Ex-WWE stars among 25 wrestlers coming to Pakistan this May

Published: March 21, 2017
The pre-launch ceremony of the event in Karachi on Tuesday. PHOTO: EXPRESS

The pre-launch ceremony of the event in Karachi on Tuesday. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KARACHI: Some 25 international players, including former WWE stars, will make Pakistan their stomping grounds in May when they visit three major cities in the country, it was announced on Tuesday.

The international wrestlers will take part in the grand wrestling events in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad organised by the Pro Wrestling Entertainment (PWE).

In a video footage, aired at the pre-launch ceremony, wrestlers expressed their enthusiasm for performing in Pakistan.

France-based wrestler of Pakistani origin, Badshah Khan, Tiny Iron, Yacine Osmani and wrestling legend in Europe, Flesh Gordon, along with PWE CEO Syed Asim Ali Shah and the team were present on the occasion.

“We want to show that Pakistanis can also do it. There is a demand and fan base for pro-wrestling in Pakistan… we are bringing professional wrestling to Pakistan now,” said Khan.

He explained that the promotion will arrange three shows, with the first one in May where international wrestlers will perform. “And then, we plan to start an academy to train potential Pakistani wrestlers. Rest assured, whatever we do, we will do it in style.”

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Iron said he already felt he was part of the Pakistani community. “Thank you for welcoming me with open arms. Forget the news and all the talk in the media. Pakistan is definitely one of the most beautiful countries in the world,” he said.

Gordon said he had “promoted professional wrestling in Europe for 40 years and now, it’s a pleasure to bring this international art form to Pakistan”.

The performances, according to Khan, were not just for the rich. “Everyone, rich or poor, young or old, can enjoy it and we will make sure it does. We will give out 10% of the tickets to the audience for free,” he said.

FCCPI chairman Ishtiaq Baig, who was also present, spoke about Tanzilur Rehman, the 17-year-old boy suffering from muscular dystrophy, who met WWE superstar John Cena last year.

“When Rehman told Cena he was an inspiration to a lot of kids in Pakistan, Cena told him he would someday visit the country to meet his fans. So, we extend all our support and hope the WWE superstar would visit in May.”

Pro-wrestling is a combat sport that’s popular all around the world. Even Pakistan has a large fan base enamoured with interest and viewership to watch wrestling, especially WWE. As it is mostly focused on sports such as cricket, hockey and football, wrestling almost always gets lost in the shuffle. Pakistanis have so far only watched the spectacle through their television and laptop screens.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Saba
    Mar 22, 2017 - 3:05AM

    I think there will not be enough space in the event venue if Cena comes to Pakistan. Every Pakistani will go to see him. Recommend

  • Anz
    Mar 22, 2017 - 5:47AM

    40 years experience. How old is heRecommend

  • SuperNeo
    Mar 22, 2017 - 6:58AM

    After ex-cricketers in PSL now its turn of ex-WWE wrestlers.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Mar 22, 2017 - 9:02AM

    Wrestling is probably as popular as cricket in Pakistan. Nobody minds a bit of Raasling!Recommend

  • Bilal
    Mar 22, 2017 - 10:44AM

    @Saba But but you cant see him!Recommend

  • Mani
    Mar 22, 2017 - 12:20PM

    @saba but you can’t​ see himRecommend

  • Asim Husain Khan
    Mar 22, 2017 - 12:59PM

    PWE must be an unknown promotion of Pro Wrestling for fans like me in Pakistan. WWE, Ring of Honour (ROH), TNA stand apart in the list. To be honest, I would love to see some pro wrestling in Pakistan thoughRecommend

  • Rahul Aijaz
    Mar 22, 2017 - 1:34PM

    @Anz, Gordon is 63 years old. Recommend

  • Villayat Hussain
    Mar 22, 2017 - 2:27PM

    In Pakistan specially needs in Karachi, need mostly space like National Stadium but in doubt space. And here is enough in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 24, 2017 - 2:00AM

    We want to see John Cena,The Rock,Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Undertaker in Pakistan!Recommend

  • Waleed
    Mar 24, 2017 - 7:33PM

    @Pakistani. And i want to be the President (Yeah,that cant happen too like what you said)Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 25, 2017 - 1:39AM

    Well a lot of Pakistani people think wrestling is real.
    Just think about it. If we have our own local wrestling show and run our own storylines on that platform just think how much interest that would generate. This can be a good start.Recommend

  • Shahid afridi
    Mar 25, 2017 - 6:35AM

    If Roman reigns come to pakistan . it will be more fun for us….Recommend

  • raja amel
    May 12, 2017 - 12:39AM

    Great news..there is also lot of wwe fans in azad kashmir..Recommend

  • Sohaib yousaf
    May 16, 2017 - 6:25AM

    Waooooow…..i realy surprized to hear that…..plzzz telll where it will gonna happend in karachiRecommend

  • Abdur Raheem
    May 17, 2017 - 11:33AM

    It is good news for Pakistan for hosting #PWE for the 1st time.. Government Should take steps for the Promotion of #Football in the #Country by arranging Leagues hiring #International PlayersRecommend

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