December 6, 2011

Relive the night

Big thanks to both Brightest Young Things and Metromix for braving the wilds of a D/CLAW bout to document the ever fierce DC Lady Arm Wrestlers in action.
Whether you want to relive Saturday's antics or catch up on what you missed, be sure to check out the photos posted on both sites.
And if you missed D/CLAW in action, stay tuned for more info on upcoming events, including our post-holiday party January 14 and next match March 10.

December 4, 2011

Kentucky Dirty takes home the Golden Bicep

Kentucky Dirty wins the race... er, match!
Power housing through her first two bouts against CoCo the Killer Clown and The Ohio Hacksaw, The Kentucky Dirty didn't even break a sweat!
In the finals, she kept up the stride as she went head to head with Boudica, eventually putting her to the axe as well.

Congratulations Kentucky Dirty! We'll see you again at the D/CLAW championships in June, when the winners of all our prior matches come back to duke it out once more to determine who D/CLAW will send to the Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers championship over the summer.

But what about the other winner of the night? That's right, the biggest winner from last night's match was the American Legion, Post 8. Through last night's betting and door fees, D/CLAW collected more than $5,000 for the legion.

December 1, 2011


Get ready for the gun show Dec. 3 at the American Legion, Post 8.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Match starts at 8 p.m.
Entry is $5 but don't forget to bring cash for drinks and bets on your favorite wrestler.

November 30, 2011

Meet the Wrestlers: Bo Shemoth

A direct descent of the ancient British warrior (a fierce DCLAW competitor) Queen Boudica and fathered by a Jotunn, Bo Shemoth’s veins run green with superhuman power and a strong thread of insanity. Bo Shemoth’s insatiable appetite for conquest makes her a formidable opponent when she can be coaxed back to reality and forced to the wrestling table. Some say her strength is imbued in her hair; they are wrong. Others say it’s the Spider Venom she drinks; wrong again. She’s just mad.
If by chance Bo Shemoth squares off against her mother Boudica at the DCLAW match Dec. 3, watch out. It'll be a fearsome brawl.

Meet the Wrestlers: Capitol Punishment

Capitol Punishment is a former cop turned vigilante bounty hunter. Kicked off the force after receiving one to many complaints about using excessive force, she puts her unique training to use to bring bad boys & girls to justice.
Known to bend the law until it cries "Uncle," Capitol Punishment always gets the job done. She's considered armed & dangerous folks, so wrestlers pitted against her on Dec. 3 better pray that they're never at her mercy... she has none.

November 29, 2011

Meet the Wrestlers: CoCo the Killer Clown

Coco the Killer Clown was born in a Pennsylvania Carny village to a freakshow mother and a trapeze father. At an early age she had a penchant for comedy and clowns but after being fired from a cannon by a malicious midget and regaining consciousness in the House of Horrors she turned mercurial. She wants badly to become a happy clown but a dark side weighs her down.
See which clown triumphs on Dec. 3, the good or the evil.

Meet the Wrestlers: Kentucky Dirty

Ravaged with gambling debt and disgraced from her family’s good name, The Kentucky Dirty had to abandon her debutant lifestyle at the racetracks and pick up some side work of more nefarious means. Whereas a few short years ago she could be found in the Grandstand sipping mint juleps and wearing the latest Southern fashions with the likes of DCLAW champion Scarlett O'Scara, now she spends her nights in honky tonks betting Simulcast with dirty lotto cards and sipping bad whiskey.
Pay attention to where Kentucky places her bets Dec. 3, as she's been known to rig a match or two in her day.

Meet the Wresters: Ms. T. Dynamite

Ms. T. Dynamite was born in a coal fire to the family of blacksmiths and grease monkeys. She was molded in iron , tweaked by MOPAR and then covered in trees branches by her my mother to keep her soft. Growing up, she pounded hot iron, held lamps over engines in sub-zero temperatures and trained to work on her fire power. Tools and gunpowder are her talent. Don't be surprised by her soft demeanor and tiny size on Dec. 3. The most powerful Dynamite often comes in the smallest packages!

