Wrestler gets TV break after doctor's warning

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 October 2011

Robbie Everest

Robbie Everest

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A 23-YEAR-OLD Weston wrestler is celebrating his first professional contract just months after being told he would never be able to compete again.

Robin Wilson, who goes by the stage name Robbie Everest, has fought regularly at Weston’s Winter Gardens since the age of 16 and now will get a chance to compete live on television.

But his dream of making a career out of the sport he loves seemed destined to end in disappointment after he tore his chest open last year in a training accident.

The damage to his pectoral muscle looked to have cost him his chance but after a remarkable recovery he is set to move to Portsmouth this month to take part in Sky’s My Channel.

He said: “I’m really really excited. I have had a bit of a rough time over the past year with my personal life and the injury and the doctor told me I would not be able to wrestle again.”

Robin’s pursuit of his dream has not come cheap though. The operation to repair his chest was worth £35,000 had he gone privately.

But he believes the decision will be rewarding in the long run as he prepares for his first appearance this November.

He said: “This is the first step of a career because when I was under 17 I was naïve but since the injury I’ve grown up.”

The show, which will broadcast on Tuesday nights, could be the first step of a successful career with the company having links with WWE and Total Nonstop Action (TNA) – the latter joint-run by wrestling legend Hulk Hogan.

As well as competing, he will be working for the station to help promote and run the show.

Robin, who first starting to watch wrestling at the age of three, grew up in Milton and currently works at the Old Colonial but said he can’t wait to start the next chapter in his life.

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