• On the Edge With Andrew Gold

Ep. 22: Wrestling's #MeToo Moment with Rhia O'Reilly

Updated: Oct 24, 2020

Wrestler Rhia O’Reilly is known for her signature move the Rhia-djustment. We chat about broken bones, how wrestling works and Jaffa Cakes, as well as one of the most under-reported social movements: the Speaking Out movement. It’s a bit of a subset of #MeToo, but wrestling was left behind by the media a little, which likes to pick and choose what might be relevant.

I didn’t know very much about wrestling, so Rhia helped to fill me in. We also discuss whether or not wrestling is a sport - which has long been a surprisingly controversial debate! Rhiannon Stephanie Docherty was born in 1985 and is from Northern Ireland. She’s been wrestling since 2010 and she also trains other wrestlers, and is a pretty big name in the industry nowadays.

Find her on Twitter: she’s got a big following and is very active – she’s also big on charity and works at the Big Issue, which is a great British newspaper that helps homeless people to earn an income. For the dark side of Rhia, check out her videos on YouTube. I have far few followers, so if you feel sorry for me, find me on Twitter or Instagram - Facebook - those accounts are where you'll find all the video teasers.

For more of this great poddy material, listen to the episode with Bobby Caldwell, who killed his girlfriend, or Dr. Tessa Dunlop on flirtation in the TV industry. You should also try the NME journalist James McMahon talk brutally honestly about OCD.

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