Cody discusses the UK scene.
Starting on Thursday, Dec. 6, Fight Forever Wrestling will hold their inaugural set of events in the United Kingdom. Cody Rhodes is set to headline the tour, although he may not appear in a wrestling capacity. He is currently sidelined with a torn meniscus and is resting for his Dec. 14 bout with Jay Lethal at ROH Final Battle. Fight Forever is just the latest UK Independent promotion to come on the scene, which includes top promotions like RevPro, PROGRESS, WOS, NXT UK and more.
Speaking to The Independent, Cody discussed the current landscape of the UK Independent scene.
“The true reason that UK wrestling has been in the news so much lately and the reason it’s such an obsession is that it’s such a hotbed,” he said. “Everybody is trying to take advantage of that, and I wanted to come over and experience that and enjoy that raucous kind of unique crowd environment. The management [within] wrestling companies are the same and each want to try and be the best in the UK." Cody continued, "There’s kind of a joke in wrestling that everyone in Canada can wrestle – because so many people who you meet that are Canadians, no matter what their experience level, can go in the ring. Now it’s become a thing that the UK is like that and that’s why, when I saw the list of guys who were coming with the Fight Forever Crew… I’m just giddy as a fan. It’s a real good roster they’ve got."
Fight Forever talent includes Flip Gordon, Jimmy Havoc, Mark Haskins, Zack Gibson and more.
The UK territory has been in the news as late for a number of reasons. First, WWE put contract restrictions on NXT UK talent that doesn't allow them to work for non-WWE partner promotions in the United Kingdom. Undeterred, RevPro booked Will Ospreay vs. PAC (Neville) at York Hall for Feb. 15, which resulted in the fastest sellout in York Hall history.
Fight Forever will run York Hall on Friday on the second night of their tour. Full details can be found here.