Prince of Mumbai Helps Bring Wrestling Revival to Portsmouth
|Author: Haley Storey
|Published: 25th April 2017 19:53
By day he works for a charity supporting disabled people but in his spare time he transforms into the dastardly 'Prince of Mumbai'.
Now the professional wrestler is offering one-to-one training sessions at the Portmouth School of Wrestling in Rodney Road bringing a wealth of experience with him.
Having wrestled for 15 years, Rishi Ghosh has worked all over the UK, in Australia and America and last year took five titles and two trophies.
Rishi, 30, said, "I've had some great experiences and amazing matches and I've held titles all over the UK."
Rishi says that although agility is critical, it's the character too that's just as important.
"It's a show," Rishi explained, "I describe it as a fighting pantomime. My training is suitable for anyone who fancies it because 75% of wrestling is about character."
Rishi Ghosh as the Prince of MumbaiAnd Rishi's alter ago has certainly brought him success. He explained, "I only launched the Prince of Mumbai three years ago. I was previously wrestling as Rishi and I was quite well known but it was when I launched that character, things started to happen. People just took to it.
"I'd describe him as a comedic villain. He will come out and rile up the audience and they will love to boo him. Promoters started to hear about it and heard about the reaction it was getting from the audience. Like panto, a good reaction is everything and means that the audience is having a good time
"It was quite humbling for me. A lot of people were talking about it. Last year was the best year I've ever had in wrestling."
The days of Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks may be long gone but Rishi says there is something of a revival. He said, "I think wrestling has been building in Britain for a long while but wrestling all over the world is doing well at the moment. It's the athleticism and the colourful characters that have become really exciting to the general public and it feels like it's becoming a bit trendier.
"When I first started, there wasn't a big wrestling scene. We would be delighted if there were a hundred people at a show. At a recent show at the Guildhall there were seven or eight hundred people there. The WWF and WWE have had a big eye on the UK scene lately because we do have a lot of really good wrestlers here."
So far, Rishi's training sessions have been popular and he has regular clients with more people wanting to book his services.
"I wasn't expecting the response I've had. I think a lot of people who wouldn't have got into wrestling before are now getting into it.
"It's been a long time to get it back into the mainstream but it feels like it's time."