Long Live the Queen – Remembering Matilda the Hun

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Deanna Booher aka Queen Kong aka Matilda the Hun Passed Away while in recovery following a routine procedure on January 7, 2022.

Deanna Booher former Professional Wrestler and Roller Derby Star Passed Away on January 7, 2022.

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‘Glamazon Queen Kong: My Life Of Glitter Guts & Glory,’ Autobiography of Deanna Booher, with Joshua Waldrop.

The first time I ever met the 6’3″, larger-than-life, Deanna Booher (aka Queen Kong aka Matilda the Hun) was during the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival. I rearranged my entire viewing schedule just to go watch the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling (GLOW) documentary.

Some 5’10” roid monkey, juiced to the gills, looking like the original UFC logo, dressed like a bouncer, flung both doors to the theater open, fists in the air, bellowing, “Matilda the Hun, I love you!”

Queenie (as her friends affectionately called her) spun her scooter around, screaming back, “I love you too!”

In that instant, he started squealing like a little child meeting Santa Claus for the first time. That’s the moment I knew Queenie’s impact on her fans.

It was well into the night on January 7, 2022, that I received word from former GLOW wrestler Roxy Astor and Pastor Robert Nguyen that Queenie had passed away around 9 p.m. in recovery following a routine procedure.

“Queenie will always be dear to my heart. Many happy memories! Our birthdays were only two days apart, so we got along very well and had a unique understanding of one another. I remember her dear hubby ‘Poopsie’ (funny, I never knew his real name). Queenie missed him so much! I am happy Queenie is out of pain, resting with our Lord & soon to be reunited with her Poopsie and Fiji! We just spoke via Zoom a few weeks ago, much thanks to Pastor Robert and Roxy, they had been Queenie’s rock for the last 2 years and arranged my only possible way to see and enjoy more time with Queenie. Two very kind, loving and unselfish people. RIP my sweet sister Queenie! Miss her already…’til we meet again,” said former GLOW Girl and Raiderette, Ashley Cartier, that worked with Matilda the Hun during the first two seasons of GLOW.

Although Ashley Cartier may not have known “Poopsie’s” given name (it was Ken), Queenie was madly in love with him. When she wasn’t trying to make me blush with some of her more intimate details of the particular 1970s lifestyle that she and Ken shared, she would almost always bring a tear to my eye with stories of her late Poopsie and her only child, son Dean.

Being a professional wrestler and roller derby girl was not conducive to motherhood, which always seemed like a regret for Queenie, but she would always praise her son in how successful he is career-wise and about being a great father.

Without GLOW and especially Queenie along with the genius of now Women Of Wrestling (WOW) President, David McLane, there would be no women’s revolution in professional wrestling. She was the heel that you enjoyed to hate, somehow forcing you to fall in love with her.

“Who would have ever thought that a Bad Girl and a Good Girl would become best friends?” sighing with a smile, said Roxy Astor, one of only two people outside the family that Dean let visit with his mother.

Queenie had one of those infectious laughs that if you were having a bad day, even her slight chuckle would cheer you up. When I said earlier that she would always make me blush, well Queenie was a flirt. She would call me, “Sexy Samo,” and in the copy of her book, Glamazon Queen Kong: My Life Of Glitter Guts & Glory, she signed it saying she wanted us to do the, “wild thing.” I read it, blushed, and sheepishly told her, “Queenie, I wouldn’t know what to do with you, even if you came with an instruction manual.” That line got one of the biggest belly laughs I had ever heard, and we both doubled over.

“Yesterday (Thursday, January 6, 2022) I was watching a documentary on Andre the Giant and thought about Queenie. She must’ve started wrestling about the same time and she was definitely the giant of GLOW (keep in mind I didn’t know she had passed at this time)! She fought all of her life to be famous and just wanted to be recognized for the professional wrestler that she is! I hope a documentary will be done about her also. Anyway, Queenie had a fabulous life that was full of ups and downs. From fighting in the ring against men and a real bear! To doing, ‘slam a grams,’ wrestling telegrams to make ends meets. I did these with her as did many of the girls. Her husband ‘Poopsie,’ was there by her side till he passed many years ago. Her house had burned down. Queenie came back with a roar! She’s a legend! and I hope the world gets to see her story,” said former GLOW Bad Girl, Angel.

Yes, Queenie wrestled a live bear. It was in the 1970s and a Southern state athletic commission had a rule in the record books that women could not fight men. The promoters had to shift quickly and there was nothing in the bylaws that stated a woman could not fight a bear…it was a female bear, if that matters.

Deanna Booher had so many lives, cats would have been jealous. Her and Mt. Fiji are now on the other side slamming each other around like in the ’80s and Queenie can finally be with her Poopsie.

Booher is survived by her son Dean, his wife and two grandchildren. As of publication time, no word has been given on a date regarding a celebration of life.

To quote our musclebound friend from 2012, “Matilda the Hun, I love you!”

 

 

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