“Wrestling with the Champ” to make live debut at Leicester Comedy Festival.

A Sport Social Podcast Network favourite is heading out on the road!

Comedy wrestling podcast “Wrestling with the Champ” is stepping out from behind the mic and into the real-life ring at this years Leicester Comedy Festival.

Drawing heavy influences from the Wrestling worlds most colourful characters, ‘Wrestling with the Champ’ is a no-holds-barred account of the fictional “star” of the Pub Wrestling Federation; The Ginger Niga (aka The Champ).

The show is making its live debut at the festival and its Creator (and co-star) Damien St.John says he is excited to see his creation bought to life:

“What began as a silly little creative project to pass the time during lockdown has now become this crazy live show that I couldn’t be more proud of.”

Wrestling with The Champ LIVE will be appearing at the Leicester Comedy Festival 2022 on Saturday, February 12th (8pm) and Sunday, February 13th (7pm) at The Globe pub, 43 Silver Street, Leicester LE1 5EU. Tickets are available from the Leicester Comedy Festival website.

You can listen to Wrestling with the Champ on the Sport Social Podcast Network or wherever you find your podcasts!

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Sport Social Podcasts could be topping the League!

The Sport Social Podcast Network has two shows nominated for a gong at the first-ever Sport Podcast Awards!

Launched by the Sports Industry Group this year, the Sports Podcast Awards is a brand-new annual celebration of the very best content from the global sports audio community.

Our daily Premier League show, Football Social Daily, has been nominated in the “Best News and Current Affairs” category that recognises podcasts that deliver regular news to their dedicated audience.

Football Stories, an interview-based podcast that looks to tell some of the lesser-heard stories in football has also been nominated for “Best Soccer Show” where it will go head to head with publications from Sky Sports, Talk Sport and The Athletic.

Host for Football Social Daily, Niall McCaughan said of the nomination:

“We’re really proud to be nominated for this award. We absolutely love doing the show and everyone who has contributed has done a brilliant job in keeping on top of all the latest goings-on in the Premier League. Hearing from former players, current journalists and your run of the mill football fans on the podcast has allowed us to capture a really good cross-section of the game in audio form and I think that has resonated with our audience.”

The shortlist for each category was decided by a panel of industry judges with the final decision on who wins now going to a public vote:

To vote for Football Stories as “Best Soccer Podcast”: please visit: https://www.sportspodcastawards.com/categories/24

To vote for Football Social Daily as “Best News and Current Affairs Podcast” please visit: https://www.sportspodcastawards.com/categories/10

10 Questions With: What If Football

1. What Inspired you to start podcasting?

I think about football to probably an excessive extent, so my inspiration was channeling that into constructive discussion, with a nostalgic slant.

2. Do you have a favourite episode of your podcast?

I don’t have a single episode but any episode of the Noughties Nostalgia Podcast where I ask my Twitter followers and it engages a conversation which I can relay onto the podcast.

3. Who is your dream guest?

Sir Alex Ferguson.

4. Favourite Podcast to listen to? (That isn’t yours)

Football Cliches, purely for the comedy, or Price of Football – to expand my knowledge on something I know little about.

5. Who are your top 5 Players of all time?

The best ever? Messi, Ronaldo, Maradona, Cruyff, Pele.

My favourites? Scholes, Ronaldo, Beckham, Rooney, Zidane.

6. Who are the up and coming stars we should be looking out for at your club?

Hannibal Mejbri will be an absolute star in 5 years’ time.

7.  How would you describe your podcast in three words?

Nostalgic, hopefully knowledgeable.

8. Favourite underdog moment?

Has to be Leicester City winning the Premier League in 2016.

9.  Apart from Football, are there any other sports you are interested in?

Football is so incessant and abundant that I don’t have any – unless you can count watching 90s/00s wrestling, which you can’t.

10.  At what age did you become a fan of your club and was there a moment that solidified your interest?

August 1998, when I realised that my favourite player from the World Cup – David Beckham – played for Manchester United. I learned this from reading a Match! magazine. I can remember the edition showing United drawing their first two games so I can’t even say I was hunting glory because I was 5 and hadn’t a clue who Manchester United were!