Burlesque wrestling at Public Assembly

Burlesque beauties battle in risque wrestling match

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What do a bunch of girly burlesque dancers have in common with “Macho Man” Randy Savage? Four words — Spinning-headlock-elbow-drop.

A band of fearless dancers are meeting at Public Assembly for the “Ultimate Pin-down” event on April 30, where beauty meets brawns to find out who is the best burlesque-wrestler in Brooklyn.

The almost all-female fight roster will feature a bevy of beautiful dancers, as well as a spattering of acrobats and circus performers, who are putting their good looks on the line in what is expected to be a burlesque blood-bath.

“The thing with burlesque, it takes bravery to take off your clothes, but it leaves out the violence,” said the lovely Rosabelle Selavy, professional burlesque wrestler and event organizer. “But I like sex and violence — there will be some danger for sure.”

Not all of the contenders are of the fairer sex, however — the devilish Evil Hate Monkey will form an all-primate tag team with a mystery gorilla fighter to take on the lovely Harvest Moon and the ferocious Lucille Ti Amore.

“It’s going to be all out animal war on the humans,” said the corrupt chimp.

The rules are simple; no booby trapping, twisting, biting, gum chewing, or texting; no weapons and absolutely no “stomping” on privates, according to “Ultimate Pin-down” referee Sweet Lorraine. Aside from that, a three-second pin wins the match.

But don’t assume that “Ultimate Pin-down” is just an all-girls WWF with fancy outfits and five-inch heels — these fights are the real deal, according to host James Habacker.

“It’s not strictly choreographed, there are some moves we teach people, but each wrestling match is different and the performers are trying to win,” Habacker said. “It’s not fake and it’s not setup.”

Public Assembly [70 N. Sixth St. between Kent and Wythe avenues in Williamsburg, (718) 384-4586] April 30, 8:30 pm. $10 ($8 in advanced). Visit

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Updated 5:32 pm, July 9, 2018
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