Plans to mark the first year anniversary of Governor Akinwumi Ambode is being organised by the Nigerian Wrestling Federation with an intercontinental professional wrestling championship as he clocks one in office by May. The championship, tagged A+A Intercontinental Wrestle Force, is being put together by the Nigerian Wrestling Federation (NWF) in alliance with the Current World Wrestling Federation.
According to the NWF’s president, Prince Olarenwaju Mohammed, the fiesta is being planned to further project the good governance of Ambode’s administration to the outside world. “Our plan is to project Lagos to the outside world that the state is peaceful despite all the negative reports in the international media. I always tell people that we cannot quantify the benefits of staging international competitions in our community like the recently held Lagos City Marathon.
“We have invited renowned wrestling champion, Hulk Hogan and Undertaker to be part of the show. Hogan specifically told us that he would like to come to Lagos once in his lifetime to see how the city looks like,” he said.
Mohammed, an ex-Nigeria and intercontinental wrestling champion, said wrestlers from different parts of the world would be in Lagos for the show that will hold in 14 centres in the three senatorial districts of Lagos. “The reason we are having the championship in multiple centres is to bring wrestling closer to the people at the grassroots. We want our people to see those wrestling stars who they normally watch on television live at their domain.
“These centres include Epe, Alimosho, Badagry, Ojo, Ikorodu, Ikeja, Ifako Ijaiye, Agboyi Ketu, Eti Osa, Oshodi Isolo, Yaba-Mainland, Lagos Island, Surulere, while the grand finale will hold in Agege,” he said. Chairman of the Publicity Committee, Alhaji Abiodun Salami, said that between now and May when the competition will hold, series of activities have been lined up to ensure a smooth organisation of the championship.