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Step Into The Ring Available now on BBC iPlayer

Step Into The Ring

Step Into The Ring has finally landed on BBC iPlayer. Filmed as a four-part documentary for BBC Three, Step Into The Ring follows five WAW and Bellatrix wrestlers as they fight their own personal demons, both inside and outside the ring.

Join James Chilvers, Violet O’Hara, Marvel Marcus, Lady Bella van der Velt, and Slick Sam as they pursue their wrestling careers no matter what life throws at them. With WAW co-owner and Academy Head Coach Zak Knight in their corner, these five fighters are determined to succeed. Zak himself suffered from depression in the past but nothing will stop him from helping others fulfil their dreams.

The hit 2019 film ‘Fighting With My Family’ introduced the world to the concept of a blind wrestler. Now let Step Into The Ring introduce you to the inspiration behind that character as James Chilvers, the real-life blind wrestler who lost his sight at an early age, faces the challenge of overcoming his fears and using his other senses to perform inside the ring.

Violet O’Hara is a former Bellatrix British champion who used to wrestle all over the country until her fight against PTSD-induced anxiety became too much for her to handle. Follow Violet, known to her friends as Pocket, as she seeks to overcome her anxiety and return to what she loves.

Marvel Marcus battles anger issues and autism but neither of those things stop him from thriving in the wrestling world. Watch as Marcus proves that anyone with enough determination can success as a professional wrestler, and how his experiences with WAW have helped him in his personal life as well.

Imogen turned her back on a career in law to pursue a life in wrestling. Some would criticise that choice but discover just how wrong those critics are, as well as how finding “character” as Lady Bella van der Velt helped her thrive even more.

Slick Sam has Down’s syndrome but that didn’t stop him from pursuing his dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. Find out how Sam hoped to overcome this hurdle and fulfilling his ambition of performing in front of a live crowd.

You can catch all four episodes of Step Into The Ring on BBC iPlayer now.

James Chilvers
Zak Knight and Slick Sam

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