A slamming good time

Pictures by: 
Benjamin Seetor
Report by: 
Dewey Sim

Mr Kamalraj Kunaseelan soars through the air, plunging down from a height of 2m to strike an opponent lying winded on the ring mat. He then applies his finishing moves, bouncing off the ropes and delivering two powerful kicks to his opponents, sending them to the ground.

The crowd cheers in excitement: “Black Arrow, Black Arrow!” Mr Kamalraj is known as Black Arrow on the local professional wrestling scene. But away from the ring, the 18-year-old is a second- year student at Temasek Polytechnic, studying mechatronics.

Mr Kamalraj was grappling in front of a 400-strong crowd at a professional wrestling event at Kampong Ubi Community Centre on Friday. It was organised by Singapore Pro Wrestling (SPW), Singapore’s first professional wrestling league. Mr Kamalraj told The New Paper that being a wrestler was his dream since he started watchingwrestling matches at the age of four.

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