No matter the code or profession, if you ask the majority of athletes from a sporting background, professional wrestling tends to be something they’ve always wanted to try, if not on a whim as a youngster, than as a change of career further down the track at an elite level. The Melbourne City Wrestling family is honoured to be able to announce that we are welcoming one of these such athletes into our fold, after they recently retired from active competition in their previous field.
We are proud to announce that Jake Andrewartha will be joining Melbourne City Wrestling, having previously competed as a professional judoka at the most elite level of all: the Olympic Games. In 2008, and at the age of just 18 years old, Jake Andrewartha was already ranked number one in Australia when it came to judo. His passion and determination for the sport would lead him to represent Australia at the London Olympics in 2012. After winning more championships over the next few years, he would win bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, as he again represented Australia.
With that in mind, many in the judo community were shocked when Andrewartha retired from active competition in a heartfelt post on his official Facebook page earlier this week, citing family commitments, and promising that he would begin a new endeavour soon. That endeavour is professional wrestling. Over the past few months, Jake has been training dilligently at the Vicious Pursuit Pro Wrestling & Performance Academy, applying the same drive to transition into the realm of sports entertainment that he previously had towards judo.
At over six foot tall, and with the thrill of competition very much still in his blood, we look forward to seeing what Jake is capable of in due course, but before his in-ring debut, we will see the official contract signing for Jake Andrewartha at MCW Fight to Survive, which takes place at the MCW Arena in Essendon on Saturday August 13th.
With this great Olympic athlete signing on to Melbourne City Wrestling, it is no wonder why we are considered to be Australia’s premiere professional wrestling company, and it all begins at MCW Fight to Survive!
Online ticket sales for this event have now closed, but will still be available at the door on the night. We invite all of you to be a part of history, as we welcome Jake Andrewartha to Melbourne City Wrestling.