Search

Green Street butcher’s second career as feared wrestler

PUBLISHED: 08:54 15 October 2014 | UPDATED: 12:05 16 October 2014

Wrestler (and butcher) Shaaheen Hosseinpour

Wrestler (and butcher) Shaaheen Hosseinpour

Archant

A butcher who works in Green Street Market is hoping for TV stardom for his second career - as a professional wrestler.

Butcher (and wrestler) Shaaheen HosseinpourButcher (and wrestler) Shaaheen Hosseinpour

For most of the week, Shaaheen Hosseinpour, 29, runs his family butchers shop in Upton Park, chopping meat for local shoppers.

But on the weekend he becomes Sha Samuels, the East End Butcher, a feared wrestler pounding his enemies into the mat in front of cheering crowds.

He has just auditioned for British Boot Camp, a new programme on Challenge TV which offers would-be world champs a shot at winning a contract with TNA Wrestling in Florida.

“It started as a hobby but it’s turned into a second job,” explained Sha. “I work at the market Tuesdays to Fridays and Saturday mornings, and then Saturdays and Sundays I wrestle. Monday is my recovery, when I stay home with my family.”

Sha started wrestling when he was 17 years old after a friend invited him along to training.

His technical skills and bad guy stage persona quickly saw him scoop prime time slots in shows.

Sha has since taken his signature wrestling moves, the Piledriver and the Butchers Crab Submission, to America and across Europe, and was the longest-running British champion in history from 2011 to 2013.

“It’s good to perform in front of a crowd. It’s a great feeling,” he said. “I get in the face of the fans and wind them up, to make them part of the action.

“I did a show in Liverpool, and just being from the East End and hamming up my accent, they hated me.”

Sha said his audition for the programme was intense but he received very good comments from the panel of judges.

He said: “Imagine X-Factor. You walk into a room, it’s completely empty, the camera’s on, and you have to say something. It’s a lot of pressure.

“Sometimes when I’m in the heat of the moment with some pressure on me I can be very witty and just blag.

“I got great feedback, so fingers crossed.”

Sha’s father came to Britain in 1977 from Iran to study engineering, but stayed here after the revolution in ‘79, later running the butchers.

“It’s been in my family for 25 years, but I’ve worked there since I was ten years old,” said Sha.

“We get a lot of Caribbean customers. They love pigs’ feet. I’m one of the only marketers in the borough that sells 
pork.”

British Boot Camp starts on Challenge TV on Sunday at 9pm, with Sha’s audition expected to air on November 2.

Read more:

It was Mission: Surprise as Hollywood star came to Canning Town for impromptu visit

Latest Newham Stories

42 minutes ago

More than nine in 10 of Newham’s schools are good or outstanding, Ofsted figures show.

Yesterday, 12:00

A young filmmaker has shone a spotlight on an outreach scheme trying to tackle knife crime.

United Kingdom
Yesterday, 09:35

Essex Senior League: Saffron Walden Town 4 Clapton 0

Essex Senior League

The power of sport remains unrivalled in its ability to inspire change, improve lives and unite communities.

Premier League
Yesterday, 07:00

Councillor Susan Masters, Clare Roche, Head of Fundraising at Richard House and Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz.

Newham
Saturday, November 17, 2018

London Lions maintained their lead at the top of the BBL Championship with victory on the road against Worcester Wolves.

LIONS
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Imam Haque lives in East Ham, and soon he’ll begin training for his first London Marathon, for Age UK.

European Union
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Leyton Orient came from behind to beat Bromley and extend their unbeaten run in the National League to six matches, while also returning to the top of the table.

Dean Brill

PROMOTED CONTENT

Have you spent time as an unpaid carer? If you are over the age of 25 and living in Newham, the Working for Carers scheme can help you take the first steps back to employment.

Hanson Fernandes’ journey began in 2015 when he arrived in London from Goa, India.

Newsletter Sign Up

Newham Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now