VIDEO DOWNLOAD - Dark Journey Shoot Interview
In the 'boys club" known as professional wrestling the women breaking the barriers and becoming true stars have been a constant struggle since the early days of the sport. Back before the "revolution" and before wrestling had "attitude" the women that dare choose professional wrestling as a career were to say the least rare. It was in 1985, in the deepest part of the south, that a woman would come along to not only brave the discrimination of her gender but her race as well. Linda Newton, better known by her wrestling name "Dark Journey" made her debut in the racially charged south for mid-south championship wrestling as an African American valet for the red neck "good ol' boy" Dick Slater and just by the color of her skin would cause instant and legitimate heat amongst the fans.
In this exclusive interview Dark Journey sits down with the RF video cameras for this intimate and revealing look into what it was like to be thrust into a world of which she had no experience and to perform in front of crowds who instantly disliked her by her mere presence. She holds nothing back as she describes her life as a adult dancer and explains her first meeting with Dick Slater that would eventually lead to her role in the mid-south territory. She tells of taking her first bump, a DDT from Jake the snake Roberts, and the nervousness that accompanied the move. She reminisces about her time with The Missing Link, as well as what it was like working with other valets at the time. She tells an interesting tale of her meetings & interviews with the world wrestling federation and why a run "up north" never came to pass. Things got intense under the bright lights as we probed into some of the most notorious rumors that have circled her career and to our shock and amazement she held nothing back! She addresses head on accusations made by Missy Hyatt in her book about her rumored role in the divorce of Bill Watts. Emotions ran high inside the RF video studios as she addressed these accusations for the first time ever in a public forum. We did not dial down the intensity as she next addressed the infamous incident of the real life altercation between Dick Slater and Sting. Did a true to life brawl break out in the locker room? Where punches landed? What caused the brawl? Did stings head end up in a toilet bowl? Dark Journey answers all the questions. She describes what it was like making a move to the NWA in 1987 and being paired with the four horseman but more specifically Tully Blanchard. She recounts how Tully was less than receptive to her presence and how she would be subjected to long bouts of "the silent treatment" in her days in the NWA. Her time in the NWA would eventually run out and this would lead to her departure from the business. She describes candidly on the adjustments and difficulties of making the transition from the spotlight and hectic pace of the pro wrestling world to real life.
Following the interview, in a segment never before attempted by RF video, we caught up with Dark Journey the night after the interview to do a recap and ask her thoughts on delivering her first ever shoot interview. It was then when Dark Journey opened up about her current life, her goals and interests in 2015, and even takes up back to reminisce on past love interests she had during her time in the wrestling business. It was a revealing and all be it unexpected bonus that we feel everyone will enjoy. Regardless of her place in history it is hard to deny the groundbreaking role she played in the history of females in sports entertainment. The courage it takes to subject yourself to the ridicule she must have endured as a minority female in professional wrestling in the south of the mid-eighties is cause for her to be revered in the annals of wrestling history forever. She took the steps few may have been brave enough to try and it was a true honor to have her before our cameras. This is your chance to walk in her shoes and to experience her time in the business through her eyes. For every young girl who decides to lace up her boots for the first time let her not forget for each of the brightest lights it all began with a dark journey.
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