JM: How did the deal come about for you to work for GLOW?
QK: I was interviewed by Matt Cimber first, way back In Hollywood AS A
RESULT of an add in the now defunct Drama Logue. We hit it off very
well. he was searching for a producer and financial backer, then he
met up with David Mc. David had found a financial backer for our GLOW
pilot. Matt had the Riviera and Rikles to give us housing and etc.
David at first didn't want big girls like me but he couldn't refuse
me when Matt insisted on me and Mt Fiji. I will always give credit to
Matt for having the guts and insight to give the world audience real
figured women to feast their eyes and love upon. All the women in
GLOW had non surgical or hormonal enhancements as they do now.
But its all good to me to see women making waves as much as they can.
JM: What are some of your highlights in your career?
QK: I have arthritis in my hands- so long answers aren't good for me.
Being on TV- getting sitcom and film work. Being famous to
women and kids , who wrestled on my front lawn play/fighting over
who would be Matilda the hun.
Finally being recognized in the media after struggling for 20 years
as a wrestler, roller derby 'Queen and Mud wrestling champion.
Bringing pride to women wrestlers in general.
JM: I have interviewed a lot of women in the wrestling industry and
there has been a lot of talk of tension between the ladies in locker
rooms, GLOW to my knowledge is the first all female wrestling fed...
Did you face any problems with the other girls during your time in GLOW?
QK: Brotherrrr, did we have squabbles for sure in the dressing rooms of
both GLOW - cat fights, jealousies. Women are cats after all and
need to defend their territories. I think a lot of it was encouraged
by the men playing games with the girls heads and the girls first
learning experience about ego versus putting on a good show. The lack
of training had a lot to do with it also. missed moves, which did hurt
and caused too many unnecessary injuries. created great resentments,
& understandably so.
the great Fiji calmed her good girls and I soothed my bad girls
keeping them peaceful when we could.
Then in Poww- the older pros versus the young glow beauties created
great strife, insulting remarks, almost coming to blows. Candi Divine
was the greatest antagonist. She and the rest of the hard core pros
were angry we had a television show before and they didn't have that
much exposure after their many hard knocks. They had a right to be a
little angry that they felt we hadn't paid our proper dues. Its a
shame we didn't succeed in that show, combining both styles and
characters created great shows for all our fans who love ALL women
wrestlers. There is more in my book about this.
JM: Do you still follow wrestling today and if so, what's your
opinion on the WWE & TNA women's division Currently?
QK: I donít follow much, the steroid look of most of the men turns me
off. The show has great polish, but it seems they work with writers
instead of being their own original character. the women seem like
they are all cut out of the same barbie doll cookie cutter mold.
I respect any woman who enters the ring, but I prefer those without
surgical and chemical enhancements. They seem to be products of
Vince's idea of what women should look like. And they are encouraged
to sell stupid gratuitous sex. This makes me a bit hypocritical,
since GLOW had very sexy women, but somehow the fights & their more
normal appearances seemed more real to me. But, Then I don't get the
current music of today either.
JM: Do you have any regrets looking back for all you have done in
QK: I wish GLOW had not been run by complete morons with boners for
brains. We could have really made a difference for women for a very
long time, we could have given Vince some real competition. I regret
allowing my body to be abused for too long in the business. I want my
health back. Iím in good condition for the condition Iím in, but living
from a wheel chair is due to the constant abuse of my spine and etc.
I did the best with what I knew at the time. Hindsight is 20/20 as they say.
JM: Name Game
David McClain- - fun at first, turned into a jerk in POWW, great at
his job in GLOW. David was under enormous pressure from our many law
suits with glow after we left to form our own league, so I understand
his erratic behavior in POWW. I might forgive him one day for his
errors in judgment with me, its in the book in juicy detail
Aunt Kitty- best manager of the Bad girls ever, and friend
Jackie Stalone- funny, zany, couldnít remember her rap.
Wendi Richter- Best woman
wrestler in the athletic department ever, was a superb performer,
had different social interactions with her fans than the wild bunch
of POWW. she was more aloof, but rightfully so
Ivory - she was known as Tina Ferrari in glow- she was one of the best
athletes, great performer, vivacious, David had a huge crush on her.
She is well spoken, she and I were among the very top requests for TV
promotions & etc. I respect her continuing career in WWE. she
was willing to play the game and travel., I was burned out by this
time. I was 37 when the Glow show went kaput for me.
I always liked coming home to my family after short - maybe 30 days
max on the road.
Hollywood- dear friend always, bubbly, hard worker, great athlete
and performer. Hollywood and Vine were terrific seconds in evil
command to the Mighty Matilda. I loved them both and we had the time
of our lives performing in some of the most controversial matches of
all time, such as the Gestapo Match.
Mountain Fiji - arch enemy in the ring, great friend and actress
outside the ring.
JM: Was there any talks of you ever working for the WWE?-
QK: I was
turned down just after Glow. I believe Vince was afraid of women in
general. Before glow, I met with Moolah, she demanded I move to So
Carolina and give up my family for 6 months for training and maybe
forever to train and work in the then WWF- much more juicy stuff in
book about her antics.
JM: Your also writing an autobiography, what are the details of the
book and when will it be released?
QK: you'll have to see... but it is
a true account of the nitty gritty journey of a young awkward Amazon
Princess turning into a Kick Ass World Champion Queen of GLOW, and
all the sleazy perverted producers, directors, and promoters along
the way. Had a wonderful 40 year very unconventional marriage, had
a stint as a Dominatrix and produced many BBW fetish videos. Very
colorful story and not for children.
JM: You also have worked in Films but I have to ask how the
experience was working on the set of my two personal favorite sitcomsÖ
QK: Mama's Family - best job Fiji and I ever had in sitcom land. the
best cast, best crew and etc. The most polished smooth professionals ever!
Married with children? Al Bundy was a true King, Bud a truly funny good actor, and sport., the rest was cheesy, no extra pay for my stunt and Peg Bundy was snooty. The show was on its last season and everyone was burned out.
JM: You recently made an appearance at the GLOW Reunion reuniting
with all the GLOW Girls... What are your thoughts leading up to the reunion?
QK: you'll have to see the bio for that, way too long. But it was superb
to see and feel the glory of my girl friends who were all in a league
of their own in the good ol days when Fiji and I were the most
renowned and legendary Big Beautiful Women in Professional wrestling.
JM: Any advice for fans who want to follow there dreams?
QK: Donít wrestle past the age of 40- you will pay the price, big time! Get
good training and management. donít accept sexual harassment tactics. Follow your dream to be a wrestler, but save for a rainy day and donít be afraid to be a bit normal either. There is no shame in having a regular job and profession to fall back on. Donít expect big dollars for a very long time in this biz and maybe never. You might make good money for a short time, and then nothing after that for a longggg time. So have a regular job in between gigs.
JM: Closing thoughts?
QK: Take time to enjoy your life whether you achieve fame or not. Love & Family are the richest treasures in anyoneís life. Learn how to Be Happy, Donít worry. Life is short and so is youth. take care of your health it is the most important thing in your life next to family, and no one is invincible. donít take steroids.