Ex-Shrews star Grant Holt pins down new role as professional wrestler

By Ian Harvey | Shrewsbury | Shrewsbury Town FC | Published:

Former Shrewsbury Town striker Grant Holt has signed a deal to become a professional wrestler.

Grant Holt at Shrewsbury Town. Photo: AMA

Holt, 37, currently player-coach at National League side Barrow, has agreed a deal with the British professional wrestling promotion to appear in more than one World Association of Wrestling shows.

The former Nottingham Forest and Norwich forward, who also made loan appearances for Wolves and Aston Villa, will team up with Roy and Zak Knight, also known as the UK Hooligans, on WAW’s show.

Holt played for Shrewsbury Town in the 2008-2009 season, scoring 20 goals in 43 appearances.

He revealed today he would be donating his fee to charity.

“Wow @Grantholt31 will be in action at waw supershow,” WAW revealed on Twitter on Thursday.


WAW said Holt will appear in its Fightmare 3 Supershow in 2019, while BBC Radio Norfolk have also reported he has signed a contract to become a professional wrestler.

WAW was founded by Ricky Knight, Saraya Knight and Jimmy Ocean in Norwich in 1994.


Ricky and Saraya Knight’s daughter Paige currently appears on American promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

A film about Paige, Fighting With My Family, written and directed by Stephen Merchant and starring Dwayne Johnson, is scheduled for release in March next year.

Grant has scored over 150 goals in more than 400 career appearances as a footballer, with Rochdale, Shrewsbury and Wigan also among his former clubs.

Ian Harvey

By Ian Harvey

Shropshire Star Internet Editor based at the head office in Ketley, Telford


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