I took to the wrestling ring at Glasgow's elite ICW Asylum and have the rope burn to prove it

It may come as a surprise to many to hear that Scotland is a producer of some of the biggest names in the world of wrestling.

From Drew McIntyre, who is a star with sports entertainment behemoths WWE, to Grado, who is now a household name, thanks to TV shows like Two Doors Down, we Scots certainly know what it takes to be a larger-than-life superstar.

With that in mind, I decided to try my hand at the sport and see if I have what it takes to be the next John Cena.

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ICW, one of the UK's biggest promotions - and the company that gave WWE rising stars like Isla Dawn - kindly invited me along to one of their training sessions at their 'Asylum'.

The venue is consistently sold out each weekend as fans flock to see some well-known faces and rising stars take to the ring. As I made my way into the large warehouse I was stunned.

It wasn't set up like your typical community centre wrestling show, they had large LED screens and a camera set up at the back. The Asylum looked professional and I felt like I was about to step into another world full of larger-than-life characters

Before I got between the ropes I watched the pros do their thing. Each pair got in the ring under the watchful eye of coach Lee Greig, who stars in BBC Scotland's the Scotts, and practised a fast pace routine.

The wrestlers were soon bouncing off one set of ropes and ducking under a clothesline before bouncing off the other side and being met with a forearm to the chest.

Thankfully, I wasn't getting involved in those drills. Lee, who goes by the in-ring name of Jack Jester, simply said I was going to practice getting in and out of the ring.

Sounded simple but I can confirm, it was not. I rolled into the ring and noticed the mat had a little bit of give but not much.

My goal was to bounce off the ropes and slide under them to the outside. After a few successes, I thought I was getting the hang of it, even though I wasn't throwing punches or taking moves it was easy to see why people would get the wrestling bug.

It was exhilarating. It was addictive.

Once I was confident when it came to baseball sliding under the bottom ropes, I was hopping through the middle rope, then finally flinging myself over the top.

Getting my frame over the top was by far the hardest of the three. It was a case of pushing the top rope down and using it to propel my legs over my head and onto the floor.

I never quite nailed the landing but the process was fun. Next up on my wrestling crash course were rolls.

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I watched as my other classmates nailed their tumbles and threw themselves into rolls. As a man who hasn't done a forward roll since the age of 12, I was preparing to embarrass myself.

However, it went smoother than I thought, turns out doing a forward roll was like riding a bike, you don't forget it. The only stumbling block was my inability to use my momentum to get myself back on my feet without falling face first onto the mat.

Backwards rolls were equally as difficult to work out and after a few, I was both disoriented and shattered.

My class was not over as there was one more basic that I had to get a grasp of.

Running the ropes, which essentially means sprinting back and forth between each side of the ring. It sounds easy enough but is more technical than you think.

It is important to step onto your right foot first and pace out the distance correctly. What made it slightly more difficult was that there was someone else doing the exact same in the opposite direction.

Not only did I have to focus on what I was doing but I had to be aware of my surroundings.

Hitting the ropes for the first time is not an enjoyable experience. They are made of cable wrapped in some protective material and when your back strikes them they barely give way.

Every bounce of the ropes feels like a solid punch in the back. When going at full pace the pain is certainly noticeable but after a while it becomes easier to block it out.

The biggest criticism when people mention wrestling is that it is 'fake'. As a person who took part in a very brief session I can assure you that it doesn't feel fake.

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The following day my body ached and I had rope marks across my back but I was still living off the high of stepping in the ring. The brief intro gripped me and I could see there are a number of physical and mental benefits to the sport.

After the session came to an end I felt broken and bruised but most of all I was thrilled. Growing up watching the likes of The Rock, Undertaker and Stone Cold Steven Austin this was a childhood dream come true.

Will I ever compete in front of thousands of people, probably not, but I would return to the Asylum in a heartbeat for another session.

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