New Delhi: The Wrestling Federation of India yesterday announced the launch of the world’s biggest pro-wrestling league — the Indian Wrestling League (IWL).

The inaugural IWL edition this year will feature six city-based franchises and wrestlers will be vying for $3.5 million in auction and prize money.

The six IWL cities in the inaugural year will be shortlisted out of eight cities — Delhi, Mohali (Punjab), Hisar (Haryana), Pune or Mumbai (Maharashtra), Lucknow, Ranchi and Kolkata. The IWL will be held under the aegis of WFI and as per the International Wrestling Federation (FILA) rules.

The league will feature both men and women wrestlers representing six franchises and will run for 18 days. Each franchise will host a two-day leg.