Gripping spectacle as girl wrestles 3 men

Gripping spectacle as girl wrestles 3 men
Ms Lee aka Alexis Lee (above) executing a body slam on male opponents (from left) Ng Yi Xun, Caleb Tan and Pan Jia De last night at Kampong Ubi CC.

SINGAPORE - Taking out three heavy men in the wrestling ring is no easy task - especially for a petite 18-year-old girl.

Last night, Republic Polytechnic student Lee Xin Yi was seen attempting to do just that. Spectators cheered as she dodged blows from her much bigger opponents while trading dropkicks, cross-body blocks and headlocks.

Ms Lee is the only female out of the 13 athletes who grappled in front of a 300-strong crowd at Singapore's biggest professional wrestling event to date.

The sport is a combination of physical prowess and theatrical performance most famously associated with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

Despite the apparent mayhem, the contestants are not really injuring each other. Winners are predetermined and moves are meticulously choreographed.

Last night's show at Kampong Ubi Community Centre was the largest organised by Singapore Pro Wrestling (SPW).

Its founders, Mr Andruew Tang and Russian trainer Vadim Koryagin, met in Singapore in August 2011. After bonding over a shared love of the sport, they set up Singapore's first pro-wrestling league the following year.

"I've been a huge fan of WWE since I was 12, and I wanted to become a wrestler myself," said Mr Tang, 24, a marketing executive at a health supplement firm.

So serious was he about the sport that he started to learn from the 44-year-old Russian, who trained in Canada and set up the first pro-wrestling school in Moscow.

"I wanted to try doing the same in Singapore," said Mr Koryagin. "If it goes well, we hope to expand to other countries in the region."

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