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Wrestling world takes on bullying via new campaign


WWE’s British stars recently spoke to to youngsters about the impact of bullying on their lives and how to rise above it.

The Daily Mirror reports that NXT UK talents Trent Seven, Xia Brookside, Ashton Smith and Nina Samuels, took time out between matches in Coventry to talk about bullying and throw themselves into a dodgeball tournament. The masters of the squared circle were in town recording bouts for BT Sport and The Paramount Channel, but they also made a welcome stop at Coventry Boys and Girls Club, in the heart of the city.

“Who has ever been the victim of bullying?” they asked a group of more than 60 people. With every hand now raised aloft, including parents and carers, Xia Brookside noted that although that result might seem shocking, the truth is that everyone has either been affected by bullying, or knows someone else that has.

“Even pro wrestlers get bullied”, reassured Xia, who is the daughter of British grappling legend Robbie Brookside, and, at just 21 years of age, is thrilling crowds all around the world.

The larger than life athletes of WWE performed before thousands of fans at the Skydome arena and hosted a fun event for the group before bell time on Saturday night. WWE often goes above and beyond in its community efforts, and this was no exception. All four NXT UK superstars were highly prepared to talk about their ‘Call Out Bullying’ initiative, created in partnershi­p with the NSPCC. And the gang later participat­ed in a dodgeball tournament, teaming with the young people in attendance. It was an uplifting event that engaged children and there was much fun and laughter to be had, but there was also an important message built in with the ultimate aim of putting bullying into submission. Following the event, guests were given ‘Call Out Bullying’ stickers and T-shirts and invited to see the NXT UK roster in action, with ringside tickets to boot.

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