Dream comes true for pro-wrestler


‘‘To be given a try-out is a dream come true.’’

A South­land-based pro wrestler has caught the eye of an in­ter­na­tional tal­ent scout.

Marc Perry, aka Hooli­gan Mar­cus Kool, was the only Kiwi pro wrestler se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in a World Wrestling En­ter­tain­ment (WWE) try-out in Mel­bourne re­cently.

Perry said he was blown away by the ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Amer­i­can com­pany is the largest pro wrestling pro­moter in the world, hold­ing over 300 events a year, and broad­cast­ing to about 36 mil­lion view­ers in more than 150 coun­tries.

The 28-year-old started wrestling when he was 14.

‘‘To be given a try-out is a dream come true,’’ Perry said. ‘‘It’s pretty rare for a Kiwi to be se­lected ... for them to pick a wrestler from lit­tle old In­ver­cargill is crazy.’’

His se­lec­tion for the try-out re­flected the suc­cess of the South­ern Pro Wrestling Club (SPW). The club, which was formed in Au­gust last year, was grow­ing in num­bers and gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity. It was some­thing the big­wigs were notic­ing, he said.

‘‘It’s re­ally good news for the New Zealand pro wrestling scene.’’

About 20 other pro wrestlers, all based in Aus­tralia, also par­tic­i­pated in the try­out. Train­ers and scouts took footage from the pro wrestlers’ try­outs back to Amer­ica to re­view.

Af­ter con­tem­pla­tion, back­ground and so­cial me­dia checks, WWE of­fi­cials will con­tact the pro wrestlers who caught their eye.

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