Stars sweat it out to re­alise child­hood WWE dreams

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - WORLD - Sayan Ghosh

Rinku Singh and Sau­rav Gur­jar are two of the fa­mil­iar faces at the Dubai try­outs of the World Wrestling En­ter­tain­ment (WWE), but they achieved fame on com­pletely dif­fer­ent ca­reer paths.

Rinku Singh was the first In­dian to play base­ball pro­fes­sion­ally after he won the ‘Mil­lion Dol­lar Arm’ com­pe­ti­tion in 2008.

On the other hand, Gur­jar found suc­cess in the world of tele­vi­sion as he was part of well­known shows like ‘Ma­hab­harat’ and ‘Sankat Mochan Ma­ha­bali Hanu­man’.

How­ever, both of them are will­ing to risk their es­tab­lished careers for a shot at WWE dream and, cur­rently, they were sweat­ing it out in Dubai to be­come the lat­est re­cruits of the pro-wrestling pro­mo­tion.

When asked about the rea­son be­hind his de­ci­sion to come for the try­outs, Gur­jar said, “I al­ways wanted to be a pro-wrestler. I know this is a big risk for me, but I am not will­ing to give up on my child­hood dream of join­ing WWE.”

The 31-year old ac­tor from Gwalior is a for­mer na­tional kickboxing cham­pion and has played a va­ri­ety of sports like wrestling, bas­ket­ball and box­ing dur­ing col­lege days. Though he has been a reg­u­lar on In­dian TV shows since 2013, Gur­jar be­lieves this is where he truly be­longs. “I have achieved a lot of fame and money by do­ing tele­vi­sion. But some­where in my heart, I know this is what I want to do.”

The 28-year old Rinku Singh hails from a ru­ral vil­lage in Bhadohi, UP. He was a ju­nior na­tional javelin medal­list be­fore he won the ‘Mil­lion Dol­lar Arm’ re­al­ity show. The win did won­ders for him as he re­ceived a try­out in front of 20 Ma­jor League Base­ball (MLB) team scouts and was even­tu­ally signed by Pitts­burgh Pi­rates.

He went on to be­come the first In­dian to play in a pro­fes­sional base­ball match and spent sev­eral sea­sons with Gulf Coast League Pi­rates. He made the World All­star team for the 2011 Aus­tralian Base­ball League All-star Game and was also the sub­ject of the 2015 movie ‘Mil­lion Dol­lar Arm’.

How­ever, Rinku is on the verge of chang­ing his ca­reer again as he vies for a spot in the WWE ros­ter.

“I have changed my ca­reer twice al­ready and right now, I am fo­cused on ful­fill­ing my dream of join­ing the WWE. I know this is a big change for me but I am just treat­ing as just a new chal­lenge.”

Sau­rav Gur­jar

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