Catch-As-Catch-Can

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Catch-As-Catch-Can

 

professional wrestling that allows any moves or holds, including tripping, holding the legs with the arms, hitting, and twisting and bending the joints, with the aim of pinning the opponent on his shoulders.

This form of wrestling originated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in North America; its sources go back to 17th-century American amateur catch-as-catch-can wrestling, which was based on British and Mayan wrestling. As a form of entertainment, commercial matches are presented in the USA, Great Britain, Italy, and a number of other capitalist countries; they are usually held in a ring and have a predetermined scenario.

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Crossan is also running a United Catch Wrestling British squad training session at the Legit Pro gym on October 23 (noon-3pm).
Catch wrestling is considered the original form of no holds barred combat having first cropped up in Lancashire hundreds of years ago, and matches are won by pin or submission.
Catch wrestling was pioneered in Lancashire hundreds of years ago and is considered the original style of no holds barred combat.
Promoter Chris Crossan and team-mate Amin Nazer both competed in the last two Catch Wrestling Alliance USA vs The World events in California and will be trying to win the Legit Pro tournament as home entrants.
The event featured wrestlers with an authentic catch wrestling background from Europe and North America, and a special guest appearance from The Expendables movie star and Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Famer Randy "The Natural" Couture.
The Teesside duo were accompanied by Wigan's catch wrestling master Roy Wood and got to train at former Pride and Strikeforce MMA champion Dan Henderson's renowned Team Quest gym.
Crossan, 36, lost by pin to former Michigan State Spartans captain Curran Jacobs, but also impressed a crowd which included current Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight and catch wrestling specialist Josh Barnett.
He received an opportunity to wrestle in Los Angeles after taking further big scalps with Crossan at an international catch wrestling event at the Robin Park Centre, in Wigan.
Crossan is hoping to promote some catch wrestling events in future on Teesside and is currently in talks to take the sport into Stockton schools through Sowing Seeds Ministries.