Blackpool based pro-wrestler Ryan Davies says that Tyson Fury’s WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) debut will increase his exposure in America.
Fury made his in ring debut last night at WWE’s Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia, defeating Braun Strowman by countout.
Davies hung up his boxing gloves after a scan revealed a tear on his brain, and was offered the opportunity to step into the squared circle by Grand Pro Wrestling earlier this year.
He joked: “Tyson’s copying me, no it’s a very savvy business move, Tyson is a massive entertainer and he is trying to make a bigger name for himself in America.
“He’s put himself on WWE which is a massive spectrum of a new audience for him, kids and adults alike and all this does is make sure he’s got a bigger audience when he fights Deontay Wilder again.”
Davies believes that the transition between the two sports is a hard one, and professional wrestlers deserve as much respect as boxers for putting their bodies on the line.
He said: “It’s very very hard. Pro wrestling is no joke whatsoever. The men and women who do it are tough guys and girls, unbelievable athletes. Some of the risks they put on the line are just as big and just as great. It’s not just throwing off the gloves and stepping in the ring, which I’m sure Fury will have found out whilst training.”
Davies next event is this Sunday, Fight the Good Fight, a charity wrestling night, where all money raised goes to mental health charities.
Speaking about the event he said. “It’s a fantastic event in Manchester, it’s been organised by Lucy Openshaw (a professional wrestling ring announcer) to raise awareness for mental health.
“We want to raise as much money for the charities as we can which is Manchester Mind and Papyrus.”
Tickets for Fight the Good Fight can be purchased here.
Tickets for his next Grand Pro Wrestling show, Guts & Glory on November 30 can be bought here.