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Dubai Pro-Wrestling kicks off its title-chasing tournament

Wrestlers from all over are competing in the league, from the UAE to Pakistan and the UK, in an effort to clinch the championship belt

Tarek Ali Ahmad

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Dubai Pro-Wrestling (DPW) began its championship-chasing league on Friday at Dubai Sports World where an array of international and local wrestlers kicked off the eight week tournament.

“This is our league, our tournament for the title,” DPW Founder Caleb Hall told Al Arabiya English.

“This is more mainstream, you can see how many people are already here. If we can catch a few extra eyeballs so more people can hear about us – know about us – it just builds our following.”

Savage Sam hurls Rich n Famous to the floor. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
Savage Sam hurls Rich n Famous to the floor. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)

DPW celebrated its one year anniversary in April with a special show catered to the small fan following. This time however, the plan is to broaden their fan base and try to expand.

“It's popular all around the world…there’s definitely room for a grass-roots organization such as DPW to have a following in Dubai,” British Wrestler Lord Socrates told Al Arabiya English.

Rich n Famous stands among his fans. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
Rich n Famous stands among his fans. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)

Wrestlers from all over are competing in the league, from the UAE to Pakistan to the UK, in an effort to clinch the championship belt. They also range in age and gender, as DPW claims to have the only female Arab wrestler, Joelle Hunter, in its league.

“We have an amazing array of different nationalities, we have British people, Indians, Pakistanis, New Zealanders…so there’s so many different styles of wrestling techniques,” Emirati wrestler Fayez al-Emarat told Al Arabiya English.

Rich n Famous carries Savage Sam preparing to beat him down. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
Rich n Famous carries Savage Sam preparing to beat him down. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
Fayez al Emarat gets ready. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
Fayez al Emarat gets ready. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
Fayez al Emarat battles The Trickster. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
Fayez al Emarat battles The Trickster. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
Fayez al Emarat holds down The Trickster. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
Fayez al Emarat holds down The Trickster. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
The Pharoah battles Khaleel Khan. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
The Pharoah battles Khaleel Khan. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
The Pharoah takes a quick break after being catapulted by Khaleel Khan. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
The Pharoah takes a quick break after being catapulted by Khaleel Khan. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
The Pharoah holds down Khaleel Khan. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
The Pharoah holds down Khaleel Khan. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
The Pharoah looking helpless and beaten down. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
The Pharoah looking helpless and beaten down. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
The Pharoah encircles Khaleel Khan after a throwdown. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
The Pharoah encircles Khaleel Khan after a throwdown. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
Lord Socrates gets ready to rumble. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
Lord Socrates gets ready to rumble. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
Mystery Man gets held down by Lord Socrates. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)
Mystery Man gets held down by Lord Socrates. (Tarek Ali Ahmad, Al Arabiya English)