Pro Wrestling League (PWL) Season 2 returns with a Bang

The Biggest Olympic league in the world and much acclaimed Pro Wrestling League (PWL), in association with Wrestling Federation of India, launched last year, is back in Season 2 with “Double Dhamaka”.  World’s biggest Olympic sports league and the longest running LIVE TV show surpassed the television presence of many televised leagues and garnered millions of eyeballs.

The Second season of the league is set to kick-start from December 15, 2016.  PWL today announced numerous additions in the second season featuring 8 teams instead of 6 with an increase in players’ pool to 80 from the initial draft of 54.  From 18 days, the multi-city league moves on to a month-long second edition of Pro Wrestling League (PWL).

Speaking of the overwhelming response and growth of Pro Wrestling League (PWL), Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, President, Wrestling Federation of India emphasized, “Wrestling as a sport has contributed towards the growth of sporting fabric of India. With sterling performances in the last three Olympics for India, wrestling followers are now becoming more vocal & visible. While local ‘Dangals’ enjoyed unprecedented live spectators, data suggests that on TV, wrestling emerged as the most watched Olympic sport for Indian audience in the last 12 months. The growth is a result of hard work and progressive outlook of our officials across the country.  I thank state units and the professional team of ProSportify (Commercial Partners of PWL) for doing a commendable job in such a short span”.

He added, “Pro Wrestling League had direct impact on recent Olympic medalist Sakshi Malik, as she got an opportunity to study, share & compete alongside the best wrestlers in the world during PWL.”

Kartikeya Sharma Promoter ProSportify, reiterated, “We’ve created a friendly format for TV viewing sports fans whilst keeping the ethos, mat rules and rich tradition of the game intact.  Additionally, our three innovations worked heavily in PWL’s favour.  Essentially, converting an individual sport into a Team Game with boys & girls representing the same team. Secondly, an introduction of ‘Toss’& subsequently ‘Player Blocking’ added a sense of suspense, excitement & drama in the competitive fast-paced game”.  He further added, “Wrestling is deeply rooted in Indian cultural ethos and is the biggest sporting export from India to the world. We were privileged to enthuse over 3 crore sports fans every day in Season 1 and promise to surpass our stellar performance in Year 2.”

Pleased to reiterate on Sony’s commitment to sports investments,

Rajesh Kaul, President- Sports & Distribution, Sony Pictures Network said, “At Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN),we are committed to bringing the best of International sports as well as supporting domestic sports leagues. Given India’s affinity towards wrestling which is ingrained in our culture, the PWL garnered impressive viewership in its inaugural year on our network and earned the distinction of being one of the top three domestic leagues in India. SPN’s association with PWL for its second season not only promises to engage viewers with the top International and domestic wrestlers but also will give upcoming talent a prestigious platform to showcase their skills”

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After Football, Kabaddi and badminton, it’s time for wrestling

A whopping Rs 3 crore is the prize money being offered at the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) that starts in Delhi on Thursday with Mumbai Garuda – Punjab Royals. In its inaugural year, the PWL is offering Rs. 15 crore including the total prize money. The matches will be held over the next 18 days.

Fifty four wrestlers from 13 countries will duel against each other in the five city-based franchise systems. The matches will be held at Delhi, Ludhiana – Punjab, Noida- UP, Gurgaon-Haryana and Bengaluru.

Each team will have 9 players: 5 Indians, 4 foreign players, 5 men and 4 women. PWL will feature a total of 18 ties — 15 in the league phase, 2 semi-finals and the Grand.

Wrestling Federation of India and ProSportify have come together for PWL. ProSportify was launched by Kartikeya Sharma to ‘ensure a level playing field for Indian sports persons so that their talent can be fine-tuned to international standards’.

Kartikeya Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director, and Vishal Gurnani, Director in a tete-e-tete with Firstpost were confident that PWL would emerge as the most successful non-cricket sporting league in India. “In today’s time, sports other than cricket are gaining fast traction – and sports such as football, kabaddi, tennis, badminton are clear indicators of that,” Sharma said.

A case in point is the phenomenal auction of top players in other sports in various non-cricketing events in recent times. In the India Super League 2015 auction, some of the top players became millionaires by the time auction ended. The Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri was bagged by Mumbai City FC for a massive Rs.1.20 crore and Eugeneson Lyngdoh for Rs.1.05 crore. A total of Rs 7.22 crore was spent on the ten players at the auction.

The Pro-Kabaddi League 2 (PKL) did not fare too badly either. The salary cap for each team increased from Rs 60 lakh to Rs 1.25 crore. In the 2013 auctions of Indian badminton League, Saina Nehwal went to Hyderabad for $120,000.

The monetary shine acquired by non-cricket sports have enthused advertisers to support them.

PWL has been able to garner some of the best wrestlers in the world as part of its auction. The format of the auction suggests that every team had a marquee player and the bid for each player started at the base price of Rs 30 lakhs, making it the richest wrestling league in the world.

