When the news got to British Wrestling that Wrestling was being shown on TV in aid of Sport Relief, we all knew how positive this would be for the nation and for the sport. To be quite frank this event could be one of the best ways to expose our beloved sport to get more people involved and to sustain interest in Wrestling.
Clash of Titans Broadcast expected BBC2 10:00-10:30pm (approx)
It couldn’t come at a better time for Wrestling; There has recently been a partnership with UFC, a global leading organisation (news item) as well as Barton Athletic Club receiving a £500,000 grant from the National Lottery Fund (news item).
Let us have a look about what is happening tonight: ‘The Clash of the Titans.’
Two illustrious, nationally-known celebrities are going head to head in Wrestling.
They go by the names of Paddy McGuinness and Harry Judd. McGuinness, a well known TV presenter and part-time comedian is always in the spotlight on our sofa seats for his show ‘Take Me Out’ and has been involved in many different areas with television.
On the other hand, Judd is a current member of the popular boy band ‘McFly’ and has been on world tours and dominated music channels with his talent and passion.
The two have been selected to go up against each other in what promises to be an entertaining duel. It should be quite interesting as the two are not evenly matched which almost goes against the rules of Wrestling; everything between the two opponents should be equal. In order to prepare themselves fully, both contestants have had 1 to 1 coaching. I was lucky enough to speak to the coaches and see what they had to say: –
Speaking briefly to Paddy’s coach, Eddy, he made comments that ‘Paddy has adapted very well to the sport and shows good techniques.’
Eddy was very impressed by Paddy’s attitude and determination when training and believes he has a good chance to take the victory on Friday.
Eddy also mentioned that he believes the competition will be good and balanced, as Paddy has a height and weight advantage.
But Judd is the younger of the two, so Eddy predicts for him to be very athletic. Finally, Eddy mentioned that he is excited for the event as he’d love to see his coaching tips pay off!
On the other hand, speaking to Harry’s coach, Eric, he is fully confident that Harry will win with ease tonight. He was very pleased with how Paddy adapted to Wrestling, he believes Harry’s previous experience of Rugby and being in the fitness industry helped him to learn quicker.
Eric was very quick to back Judd as he believes it will be an easy win. However, he added that only if Harry isn’t too nervous will he win with ease – on the other hand, if Harry finds himself to be nervous then this will make it slightly harder for him. Overall Eric seemed very confident that Harry will be victorious.
Everyone would like to thank Eddy Kavanagh, Eric Ciake, Leon Rattigan, Ryan Kay and Veton Kurshumliju as coaches and training partners for their assistance in making this clash possible.
So, there’s the two coaches’ thoughts of their wrestlers. I encourage anyone to watch the fight tonight as it will be highly entertaining and will truly emphasise the love we have for the sport. Let’s hope it’s a great night and a great start to the broadcasting of British Wrestling.
By Tom Jones
Media Intern for the British Wrestling Association