What is LUEWWD?

Running Total: $101,399

LUEWWD stands for League of Upper Extremity Wrestling Women of Durham. LUEWWD strives to improve opportunities for women and girls through hosting creative community-based women’s arm wrestling competitions to raise funds for organizations supporting women, femmes, and non-binary residents of Durham.

How we got started:
Like every good idea this one was marinated in Bourbon and cooked around a dinner table.  In March of 2010 Dirty (aka Diana) had been skimming the Washington Post and stumbled across an article  about women’s arm-wrestling tournaments that were raising funds for local non-profits. By the end of the evening we had 6 board members ready to take the Bull City by the horns. And since then, you’ve helped us raise more than $100,000 for charity!

How it works:

  • 8 contestants find 4 friends to make their entourage
  • They all dress up in a themed costume
  • On the day of the event, the entourage moves through the crowd heckling for ‘votes’ (aka. MONEY!) from the audience
  • Contestants arm-wrestle 3 rounds in a tournament style bracket to become the LUEWWD Champion
  • The contestant raising the most money is awarded Madame Moneymaker
  • Judges pick the contestant and entourage with the best costume/character and deem her Durham Diva
  • Contestants who do not win their first match are entered into the Loser’s Bracket to compete for the Queen of the Losers title
  • Most of the time the crowd gets bold and offers money for a chance to arm wrestle contestants, judges, their friends, spouses, etc. Since the point of the event is to raise money we certainly encourage this behavior…but we’re not cheap!
  • All proceeds are donated to local organizations who serve women and girls

Long Story Short: The ladies of LUEWWD from Open Eye Creative on Vimeo.


The video below gives you an additional idea of what it’s like at a LUEWWD event (filmed at LUEWWD VIII: Industrial Strength)