November 28, 2011

Meet the Wrestlers: Jillotine

How will Madame Jillotine punish the competition on Dec. 3? It will be quick - but it will not be painless. She has perfected an execution style arm-wrestling technique made popular during the French Revolution. All who challenge her are sentenced to an armful of vengeance. Spectators delight in her mercilessness. Be prepared for the Reign of Terror and take heed of the Madame's decree, "Off with their arms!"

Meet the Wrestlers: Ohio Hacksaw

The illegitimate daughter of Jim Duggan and a lump of molten steel, The Ohio Hacksaw was sent down a river in a basket and raised by a clan of giant beavers along the banks of the Tuscarawas. The beaver clan helped the Hacksaw hone her innate ability to destroy. Now, her primal training over, and she is compelled to bring her skills to humankind. She is driven by a need to compete and a consumption born of her early abandonment, or maybe just a beaver's urge to hack everything. She’s had Ohio, and it was good, but now she desires more.
On Dec. 3, she's bringing the Ohio to our nation’s capital and tearing it apart.

Meet the Wrestlers: Boudica

Boudica was a fierce warrior who killed tens of thousands of Roman soldiers to save her tribal land, Iceni in Southern Britain. In 60AD, the Romans were pillaging Britain. After her husband Prasutagus died, Nero baulked at a Queen leading the Iceni tribal land and showed force by flogging her and raping her daughters. Boudica vowed revenge and led the Iceni people and other native tribes into multiple victories over the Romans. Boudica means victorious and on Dec. 3, that's exactly what she intends to be!

November 17, 2011

Next match December 3

Your next chance to catch the DC Lady Arm Wrestlers in action is fast approaching.
Come out December 3 as eight lovely ladies arm wrestle to the death (okay.... maybe not to the death) to benefit The American Legion.

American Legion Post 8 has partnered with DCLAW from the very beginning in order to help us get this league up and running by providing a venue for events and countless hours of help. This time, we're helping them out. All proceeds from the Dec. 3 match will go towards renovations the Legion needs to make in order to make all of Post 8 accessible to disabled veterans and guests.
So come on out and bet what you've got as eight amazing wrestlers duke it out for the honor of the Golden Bicep.

November 8, 2011

DCLAW meet up Nov. 10

Have you been to a DCLAW match and been wowed by the biceps on those gals? Would you like to learn more about DC's league of Lady Arm Wrestlers? Even wrestle yourself?
Then stop by DCLAW's happy hour at Solly's on Thursday.
DCLAW's current cast of characters will be meeting to discuss some of our past bouts and brainstorming new ideas for future events. So if you've felt the arm wrestling bug biting you but haven't acted on it yet, be sure to stop by and introduce yourself.
There may even be impromptu wrestling as we get geared up for our next bout, Dec. 3.

The deets:
What: DCLAW meet up
When: Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Solly's U Street Tavern
11th and U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Why: Cause it's fun!

November 3, 2011

Media clips from Oct. 22 match

Both the Washington Post and the Prince George's County Gazette covered our last match at the Community Forklift warehouse!
The Post included photos throughout the event but the Gazette caught the final match between Eve of Destruction and Spanish ARMada!

October 25, 2011

The winner!

After taking down both Aussie Osbourne and Spanish Armada one of our newest wrestlers, the toweringEve of Destruction swept the match and went home with the grand prize of The Golden Bicep. Congrats to Eve and her bio-hazard happy entourage!

You all threw down a lot of money Saturday night on the DCLAW ladies! So much in fact that we're still trying to count it all. So stay tuned and we'll be sure to update everyone on how much we were able to raise together for our amazing hosts and charity beneficiary for the night, Community Forklift.

