Over the Top

The Collective Ladies of Arm Wrestling put the fierce in fundraising


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Danielle Dalton
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Danielle Dalton
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Danielle Dalton
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AustinPHotoSet:Events_CLAWSTIN_Oct12
Danielle Dalton
AustinPHotoSet:Events_CLAWSTIN_Oct12
AustinPHotoSet:Events_CLAWSTIN_Oct12
AustinPHotoSet:Events_CLAWSTIN_Oct12

On Thursday night, the Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers of Austin (CLAWstin) gathered together once more at Bar 96 for some Over the Top fun for a good cause.

Eight lovely and powerful ladies brought their entourage with them to cheer the crowds into a frenzy and earn some swag along the way.

Here, Crusherella mugs for the camera with one of her many entourage members. Crusherella's motto is "Let Your Freak Flag Fly," which she does with sexy abandon.

The poster for the third CLAWstin event held once again at Bar 96 on Rainey Street. 

The Austin chapter of CLAW is only one of many held all over the United States. There is even a documentary being made about this national campaign of badass charity fundraising.

La Bastia displays her well-earned CLAWbucks. 

This masked vigilante is a jiu-jitsu and yoga instructor by day and a DJ by night. You don't want to cross this badass freedom fighter.

Another of the night's wrestlers, Bridezilla, poses with her entourage, who are rightfully terrified of her tulle-fueled string of terror.

The other wrestlers from the night included: Gayle Burnhearts Jr. Jr. Jr., The Plastic Mermaid and Gina Tonic.

Throughout the evening, contestants earn CLAW Bucks from the audience in order to raise funds for the charity cause of the night. And they will go to pretty much any means necessary to earn those bucks, which can bribe the judges or the referee.

Whichever wrestler earns the most CLAW Bucks at the end of the night earns a special prize.

The emcees get the crowd rowdy with their ribald humor and audience provocation.

Referee Leah "The Boss" Moss and MC Westin Borghesi encourage as much rivalry as possible between the lady wrestlers, and are not above being bribed by the competitors.

The big belt for the arm-wrestling winner of CLAWstin 3 on display at the judges' table. 

Whomever raises the most CLAW Bucks by the end of the night wins a trophy as well. This time around, the big trophy was a beautiful alien mannequin hand that the winner can high-five whenever she looks back upon this evening.

All proceeds from the night's event went to WeViva, a local company that provides nutrition and health services to Austinites in need free of charge. 

Overall, the proceeds for the evening raised thousands of dollars for the nonprofit, which will help to keep low-income Austinites healthy and happy.

Twisted Sister shows the audience she's ready to rock as she heads into her first bout against Erin RockABitch.

Each contestant's entourage gathers up around the table as well to cheer on their wrestler and get the audience pumped.

Erin RockABitch shows she's got all the confidence in the world headed in to this bout. 

Twisted Sister and Erin RockABitch are called upon by the judges to compete in an impromptu dance competition to see who wins the round. Anything goes in these head-to-head matchups.

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