“The first ever auction of wrestlers in India saw the six franchises battle it out for some of the finest players in the world. What followed was an assessment of business skills and a tough fight between the franchises to pick the players of their choice from a gamut of Indian and international wrestlers,” says Sharma.

Oksana Herhel of the Haryana team got the highest bid at Rs 41.30 lakhs — highest in the league and the women’s category, followed by Yogeshwar Dutt of the same team at 39.70 lakhs – highest in the men’s category, Sushil Kumar from the Uttar Pradesh team 38.20 lakhs, Adeline Gray- Mumbai 37 lakhs, Narsingh Yadav- Bangalore 34.50 lakhs and Geeta Phogat- Punjab at 33 lakhs.

Marketing spend has been approximately Rs 18-20 crore. “We have invested into 600,000 seconds of electronic exposure – which is the largest ever for any sport,” informed Sharma.

Pro Wrestling League 2015 Schedule

Pro Wrestling League India 2015 is about to start and people are searching for PWL Schedule 2015. Here we are providing you the complete match details and Pro Wrestling League Schedule 2015. PWL starts from Delhi and PWL final is also scheduled to play in Delhi itself. 17 matches will be played in Pro Wrestling League 2015. Opening Ceremony of PWL will be hosted in Delhi. People are so much excited for Pro Wrestling Matches. Wrestling is very much famous in India.

PWL Matches 2015

Date Matches Venues
10-12-2015 Delhi  Vs Up Delhi
11-12-2015 Punjab Vs Mumbai Delhi
12-12-2015 Haryana Vs Bangalore Delhi
13-12-2015 Punjab Vs UP Ludhiana
14-12-2015 Delhi  Vs Haryana Ludhiana
15-12-2015 Mumbai Vs Bangalore Ludhiana
16-12-2015 Haryana  Vs UP Gurgaon
17-12-2015 Bangalore Vs Punjab Gurgaon
18-12-2015 Delhi Vs Mumbai Gurgaon
19-12-2015 UP Vs Punjab Noida
20-12-2015 Delhi Vs Punjab Noida
21-12-2015 Mumbai Vs UP Mumbai
22-12-2015 Haryana Vs Punjab Mumbai
23-12-2015 Bangalore Vs Delhi Bangalore
24-12-2015 Mumbai Vs Haryana Bangalore
25-12-2015 Semi Final 1 Delhi
26-12-2015 Semi Final 2 Delhi
27-12-2015 Final Delhi

Pro Wrestling team is going to start from 10th December 2015 and will ends on 27th December 2015. People like Pro Wrestling League most. People enjoy the battle between two teams in PWL.

WL auction is already over. In total 6 teams are playing the battle of Pro Wrestling League 2015.

Pro Wrestling Team Names:-

  • Delhi
  • Mumbai
  • Benguluru
  • Haryana
  • Punjab
  • Uttar Pradesh

Kartikeya Sharma, CMD, ProSportify on Pro wrestling League

Multi Screen Media to air India’s Pro Wrestling League

The network has signed a five-year deal to showcase the league until 2019 in over 60 countries. Coverage will be provided on its Sony Max, Sony Six and Sony Pal channels.

Contested over a total of 18 matches, the franchise-based PWL will take place across six Indian cities between 10th and 27th December. The league is the brainchild of ITV Network promoter Kartikeya Sharma and his ProSportify company, in association with the Wrestling Federation of India.

“MSM has an outstanding reputation as a sports broadcaster and has played an integral role in promoting and growing the sport events in the country,” said Sharma.

“We look forward to this relationship and the widest possible reach ever for the Pro Wrestling League.”

MSM’s existing fight sports portfolio includes the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

Yogeshwar Dutt highest gainers at Pro Wrestling League auction

Olympic medallist Indian grapplers Yogeshwar Dutt and Sushil Kumar were the highest grossers in the Pro Wrestling League auction, held here on Tuesday.

The 2012 Olympics Bronze medallist Yogeshwar, attracting the highest bids, was bought for Rs.39.70 lakh by team Haryana. Sushil went for Rs.38.20 lakh and was snapped up by team Uttar Pradesh.

Yogeshwar and two-time Olympic medallist Sushil were clubbed in the ‘Icon’ category that consisted of six wrestlers. They had a base price of Rs.33 lakh.

The other wrestlers clubbed in the ‘Icon’ category were the home grown Narsingh Yadav, female wrestler Geeta Phogat, star female foreigners American Adeline Gray and Sweden’s Sofia Mattsson.

Narsingh Yadav was bought by team Bengaluru for Rs.34.50 lakh.

Phogat was snapped up by team Punjab at the base price for the ‘Icon’ category.

Gray’s services was bought by team Mumbai for Rs.37 lakh while team Delhi acquired Mattsson for the base price.

Over 50 wrestlers went under the hammer. Six franchises participated in the auction with a purchase capacity of Rs.2 crore each.

