! Research indicates that The Hague has a lot to offer in terms of shopping: from art and design to fashion, shoes and souvenirs. The Hague has it all. If you want to go shopping but the weather isn’t so good, there are plenty of places to go for an indoor shopping spree.

One last important bit of culture.

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fciwomenswrestling.com article, Wikimedia photo

A great source of historical information the site thehaguepeacejustice.com shares this significant moment in history that affects the world to this day. “A hundred years ago an iconic new building was constructed in The Hague: The Peace Palace. It was the beginning of the city’s identity as international city of peace and justice. And for The Netherlands as a center of expertise in this field. Now, alongside the 160 international organizations based here, we are working together for a safe and just world. For everyone. Now and in the future.”

No wonder Sonja is so full of life and adventure.

To some degree it’s in her name as well. The great naming site sheknows.com explains to us that in Slavic, Russian, American and Greek that our wrestling star’s name means wisdom. As usual they take it to a deeper level. “People with this name have a deep inner need for quiet, and a desire to understand and analyze the world they live in, and to learn the deeper truths.

People with this name are excited by change, adventure, and excitement. They are dynamic, visionary and versatile, able to make constructive use of freedom. They fight being restricted by rules and conventions. They tend to be optimistic, energetic, intelligent, and to make friends easily. They may be changeable, restless, untidy, and rebellious.”

Sonja? Restless and rebellious? Naaaaaaaaah.

Sonja’s greatest year seemed to be 1993. She competed successfully in a number of matches and as usual was very energetic.

Do you remember what was happening in 1993?

One of the greatest Advice Columnists, Ann Landers was quoted as saying “Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies.”

I agree with all of that. Here we don’t want to relive the past, just revisit it. Please test your memory.

In 1993 Bill Clinton was President of the United States. Islamic Fundamentalists bomb the World Trade Center. Before 911, that incident seemed to be the wake-up call for the world regarding the endless East vs West struggle. Federal Agents raided the Branch Dividian Cult in Waco Texas. The tennis player Monica Seles is stabbed by a spectator during a quarter final tennis match in Hamburg by Günter Parche, an obsessed fan of Steffi Graf and in California, two former police officers are convicted of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King.

While Sonja was having quite a year, the world was as well.

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fciwomenswrestling.com article, tpcwrestling.com photo

Sonja Vanderbeck certainly made her mark in the women’s wrestling world and that’s why as long as fans like us are alive, our sexy fun girl will always be remembered.

One of the most dynamic motivational speakers, Mr. Les Brown imparted words that best describes Sonja’s wrestling career. A career that we can say was lived to the full. He stated,

We have to live life with a sense of urgency so not a minute is wasted.

Apparently Sonja was listening to him as well and got it right the first time……… again.

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https://www.facebook.com/visitholland

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http://www.holland.com/us/tourism/cities/the-hague-1.htm

http://www.sheknows.com/baby-names/name/sonja

http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1993.html