October 19, 2011

WTOP covers DCLAW (kinda)

It's mostly a recap of The Washington Times article, but WTOP covered DCLAW as well.
Woohoo! Stardom, here we come!

Meet the Wrestlers: Aussie Osbourne

Aussie Osbourne is an Australian singer-songwriter, whose arm-wrestling career has overshadowed her vocal talents for decades. Aussie has dominated the competition on the
daunting Pacific Rim circuit and has recently landed in North America. Word is Aussie had to skip country to escape pending competitor cruelty charges which stemmed from an incident at the always contentious OZ –Kiwi Smackdown Challenge when an enraged Aussie tried to bite the head off one of her Kiwi competitors. Watch out for Aussie - Don't be fooled by the big hair: her bite is worse than her bark - and that is saying something!

Meet the Wrestlers: Spanish ARMada

Spanish ARMada hails from Miami, Florida by way of Madrid, Spain. Never content with her current conquests, she has roamed the high seas preying upon those who would dare to challenge her. She combines state-of-the-art flamenco moves with ancient bullfighting techniques as she sinks her opponents, one by floundering one. Watch out, because if she doesn't get to keep what she claims, she might just break your arm off.

Meet the Wrestlers: Ohio Hacksaw

An illegitimate daughter of “Hacksaw Jim Duggan”, The Ohio Hacksaw was sent down a river in a basket only to be raised by a clan of giant beavers on the banks of the Tuscarawas. The beaver clan, being nature’s most hack, helped The Ohio Hacksaw hone her innate ability to destroy. Eventually she was compelled to bring her skills to the society of humankind.
Whatever drives her, a need to compete, a consumption borne of her early abandonment, or just a beaver's urge to hack everything, arm wrestle she must. She’s had Ohio, and it was good. But she desires more. So she’s brought the Ohio to the nation’s capitol.

Are you coming to the gun show?

Are you kind of a big deal?

Or maybe even a moderate deal? Well, now is not the time to be modest.

There is a society reporter who would like to cover this Saturday's match at Community Forklift... but she needs to know if we will have a few people "of note" in attendance.

Hmmph. We think we're pretty special already. But perhaps some of you are actual Beltway celebrities, and we just don't know because you are so modest? (Apparently this society reporter has not met Nouveau Biche!)

Noted wonks, local business owners, acclaimed artists, athletes, known treehuggers, government officials, or anyone who has seen their name in print: Now is not the time to be shy! Please contact Ruthie immediately at 301-904-7579 or Ruthie(at)

Not even a D-Lister? Come on, this is the Washington area - I bet you've got a semi-famous friend you can invite! They'll have a lovely evening, and they can use their fame (or infamy?) for a good cause.

Famous or not, be sure to RSVP on our Facebook page.

Meet the Wrestlers: Nouveau Biche

Nouveau Biche was born with a plastic spork in her mouth but quickly snatched the silver spoon from a nearby infant, launching a life-long quest for privilege. Feared less for her skills with a tennis racket or golf club than her penchant for wielding them, Ms. Biche is accustomed to victory. If you see her cruising the mean streets of Bethesda in her Hummer, steer clear. She's likely enraged by the need to pay TWO parking meters, and the only thing she's not good at is controlling her temper.

Meet the Wrestlers: Motown Mama

Motown Mama was born the palest soul sister ever to emerge from The Motor City, back in the day when cars were all American and only American made ― real automobiles― 20 feet long and pressed from three tons of 16-gauge steel; clad in bright, hard-enameled two-tone colors, festooned in gleaming chrome. Motown Mama's momma was none other than Rosie the Riveter (or was it Rosie the Ravager?), and her daddy was scandalously rumored to be old John Henry, himself.
"Mo" worked her way up the assembly line at GM's historic Flint, Michigan plant, where she first called attention to her astonishing musculature by pushing completed truck chassis, two at a time, across the factory floor. She really rose to notoriety when she strong-armed her way to becoming the first woman union boss of the United Auto Workers. In 1954, Motown Mama filed suit against her employers on the grounds that GM had blatantly copied her personal physique when a few years earlier they had introduced the fashionable and highly successful twin-bullet front end. By 1956, the suit was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount of damages, plus an additional stipulation that GM would also add increasingly exaggerated tail-fins to the back ends of their vehicles to help diminish any visual similarity. Motown Mama always asserted her right to dignity.