The tournament, with a total prize money of Rs.3 crore, will be held from December 10-27 across the bases of the six franchises.

A total of 18 ties will be held during the tournament, 15 among them being league ties, followed by two semi-finals and a final. Each tie comprises of nine bouts and will be played in accordance with the Olympics wrestling rules.

The six teams will each have nine players (five men and four women). Each team can have a maximum of five Indians and four foreigners.

The New Delhi franchise is owned by business group GMR, while the Bengaluru team belongs to the JSW group of companies.

The Punjab franchise is co-owned by veteran Bollywood actor Dharmendra and CDR group while the Uttar Pradesh team was snapped up by real estate company LotusGreens.

The Haryana team has been bought by technology company Olive Global. Maverick Industries and Mafatlal Industries own the Mumbai team.

The tournament will be conducted by ProSPortify, CMD Kartikeya Sharma in association with the Wrestling Federation of India.

Yogeshwar Dutt top Indian pick in Pro Wrestling League auction

Management of Pro Wrestling League is –

Mr Brijbhushan Sharan Singh, MP – President, Wrestling Federation of India

Mr GS Mander – Chairman, Pro Wrestling League Governing Council

Kartikeya Sharma of Pro-Sportify

Mr. Vishal Gurnani – Director, Pro Wrestling League

Sunil Yash Kalra – CEO, Pro Wrestling League

The wrestling fraternity joined the league bandwagon with over 50 Indian and international grapplers put up for auction for six franchises in the capital on Tuesday. London Olympics bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt emerged the highest-paid Indian while 2015 World Championship gold medalist Oksana Herhel of Ukraine was the top international draw in the auction for the Pro Wrestling League. Yogeshwar and Oksana were picked by Haryana for Rs 39.70 lakh and Rs 41.30 lakh, respectively.

Two-time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar, who got the second highest bid after Yogeshwar, went to Uttar Pradesh for Rs 38.20 lakh. Belarus’ Vasilisa Marzaliuk (69kg), with base price of Rs 23 lakh, was a surprise pick by Punjab as she earned Rs 40.20 lakh.

Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, Narsingh Yadav, Geeta Phogat, Sofia Mattison and Adeline Gray were the icon players whose base price was Rs 33 lakh.

“I had not given the auction much thought but I am happy it went well. Wrestling league will change the way people look at the sport and bring more popularity .Youngsters will benefit and new champions will emerge,” Yogeshwar told TOI on Tuesday.

“After Beijing and London Olympics, a lot of young kids have taken to wrestling. But many still think wrestling is a village sport and I am sure this (league) will change that mindset. Wrestlers who come from weak financial backgrounds will be able to use this money for better training and diet,” he added. When asked about getting a winning bid more than Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar said, “May be they liked me. I always wanted to go to Haryana.”

A total of 54 wrestlers were purchased by six franchises, with price purse of Rs 2 crore each, including Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Uttar Pradesh. Each team consists of nine players including five Indians and four international players. Haryana were the biggest spenders with Rs 1.96 crore, followed by Punjab who spent Rs 1.85 crore.

In the tournament, to be held from December 10-27, each team will be allowed to field five Indians and four international players, including five men and four women.

World Championship bronze medalist Narsingh Yadav, who went to Bengaluru, earned the third highest bid for an Indian at Rs 34.50 lakh while Geeta Phogat was picked by Punjab for Rs 33 lakh. Her sister Babita, with base price of Rs 23 lakh, and Vinesh, with base price of Rs 20 lakh, were picked by UP and Delhi for Rs 34.10 lakh and Rs 29.70 lakh, respectively . Geetika Jakhar (69kg) went home at her base price of Rs 10 lakh.

World Championship bronze medalist Bajrang, whose base price was Rs 23 lakh, was purchased by Bengaluru for Rs 29.50 lakh.

“The league will help us prepare better for Olympic qualification. By competing against and watching experienced wrestlers, we will have a better understanding of attack and defence, and it will help us improve our technique,” said Bajrang.

Pakistani Wrestler Hussain wants to participate in Pro Wrestling League

Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning wrestler Azhar Hussain is among three others who have expressed an interest in participating in the Pro Wrestling League (PWL). Kartikeya Sharma is CMD of Pro Sportify ‘Pro Wrestling League’.

Hussain, gold medallist in the 57 kilogram category in the 2010 CWG, along with fellow countryman Qamar Abbas, Muhammad Inam and Asad Butt, have written to the PWL committee to be a part of the tournament, a release from the organisers said.

Hussain got the first two medals for his country in the 2010 CWG, bagging silver in the Greco Roman style (55 kg category). He won gold in the freestyle competition. It was Pakistan’s first Gold in 40 years.

Inam won gold in the 2010 edition in the 86 kg category, Abbas added silver to his list of laurels in the 2014 edition. Youngster Butt won bronze in the Beach Asian Games.