What happened to Peter Wright’s hair? Darts star’s wife’s health fear explained

It’s safe to say that two-time defending PDC World Darts champion Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright is one of the most dynamic and recognizable players in the sport both on and off the oche.

Before the Scottish star won several major TV titles and shot to the top of the world rankings, Wright was best known for his eye-catching hairstyles and extravagant playwear.

Wright qualified and played in the 1995 BDO World Darts Championship, but chose not to pursue the higher echelons of the sport. However, following encouragement from his wife Joanne more than a decade later after watching an event on television, Wright attempted the professional circuit and established himself as an all-time great.

He’s instantly recognizable to 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 started around the time he started getting results and qualifying for televised events on the PDC circuit in the late 2000s/early 2010s.

His wife Joanne – who is a hairstylist – does Wright’s hair with input from their daughter. He’s adorned different styles in the past under the bright lights, but he’s most famous for his Mohican cut, which will often have a different color scheme for each match, and a snake painted on the side of his head – something that’s on point for his nickname. With the work involved, hair transformation can take hours before a game.

Wright said he sees his puffy hair on stage as wearing a type of war paint while battling on the dart board, and takes on a different persona in the heat of battle as opposed to life. calm that he lives far from her.

Why is Peter Wright called Snakebite?

It’s almost a prerequisite in professional darts these days that a player has a nickname. Wright is ‘Snakebite’.

It was initially thought he was named after his favorite drink, but he has since admitted in a TV interview that it was because of his love of snakes.

Wright said: “I just like snakes. I’m kind of like a snake – I’m a quiet person who likes to be left alone. If you keep biting me, I’m going to bite you.”

This, again, ties into his various personas on and off stage and television cameras.

Did Peter Wright win the World Darts Championship?

In only his fifth appearance at a PDC World Darts Championship, Wright reached the final of the 2014 event at Alexandra Palace – his first final in any televised competition.

Despite a gallant performance, Wright lost 7-4 to Michael van Gerwen – a player who had also knocked him out of two of his previous four World Championship campaigns.

The Scot had to wait another six years to take part in the sport’s biggest game, where he again faced Van Gerwen for the title.

Wright had won his first major title at the UK Open in 2017, but he had lost his other 12 major final appearances as an individual, including nine to MVG and three in a deciding set.

However, Wright turned things around in the New Year’s Eve final against the defending champion, recording a 53.33% payout percentage in a memorable 7-3 triumph.

The win was made all the more remarkable by the fact that Wright was nearly knocked out of the tournament in his opening match when opponent Noel Malicdem of the Philippines missed a dart to defeat him. Wright hit a potentially life-saving 140 crate before sneaking in a sudden-death leg.

At the 2021/22 PDC World Darts Championship, Wright joined an elite club of multiple winners as they claimed their second world title in north London.

After ousting surprise forfeit Callan Rydz 5-4 in the quarter-finals, the former tire fitter deprived former World Cup-winning teammate Gary Anderson 6-4 in the semis.

Then, in a brilliant finish he led early on, Wright had to come from behind to see off Michael Smith, winning the final three sets for a 7-5 success.

Peter Wright’s Wife’s Health Fear Explained

Wright’s preparations for his defense of the PDC World Darts Championship have been severely hampered due to his wife being hospitalized twice in recent weeks.

While taking part in the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton, Joanne – who was also present at the event – was rushed to hospital. The pain was so intense that she feared she was going to die.

Complications had arisen following a gallbladder removal operation that required urgent medical attention. It was figured out that a split in the bile duct was causing her agony, which led her to deteriorate with dehydration and a collapsed lung.

And with the use of strong painkillers to control her pain somewhat, Joanne had hallucinations like seeing monsters.

After a period of not being able to see his wife in hospital, the world champion announced on his Twitter account that after 13 days in hospital, Joanne was coming home. She did, but after only two days she was readmitted.

Thankfully, the second stay was much shorter than the first, and she was sent home with antibiotics, painkillers, and a follow-up appointment that included an MRI.

Naturally, Wright’s concerns for his wife meant darts took a back seat during this time. He lost in the opening round of the Grand Slam and withdrew from the Players Championship final at Butlins Minehead in late November.

This means that heading into his first match of the 2022/23 PDC World Darts Championship on opening night, defending champion Wright will not have thrown a competitive dart in over four weeks.

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