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Wrestling duo get to grips with TV stardom; PSYCHO STEVE AND MAJIK HELP BRING WRESTLING BACK TO THE SMALL SCREEN.

TWO Coventry pals have been chosen to help bring wrestling back to the small screen.

Best friends Mike Connell and Steve Edwards joined a wrestling training camp two years ago and found they were so talented they have now turned professional.They are among a line-up of wrestling stars heading for TV stardom in the first terrestrial television wrestling shows since the sport's heyday with the likes of Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks.

Steve, who fights under the name Psycho Steve, and Mike, or Majik to his fans, are among a team of British wrestlers chosen to battle it out against 10 American stars in a series of six TV shows being filmed next month.

By day, former Coundon Court School pupil Mike, aged 22, of Deegan Close, Stoke Heath, is an IT officer with Coventry Health Care Trust. But to thousands of wrestling fans he is really the ruthless Majik, who stops at nothing to beat opponents.

He said: "I have always been into wrestling. I remember watching it with my Nan when I was young.

"About two years back I saw a training camp advertised in a magazine. I decided to go and dragged Steve with me kicking and screaming. We discovered we enjoyed it - and were good at it.

"My character is sly and underhand, he will do anything to win. Mike Connell is quite a happy, down the pub type of bloke, but Majik is my dark side."

He said the shows could be the start of a long-running "feud" between UK and US wrestlers - a storyline which could run and run.

Steve, aged 27, of William McCool Close, Ernesford Grange, is a car parts engineer in Warwick during the week.

He said he still finds it strange to have fans begging for autographs after bouts. At his last show, one supporter even stole his knee pad for a souvenir.

They both turned professional eight months ago and feature in twice monthly shows across the country. They also travel to Kent to train with ring colleagues every Sunday.

Steve said the duo have not yet been drawn against one another but is convinced it is only a matter of time before they face each other in the ring.

They are also starring in a show at Bedworth Civic Hall on February 11 and are hoping for vocal support in their bouts against some of the country's biggest wrestling names.

The TV bouts will initially be screened on south coast-based Meridian, but promoters NWA-UK Hammerlock hope it will be taken up by the other ITV channels and American distributors.
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Author:Hargrave, Paul
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 22, 2000
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