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Five reasons why wrestling should be your new sports fix

This is the part where we convince you that watching grown men grapple in Spandex is cool.

Don’t believe us? With WWE Raw and Smackdown returning to the UK in April, Liam McGarry rounds up just a handful of reasons to immerse yourself in the world of high-flying, thrilling, spilling professional wrestling.

WWE charcaters

Characters

Wrestling is famed for its intriguing rabble of warriors. The comedians, the acrobats, the giants, the heroes, the villains and the downright odd; it’s all part of the pantomime. Whether it’s the dizzying feats of Rey Mysterio, the raw power of Brock Lesner, or the playground japes of John Cena, there’s something for everyone.

WWE drama

Drama

Illegitimate children? Check. Kidnap? Yep. Murder? Of course! There’s been some electrifying story-lines for fans to toy with over the last 35 years. It’s like all the soaps you’ve never watched rolled into one, with a big old ruckus at the end.

Comebacks

Wrestlers leave, but, the good thing is they come back! And when they do, it can be quite a big deal. Trust me.

WWE ladder match

Tables, Ladders and Chairs

Who knew three entirely ordinary household items could prove so exhilarating? Wrestlers love their toys, and the all-action battle of tables, ladders and chairs matches has seen it become a staple event. There’s no ‘one, two, three’ here – to win, our heroes have to fight their way to the top of the ladder to collect the championship belt suspended above the ring. What could go wrong?

Celebrity Guests

Plenty of Hollywood A-listers have stepped inside the ring, from one-off appearances to full-blown soap opera storylines. Everyone from Ashton Kutcher, Perez Hilton, The Muppets, Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Arnold Schwarzenegger have graced the canvas at one point or another, and their cameos are a rare but worthwhile treat.

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