Photographer Daniel Patrick Lilley likes to cheer for the underdog.
As a kid in Southampton, England, he often watched World Wrestling Federation matches on TV and was a fan of the Triple H, a menacing anti-hero.
"I’ve always rooted for the bad one," he says.
Fast forward to 2010, when Lilley was able to revisit his curiosity for this action-packed genre — this time not as a fan but as a photographer.
According to Lilley, wrestling in England is waning in popularity. In fact, he says he thinks wresting itself is somewhat of an underdog in the sports and entertainment world.
"[This] is part of what drew me to this project," he says. "Nobody that does it now makes any money … They all do it for the love."
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Photo Credit: Daniel Patrick Lilley