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Sunday 20 April 2014

Wrestler Rebecca ready to take on the world

A DUBLIN woman is set to tackle some of the biggest names in world wrestling.

Rebecca Quin has signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and has moved to the US to fight under the name Rebecca Knox.

The 26-year-old has been hooked on the sport since she was 15 when she went to a wrestling camp in England.

A trial in Florida secured her a two-year developmental deal with WWE.

Rebecca aims to follow in the footsteps of Tallaght native Stephen Farrelly, known as Sheamus O Shaughnessy who has become one of the biggest names worldwide in WWE.

As a child the Dubliner watched professional wrestling with her brother. When a wrestling gym opened in Bray, Co Wicklow, she became one of its first pupils.

 

Baddie

"Through school I wasn't thinking about becoming a professional wrestler. I was intent on becoming a solicitor."

At a bout in Kildare while at college Rebecca played the baddie in the ring and loved it.

She wrestled professionally in Germany and France, where she won the World Queens of Chaos Championship and then headed to Canada for a professional career.

The 26-year-old has broken her ankles, suffered nerve damage and when a girl landed on her head during one bout and split it open, it almost ended her career.

"I want to make the most of this opportunity. Sheamus has shown that Irish pro-wrestlers can go all the way to the top," she said

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