This new, Canadian sport is called the Pillow Fight League (PFL). It was created in 2006 in Toronto, where most of the events take place. Occasionally, the events are hosted in Montreal and New York City as well. Matches consist of either two or three women and resemble boxing or wrestling matches – only with pillows.
Fighters practice in an old coffin factory in Toronto, and fights take place twice a month. The most a fighter earns a match is $100, but the women usually participate for the fun, exercise, and glory. Naturally, nicknames are given to fighters to really authenticate the set aura – Charley Davidson, PhDemon, Bobbi Pinn, Polly Ester, and Olivia Neutron-Bomb are a few.
With those kinds of stage names, you can assume that these aren’t impossibly skinny, bikini-clad models tossing around feather-leaking pillows. No – these fighters are in it to win it. There have been a plethora of cuts, scrapes, and bruises, as well as some black eyes, concussions, split lips, and bruised kidneys.
Of course, there are a set of rules.
1. Women fighters only
2. Fights have a five minute time limit that are won by pinfall, referee stoppage or surrender. If there is no winner by the of the five minutes, a three-judge committee will declare a winner.
3. Punching, leg drops, clotheslines, and other moves are allowed as long as a pillow is used to perform the move.
4. No eye-gouging, scratching, biting, low blows, or hair pulling.
5. Stopping an opponents’ pillow strike by holding her pillow results in a warning from the referee.
6. No rude or suggestive behavior.
7. Placing a foreign object inside the pillow is strictly prohibited.
I’m not sure I’d be able to take this kind of performance very seriously (the movie “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” is ringing a bell), but I’m no WWE fan either. However this sport has attracted many spectators and is increasing in popularity.