Indian Wrestler Sakshi Malik Remains Unbeaten in PWL-2

Olympic bronze medallist Sakshi Malik remained unbeaten in the second edition of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL).

Apart from Sakshi, Marwa Amri of Tunisia, Magomed Kurbanaliev, Abdusalam Gadisov and Ilias Bekbulatov of Russia, Erica Wieb of Canada, Jabrayil Hasanov and Mariya Standnik of Azerbaijan also remained unbeaten throughout the tournament, the organisers announced.

In the second edition, a total of 1,102 points were scored in the 18 matches in which 10 wrestlers suffered defeat while 15 were victims of technical falls.

The founder and promoter of ProSportify Kartikeya Sharma said that in 18 days, 25 matches were decided on clean wins and technical decisions.

“I am happy that Indian wrestlers got a golden opportunity to battle against world’s best grapplers. This experience will help them in the long run,” he said.

In the final, NCR Punjab defeated Haryana Hammers 5-4 to lay their hands on the trophy.


World Champion Adeline Gray to Participate in Pro Wrestling League

Three time World champion Adeline Gray of the USA, Rio Olympics silver medallist Mariya Stadnik of Azerbaijan and bronze medallist Sofia Mattson of Sweden will be among the big foreign wrestlers who have confirmed their participation in the second edition of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL), starting from December 15.

Multiple European medallist Yana Rattigan of Ukraine and Worlds bronze medallists Odunayo of Nigeria and Vasilisa Marzulik will be the other attractions of the league. All of them have participated in the Rio Olympics.

Welcoming the big International stars to the league, Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh hoped that more such wrestlers would be seen in action this season.

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Pro Wrestling League Set to Get Bigger and Better

The second edition of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) promises to be bigger and better than the inaugural one with the world’s top grapplers set to feature in the one month-long event beginning in December. The auction for the event is likely to take place November 15.

Pro Wrestling League Season 2 was unveiled here Thursday with several top-notch wrestlers of the world, including India’s Sakshi Malik, walking the ramp wearing designer clothes. Sakshi said the league has helped her in becoming a top wrestler and she is looking forward to second season.

“The league gives an opportunity to young and talented Indians to face the world’s top wrestlers and improve their game. I am certainly looking forward to the tournament as I get to learn a lot,” Sakshi, who was wearing a Rohit Bal creation, said.

Besides Sakshi, three other Olympic medallists Yogeshwar Dutt, Sofia Mattson of Sweden and Mariya Stadnik of Azerbaijan along with CWG medallist Yana Rattigan, Geeta Phogat, Babita Kumari walked the ramp for designers like Bal, JJ Vallaya, Ashish Soni and Rohit Gandhi.

London Olympics bronze medallist Yogeshwar said while it is unlikely for him to take part in the upcoming league as his wedding is scheduled in January next year, he is still trying to work things out and play a few matches. Continue reading “Pro Wrestling League Set to Get Bigger and Better”

Sakshi Malik, Satyavrat Help Each Other In Pro Wrestling League

Rio Olympics bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik feels if she and her fiance Satyavrat Kadian don the same team jersey in the second edition of Pro Wrestling League (PWL), scheduled to begin on December 15, it will benefit that franchise immensely.

While the current national champion in Men’s 97kg freestyle category Satyavrat helps Sakshi by studying her competitors and making strategies against them, she provides him with incisive analysis of his rivals’ moves.

“He studies my competition and I analyse his,” said Sakshi. Continue reading “Sakshi Malik, Satyavrat Help Each Other In Pro Wrestling League”

Pro Wrestling League (PWL) second edition from Dec. 15

Pro Wrestling League (PWL) second edition from Dec. 15

The second edition of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) is all set to commence from December 15 and will feature eight teams, which is two more than last year.

Besides increasing the number of teams, Pro Wrestling League on Thursday announced numerous other additions in the upcoming second season like enhancing the players’ pool and the duration of the event.

From the initial draft of 54, the players’ pool will now have 80 wrestlers, while the duration has been increased from 18 days to a month.

Started with the aim to provide an international platform for the country’s talented wrestlers to compete with the world’s best, PWL will now feature over 40 international grapplers as compared to 24 last year.

Kartikeya Sharma, Founder & Promoter, ProSportify (Commercial Partners of Pro Wrestling League) said: “We enthuses over three crore fans every day in season one and promise to surpass our stellar performance in the second year.” — PTI

Competition, not clutter, in English news TV

Kartikeya Sharma took time out from meetings with NewsX staff to speak to MxMIndia’s Shruti Pushkarna on his plans for the channel and the changes he intends to initiate.

Excerpts from the interview:

 What are your plans for NewsX?

We intend on getting NewsX back on track. We want to distribute the channel properly everywhere. And we think that the content of the channel is pretty good, it’s just that for whatever reason it’s not been visible everywhere and it’s not been distributed everywhere, so we are going to fix that.

Will there be any kind of content and resource sharing between the channels, NewsX and India News?

Yes, there will be because we already run seven regional channels at the moment and we are expanding that portfolio also to 14 in another six to eight months. So there’s a lot of synergy that comes out of it. There’s a lot of infrastructure asset that can be shared, lot of content which will be shared. It even becomes a more attractive offer for planners and other people to pick up a product which addresses different TGs and different age categories and different genres. So it completes our bouquet. We were expanding our regional footprint till now and this will add as a national product that w did not have. Continue reading “Competition, not clutter, in English news TV”

Netherlands-based TERN teams up with iTV Network for UHD Channel

Netherlands-based Television Entertainment Reality Network (TERN) has teamed up with Kartikeya Sharma’s iTV Network to launch an ultra-high definition (UHD) factual entertainment channel called Insight in India.

As part of the partnership, iTV Network will operate the channel in India on behalf of TERN. It will hold the licence for the channel. It will also oversee transmission, distribution and ad sales of the channel.

TERN will provide the content. It has co-created 200 hours of exclusive content for the channel alongside industry-leading production houses including Zodiak Media, KIEM and Strix.

The channel, which went live today in Europe, will be launched in India as and when a deal is inked with a distribution platform.

TERN is owned by a UK-based company called General Satellite, which provides technology solutions to pay TV platforms.

“We are launching a UHD factual entertainment channel in Europe today. In India, we have partnered with iTV Network as our local partner for playout and broadcasting the channel. Content is owned by us, iTV will run the channel on our behalf. They also have the licence for the channel,” TERN CFO Andrew Spriggs told

“We are relying on them as our technical partner for playout and satellite broadcast in India. We are working with them on a revenue basis as a distributor to position ourselves with our bouquet of channels into the main pay TV platform and then extract advertising revenue out of it,” he added.

The partnership is limited to linear platforms. For non-linear platforms, TERN will chart an independent strategy.

Without ruling out the JV route in future, Spriggs clarified that there is as of now no joint venture or equity component in the partnership.

“At the moment, there is no JV or equity partnership. We are working closely with them, and downstream our conversation might move down that direction, but I can’t comment on that any further at this point,” he stated.

The tie-up is part of iTV Network’s expansion plans, which include venturing into regional entertainment besides adding to the existing fleet of news channels. It already owns and operates seven news channels including NewsX in English and India News in Hindi.

Spriggs revealed that the Indian partner is in negotiations with leading multi-system operators (MSOs) and direct-to-home (DTH) platforms to distribute the channel.


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