October 17, 2011

Meet the Wrestlers: Long Arm of the Law

Born in the Wild Wild West, The Long Arm of the Law is a stickler for the straight and narrow and is willing to throw down to show just how law-abiding she is.  She has come to the East Coast to bring some law and order to DCLAW and she thinks the golden bicep will look mighty pretty next to her shiny silver sheriff’s badge.

Washington Times covers DCLAW

Washington Times' reporter Meredith Somers wrote a great feature about DCLAW previewing the upcoming October 22 event and introducing readers to some of our newest wrestlers. There's even a photo slide show and video footage of our last event.

October 13, 2011

Free shuttle service to Oct. 22 event

Planning to attend the DC Lady Arm Wrestlers October 22 brawl but not sure how you're going to get there? Take the Metro!
We'll be providing FREE shuttle service from 6:45 to 11 p.m. the night of the event from the Cheverly Metro station. (That's the orange line for you color-centric folks.)
That way if you don't have a car or you're planning on imbibing in our adult beverages, you can still make it safely to Community Forklift and back home again.

Meet the Wrestlers: Eve of Destruction

Contrary to popular myth, Eve was not conceived out of some lame man's rib. Rather, she was the result of a contained nuclear explosion set off during the height of the Manhattan Project.
But Eve wanted to use her powers for good. Refusing to be a weapon for the US Government, she fought her way out of Los Alamos and traveled the world for decades before settling in Washington, DC. Along the way she picked up a love of punk music, new wave feminism and french fries.
Just beware, this chemical reactor has a hatred of lame pick-up lines. Utter a lame "Wow, you're tall," and she burst you like an atom bomb.

October 12, 2011

Meet the Wrestlers: Bellatrix LeStrong

Best not to be near the jail when this prison dame makes a break.
Known for her wild-eyed stare and wilder hair, she who cannot be tamed is back. Bellatrix LeStrong has escaped.
LeStrong, leader of the infamous Death Beaters, leaves only destruction in her wake.
Often spotted bench-pressing fellow inmates in the yard, LeStrong was finally placed in solitary confinement after a guard was pulled from her room one piece at a time. Prison officials have no explanation for her escape, saying only that the bars to her cell were removed, as if by magic.

Meet the Wrestlers!

To give our betters a taste of things to come, we'll be introducing the ladies wrestling in our October 22 match up on the DCLAW blog. Be sure to check back each day for the stats on a new wrestler. Expect a few familiar faces, and a few fresh ones as well!

October 3, 2011

Next DCLAW match is Oct. 22

Our next DCLAW match will be a little different than previous events. This time we're partnering with non-profit Community Forklift at their warehouse for the show.
We'll still have 8 lady arm wrestlers battling for the Golden Bicep award, but in addition to the prizes you can win by betting the most money on the winning wrestler in each round, you can also bet on prizes in a silent auction.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and $25 for premier seating. Click here to buy tickets in advance.

August 21, 2011

Seeking lady arm wrestlers

DCLAW is now seeking interested wrestlers for our upcoming October 22 match. Perspective lady wrestlers will need an fearsome alter ego, entourage of at least three members to provide support to their wrestler throughout the match, and some strong biceps and triceps.
Anyone interested in wrestling can send an email with your wrestler's alter ego bio to

July 4, 2011

Media clips!

Lady arm wrestlers love attention, if you couldn't tell.
We got two mentions after our last bout in June.
The first clip from NBC Washington is a photo sideshow of our wrestlers in action.

