Mercedes Martinez On Women Wrestlers Being Judged Different Than Men When It Comes To Aging

IMPACT |By Matt Boone |Wed, November 24, 2021 - 2:30PM EST
Mercedes Martinez

Mercedes Martinez recently spoke with our friends at SEScoops.com for an in-depth interview covering all things pro wrestling.

During the discussion, the women's wrestling star spoke about how female wrestlers are judged in a very different way when they get older than men.

Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.

On how women wrestlers are expected to cut their careers shorter when they reach a certain age: "Professional wrestling has this thing where they put an age limit on the females that after a certain age, you should be stopping. You should be whatever it is that you wanna do but not be in the ring and not be an athlete, whereas the men, they’re, you know, around the same age as us and they’re given opportunities after opportunities. You don’t look at them any differently as if they were 20 years old. But when it comes to females, it’s a whole different ball game like we should stop at a certain age whether it’s 30-years-old or 35. You can’t tell me at almost 41-years-old that I can’t run circles around a 20-year-old and then some. You know, it’s up to me to make that decision."

On her belief that as long as women are able to deliver in the ring it shouldn’t really matter what their age is: "It shouldn’t be up to anybody otherwise and I think that’s where the biggest problem is right now for female wrestling is just that ageism and that age gap when we have to stop and I think if you can go, you can go. There’s always something for everybody, doesn’t matter what your age [is]. As long as you can deliver on what you’re supposed to deliver and do your job and have fun with it, just keep going until you say it’s time to stop, not anybody else."

Check out the complete interview at YouTube.com. H/T to POST Wrestling for transcribing the above quotes.

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