PRESS RELEASE – BOUT – May 19, 2012

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Texas Rollergirls’ Texecutioners to Host Portland’s Rose City All-Star Team in Hipster City Showdown.

(May 2012) Austin, TX — The pioneers of women’s flat track roller derby are preparing for their next bout, and they’re armed to massacre the competition. It’s all happening deep in the hurt of Texas as the Texas Rollergirls’ all-star travel team, the Texecutioners — currently ranked number three in the world — host the Rose City RollersWheels of Justice in a special hipster city showdown derby event on Saturday night, May 19, at the Austin Convention Center.

Currently ranked fifth, the Wheels of Justice travel team from Portland, Ore., defeated the Texecutioners by 26 points during a well-fought battle last year in Portland. Since then, the Texecutioners have been plotting revenge, and when the Wheels of Justice roll into Austin, they will be welcomed by the relentless roar of chainsaws and a vengeful hometown crowd before the Texecutioners, clad in ominous black and blood splatter, dominate their opponents on the derby track. Considerably more amped up than a traditional Texas Rollergirls home bout, this momentous event, pitting two of the world’s most revered roller derby teams, promises to be a smashing spectacle of serious sport and serious fun, featuring lightening-fast skating, masterful derby strategy and debilitating hits.

A deep-seated rivalry that extends beyond roller derby, the cities of Austin and Portland have a long history of competing in the realms of coolness, both boasting stellar music and food scenes, and both laying claim as the hipster city. And though Travel + Leisure recently ranked Portland higher than Austin on its scale of America’s Best Cities for Hipsters, Portland’s attempt to compete with Austin’s weirdness by pilfering the beloved “Keep Austin Weird” slogan, rephrasing and claiming it as their own proved just how un-weird Portland really is. City pride and boasting aside, the Texecutioners are ready to settle the battle of the weird hipster cities once and for all, annihilating Rose City and dousing the Wheels of Justice in a Texas-style bloodbath.

Leading the Texecutioners to blood-splattered victory are two venerable, world-renowned derby powerhouses: Vicious Van GoGo (The Texecutioners’ most valuable player in 2011), a terrifying and unstoppable triple threat who catches opposing skaters off guard and racks up points with absolute ease in her bewitching style; and Bloody Mary, one of the founders of the Texas Rollergirls, an ambassador for the sport of roller derby worldwide, and a cut-throat jammer and blocker who instills utter terror in the minds and hearts of her opponents.

A longtime smashing, bashing success on the world derby stage, the Texecutioners won’t be the only Texas derby team obliterating their competition on bout night. May 19 also marks the long-awaited debut of the Firing Squad, Texas’ bloodcurdlingly formidable B Team, which will take on Rose City’s B Team, the Axles of Annihilation, in the opening bout of the night. Prepared to shoot Rose City down in a blaze of glory, the Firing Squad will bring the pain, Texas-style. Hey, Rose City, any last requests?

This epic battle, the hipster city showdown derby event, will take place Saturday night, May 19, at the Austin Convention Center at Fourth and Red River streets in downtown Austin. Doors open at 5:15 p.m., with opening ceremonies beginning at 5:45 p.m. The opening bout begins at 6 p.m., and the main event starts rolling at 7:30 p.m. Reduced-price tickets are available online at, and at Cheapo Records and Playland Skate Center. Tickets are also available at the door on bout day.

The Texas Rollergirls is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit sports organization formed in 2003, and is widely recognized as the league that pioneered the modern incantation of flat track roller derby. Born and bred in Austin, roller derby is the fastest-growing sport in the world, with more than 1,000 leagues and growing. Flat track roller derby is a genuine athletic competition with well-defined rules, divisions, tournaments and a governing body: the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). The Texas Rollergirls league is 100 percent skater-owned and managed. The league consists of four home teams: Hell Marys, Hotrod Honeys, Honky Tonk Heartbreakers and Hustlers, as well as the all-star Texecutioners travel team and the Texas B Team, the Firing Squad, both of which are comprised of members of the four home teams. The Texas Rollergirls league is dedicated to playing and promoting women’s flat track roller derby, a sport that began in Austin, Texas, and continues to take over the world. This is roller derby, and Texas is the reason.

For more information about the Texas Rollergirls and the upcoming hipster city showdown derby event on May 19, please call (512) 636-4899, or visit

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