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.