The WWE is the undisputed largest professional wrestling company in the world, and broadcasts several big-time wrestling shows like Raw, SmackDown, NXT, and its most recent addition, NXT UK.
As NXT UK boasts some of the world’s most popular and interesting characters, the division’s Tag Team champions Lewis Howley and Sam Stoker, collectively known as Pretty Deadly, are also fast rising on the radar as the next big attractions.
Like many others before them, Pretty Deadly started from scratch to be recognized worldwide, and they just have one main piece of advice for other wrestlers and promotions so they may one day do the same.
“A large [advice] from us is allowing the talent to be true to themselves,” Howley said in an online interview after visiting the Philippine embassy in London.
“This is why being a part of NXT UK is so good, and WWE as a whole, because there’s that allowance for complete self-expression. You’re not put in a box, and you’re not told what to do.”
The bold and brash duo got their first brush with Filipinos after their embassy visit, where they were introduced to certain culture staples like chicken adobo.
As for its pro wrestling culture, the Philippines also has a handful of promotions trying to thrive on local soil with local competitors, most notably the Philippine Wrestling Revolution (PWR) and Manila Wrestling Federation (MWF).
Even though Filipino promotions are still far from having the massive financial backing and fan base that the WWE is currently enjoying, Pretty Deadly is still rooting for them to grow and survive for the long run.
“Just go there and do you, because as a lot of coaches have told us, we know us better than they do, so they just allow us that free rein to just express our personalities and the wrestling that we want to do. So I guess that would be our biggest advice,” Howley said.
Pretty Deadly worked their way up the independent scene individually and as a team since 2015. They had stops in promotions like Progress Wrestling and Revolution Pro Wrestling before becoming two-time tag team champions with International Pro Wrestling UK. – Rappler.com