Actress Danielle Fishel-Karp is very popular for being known for her portrayal of Topanga on the Television sitcom called Boy Meets World. It’s been no secret that Danielle has been a big pro-wrestling fan. She had made a recent appearance on the Wrestling With Will show where she and Will talked about her being a passionate and very loyal wrestling fan. For Danielle her passion for wrestling actually began on Boy Meets World.
Fishel-Karp discussed, “Doing those episodes was my first experience with professional wrestling.” I’m about the same age as Topanga was throughout the course of the show and so I think I was around 16 when we did that Sweet 16 episode that we filmed in the ring. And I remember going to the show. It was filmed during an actual WWF event. I remember being there and just feeling what it felt like to be at a wrestling event and being so overwhelmed, but also feeling like a real part of the community. It was my first experience with one of my favorite things about wrestling, which is the chants that the audience knows and the things that they yell and it’s that real community feeling. I remember thinking, ‘How do they know what to say?”
Danielle had lost her fandom for many years, however thanks to her husband taking her to an independent show, it brought her back into her fandom again.
Here is what the actress had to say about that, “I fell out entirely for many, many years. I would know stuff that was going on, I would hear about it, I would occasionally but did not maintain a strict fandom for all those years.” She continue on about how her husband Jensen, “and I started dating going back to 2017, and he was going to PWG shows, which he had been going to since they started, and the we didn’t live too far from Reseda (where PWG took place) and he said to me one day, ‘You want to go to a wrestling show with me?’ And in my head, having no idea what I was in for, I was picturing like Raw or a WrestleMania,” and then Danielle explained the scene of when they got there it was this tiny little room and it was a thousand degrees, “and I had a very similar feeling to the way I felt when we shot that Boy Meets World episode. And I felt like it was my first time being a part of something like that. It was so cool. It totally revived the things I loved about wrestling. It felt new, it felt different, and I was obsessed again with all the chants. You become a part of this community. Right there, PWG is what revived my love for wrestling.”
Her fascination with Pro Wrestling Guerrilla led the actress to start following certain wrestling stars and their journeys to televised promotions. “In 2017 and 2018, when we’d get word that somebody was moving up from PWG into NXT, and now AEW, I would pay attention to where they went and what they were doing there,” Fishel-Karp stated. Which wrestling company does she watch now? Her answer was All-Elite Wrestling. She’s more invested in what AEW is producing than WWE.
“I’m a much bigger fan of AEW than I am currently of WWE,” Fishel-Karp said. “I think the things that AEW is doing are more interesting. I just find the relationships and the storylines and the characters to be more engaging.”
Big news for Danielle and AEW, Next Wednesday fans will get to see the first-ever AEW Dynamite Awards streaming exclusively on the Bleacher Report app. Fishel-Karp also talked about her role with the upcoming award show and emphasized how serious AEW is taking it.
“I was very honored that they asked Jensen and I to do that,” she mentioned. “We’re presenting Breakout Male and Female. You know what’s funny? I don’t know the winners. They gave us cards and all the names were on the cards and we have to do it one by one as if they all won. So they’re taking it very seriously. I honestly do not know who won.”
Even though Danielle’s involvement has been strictly as a fan, she has flirted with the idea of getting physical in the squared circle one day.
“It’s something Jensen and I have talked about. I love athletics. I am naturally athletic and when I put my mind to something and I train for something, I can really get into it,” she said. “So there have been a few times where I thought, ‘Man, what if I just like trained and became a wrestler? What if I just had a second career, just a brand new career of just being a wrestler? Then I thought, ‘O my gosh, my body would hate me.’ Like, I’m gonna be 40 this year. I don’t know if that’s the time to decide I’m gonna start wrestling. But would it be fun to be like a manager? Yes. I would love to do something like that. I would do it in a heartbeat.”
So will we see Danielle Fishel-Karp step inside a wrestling ring?