|Location||San Francisco, USA|
|Years active||1998 - 2004 (approximately)|
Virago was a production company and agencies based in San Francisco, run by the legendary Helen Von Mott.
Virago offered a variety of services including mail order videos, session wrestling and wrestling shows. The company was co-founded by a wrestling fan named Tony or Polypus in Internet circles. Helen and Tony ran Virago for several years before Tony left to focus on other pursuits in the early 2000s.
History of Virago
Here’s a description of the philosophy behind Virago. This appeared on Virago’s official website.
The company began as a video-production house. Helen and her partner, Tony wanted to give a counterpoint to the T&A; video companies promoting playful, erotic matches as being actually 'competitive'. Tony and Helen didn't have a problem with sexual wrestling per se, but they felt that the public was missing out on the excitement of seeing women REALLY wrestle.
Virago made a name for itself at the first edition of the Women's Wrestling Convention (WWC) in 1998. Fans could meet Virago wrestlers at their both and wrestlers like Helen Von Mott, Momo & Josephine competed at the event. Virago wrestlers became mainstays at all four editions of the convention, including both 1998 and 1999 when Virago wrestlers went head-to-head against various DWW wrestlers in a battle of production companies.
In addition to producing and selling their own videos, Virago wrestlers were featured in videos produced by many other top companies including DWW, Joan Wise Productions, Video Sports, Academy wrestling, KenStar Productions, Les Femmes Fatales and many others.
Virago also worked for a time with Tsunami Wrestling (a San Francisco company specializing in private shows and bachelor parties) to book private matches and wrestling shows.
Virago has a number of San Francisco area wrestlers on their roster over the years. Some of these wrestlers appeared in videos, offered sessions or both. Names included Amy Lewinski, Annabelle, Betty, Dallas, Demona, Desiree, Gabrielle, Gianna, Grace, Helen Von Mott, Jennifer, Josephine, Kat, Kelly Dobbins, Lonnie, Lupe, Marti, Momo, River, Scooby, Serenity, Stephanie (Virago), Tempest and Yana Jordan
There were also wrestlers affiliated with Virago in other cities called The Virago Sorority and had profiles on the Virago website. Names included Debbie Lewis, Gia Primo, Goddess Severa, Kathy Gifford, Kyla Luciano, Sandrine Nourry, Shannon Logan and Valeria
Gallery - The women of Virago
Gallery - Virago wrestlers in action
Helen Von Mott flexes while scissoring a male opponent
Kelly Dobbins pins a male opponent
Stephanie traps Kelly Dobbins in a bodyscissors
Gallery - Virago at Women's Wrestling Convention (WWC)
Lupe punishes Scooby with a single leg crab
Dallas gets the upper hand on Lupe
Amy Lewinski & Stephanie shake hands
Amy Lewinski & Stephanie after their match
Jennifer & Lonnie grapple on the mats