Over the last few days the Wrestling scene has been all abuzz thanks to a series of cryptic posts from three former WWE superstars in the shape of Gail Kim, Christy Hemme and Lita. Whether it be in or out of the squared circle (or sometimes hexagonal), all three women have tread unique paths when it comes to their professional wrestling careers, each with a different story to tell.
Over on IMPACT Wrestling, Hemme and Kim transitioned to backstage rolls within the company where Christy Hemme became one of the first female superstars to join the creative team as director of the women’s division, with Gail recently being appointed the first female wrestling agent after a historic inring career.
Not one to shy away from the norm, Lita (real name Amy Dumas) also made history outside the ring by becoming the first female superstar to become a creative writer and backstage producer for the company back in 2015.
If all three women’s accolades within wrestling weren’t enough to impress you already, earlier today the trio announced that they are set to produce a pilot for a new show inspired by true events which blends scripted drama with pro wrestling. The announcement was made over on the project’s kickstarter page with the project explains that the show will be “about women, made by women”. Check out the official press release for the project below:
Part TV drama, part wrestling promotion, the show will effectively demolish the fourth wall between characters and audience for a viewing experience that wrestling fans have never seen before. In a traditionally male-dominated industry, KAYFABE is a dramatization and collection of female stories inspired by real life events.
“I think KAYFABE is a great feminist story about a group of empowered women who have—in the most literal sense you could imagine—taken control of their own narratives,” said Hemme, a fan favorite who wrestled for both Impact Wrestling and WWE.
Named after the wrestling craft term that refers to the strict manner in which performers were once forbidden from breaking character or sharing industry secrets, KAYFABE is the perfect name for the new show, which will be taking that term and turning it on its head.
“All the stories we’ll be presenting in this show are something that, in one way or another, happened in real life,” said Kim, a one-time WWE Diva and recent inductee to the Impact Wrestling Hall of Fame.
The producers—who all enjoyed storied careers in professional wrestling and each command a sizable and fervent following—have taken to Kickstarter to fund the creation of a pilot in an attempt to bring their vision to life without compromise. In addition to their on-screen careers, all three also share extensive backgrounds behind the camera – Kim being the first female wrestling agent in Impact Wrestling, Hemme becoming the first female talent to join the Impact creative team as director of the women’s division and Dumas, as the first female to become a producer for WWE.