In 2009, Jonathan's eldest son was asked what kind of birthday party he would like for his 5th birthday, he replied simply ``a wrestling party!``. These were to be the three words that would instigate the launch of the UK Wrestling we know and love today.
On 12th July 2009, UK Wrestling held it's very first live event / birthday party, and 'Wrestlebration' was born. Impressively, the show featured former WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) Superstar Kevin Thorn.
As we all know, Wrestlebration has since gone on to become UK Wrestling's annual showcase event and over the years has been held at prestigious venues across the North of England including; The Blackpool Tower Arena, The Barnsley Civic Centre, Huddersfield Universities Sports Arena and The John Smith's Stadium.
Following the success of Wrestlebration (and the best birthday party ever!), UK Wrestling launched it's Academy training school, the very first full time wrestling school of its kind in West Yorkshire.
2009 also marked the crowning of UK Wrestling's very first Heavyweight Champion... you guessed it, Kevin Thorn!