BREAKING: Scottish Wrestler Joe Hendry Qualifies for Commonwealth Games

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It’s not uncommon for Olympic or high level amateur athletes to make the jump over to professional wrestling – in fact, it’s quite a common occurrence. Olympic level wrestlers like Kurt Angle, Chad Gable, and Author of Pain‘s Akam have all made the jump to professional wrestling in the past, amongst others. But today it was announced that something far more uncommon was happening – a professional wrestler was jumping into the amateur ranks at the highest level. Scottish professional wrestler “The Prestigious One” Joe Hendry has qualified for Scotland’s wrestling team for the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, which runs from April 4 through April 15 this spring. Hendry won the 97kg British championship.

As noted in the Scottish Sun, Hendry said “make no mistake about it, we are proving that professional wrestlers are elite athletes. End of story. I’m doing this for the people I love, my fans and the hard working professional wrestlers who put their bodies on the line up and down the country for your entertainment.”

Photo: Defiant Wrestling

Joe Hendry has been a professional wrestler in the UK since 2013, after being trained by Robbie Brookside, Marty Jones, Mikey Whiplash and Killian Dain, becoming a regular with Scotland’s ICW. In 2016, he also began working with WCPW (now Defiant Wrestling), winning the WCPW World Championship. He’s also began working in North America, working with Smash Wrestling in Canada. He’s also lead the faction The Prestige that featured such wrestlers as Joe Coffey, El Ligero, Travis Banks and BT Gunn.

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Jamie Greer is the Managing Editor and lead writer for Last Word on Pro Wrestling. A lifelong wrestling fan who started with the WWF in the early 80's, he now follows everything from the smallest indie to WWE. He's also written for WrestleZone, The Windsor Star, Windsor Independent and other publications. He lives in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, with his wife and son.

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