Here is all you need to know about the Pro Wrestling League 2019 format.
Starting January 14, the Wrestling Federation of India’s Pro Wrestling League (PWL) will kick off with the 17-day exhibition tournament seeing a total of 6 sides battling it out in irresistible bouts for a claim to call themselves champions of the league come 31st January, the grand finale. The annual event’s format will see 7 bouts be played across the league stage per match, rising to 9 bouts in the semi-finals and summit clash that assures at least a minimum of 130 bouts being contested in the life of the event.
The Pro Wrestling schedule will be a three-city affair, spanning across Ludhiana, Panchkula and Noida. The league will kick start with the reigning champions NCR Punjab Royals taking on Mumbai Maharathi in the tournament’s opener as they look to open their campaign in style to mount their challenge of retaining the title.
Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia will be in action in the opening night of the Pro Wrestling League with the evening also seeing 2017 European Championship silver medallist Zsanett Nemeth and Betzabeth Angelica take to the mat.
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This prestigious tournament is the largest in the world, being played in accordance with the Olympic standards. With 30 Olympians, of which 11 are medal winners, 16 World Championships medallist and seven world champions, the skill set of the show is immense and brings with it all the ingredients to make it a floundering and resounding affair. Witnessing a staggering 15 nationalities spanning across Asia, Europe and Africa, the participating list is as flamboyant and exclusive as it gets, making it without a doubt the best arena to witness the best wrestling action across the world.
This year, PBL has added an extra member to it with the addition of MP Yodha promising to make it a riveting affair. They’ll accompany Delhi Sultans, UP Dangal, Haryana Hammers, Mumbai Maharathi and the NCR Punjab Royals to add to an already competitive and impressive fixture and player list.
The format sees a team composition of nine players per side made up of five men and four women, spread over 8 different weight categories. While five are Indian nationals, the four grapplers in each side are international players, making the league extremely competitive with some of the best wrestlers in the world competing for a shot at the glistening title and the Rs.1.9 crores prize money.
The Pro Wrestling League will kick-start on 14th January at 7:00 pm. The first leg will be played from 14th January-18th January following which the second leg will be in action from January 19- 23 before the league moves into its first set of the group stage matches in leg 3 from 24th -28th January. The framework for the tournament will see the semi-finals immediately follow the culmination of the group stages on 29th and 30th January with the much-awaited finale on 31st January. The matches will be shown live on Sony Ten 3, Six/HD.
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Pro Wrestling League 2019 Format
- Teams: Six
- No of Players per Team: Nine (Five Men + Four Women)
- Domestic Players per Team: Five
- International Players per Team: Four
Number of Bouts per Match: Seven in League Phase
The Pro Wrestling League offers a prize purse of Rs. 3 Crore.
- Winning Team: Rs. 1.9 Crore
- Runner up Team: Rs. 1.1 Crore
BOUTS & RULES
PWL guarantees a minimum of 130 bouts. The League strictly conforms to the rules of United World Wrestling and Wrestling Federation of India.