It’s uncertain what vexes my non-wrestling fan friends more—that people would want to write about pro wrestling, or that enough people would write about it that it would necessitate someone like me having the niche of asking wrestlers about food.
But I’d do this even if I didn’t think these interviews cast light on aspects of the sport and its competitors that are more often looked. It’s fun and I feel privileged to speak to the women who make up the future of women’s pro wrestling about things so intimate and personal to the fabric of our beings.
Christi Jaynes currently wrestles for Stardom, which lies on the cutting edge of joshi. But like, not in a “Randy Savage taking the pin at WrestleMania VII” way, but like a “Tetsuya Naito psyching his opponent out by playing chill” way. She took time out of her training to talk with me about the foods of her childhood and a wrestler’s diet.
Where in Brazil did you live before coming to the US? What are some of the comfort foods you remember eat when you were young, and are you able to find them (or the ingredients to make them) in Texas?
I was born in Niteroi Rio de Janeiro, then moved to Rio Grande do Sul. Rice and black beans or feijoada with pork and sausage mixed in ( it’s poor man’s food) were a staple in our home.
We would have farofa (toasted cassava flour mixture, normally with green olives and scrambled eggs, bacon), collard greens and a lot of tomato and onions. My grandmother would make this at the beginning of the week and we would have it throughout the week. Also pudim de leite, rissoli, empanda (not the Spanish ones; ours are very different), coxinha, brigadeiro, pastels and popcorn.
My mother always made sure we had food at home, all homemade. We never went out to eat—it was to expensive.
How would you describe your in-ring style?
My trainer is from Mexico—to me, I have a very lucha style.
I do both. I love trying new things. Like the other day I tried tongue! It was very chewy.
In the morning, I’ll have English muffin with chicken or bacon—some type of protien—with avocado and coffee.
At night sometimes I’ll have broccoli and avocados or rice with chicken or beef. Sometimes I’ll have sushi. I eat pretty clean.
What are the crowds for Stardom events like? How have they taken to you?
The crowds are huge. Very quiet though, different from the hooting and hollering in the states. It’s very intimidating, because you never quite know if they enjoyed it.
I think they like me, they bring me presents after the show. So I’m going with a “yes, they like me.”
If you were a World Champion and your greatest rival challenged you to a “Title vs Briefcase of your favorite snack” match, what snack would be in that briefcase?
It would be very messy. I love fruit parfait, hahahahaha.
I put salt on apple slices. Everyone’s got a “weird” thing they do with food, right? What’s yours?
I put avocados on just about everything, I’m not sure—I’m kinda bland and basic.
You have a pretty impressive history of sports before becoming a wrestler! How does your diet as a wrestler compare to the diet you had when you were playing hockey? Did you ever wipe out real bad while drag racing? Do you ever take a hard clothesline or get thrown out of the ring and have a flashback?
Wow! First off, super impressed: not a lot of people know I used to Drag Race or play hockey. I’ve played a lot of sports—American football, soccer, swimming, hockey and drag racing.
I’ve been in a drag accident—it wasn’t bad. I wear tight clothes in the ring, so my body is always under scrutiny. I can’t run around eating hamburgers, cakes and brownies because I don’t wear padding or a shirt or a heat resistant body suit. So I have to watch what I eat.
I don’t get flash backs. When I get hit extremely hard I think “Are you breathing? Can you move your toes? How about your arms? Get up and beat them.”
Would you wrestle a non-human, if you had the chance? Like say Kung Fu Chicken Noodle or Grimace?
Yeah, like a Ninja Turtle! Or Kung Fu Panda.
I have read that you are the first Brazilian women’s wrestler to work in Japan. In what ways do you hope to represent Brazil through your work with Stardom? Are there stereotypes or other cultural hangups of Brazil and its people that you want or you need to push back against?
Yes that’s what people say. I was shocked. Personally, I haven’t experienced any discrimination in wrestling for being Brazilian so maybe this question is better suited for someone else. But I also try not to pay attention to negativity.
Of all the people you’ve wrestled so far, who would you say has had the greatest impact on your style and career? And what kind of pie would they be?
I have worked with some amazing women and men, so I’ve had amazing pie. I’ve met a lot of wrestlers that I haven’t wrestled but who have absolutely helped me in the business aspect and in the ring.
Not sure about what kinda pie they would be— maybe a peach cobbler?
Author: Jetta Rae
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