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The resurgence of British wrestling

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Sporting fans in the UK have embraced the reinvigoration of British wrestling.  Global representation of British Wrestling, in corporate companies, has seen a surge in numbers within recent years. Prithvi Pandya reports


Future Pro Wrestling (FPW), which was established in 2011, is a fairly new wrestling organisation, created by old school friends Matthew Burden, Steve Evans, and Lee Elmer.

Burden, Evans, and Elmer devised FPW from their passion for wrestling, and it has gone from strength to strength ever since. The FPW holds shows on a monthly basis, proving to be a resounding success.

The first show held in Carshalton, Surrey, provided an overwhelming response.

Burden explained of their first show in 2011: “We weren’t sure how many people would turn up, there was none of us out front and one of the people helping us out came backstage and said we need more chairs”
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Burden feels the resurgence of British wrestling began in 2000 with the start of the Frontier Wrestling Alliance (FWA).

He said: “In early 2000 you saw a resurgence and reinvigoration of the FWA, and the wrestling channel – the FWA produced the first peak in the best way that they could with what was available at the time.”

FWA began in 1993, as a wrestling forum in Portsmouth, and was renamed Frontier Wrestling Alliance six years later. The FWA, created by Mark Sloan, generated a regional television broadcast of the show and a training academy to bring through new British talent.

FPW has taken inspiration from Kevin Smith, an American screenwriter, actor, and film producer.

Burden Said: “One of our bigger influences is Kevin Smith, his podcast network and the way he caters to his audience, he doesn’t look for an audience that isn’t there.”

Burden stated the influence of Kevin Smith’s mantra: “Don’t surround yourself by people that say why; surround yourself by people that say why not.”

Finally adding: “Enthusiasm is infectious, and it something that I think has carried British Wrestling through, certainly in the last three years, because people are going, I can do this.”

There are many health risks associated with wrestling, explains one doctor.

“If a wrestler lands awkwardly on their ankle, Knees, wrists and shoulders there is a greater chance of them stretching and tearing ligaments.” said Dr Smith. “Concussion is the most common risk associated with wrestling, because a blow to the head can be a major health risk,” he added.

Data from the Centre for Injury Research and Policy suggests that wrestling and football are the two sports that carry the greatest risk of injuries for professional athletes. It is therefore essential that athletes train hard to avoid injuries.

The global representation of British wrestlers in corporate companies like World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), bodes well for the future of British Wrestling.

Wade Barrett, William Regal, and Paige make up the British representation in the WWE. Wade Barrett has received a warm welcome from British fans when touring the UK.

Norfolk born Nick Aldis (Magnus) from TNA ended the 108 year wait for Britain by winning the TNA World Heavyweight championship. Aldis was surprised it had been such a long wait for Britain to have a global champion in an American company, but feels the future is bright for British wrestling.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]