Varsity Pro Wrestling at Portsmouth Guildhall

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Highly endorsed by ex-professionals, Varsity Pro Wrestling (VPW) now has its own TV show.

The packed crowd at Portsmouth’s Guildhall on Thursday saw first hand what TV viewers can witness when the production is aired on My Channel (Sky 219) next month.

The roster of superstars contained some familiar local faces, mixed with two we are used to seeing on our television screens.

Hayling Islander and fan favourite Jake McCluskey pitted his wits against former WWE star Finlay and arch rival Nathan McKenzie in a triple threat match, the highlight of the five matches on show.

Having only been released from WWE in March, Finlay was by far the biggest coup (in terms of talent) for VPW and shows how high the company’s stock is rising.

The 53-year-old soon proved he had not lost any of his aggression, as he battered his younger opponents for long periods of the match, before Jake stole the win after Finlay had endured both Jake’s and Nathan’s finishers. This was Finlay’s second match of the night, and the other former professional – and reigning VPW champ – Daivari was also in ring action twice, defeating the energetic Robbie Everest and then powerhouse Leon Shah to retain his title.

The bumper crowd left satisfied and eager to tune in soon to relive the entertaining action.