And the second is an interview with DCLAW founders Holly Rothrock aka Holly Go Fightly and Ann Marie Allison aka Scarlett O'Scara.

June 12, 2011

Scarlett O'Scara wins the Golden Bicep!

After obliterating both Rainbow Blight and Bocce Balboa in the first and second rounds, Southern belle Scarlett O'Scara went on to beat that crocodile carrying crazy train, Aussie Osbourne, to win the Golden Bicep!
But the big winner of the night was N Street Village, DCLAW's chosen charity beneficiary. In all, $3,300 was raised at the match and will be donated to N Street Village!

Round One
Here's a recap of the action as Scarlett and Rainbow Blight went bicep to bicep in the first round.

Round Two
And in the second round as she takes down the coconut bra wearing crowd favorite, Bocce Balboa.

Videos courtesy of Ian Kreer.

June 10, 2011

Betting = Winning

Normally when you bet money on a sport, you win your money back plus some when your team or player wins. Not so in the land of lady arm wrestling.
Let us explain.
The money you bet on our wrestlers all goes toward a good cause. Each event, we pick a new charity to sponsor. This time around it's N Street Village.
Your generosity (or is it your gambling addiction?) makes this all worthwhile. So we'd hate to see you leave a DCLAW match without a chance to win a prize.
At the end of each match-up, the person who has bet the most money on the winning wrestler will win a prize.

For June 11's bout, our prizes will include:
- DCLAW swag
- a hair cut from Aveda Bethesda
- an Arbonne gift certificate
- two Redskins tickets
- a photo session with Sweet Lime Portrait Design

June 9, 2011

Meet the Wrestlers: Black and Deck Her

Last but not least!
Black and Deck Her was born and raised in the Dirty South and has been cleaning up the world around her ever since. She developed a reputation in her tender youth for mopping the floor with thugs and sweeping them up with the trash. Over the years, her grime-fighting activities became so rampant that she had to discard her traditional mop and broom for electric tools and battery packs. Black and Deck Her even lugs the occasional power tool for hard to remove “pains.” At 120V, she runs at full capacity and is quick to blow a fuse. Griminals beware!

Meet the Wrestlers: Rainbow Blight

Introducing the seventh out of eight who will compete Saturday.
In a faraway place, right at the end of the rainbow, there is a magical kingdom where all the colors of the earth are created. Living in this wonderful place is a lovable, somewhat troubled little girl named Rainbow Blight. She uses the colors of the rainbow and her raw bicep strength to make the world brighter before she crushes all who cross her path.

Meet the Wrestlers: Rosie the Ravager

The sixth of eight wrestlers set to test her might on Saturday!
An all-American girl, Rosie’s known best for heeding the call to arms and trading in her spatula for a riveter during the war. Those years of factory work have transformed Rosie into one tough cookie with rugged determination and chiseled biceps. Willing to do anything for victory, she once assembled a whole plane by hand in one day and then piloted it across the Atlantic to the front lines. Tonight, the war is on again and Rosie says she can do it!

Meet the Wrestlers: Aussie Osbourne

The fifth of eight lady wrestlers to take the stage Saturday!
Aussie Osbourne is an Australian singer-songwriter, whose arm-wrestling career has overshadowed her vocal talents for decades. Aussie has dominated the competition on the
daunting Pacific Rim circuit and has recently landed in North America. Word is Aussie had to skip country to escape pending competitor cruelty charges which stemmed from an incident at the always contentious OZ –Kiwi Smackdown Challenge when an enraged Aussie tried to bite the head off one of her Kiwi competitors. Watch out for Aussie - Don't be fooled by the big hair: her bite is worse than her bark - and that is saying

June 8, 2011

Meet the Wrestlers: Scarlett O'Scara

The fourth of eight lady wrestlers set to razzle and dazzle on Saturday night!
Originally from the great state of Georgia, Ms. O'Scara was conceived in an unholy union between her father and a Nepalese mountain goat. Scarlette grew up thinking all a woman needed to be successful was an 18 inch waist, but years of being passed around from man to man to goat taught her the only thing she can count on is herself. A force of shear determination, she cultivated her brute strength by dragging the carcass of a dead mule around the pastures of her back 40. Now, men cower and babies cry at the sight of her. Don't ever criticize her sweet tea, or she'll beat you down with a curtain rod.

