Pro-Wrestling: EVE is one of only a few independent women’s professional wrestling promotions in the UK and has started the careers of so many amazing female wrestlers. As well as continuously putting on amazing shows around the country in various venues, EVE also has its own school for women’s wrestling based in Bethnal Green in London. So, in an age where women’s wrestling is only getting more popular and respected, here’s a bit about one of the companies who had a massive influence on the UK women’s wrestling scene!
Eve is a groundbreaking wrestling promotion which was founded in 2006 by Emily and Dann Read and who continue to play a massive role in the increasing popularity of female wrestling in Britain! They created this promotion led by the desire and need to give women’s wrestling a big platform to show their potential to put on matches as good, if not better, than their male counterparts in a time where certain companies weren’t really caring about their women’s division and making them small parts of massive shows. In an interview with Kerrang magazine, Emily and Dann also said they created EVE to provide their daughter, and other people’s daughters, role models by seeing women being strong and independent. I mean the motives behind this promotion don’t get more sincere and pure than this. Although the promotion was closed due to health reasons, the promotion re-opened in March 2016 and put on the first all-female wrestling event in London. Since then, the promotion and women’s wrestling have both gained massive popularity around the world and now, as well as putting on shows for the public, they also broadcast pay-per-views regularly showcasing the talent they’ve produced!
The Pro-Wrestling: Eve Championship is the title that all the wrestlers are fighting for in this promotion and it’s been held by some really well-known names like Nikki Storm (now known as Nikki Cross), Emi Sakura and we can’t forget the first ever EVE champion Britani Knight who some of you may know as a sort of well-known wrestler and current General Manager of WWE Smackdown Paige… so no big deal really! The title is currently held by British Independent and NXT UK stat Nina Samuels who won the title recently after winning the EVE SHE-1 and taking the title off Charlie Morgan who had held the title for 190 days. Samuels joins a list of legends and these names alone show how many stars have fought in EVE and the prestige it has within British and women’s wrestling. As well as the names mentioned above, past roster members include Jazzy Gabert, the Blossom Twins, Nixon Newell (Tegan Nox) and Manami Toyota who led the way for the current roster who also include some massive names like Kay Lee Ray, Jinny, Meiko Satomura, Viper and Toni Storm. I mean if you’re not impressed by this roster, then there’s something really wrong with you!
Also, as I said in the introduction, EVE also has a training school based in Bethnal Green with weekly classes every Sunday! The sessions only cost £10 per week and you don’t have to book in advance or even commit to a contract. Here, students are taught in groups and the training is split into three sections; the physical fitness to get the body ready, wrestling fundamentals and then building character. Taught by two-time EVE champ Rhia O’Reilly and London School of Lucha Libre head coach Greg Burridge, as well as guest coaches, they aim to not only teach wrestling, but building up women to become more confident and gain skills to help you throughout your life!
I mean EVE really is a groundbreaking promotion and are using their resources not only to build up women but to put on shows for people to enjoy and to inspire women. Although these shows are 18+. their weekly Shevolution shows in Bethnal Green is separate from EVE with their own roster and championship, but is open for the whole family and is a brand of women’s wrestling shows to help the next generation evolve! It really shows that Emily and Dann want to make women’s wrestling as inclusive as possible and I really recommend popping down to see a show if you can!
You can find all the information about EVE such as upcoming shows, tickets, where to watch EVE online and the training school on https://www.evewrestling.com. With the rise of women’s wrestling in the world, why not go and support a promotion which was a vital part of this evolution in Britain.