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Adelaide wrestler Demi Bennett in training for dream career with WWE

ABC Grandstand logoABC Grandstand 19/07/2016 Brett Williamson

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She was denied her first World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) audition because she was too young, but Adelaide's Demi Bennett isn't giving up on her dream to wrestle on the world stage.

Ms Bennett was contacted by WWE about 18 months ago, inviting her to attend auditions in Melbourne.

At the time she thought her friends were playing a joke on her.

Demi Bennett is eyeing off her chance as her 21st birthday approaches. © Brett Williamson/ABC News Demi Bennett is eyeing off her chance as her 21st birthday approaches. "I got an email and I thought, 'oh, this can't be right'," Ms Bennett said.

"I thought it was one of my friends pranking me, but as soon as I spoke to some other people who got tryouts they told me it was legit."

Upon accepting the invitation, Ms Bennett was sent a questionnaire to fill out. That was when her dreams were placed on hold.

When WWE realised she was below their acceptance age of 21, her invitation was withdrawn.

"They said, 'as soon as you turn 21, get in contact and we will give you another tryout'," she said.

And with her 21st birthday now a little more than a year away , Ms Bennett is doing everything she can to make sure she is prepared.

The physical demands of wrestling

Ms Bennett has been interested in sport from an early age, with swimming, karate, rugby, netball and soccer games filling her weekends.

"I did anything you could think of," she said.

A family holiday to Queensland first introduced her to a live wrestling production and she was instantly hooked.

"Wrestlers are just so charismatic and you really get drawn in."

After two years of watching the local wrestlers strut their stuff, Ms Bennett decided to give it a try.

She auditioned for one of the three wrestling groups in Adelaide, Riot City Wrestling, and was soon hooked on the flamboyant theatre accompanied by physically demanding moves.

"I've popped my knee twice in one match and also got punched in the nose.

"I also flew over the top rope [after being] thrown out and lost my balance and smacked my face into the concrete and knocked myself out."

To build up the endurance needed for shows, Ms Bennett spends most of her spare time in the gym.

Although Adelaide is a long way from the Connecticut headquarters of WWE, Ms Bennett said Australian wrestlers succeeding over there would make the transition easier for hopefuls like her.

"We've got the Matt Silvas, KC Cassidys, Jessie McKays (Billie Kay), Emmas (Tenille Dashwood) who are now in [WW]E," she said.

"Those guys are Australian wrestlers, so it is very easy, especially for girls because they are running out of good wrestling females.

"I think it is very achievable and I am hoping next year I will get a tryout, so I can show them what I've got and hopefully they will sign me."

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