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Professional wrestler Gia Scott (R) tries to break free from the grip of professional wrestler Aria Palmer (L) during Autumn Armageddon 2018 in Galena, Maryland on October 6, 2018. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP Photo)

AFP presents a photo essay on professional wrestler Gia Scott shot by photographer Jim Watson over several months in 2018. Kierra Scott – better known by her stage name Gia – is a rising star in the US pro wrestling scene. This month, the 19-year-old became the youngest ever female champion of the MCW wrestling league in Maryland. Here: Professional wrestler Gia Scott (R) tries to break free from the grip of professional wrestler Aria Palmer (L) during Autumn Armageddon 2018 in Galena, Maryland on October 6, 2018. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP Photo)
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26 Nov 2018 00:05:00
Iraqi women practice at the sports club in Diwaniya, Iraq on November 10, 2018. (Photo by Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters)

Iraqi women practice at the sports club in Diwaniya, Iraq on November 10, 2018. On the blue mats of the al-Rafideen Club in the conservative city of Diwaniya, some 180 km (110 miles) south of Baghdad, some 30 female wrestlers, some still wearing headscarves, train three times a week. When a big competition comes up, they train every day. (Photo by Alaa Al-Marjani/Reuters)
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19 Nov 2018 00:03:00
A Cholita (Andean woman) fighter makes a key to their opponent during a wrestling session at the Havana Hotel Cholet in El Alto, outskirts in La Paz, Bolivia on June 29, 2018. (Photo by David Mercado/Reuters)

A Cholita (Andean woman) fighter makes a key to their opponent during a wrestling session at the Havana Hotel Cholet in El Alto, outskirts in La Paz, Bolivia on June 29, 2018. (Photo by David Mercado/Reuters)
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09 Jul 2018 00:01:00
Wrestler Kairi Hojo jumps at her opponent  Mieko satomura during their Stardom female professional wrestling show at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, July 26, 2015. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)

Wrestler Kairi Hojo jumps at her opponent Mieko satomura during their Stardom female professional wrestling show at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, July 26, 2015. Professional women's wrestling in Japan means body slams, sweat, and garish costumes. But Japanese rules on hierarchy also come into play, with a culture of deference to veteran fighters. The brutal reality of the ring is masked by a strong fantasy element that feeds its popularity with fans, most of them men. (Photo by Thomas Peter/Reuters)
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08 Apr 2016 15:18:00
Yenny Mamani "Marta la Altena", top, grabs Leonor Cordova "Angela la Simpatica" in a hold during a Bolivian wrestling Cholitas fight in Madrid, Spain, Thursday October 8, 2015. (Photo by Paul White/AP Photo)

Yenny Mamani "Marta la Altena", top, grabs Leonor Cordova "Angela la Simpatica" in a hold during a Bolivian wrestling Cholitas fight in Madrid, Spain, Thursday October 8, 2015. (Photo by Paul White/AP Photo)
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11 Oct 2015 08:08:00