Overwhelmed with the kind of response season 1 of Pro Wrestling league received, the producers and Sony Network is coming with the Pro Wrestling League Season 2. The USP of this league is that not only Indian wrestlers but also the wrestlers from other nations also participate in this league. So get ready for the action as the league kicked off on January 2, 2017.
Once again, many of the international wrestlers from around the world will compete in the second season of Pro Wrestling League which begins in New Delhi on Monday. Most wrestlers are from India as it is mandatory for teams to have a minimum of five Indian wrestlers in their team of nine.
The first season of PWL was held across four cities but this year, the entire tournament will be held at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium from January 2 to 19.
Out of the total six teams, only two teams from the first edition are part of the second season while three others have seen a change in the ownership. One team is a new entry this season.
A brief about the Pro Wrestling League Season 2 and its format:
The tournament features six teams namely Delhi Sultans, Jaipur Ninjas, Mumbai Maharathi, UP Dangal, NCR Punjab Royals and Haryana Hammers. Each team is vying for a total prize of Rs 15 crore. Bengaluru Yodhas, who were the semi-finalists in last season, are not part of the league this year. Three other teams — Mumbai, UP and Delhi — have a new owner. Jaipur franchise is the new entry this year and has been named as Jaipur Ninjas.
The first day of the league saw a re-match of last edition’s final as defending champions Mumbai Maharathi takes on runners-up Haryana Hammers. However, this time Haryana beats the last season’s champion team Mumbai.
In total, PWL will have 15 matches in the league stage followed by semi-finals on January 17 and 18 while the final will be held on January 19. A total of 54 wrestlers will be part of this league. Apart from India, wrestlers from Russia, Georgia, Belarus, Tunisia, Colombia, Venezuela and Azerbaijan are also part of this league.
The tournament will only be in freestyle and in nine categories in total — five in men’s category and four in women’s category. The five men’s categories are — 57kg, 65kg, 70kg, 74kg and 97kg. The four women’s categories are — 48kg, 53kg, 58kg and 75kg.
Here’s the complete fixture of the matches by teams:
2nd January, 2017: Haryana Hammers VS Mumbai Maharathi (Haryana Hammers beat Mumbai Maharathi)
3rd January, 2017: NCR Punjab Royals VS Jaipur Ninjas
4th January, 2017: Haryana Hammers VS UP Dangal
5th January, 2017: Mumbai Maharathi VS NCR Punjab Royals
6th January, 2017: Delhi Sultans VS Jaipur Ninjas
7th January, 2017: Mumbai Maharathi VS UP Dangal
8th January, 2017: NCR Punjab Royals VS Delhi Sultans
9th January, 2017: Mumbai Maharathi VS Jaipur Ninjas
10th January, 2017: NCR Punjab Royals VS UP Dangal
11th January, 2017: Delhi Sultans VS Haryana Hammers
12th January, 2017: UP Dangal Vs Jaipur Ninjas
13th January, 2017: Mumbai Maharathi VS Delhi Sultans
14th January, 2017: Haryana Hammers VS Jaipur Ninjas
15th January, 2017: UP Dangal VS Delhi Sultans
16th January, 2017: NCR Punjab Royals VS Haryana Hammers
17th January, 2017: Semi Final 1(Teams TBA)
18th January, 2017: Semi Final 2(Teams TBA)
19th January, 2017: Final (Teams TBA)
Broadcasting Partners of Pro Wrestling League Season 2
Sony Network is the official broadcaster of the Pro Wrestling League and like the previous season, the second edition of the Pro Wrestling League can also be watched on Sony SIX and Sony ESPN. The former will be in Hindi feed while the latter will be England telecast.
The telecast of the Pro Wrestling League will begin at 0700 pm (1900 hrs IST) and will run until 0900 pm (2100 hrs IST).