Lee wants to be Lord of the Ring

Fern­hill wrestler ready to fight for ICW world ti­tle

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Ruther­glen wrestler Lee Grieg has faced many chal­lenges in his ca­reer, but he is ready for a whole new ex­pe­ri­ence this Sun­day.

The grap­pler, who com­petes un­der the name Jack Jester, will ap­pear in the main event of In­sane Championship Wrestling’s card at the O2 ABC in a steel cage match.

The bout, for ICW’s World ti­tle against Joe Cof­fey, will cap off Shug’s House Party, a two-night dou­ble header at the Glas­gow venue.

Lee said: “It’s the first time I’ve ever taken part in a cage match and it’s against Joe, a guy who is very good at what he does.

“There’s al­ways an ex­cite­ment about a show at the ABC, it’s a big size and you maybe don’t re­alise how big un­til you’re in there when it’s empty.”

The match will see Lee try and win the pro­mo­tion’s top belt, a ti­tle he pre­vi­ously held from Septem­ber 2013 un­til Oc­to­ber 2014.

The Fern­hill wrestler has been a key part of ICW’s rise to the top.

From low-key beginnings in com­mu­nity cen­tres the pro­mo­tion’s mix of wild sto­ries, wrestling that ranges from high fly­ing matches to bloody brawls and a dash of Glas­gow hu­mour has seen it be­come the hottest ticket in town.

Two doc­u­men­taries about the pro­mo­tion on the BBC helped grow their name, and last year saw the com­pany pro­mote a show at the huge SSE Hy­dro for the first time.

Top Amer­i­can tal­ent reg­u­larly come over to ap­pear, while Scot­tish-born WWE wrestler Noam Dar will re­turn to ICW to com­pete in Satur­day’s show.

Lee added: “I run my own train­ing school in Glas­gow with four other guys and I’ve known them most of my ca­reer.

“When we think back to how train­ing used to be and how the shows were run I’m amazed we ever got be­yond that stage.

“We’d strug­gle to get 20 folk through the door.

“It’s a Scot­tish com­pany and we al­ways won­dered how that would trans­late out­side of Scot­land, but it does re­late to peo­ple, even if they maybe can’t un­der­stand what ev­ery­one’s say­ing!

“It’s been great to bring in top tal­ent from across the world for shows, when you think that they’re all com­ing to this rene­gade Mary­hill com­pany.

“We don’t spoon feed peo­ple, we lis­ten to what the fans are re­act­ing to and go from there.”

Re­cent years have seen more and more Bri­tish tal­ent head for WWE, with three Scot­tish wrestlers cur­rently on the com­pany’s books.

Lee would ob­vi­ously be in­ter­ested if Amer­ica came call­ing, but be­lieves the lo­cal scene is flour­ish­ing so much that there is no longer a des­per­a­tion to go State­side.

He added: “Some folk have their sights set on WWE and of course I’d be in­ter­ested, but whereas in the past ev­ery­one was des­per­ate to leave Bri­tish wrestling be­cause it was go­ing nowhere, now things are dif­fer­ent and you can do a lot here.”

In­sane Championship Wrestling is at the O2 ABC on Satur­day , July 29, and Sun­day, July 30.

Tick­ets are on­sale now, priced at £23 for each night.

There’s al­ways an ex­cite­ment about a show at the ABC. it’s a big size . . . Lee Grieg

In Ac­tion Jack in the ring on a pre­vi­ous show

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