THE unheralded sport of women’s wrestling is drawing fans from across the globe thanks to the work of a Sudbury businessman.
Dann Read, who manages Golden Harvest Health Foods in North Street has been running Pro-Wrestling Eve - a company which looks after more than 20 woman fighters and organises bouts - for 10 years.
The 29-year-old, who lives in Sudbury and has held events at the Delphi Centre, has done much to boost the profile of the sport during the last decade and is about to embark on his latest project to take female wrestling to a wider audience.
Next month as challengers once again enter the ring at the Dephi, the action will be screened to fans worldwide courtesy of internet pay per view channel IPPV.
This according to Mr Read is a massive step for women’s wrestling and represents a first for a European company.
“This is a huge deal and is due to the interest the sport is generating,” he said.
“There are big audiences in Japan and America and it is great it will be broadcast to the rest of the world from Sudbury because it shows we are leading the way.”
Mr Read, a former Sudbury Upper School pupil, said he hoped by appealing to more watchers, common misconceptions about women’s wrestling would be put to bed.
“That is the hardest thing to get over because people get the wrong idea when they think about female wrestling,” he said.
“But it is female empowering and we get lots of families along to events and there is always a really positive reaction. If there wasn’t I wouldn’t keep doing it.”
Mr Read, also said he was pleased women were now getting the recognition they deserved in the sport after years in the shadow of their male counterparts.
“That is why I started because I saw so many talented woman and people just wanted them for eye-candy,” he said.
“I wanted to change that and my wife Emily trained as a wrestler, but just had a lack of opportunities.
“Now I think people are realising the women are better than the guys and it is the most incredible stunt based theatre production you can witness.”
The pro-wrestling eve bout takes place at 6.30pm on February 18. Tickets range from £5 to £20, while children under 16 go free, and are available from Sudbury Town Hall.
LEADING THE WAY: Dann Read, from Sudbury, will be using his company to screen female wrestling to the world.
HARD HITTING: Shanna “Portugal’s Perfect Athlete” kicks now WWE star Britani Knight at previous EVE show at The Delphi Centre.