We posted this image of American Catch Wrestling master, William Wicks doing a front face lock, or “Grovit.” Many people had questions about the term, “Grovit.” Here is an explanation by Dr. Stephen Greenfield.
“The original meaning was associated with a local word for an animal such as a sheep with a misshapen jaw (usually overshot). I believe it was applied to the name of a tool as a reference to the shape. As far as the Wigan Grovit, I would suspect it was in reference to the appearance of someone who had it applied to them.”
Dr. Greenfield is a physician, wrestler, and historian who works with the Snake Pit Wigan