Meet The Lady Arm Wrestlers: Busting Arms For Charity

By Erin Heffernan
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) As columnist Erin Heffernan explains, “For the uninitiated, “SLLAW” is a collection of women who by day work as clinical researchers, college professors and welders, but channel alter-egos in arm-wrestling tournaments about three nights a year to raise money for charity.”

ST. LOUIS

It all came down to RahRahBoom! and Peter Pandemonium.

The “lady arm wrestlers” stood on opposite sides of the stage at a St. Louis dive bar. On the one side: RahRahBoom!, the “radioactive housewife,” wore a 1950s dress, green glitter lips and a scowl. On the other: Peter Pandemonium, a take on “the boy who wouldn’t grow up,” but, you know, it’s a woman who is deceptively good at arm-wrestling and known to chug tallboys between matches.

The contenders held grips built into a regulation arm-wrestling table and clasped palms. The housewife bent and licked her opponent’s hand.

“For good luck!” she said defensively as the crowd cheered at the Heavy Anchor in the Bevo Mill neighborhood.

A ref stepped in and warned her of the penalty box, in this case an actual cardboard box that can be put on an offender’s head.

He blew the whistle to begin the final match of SLLAW XVI, the 16th bout in the history of the St. Louis Lady Arm Wrestlers.

For the uninitiated, SLLAW is a collection of women who by day work as clinical researchers, college professors and welders, but channel alter-egos in arm-wrestling tournaments about three nights a year to raise money for charity.
The arm-wrestling is real. Their over-the-top personas are definitely not.

The third and final SLLAW bout of the year is set for Aug. 18 at the Heavy Anchor, 5226 Gravois Avenue.

The group is one of about 25 branches of the Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers, which started in Charlottesville, Va., in 2008. Since its first bout in February 2014, the local group has raised more than $20,000 for small St. Louis charities.

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