Ring of Honor wrestling take Leicester city by storm
By Mark Farmer
Ring of Honor the professional wrestling company were in Leicester city for the first time on Saturday 19 November.
The promotion left the crowd baying for as they performed for more than 2000 people.
The team, who are currently touring with their ‘Reach for the Sky Tour’, performed at Leicester Community Sports Arena for their penultimate UK date.
The boisterous crowd were treated to seven wrestling matches, where World Champion, Adam Cole, and World Tag-Team Champions, The Young Bucks, competed.
The show also featured a promotional talk from match commissioner Nigel McGuinness, who studied at University of Leicester more than 20 years ago.
Chants of ‘this is awesome’ and ‘this is wrestling’ were deafening throughout the arena during the main event as The Young Bucks, comprised of brothers Matt and Nick Jackson, fought British duo, Matty Scurll and Will Ospreay.
One spectator, Tony Thiedeman, 21, a self-proclaimed wrestling fan of more than 10 years, described the main event as one of the best he had ever seen.
Tony said: “The event was incredible. It was such a great advert for the sport of wrestling and to be able to see it with my own eyes was fantastic, especially the main event that will generate a lot of talk.”
He added: “I can’t remember the last time wrestling like this was in the city, and shows like that help put the sport on the map, not only in Leicester but in the midlands, too.”
20-year-old Nathan Finlow, who sat at ringside, said: “The whole night was faultless. The matches were very entertaining and I’d expect to see some of those guys in the WWE very soon.”
He added: “I don’t think even they [WWE] could have put on a tag-team match as good as the main event tonight.”
World Wrestling Entertainment is the biggest wrestling promotion in the world and has seen the likes of CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins make the switch from Ring of Honor.
AJ Styles and Kevin Owens the current World Champions and Universal Champions respectively also originated from Ring of Honor
The group has now finished its UK tour as they completed two other dates in Liverpool and London.
They will now to return to America for a further eight shows.