The Snake Pit in Wigan and American Hook Wrestling work together because their lineages can be verified and the mat wrestling techniques are virtually identical. This became apparent during the week of our event, CAW Singapore. We held numerous Catch Wrestling seminars at Kapap Academy Singapore that were lead by Matt Tran representing American Hook Wrestling, and Dr. Raul Ramirez representing Snake Pit Wigan.
Tran and Ramirez taught classes seamlessly without needing to make a specific plan of action. The core techniques from the British and American lineages of Catch Wrestling did not differ. The main differences might have been names of the techniques. An example of a name difference would be the technique referred to as, “far elbow” in Wigan is called, “side roll” in the American lineage.
The similarity of the techniques is striking, it is evidence that this American lineage descended directly from Lancashire, the region in England where Catch as Catch Can Wrestling developed. The American lineage developed when Lancashire Catch Wrestler Tom Connors trained American wrestler Martin “Farmer” Burns. Burns, in turn, taught many great american wrestlers such as Frank Gotch, Joe Stecher, and Henry Kolln. This lineage lives on today with head instructor of American Hook Wrestling, Jon Strickland.