Professional wrestling has been my first priority since becoming a UK resident.
It’s certainly no secret that the British independent wrestling scene has been on fire for a while now – especially not with the WWE’s vested interest broadcasted on their network for all to see. The global mega-corporation has just held their second annual United Kingdom Championship Tournament, and announced the launch of WWE NXT UK – a British branch of their developmental hype-machine.
Ask anyone in-the-know about independent wrestling and they’ll tell you: the UK is the place to be.
In fact, even before I moved to London from Edmonton, Canada in September of 2017, I knew that there were parts of the British wrestling scene that I just had to experience: Progress Wrestling at the Electric Ballroom in Camden; York Hall in Bethnal Green; WWE-contracted talent like Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate, and Trent Seven.
In time, I’ve checked all of those things off the list – and a few times over, at that. But it’s the things that I wasn’t expecting that have been the most memorable.
I didn’t know that I’d not yet been introduced to my favourite wrestlers, and that amazing matches take place in dingy pubs on weekdays. I definitely didn’t know that I’d be welcomed into a tight-knit community with open arms, that I’d drive between Manchester and Birmingham with near-strangers who would become great friends, or that a small community hall in Brighton would become my new favourite place to escape to.
In short, there’s much more that makes this scene unique than just a WWE special or red-hot super indies. In this project, I’m going to share what I’ve learned over the last year – with a little help from some of the people making Britwres what it is.
Welcome to Hook & Catch.