A Dundee wrestler has been given a glowing endorsement by a WWE superstar after winning a tournament in his honour.
Adam Hastings — who performs under the name Irving Garrett — was recently crowned the winner of the first Drew Galloway Invitational.
The 26-year-old fought off stiff competition from other up-and-coming grapplers to win the event in Glasgow.
Drew, competing for WWE as Drew McIntyre, took to Twitter to congratulate the city centre man on his achievement.
The former Intercontinental and NXT champion said:
Congratulations to @IrvGarrett on winning the Drew Galloway Invitational. Very proud of the UK scene continuing to produce our future stars & specifically all the Scottish schools coming together under my name. We’ve come a long way https://t.co/m3pChmMLXI
— Drew McIntyre (@DMcIntyreWWE) May 13, 2018
The seal of approval from his fellow Scotsman has led to a flood of interest from promoters across the UK.
Speaking to the Tele, Adam said: “It was really cool to be able to win that, especially considering it was in Drew’s name.
“It was amazing that he Tweeted out that support, and since then I’ve had lots of people getting in touch on Twitter.
“I’ve always been such a huge fan of wrestling and my family knew I was always going to get into it. It was my friend who coaxed me into taking up the training in Glasgow and now, with this win, hopefully this can take me to the next level.”
Adam, a games developer by day, travels to the Glasgow Professional Wrestling Academy — nicknamed The Asylum — every week from Dundee.
He has received tuition from some of the most respected stars in Scottish wrestling, such as Jack Jester, Wolfgang and Red Lightning.
The former Abertay University student has entertained crowds for various promotions, including Glasgow-based Insane Championship Wrestling and Discovery Wrestling in Edinburgh.
Adam is no stranger to the Dundee crowd, having performed at the first 5 Star Wrestling event at the Ice Arena in January last year, as well as having done stints at Scottish Wrestling Entertainment.
Adam added: “I’ve been going down to The Asylum since November 2014, and it’s really been amazing.
“The tournament I won had some of the best young wrestlers in Scotland, so to come out on top of that is a big deal for me.
“I work for Serious Parody, a games design firm in the city. Unfortunately, they are no longer involved in promoting the 5 Star events.
“I’ve had some great support since I won this.
‘‘I’m just going to keep working hard and build up my reputation in the Scottish scene and beyond.”