Two members of the Egyptian Wrestling Federation (EWR) train in Ismailia, Egypt, June 28, 2018 / AFP
In the circle, wearing and hiding costumes measure themselves before the battle organized in the Egyptian school yard, where these amateurs have set their own challenge of being "American style" show stars.
After encouraging an enthusiastic audience of all ages, "Malek el-Leil" (King of the night, in Arabic), black black eyes, and "Tiger", had to draw with a clog with a leopard skin pattern , touch of exchange war.
On the background of rock music and under the effects of lighting, they start a body-to-body that lends so much a sporting battle as a spectacular choreography.
Not far away, the face has hidden, Samir Ibrahim or "Ninja", have to wear in black from the top to a stop, waiting for her turn.
"Three months after I started university, it came across people who told me: + You're on TV, we know you, you + in Ninja make it wrestling +", are proud Reporting the 22-year-old student.
Momen Mohamed, who has been named "Commando", said "following the American mess since a while."
Many popular neighborhood cafes broadcast television programs dedicated to these competitions abroad, especially in the US, and children admire high American stars such as John Cena, Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Triple H or Batista.
"My favorite favorite is Rey Mysterio, because of his light lines on the ropes and a way of fighting in the circle," said Comando, referring to a famous American wrestler of Mexican origin.
– Cancelled show –
But in this little village near Ismailia, on the Suez Canal, there are the shortcomings for this type of scene, while the authorities make sure that any flooding is made.
A show show organized on October 26th, 2018 at a school yard in the village of Abu Sultan, to the south of Ismailia, Egypt / AFP
The joy of almost a thousand viewers turns lively: after 10 minutes, enthusiastic young people get up and go to the circle, too close to a security flavor, which give & # 39; the best to the show instantly. great organizers.
"We have not been part of the task", one of the organizers, Ahmed Abdullah, admitted the crowd by a microphone. "We were hoping to introduce something new to the Abu Sultan village," he said.
Speaking about Kabonga, the group of wrestlers, a massive of almost two meters, began to tears watching the crowd leaving the scene, while the lights went out.
"If there were money, we could have offered seats for everyone and hiring a organizing company," it regrets.
"Yes, no one succeeds here", in Egypt, whistling a wrestler looking tired.
Participant at the Ishmalia wrestling show in Egypt, October 26, 2018 / AFP
His father and wife, Kabonga, married Ashraf Mahrous, 37, who set up in 2012 the Egyptian Wrestling Professional Federation (EWR), an unofficial group of eight rivals, including two girls who dream of fame Professionals American. The group now has around 50 supporters from across the country.
For training, he established an animal ring in front of the family home in a nearby village. Wrestlers practice in the middle of fields and red brick buildings that are being built.
– No sponsors –
Kabonga, who has been preparing an Ismaïlia show competition for several months, returns to the origin of her happiness.
Two Egyptian wrestlers train in a village near Ismailia, Egypt, June 28, 2018 / AFP
"The idea of blocking my bed with my brother was born when we began to make movements in the past," he said. Result: three beds have broken. "My mother, let's sleep on the floor," said Kabonga, who, for the occasion, had slipped a stunning figure to a suit match.
And as global stars bring a fortune from their performances by taking part in film and commercial, Egyptian wrestlers are beginning to talk on their Facebook page, and then there are almost 40,000 people.
"I've never hoped Egypt has a federation of professional runners," said Mohamed, "the tree torch", 27, came into the arena with an ax.
"I will not give up my dream," he said.