UWS Graduate and WWE Referee Becomes First Scot to Ref a Pro Match Abroad

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UWS (University of the West of Scotland) graduate Thomas Kearins has made history as the first Scot to referee a professional match abroad.

Thoma Kearins BA (Hons) Marketing 2018

I loved my time at UWS. I was able to continue refereeing during my studies thanks to the support of my lecturers, who were very understanding of my schedule.

Thomas Kearins

Thomas, who studied the BA (Hons) Marketing programme at UWS, was also the first Scot to referee for WWE, the largest wrestling promotion in the world, in 2018 a month after graduating in Paisley.

A referee from the age of 14, Thomas has now become the first Scot to referee a pro match abroad when he officiated at the ICW World Heavyweight Title match between Leyton Buzzard, Ricky Barcelo and Feyyaz Aguila at Lucha Libre Barcelona, in Spain on Saturday 14 January 2023.

He told us: “I loved my time at UWS. I was able to continue refereeing during my studies thanks to the support of my lecturers, who were very understanding of my schedule.

“After graduating, I was hired as Marketing Officer for Scotland’s leading early years organisation, and undertook some freelance consultancy work too.”

He currently referees for Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW), one of the UK’s largest wrestling companies

In an online article for Glasgow Live he said: “I was committed to going to university to get my degree but knew I’d have to do things slightly differently if I still wanted to be involved in wrestling.

Thomas Kearins refereeing a WWE match

“My parents were very supportive, but their priority was for me to get my degree. By the time I graduated I’d already refereed at The OVO Hydro Arena twice.”

“I’ve been very lucky. I’ve accomplished most things I set out to do in wrestling, but I always wanted to referee abroad. It’s not something a Scottish referee has ever done.”

Find out more about the BA (Hons) Business and Marketing degree programme at UWS.

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