UK wrestling villains swap WWE ring for London stage at Magic Mike Live

Stars from Channing Tatum’s Magic Mike Live got more than they bargained for after having their rehearsals gate-crashed by WWE stars Pretty Deadly.

The West End smash has been wowing audiences at London’s Hippodrome with a gruelling run of shows.

During a busy practice session before one performance, though, dancers were greeted by British wrestling villains Pretty Deadly.

The duo, comprising of Lewis Howley and Sam Stoker, are the reigning tag team champions of WWE’s NXT UK brand, who present their weekly television shows across London at BT Sport Studios.

Pretty Deadly have held their gold since February and proudly present themselves as one of wrestling’s most irritating and arrogant acts.

In swapping the squared circle of WWE for the boards of London, though, they appeared to have bitten off more than they could chew after promising to conquer the world of theatre.

To their credit, Howley and Stoker gave the rehearsals a good go having watched on and seemingly decided they could give it a whirl.

Later, they even took a stab at learning the show’s incredible finale, albeit giving it their own unique flavour with some WWE-inspired moves.

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While they’re unlikely to be trading their coveted NXT UK titles for a life in the West End anytime soon, their efforts were seemingly enough to impress show Choreographer, Ross Sands.

“I was interested to see how they would adapt to not landing heavily and moving smooth and light,” Sands told BT Sport.

“It’s interesting; they’ve already got the confidence, let’s face it! Putting the moves on stage, the rest will happen.”

Tune in to watch NXT UK every Thursday at 8pm on WWE Network, repeated Friday’s at 10pm on BT Sport. Tickets for Magic Mike Live London are also available online.

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