Ben Sledge 26th January Professional wrestling is often seen as a hyper-masculine, testosterone-fuelled man-fest, but when you really think about it, that is hardly the case. Both male and female wrestlers appear in the ring dressed in incredibly extra costumes , having walked down what is essentially an elaborate catwalk whilst performing choreographed entrances. Music, light shows, and pyrotechnics often add to the show. The bigger the wrestler and the event, the bigger the entrance.
In the ring with the amateur wrestlers of Essex
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For his latest project, photographer Steven Holmes enters the world of Dropkixx — an inclusive amateur wrestling academy uniting the local community. Standing astride the corner post, he launches himself into a backflip from the top of the ring. Below him, a figure in gothic makeup, cloaked all in black, lumbers across the canvas.