Meet the Wrestlers: Bocce Balboa

Meet the third of eight ladies who will take to the stage Saturday night!
Trained to eat lightening and crap thunder, Bocce Balboa has been spending the better part of her adult life tossing balls and taking names. Armed with a lethal left-handed grip, and the largest, hardest set of balls in arm wrestling today, Bocce Balboa is here tonight to go the distance and take another title back to her hometown of Philadelphia. The difficult and strenuous sport of bocce ball, otherwise known as lawn bowling, has groomed this Italian Philly into one fierce contender ready to make her D/CLAW debut and wipe the canvas clean with her competition.

June 7, 2011

Meet the Wrestlers: Top Guns

The second of eight ladies who will engage in the battle for the Golden Bicep on June 11.
Top Guns joins us having graduated number 1 in her class from the elite Naval Advanced Wresting School. She is known for her impressive and aggressive wresting style, but you may have also heard of her sizable ego. She lives the fast life and enjoys romantic flings with her instructors. Not only will she take your breath away, she’ll take your arm away if you’re not careful. When asked if she plans to go easy on the ladies June 11, she responded, "Negative Ghostrider." Honors and Accolades include but are not limited to “Adult Chicken Fighter of the Year” and “You Can’t Throw Me Off This Mechanical Bull Award.”

Meet the Wrestlers: Princess "Lay-Ya" Down

Introducing the first of eight ladies who will battle for the Golden Bicep on June 11.
"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..."
It is a period of civil war. Rebel DCLAW spaceships, striking from a hidden base [at the American Legion], have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel DCLAW spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire's ultimate weapon, the Death CLAW, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet. Pursued by the Empire's sinister agents, Princess Lay-Ya Down races home aboard her starship, custodian of the stolen plans that can save her people and restore freedom to the galaxy. In her perilous journey, she will face three agents of the Empire in a battle of strength and fortitude. Together with her faithful entourage, she will use the force to take down her opponents, bring support and resources to the N Street Village and promote freedom and happiness throughout DC.

June 5, 2011

Classic photo: Boudica

Boudica the Warrior Queen prepares for victory!
Photo credit to Billy Hunt Photography.

June 2, 2011

Classic photos: Jillotine VS. Mommie Dearest

Jillotine VS. Mommie Dearest
Look at those guns! And that was just our first match. Imagine the gun show you're in for at the fourth bout, after we've had more than a year in training.

June 1, 2011

Fourth Bout is June 11!

The Ladies of DCLAW are proud to present our fourth throw down on Saturday June 11.
Shake hands with our previous champions (if you dare) and meet our fresh meat! The ladies arm wrestling this time around are: Princess "Lay-Ya" Down, Scarlett O'Scara, Top Guns, Aussie Osbourne, Sideshow Sally Strongarm, Bocce Balboa, Rainbow Blight and Black and Deck Her.

And because we sponsor a new charity each bout, the non-profit that will receive all proceeds from this event is N Street Village. The organization helps women achieve personal stability and make gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health, and addiction recovery.

The Deets:

WHEN: Saturday, June 11th at 7:30 pm

WHERE: American Legion Post 8 on Capitol Hill—conveniently located a few blocks from Capitol South metro stop at 224 D Street, SE.

WHY: It’s hilarious, and you can feel good about raising money for charity! Plus the drinks are strong and cheap at the Legion!

HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST ME: Tickets $5 at the door! Plus everyone is encouraged to bet on their favorite wrestler each round. The individual who bets the highest amount on the winning wrestler wins a prize that round. All the betting money goes to charity.