Two-time PDC World Darts Champion Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright is arguably one of the sport’s most vibrant and celebrated players, both in and out of darts.
Before the Scottish star won multiple major television titles and climbed to the top of the world rankings, Wright was well known for his eye-catching hairstyle and quirky playing attire.
Wright qualified and played in the 1995 BDO World Darts Championship, but chose not to pursue the sport’s top echelons. But after watching the event on television and with encouragement from his wife, Joan, more than a decade later, Wright ventured onto the professional circuit and established himself as one of the all-time greats.
He is instantly recognizable by fans these days, especially because of his crazy hairstyle.
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Why and when did Peter Wright’s colorful hairstyles start?
Wright’s colorful hairstyles on stage began in the late 2000s and early 2010s, when he began to perform on the PDC circuit and qualify for television events.
His wife Joanne, a hairdresser, styles Wright’s hair with input from her daughter. He has adorned a variety of styles in the past under bright lights, but he is most famous for his Mohawk cut, which often comes in a different color scheme for each match, and features a snake painted on the side of his head. It’s the point. for his moniker. With the work that goes into it, a hair change can take hours before a match.
Wright looks like he’s wearing a sort of war paint as he scoops up his hair onstage while dueling on a dartboard, and in the middle of the fight, it’s hard to imagine what the quiet life he’s living is like. In contrast, it says it will adopt a different persona.
Why is Peter Wright called Snakebite?
In today’s professional darts, having a nickname for a player is almost a requirement. Light’s “Snakebite”.
Initially thought to have been named in honor of his favorite drink, he admitted in a television interview that he liked snakes.
This, too, ties in with his various characters on stage and on and off the TV camera.
Has Peter Wright ever won a World Darts Championship?
In his fifth appearance in the PDC World Darts Championship, Wright reached the final of the 2014 event at Alexandra Palace.
Despite a valiant performance, Wright lost 4-7 to Michael van Gerwen. Michael van Gerwen is also a player who has lost two of his four World Championship campaigns so far.
The Scottish had to wait another six years before competing in the sport’s biggest match, where he once again challenged Van Gerwen for the title.
Wright won his first major title at the 2017 UK Open, but has lost all 12 other major final appearances as an individual, nine at MVG and three in the final leg. I was.
“In the world of darts, 2020 is the year of the snake!” 🐍🏆
Back in 2020, just 2️⃣ days after his second title defense, Peter Wright finally picked up the Sid Waddell Trophy!
Can he score a hat-trick?
Full Final 👉https://t.co/AS2wjavheH pic.twitter.com/UZK4MF3lpb
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) December 13, 2022
However, Wright turned the tables in the New Year’s Eve final against the defending champions, posting a checkout percentage of 53.33% and a memorable 7-3 victory.
The victory was further marked by the fact that Wright was nearly eliminated from the tournament in his first match when his Filipino opponent Noel Malikdem missed a dart and knocked him down. He made a potentially match-saving 140 checkout before pushing in the sudden death leg.
At the 2021/22 PDC World Darts Championships, Wright secured his second world title in North London, joining an elite club with multiple winners.
After defeating Surprise Package’s Karan Ryze 5-4 in the quarterfinals, the former tire fitter defeated former World Cup winning teammate Gary Anderson 6-4 in the semifinals.
Then in a great final where he led early, Wright had to come from behind to see off Michael Smith, winning the last three sets for a 7–5 success.
Peter Wright’s wife’s health fears explained
Wright’s preparations for the PDC World Darts Championship defense have been severely hampered by his wife’s two hospitalizations in recent weeks.
While competing in the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton, Joan, who was also in the event, was taken to hospital. She was in so much pain that she feared she would die.
Complications resulted from cholecystectomy surgery requiring urgent medical attention. A tear in her bile duct was found to be causing her suffering, and she was exacerbated by her dehydration and collapse of her lungs.
And when she used strong painkillers to curb her suffering to some extent, Joan experienced hallucinations such as seeing monsters.
After a period of not being able to see his wife in the hospital, the World Champion announced on his Twitter account that Joan was returning home after 13 days of hospitalization. I was readmitted to the hospital a day later.
Thankfully, the second stay was much shorter than the first and she was sent home with antibiotics, pain meds, and a follow-up appointment that included an MRI scan.
Naturally, Wright’s concerns for his wife meant that darts was on the back burner during this time. He lost early in the Grand Slam and withdrew from the Players’ Championship Finals held at Butlin’s Minehead at the end of November.
This means defending champion Wright has not thrown a competitive dart in over four weeks heading into the first match of the 2022/23 PDC World Darts Championship.