About the Project

I knew long before moving to the UK that the independent wrestling scene here was considered the best in the world. That being said, that doesn't mean I had any idea why that was true – or what I was getting in to.

It's been nearly a year now, and while I can easily tell you why British Wrestling is special to me, the aim of Hook & Catch is to shed light on what makes British Wrestling special on a global level.

Hook & Catch was created to fulfil the requirements of the final project for my Master's in Multimedia Journalism. It is a love letter in the best way that I know how.

Research and interviews took place over May and June of 2018. Posting began on June 29th and continued until July 7th.

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About the Author

I'm Katt Adachi. I wrote the article and designed and coded this website.

I'm a Canadian multimedia storyteller nearing the completion of my fifth year of Journalism study. I received my Bachelor of Communication Studies from MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada and am studying my MA in Multimedia Journalism at the University of Westminster in London, England. My experience in journalism has led me to opportunities to work as a sports beat reporter, photographer, designer, and social media manager.

In the world of professional wrestling, I’m a graphic designer under the label of Realfighting Designs. My clients have headlined shows across the world for some of the industry’s biggest promotions, such as Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling. I've seen my designs worn at the Tokyo Dome in front of 35,000 fans and debut on the Being The Elite YouTube show.

You can see more of my work on my personal website, KattAdachi.com.

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About the Name

Developed in Britain in the 19th century, catch wrestling – or catch-as-catch-can – is a style of wrestling where any and all submission holds are permitted. The roots of catch wrestling in the UK have largely contributed to the identity of modern-day British professional wrestling. Submissions have sometimes been called “hooks”; catch wrestlers have been known as “hookers”.

(Landing page photo by Oli Sandler / Ringside Perspective)