Jeanie Buss Talks Women Of Wrestling, Possible National & International Touring

Jeanie Buss

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Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso recently spoke to Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss about Women of Wrestling, which premieres this Friday evening on AXS TV. Buss opened up about her own background and her new all women’s wrestling show, “My background has been mentored by people like [tennis legend] Billie Jean King and [former Los Angeles Forum GM] Claire Rothman, and I’ve promoted events and been around women athletes for pretty much my entire life. I really appreciate how our females on WOW are strong characters who fight their own battles and stand up, right or wrong, for what they believe in.”

Buss talked about feeling connected to the WOW roster, especially coming from the male dominated NBA, “My dad empowered me and made me believe I could accomplish whatever I set my mind to. The years of experience that I’ve had in the sports business have led me to the position I’m in today, and we’re finally at a place where women can take center stage and be the show. These are great female athletes who deserve a platform to display their talent, and that’s what WOW represents to me: female superheroes.”

The Lakers owner has enormous plans for WOW, “I want this to be something generations of families will enjoy together. I want to see this tour nationally as well as internationally. These performers are entitled to the biggest stage and audience we can provide them, and the exposure on AXS is a huge first step. These women don’t have to be the undercard or the ancillary match. They deserve to be center stage.”

WOW features Santana Garrett and Tessa Blanchard. The show premieres this Friday night at 9PM EST on AXS TV.

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