THE ringside thrills which once whipped excitable grannies into a frenzy and had 12 million TV viewers transfixed will be recreated when professional wrestling returns to Potters Bar’s Wyllyotts Theatre next week.
Staged during half-term week, the grappling spectacular next Wednesday evening (February 15) at the Darkes Lane venue will give younger fans, reared on the brash American superstars of WWE, a chance to see some top-name, home-grown stars.
For older grapple fans it will revive nostalgic memories of televised wrestling on Saturday afternoons in the 1960s and 1970s’ heyday of Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks, Kendo Nagazaki, Pat Roach (who went on to play Bomber in Auf Wiedersehen Pet) and other leotard-clad legends.
More theatrical entertainment than sport, British pro wrestling has seen a revival in recent years.
It was three years ago that Wyllyotts last staged wrestling. and grappling fans can rest assured there will be plenty of fireworks at the Professional Wrestling Federation’s (PWF) American Rumble Half-Term Wrestling Spectacular.
The all-action show features The UK Pitbulls, arguably wrestling’s most sensational tag team, plus an over-the-top-rope, last-man-standing American Rumble.
The Pitbulls, comprise Mike (The Bulk) Walters, reputedly Europe’s heaviest wrestler, and his partner Big Joe, who tip the scales at a combined weight of 58 stone.
The current Pitbull line-up is a reincarnation of the original team of brothers Mike and Dave Walters. The duo retired undefeated PWF tag team champions.
They were beaten just twice between 2003 and 2008 before Dave was forced to quit after suffering a crippling knee injury taking part in a strongman competition and Mike hung up his wrestling boots.
“But now The Bulk is back” declared Mike, “and with my partner, Big Joe, I’m on a mission to destroy every tag team in the country and recapture my title.”