Up for the fight

Enfield wrestler Mariah Mays salutes the crowd
Enfield wrestler Mariah Mays salutes the crowd

Wrestler from Enfield Chase takes part in try-outs for the sport’s biggest global brand

Mariah May began training at Hustle Wrestling, based at Edmonton County School, in January 2018.

Fast forward 18 months and she’s debuting for the promotion that she trained at and having try-outs with the largest wrestling company in the world.

Mariah, from Enfield Chase, was trained by fellow local wrestling star Sid Scala. She has grasped her new skills quickly and not only thrown herself into training but got into the shape required for a professional athlete.

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has a rigorous selection process, with the final stage being a try-out with trainers boasting years of experience in the industry. It pits trainees against all the things a wrestler might come up against in the industry, from speaking in front of a crowd on a microphone, to testing strength and stamina through multiple different fitness and endurance tests. Those that come out the other side of such a ruthless trial definitely know about it. Regardless of the result, just getting to that stage is a monumental achievement.

Hustle Wrestling’s head trainer Sid Scala, who successfully tried out for WWE himself and now wrestles with its NXT UK brand, said: “Seeing one of the Hustle trainees go out and take a step closer to their dream is so motivating.

“It not only motivates me to help these trainees become the best wrestlers they can be, but it shows them what they need to do to get there. Mariah embodies exactly what Hustle teaches all of its trainees and that is hard work, passion and desire to succeed. We are all so proud of her.”

Earlier this year WWE launched its UK Performance Center in Enfield. After a whirlwind week ending with her try-out there, Mariah said: “These past few days have just been surreal. To be in that performance centre and just having a chance to show WWE what I have to offer is absolutely massive and I’m just so excited for whatever is next.

“I’ve been watching wrestling ever since I was young and to now be given this opportunity in what has to be the most exciting period in professional wrestling ever, I just can’t wait to take my next step.”

Hustle Wrestling training is all about stepping out of your comfort zone to become the best possible version of yourself. The only thing expected from trainees is that they put in their best effort and commit themselves to reaching their goal, whether that’s just staying fit or honing every aspect necessary to become a professional wrestler.

Hustle even runs shows for trainees to build towards, allowing them to show-off their new characters and skills. The next one takes place on Saturday 27th July at Edmonton County School.

For more information about Hustle Wrestling and to buy tickets:
Visit hustlewrestling.com