JUSTIN SYSUM WON NORTHERN IRELAND HAMMER TITLE BUT NOW WOWS AUDIENCES AS A WRESTLER
Hammer thrower finds fame as wrestler
EX-HAMMER thrower Justin Sysum is making a name for himself on the pro wrestling circuit.
The Gloucester athlete has a hammer best of 60.94m, he is a former Northern Ireland champion and was coached by former UK hammer recordholder Lorraine Shaw.
But more recently he has turned to grappling in a ring and become one of the biggest stars on ITV’s WOS Wrestling show.
Originally called ‘the Hammer’ when he joined the wrestling circuit six years ago, more recently he has gained the nickname ‘Superhuman’ and a recent victory over rival wrestler ‘Rampage’ has been described as the match of the year.
The WOS Wrestling Show has seen the sport return to ITV for the first time in 30 years.
Back then, wrestling was hugely popular with stars like Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks, Mick McManus and Catweazle becoming household names.
The latest series of shows have not garnered the same kind of audiences but television critics have applauded the class of 2018 and the Guardian called it possibly “the best soap opera on TV”.
Now, the WOS Wrestling tour is going on the road, too. In the new year Sysum and others will show their grappling skills at various nations across the country, starting in Southampton on January 18 and finishing at the York Hall Bethnal Green venue in London on February 3.
As well as being a former hammer thrower, Sysum has played American football and has worked as a film stuntman.
Justin Sysum: demonstrating his athleticism in the wrestling ring