Diane Von Hoffman was born to wrestle. Her two
brothers were amateur wrestlers in high school and college, and used to practice on her
all the time. Diane also used to watch wrestling on TV with her dad.
Diane was impressed with the skill and acrobatics both pro men & women used, and the
amount of pain they were able to endure. Diane dreamed of the day she would be in
the ring applying the holds, inflicting the pain and winning the titles. Diane's
mother hated pro-wrestling, and when she learned Diane was going pro, told her to change
her name and move out of state. In 1980, Diane started her career near Georgetown,
KY at a local arean. She used to go on Sunday Afternoons and work out with a
couple of the girls. Her first match showed Diane she had a special
talent. She was determined and knew she had what it took to turn pro. Soon
Diane was writing Fabulous Moolah of her dream to a pro lady wrestler, and in 1981, at the
tender age of 17, moved to Columbia, S.C. to begin her real training. The training
was intense, working out up to three times a day, and then off to work the late shift at
IHOP to make ends meet. Diane was undaunted, and soon, she was ready to enter the
big time. Her first tour was from Columbia, S.C. to New York City and Boston Gardens
where she partnered with Fabulous Moolah to take on the team of Carol Smith and Jill
Fontaine. After this tour, Diane headed overseas; her first stop Japan. She spent two months touring with Leilani Kai, who taught
Diane more of the ropes. Leilani is one of Diane's favorite wrestlers and they soon
became very good friends. Diane then traveled to El Salvador where she spent
another two months with another big name, Joyce Grable. Diane was also able to learn
alot from Joyce as well. Diane partnered with Jimmy Hart to do battle with
Joyce. In 1983, Diane married her first husband and tag team partner, Ringo
Mercanerio. Ringo and Diane had two daughters, Melissa now 16 and Marla now 12
before divorcing. Diane and Ringo were tag partners against Joyce Grable and Vikingo
on several occasions. Diane has wrestled several times in Canada for the Bear Man, Dave
McKingney, where she primarily wrestled Candi Devine and a couple of other girls.
She toured with the likes of Bobo Brazil, George the Animal Steele, and the original
Shiek, Ed Farhat. She also wrestled for George Cannon while in Canada. She
has traveled to the Philippines in 1984 and wrestled in several locations while
there. On one occasion, she wrestled on the Naval base, and toured the local area
with some of the servicemen who affectionately knicknamed her their 'little sister', with
other pros such as Ole Anderson, her good friend Larry Zybesko, and Bruno Sammartino Jr.,
as well to ply her trade against Princess Jasmine. Diane has wrestled some of the
biggest names in the business - stars like Candi Devine
in places like Cobo Hall in Detroit MI, at the Rosemont Horizon in Chicago, and in
Milwaukee and Green Bay WI. , Ms. Jacqueline, Desiree Petersen, Robbie Rage, Wendi
Richter, Rockin Robin, Terri Powers, Reggie Bennett ., and
Ivory. Diane names her toughest opponent as Yokata Reme of Japan. Diane
has had her share of ring injuries as well including a severe neck injury and a torn ACL
in her knee. Despite the injuries, Diane has held several titles including the
USWA Ladies Championship, MWA Ladies Champ, UWA Champ and co-owner of a tag-team belt in
Japan. Diane's career came to a screeching halt after she was severely injured
in a car accident in 1994. However, with a lot of determination, hard work and
support from her family, she was able to get back on her feet only to be re-injured in a
forklift accident in 1999. Undaunted, Diane has fought her way back and in June
1999, reentered the ring at the LIWA convention in Las Vegas, NV.
She is back down to her fighting weight of 160 lbs, and currently wrestles for the
MWA organization. She has been really cleaning house from Tennessee, Kentucky,
Virginia and Mississippi, leaving a swath of crushed and pain filled women in her
wake. Diane has her sights set on moving up into the big time again, and regaining
championship titles. With her determination and skill, Diane will be back in the
championship circles in very short order.
Diane attempts to slam a little sense into Tina Moretti's head during
their WOWW match in Ft. Lauderdale, FL 1989.
Diane gets into the fray during a ladies battle royal.
The participants are L to R: Peggy Lee Leather, Leilani Kai, Pink Cadillac, and
Diane Von Hoffman.
Diane getting ready to
board the ship to Sapporo, Japan to do battle again.
Diane with ex-husband Ringo Mercanetio