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Blake Norton Launches “Celtic Pro Wrestling”

Professional wrestling celebrity Blake Norton is proud to announce the formation of Celtic Pro Wrestling ( The group will be launching its brand-new Dublin city training facility, the “Celtic Dungeon,” in just over one week’s time on Saturday, April 30th, at 11am. The facility is located in Cookstown Industrial Estate, which is a listed stop on the Luas tram line ( Members of the media and wrestling fans are welcome to attend, where they will meet & greet with Blake & the CPW staff, get information about the school and promotion, and sign-up for wrestling classes.

Wrestling enthusiasts from the age of sixteen and up will have the opportunity to follow their dreams and learn the art of WWF-style professional wrestling as seen every week on Sky television. With the potential dangers of untrained kids performing “backyard wrestling,” currently a hot topic in the Irish media, Celtic Pro Wrestling seeks to focus and train aspiring stars properly and safely in a supportive and monitored environment. We are proud to announce that our close friend Ross Hart of the world-famous Hart wrestling family in Canada is on board as CPW Senior Advisor. We will be deferring to his twenty years of experience in promoting and training, ensuring a fusion of old-school values with new-school ideas.


Promoter Blake Norton is one of the world’s leading experts on professional wrestling. His journalistic career includes posts as contributing editor of World Of Wrestling Magazine and writer/presenter of “The Bagpipe Report” television show on The Wrestling Channel (Sky Digital Channel 427). In 1999, he received his formal wrestling training at the legendary “Hart Dungeon” in Canada, which has produced such championship wrestlers as Bret “Hitman” Hart, The British Bulldog, Chris Jericho and “Crippler” Chris Benoit.

Director Paul Gernon has been appointed head of CPW media. Gernon has played a pivotal role in promoting many of the wrestling shows that have taken place in Ireland & England over the last five years. Inside the business, he’s considered an MVP, having been heavily involved in all promotional aspects from booking talent to organizing the locker room. Gernon’s greatest contributions to Irish wrestling are in his specialty field; he is responsible for overseeing video projects with subjects ranging from the legendary Jake “The Snake” Roberts to hardcore wrestling idol The Sandman.

Senior Advisor Ross Hart is a second-generation wrestling kingpin who has traveled the world as did his brothers Bruce, Owen and Bret before him. He is currently a trainer and promoter for Stampede Wrestling (, the promotion started by his legendary father, the late, great Stu Hart.

Also involved in CPW will be Michael McGovern in publicity and Natina Norton in Graphic Design. McGovern has been heavily involved in the Irish wrestling scene in recent years, managing the website “The Dirt Sheet” and producing a weekly radio guide to the wrestling scene in Ireland. Norton’s design experience stretches back all the way to 1996 where she designed the famous “ECW Hardcore Café” shirt that arguably defined a wrestling generation. She has also aided in the look and presentation of professional wrestlers ranging from The Apocalypse to “Super Chico” Bryan Alvarez, and her latest artistic contributions can be seen in the form of CPW’s online network,


What’s most important to us at Celtic Pro Wrestling is that we give each student the most for their money – both in terms of training and opportunity.

Students will pay for training on a class-to-class basis. We realize that many aspiring wrestlers are working hard to make ends meet. For that reason, Celtic students are encouraged to go at their own pace, and attend the number of classes they feel comfortable with. When the time comes, we will assist our talent in booking appearances with major promotions abroad as they embark on their careers.

Registration and insurance coverage is a one-time payment of e45. Students with previous formal training experience with a recognized group will enjoy a reduced rate of e25 for registration and insurance, as part of our “no double-jeopardy” policy. Classes typically take place between Thursday and Sunday every week. Each class is charged at e12, with a reduced rate of e10 for each subsequent class booked on the same weekend. There are no minimum or maximum numbers of classes, and our class size restrictions ensure that every student receives individualized attention and great value for money. Registered students will also have the opportunity to book (a) “private classes” with trainers to work on specific parts of their technique and (b) “supervised ring time” where they can experiment and develop their moves on their own or with fellow students.

Says Blake, “We have a great team and look forward to giving Irish wrestlers a new promotion which embodies the very highest standards – a promotion where the sport is put first, where mutual effort and respect yield opportunities to succeed in professional wrestling. Welcome to Celtic Pro Wrestling!”

Further information about Celtic Pro Wrestling can be viewed at the company website or contact us via phone at (353) 86 128 0558.